Riga, the capital of the Baltic nation of Latvia, has experienced significant growth in tourism over recent years. This has been driven by a number of budget airlines operating flights from around Europe, its affordable prices and unique culture that makes it a great stop for a weekend break or as part of a longer Baltic travel itinerary. Travellers wondering where to stay in Riga are spoiled for choice as there are a number of great options whether you want to stay close to the tourist attractions, enjoy the nightlife or after a peaceful seaside escape.
Wondering what the best hotels and hostels in Riga are? This guide covers all the best options on where to stay in Riga depending on the purpose of your trip!
Want a quick answer? The best places to stay in Riga for tourists are in the Old Town or City Centre. These are some of the top accommodation picks:
Budget Hostel: Cinnamon Sally Backpacker’s Hostel
Mid-Range Hotel: Forums Boutique Hotel
Luxury Hotel: Grand Poet by Semarah
Private Rental: BARTA Apartment
Where to stay in Riga Old Town
If you are a first time visitor to Riga and predominately planning on exploring the typical tourist attractions then staying in Riga Old Town is a great option. With accommodation in Riga Old Town, you will be able to explore the area first thing in the morning or later in the evening when crowds aren’t as busy as they get during the day.
The Old Town is also located right in the centre of the city meaning you are easily able to get out and explore other areas of Riga as well as being close to the train and bus stations if you plan on taking a day trip elsewhere in Latvia.
Best Hotels in Riga Old Town
Forums Boutique Hotel – Located only a few minutes walk from some of Riga’s most famous attractions, this boutique hotel is a fantastic option for travellers and one of the best places to stay in Riga. Rooms are classically designed and clean and have breakfast included in the nightly rate. Click here to see their latest prices
Greystone Suites & Apartments – Also located in the heart of the Old Town, this hotel is a great option if you prefer to have the flexibility of having your own kitchen facilities. They also offer breakfast in the room rate and have a number of different sized apartments to choose from. Click here to see their latest
Old Riga Hotel Vecriga – This hotel is located in a 15th-century building making it the perfect option if you really want to immerse yourself in Riga’s Old Town! There’s a large collection of artwork on display throughout the hotel and they also have speciality restaurants on site. The room rate also includes free breakfast. Click here to see their latest prices
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Best Private Rentals in Riga Old Town
BARTA Apartment – Located just on the edge of the Old Town, this studio apartment can sleep up to 4 people, has modern furniture and a lovely terrace for guests to enjoy their morning coffee on. Click here to see their latest prices
Old Riga Dome Square Apartment – A large one-bedroom apartment in the heart of the Old Town that can also sleep up to 4 people. There is a large kitchen and living area that makes it a good option if you plan on cooking your own meals. Click here to see their latest prices
Best Hostels in Riga Old Town
Red Nose – Located in the centre of the Old Town close to Riga’s famous attractions, this hostel offers a range of dorms and has a range of shared facilities for travellers to use. Click here to see their latest prices
Tree Hostel – A quieter hostel located in the Old Town, this hostel is a great place to stay if you’re after a more chilled out atmosphere. They have a large kitchen, a common area and very friendly staff. Click here to see their latest prices
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Where to stay in Central Riga
Central Riga is my favourite part of the city to stay in when visiting. You are still located within easy walking distance of all the main tourist sites but accommodation tends to be more affordable. The quality of restaurants and bars also tends to be better as you are less likely to come across places specifically catering to tourists.
Walking around Central Riga is also extremely pleasant due to the Art Noveau architecture that is prevalent on the city streets.
