Where to Stay in Riga, Latvia: The Best Hotels, Airbnbs & Hostels


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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: Redstone Boutique Hotel
Luxury Hotel: Grand Poet by Semarah
Airbnb: Spacious Sunny 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.

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The House of the Blackheads is one of most iconic sites in Riga’s Old Town

Best Hotels in Riga Old Town

Redstone 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. All rooms are modern, clean, have breakfast included and have nice views of the city. 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 prices

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

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse other hotels in Riga Old Town

Best Airbnbs in Riga Old Town

Entire Apartment – Riga’s Old Town is full of entire apartment rentals available on Airbnb that make for a great affordable option if you want some privacy during your stay in Riga. Some top choices include this homely apartment filled with character or this luxurious private apartment.

Private Room – If you don’t mind sharing some facilities, you will also find a number of private rooms in Riga’s Old Town which are ideal if you’re travelling the Baltics on more of a budget. They include this queen size private room or this cosy private room both located right in the centre of the Old Town!

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to view other Airbnbs in Riga Old Town

Best Hostels in Riga Old Town

The Wicked Weasel Hostel – Located just on the edge of the Old Town, this fantastic hostel offers both dorms and private rooms. There is a large outdoor terrace and bar making it a great place to meet other travellers. Click here to see their latest prices

Naughty Squirrel Backpackers HostelOne of the older hostels in Riga, this is a great place to stay if you want to socialise and enjoy Riga’s famous nightlife. They have a range of dorm options including female only as well as some private rooms. The staff here organise pub crawls and other social events so it is also a great place to meet other travellers. 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

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse other hostels in Riga Old Town!

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The Gunpowder Tower in Riga’s Old Town

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 prices

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse other hotels in Riga City Centre!

Best Airbnbs in Riga City Centre

Entire Apartment – If you’re wanting an entire apartment, you are spoilt for choice in Riga’s city centre. Top picks include this spacious sunny apartment and this modern studio apartment.

Private Room – There is a wide selection of private rooms available in Riga’s city centre with many locals calling this area home. Some of the top choices include this spacious room or this loft room both with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to view other Airbnbs in Riga’s City Centre

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.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse other hostels in Riga City Centre!

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Art nouveau architecture in Central Riga

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 well making this a great option if you’re travelling as a family. Click here to see their latest prices

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse other hotels in Jurmala

Best Airbnbs in Jurmala

If you prefer to stay in Airbnb in Jurmala then you’ll find a number of options for