Best Hotels in Riga City Centre
Tallink Hotel Riga – A recently opened hotel in central Riga, they have affordable and elegant rooms with large bathrooms. A morning sauna and hearty buffet breakfast are included in the room rate. Click here to see their latest prices
Europa Royal Riga – Another great affordable hotel that is also within easy walking distance of the Old Town. The interior of the hotel lobby and rooms are designed in a classic Neo-Ressianace style while still including all the modern amenities. Breakfast is included in the room rate and there is also a bar in the lobby. Click here to see their latest prices
Grand Poet by Semarah – If you can afford a luxurious stay in Riga then this 5-star hotel is definitely a great option. Their rooms come with all the frills expected of such an establishment and visitors have access to a state-of-the-art fitness centre, pool and spa. Breakfast is included and they also organise airport shuttles. Click here to see their latest
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Best Private Rentals in Riga City Centre
Renovated apartment in Riga center – A cosy one-bedroom apartment in the centre of Riga, it has a pull-out sofa meaning it can sleep up to 4 people. It has modern furniture and all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Click here to see their latest prices
ANNA Riga Apartment – A large two-bedroom apartment that is the perfect option if you’re travelling as a family or a larger group of friends. There are nice city views and it is furnished with everything you need during your time in Riga. Click here to see their latest prices
Best Hostels in Riga City Centre
Cinnamon Sally Backpackers Hostel – A great social hostel located just on the edge of both Central Riga and the Old Town. They offer both mixed and female only dorms and organise various tours and evening activities to encourage travellers to socialise. Click here to see their latest prices
Central Hostel Riga – A relaxed hostel located in Riga City Centre and within walking distance from the bus and train stations. They offer both dorms and private rooms and also have a large kitchen and common area available for use. Click here to see their latest prices.
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Where to stay in Jurmala
While Jurmala is considered a separate area to Riga, this region offers travellers a fantastic opportunity to stay on the Baltic Coast while still being able to visit Riga. Jurmala is located about a 30-minute train ride from Riga’s Central Station and is a completely different experience compared to staying in Central Riga or the Old Town.
As expected, Jurmala is an extremely popular place to visit in the summer months and accommodation can book out quickly. While swimming outside of these months is only for the very brave, there is still plenty to do in Jurmala during other seasons and staying here is a great option for travellers who might have already visited Riga and want to experience another part of Latvia while still being close to the main airport.
Best Hotels in Jurmala
Kurshi Hotel & Spa – An affordable option to stay in Jurmala, this hotel offers various room rates including or excluding access to their spa. Rooms are modern and clean and the hotel is located only 400 metres from the coast. There is also a children’s playground making this a great option if staying in Riga with kids. Click here to see their latest prices
Amber Spa Boutique Hotel – A stylish and elegant hotel that is ideal for couples looking for a romantic place to stay. Rooms come with a range of modern amenities and include access to their Wellness Centre. Breakfast is also included in the room rate and they are located very close to the sea. Click here to see their latest prices
Hotel Jurmala Spa – One of the most popular places to stay in Jurmala, this is a fantastic place to stay if you want to make the most of their extensive list of spa treatments while staying in a luxurious room. There is also a lovely bar that has seaside views as well as a restaurant that serves modern cuisine. There are separate saunas and pools for children as
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Best Private Rentals in Jurmala
Holiday residence 100m from the beach – A great option for a relaxing family holiday, this house can sleep up to 6 people and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Click here to see their latest prices
Where to stay in Āgenskalns
Āgenskalns is an area of Riga that is located on the opposite side of the Daugava River from where the Old Town is. It is not an area that is popular with tourists, however, can provide visitors with a quieter option that is located amongst a number of parks, wooden houses and also has a unique market that is open a few days a week. Many places to stay in Āgenskalns also are within walking distance of the Old Town so you’re not too far away from the main tourist attractions.
Best Hotels in Āgenskalns
Bellevue Park Hotel – Located next to Memorial Park and only a short 20-minute walk to the Old Town, this modern hotel is a great place to stay in Āgenskalns. All rooms are modern and clean and there are a couple of restaurants located in the hotel that offer outdoor and panoramic seating on the 11th floor. Click here to see their latest prices
Best Private Rentals in Āgenskalns
Riga Luxury Loft with Terrace – A stunning and modern luxury apartment that can sleep up to 6 people. It has modern amenities and furniture with the highlight being a stunning roof terrace that is perfect for summer nights. Click here to see their latest prices
Best Hostels in Āgenskalns
Two Wheels – A comfortable hostel located in the heart of Āgenskalns and about a 10-15 minute walk into the Old Town. They offer
Deciding on where to stay in Riga can be a difficult decision with so many fantastic areas of the city and great hotels and hostels! Regardless of where you end up staying, you will be sure to enjoy the Latvian capital!
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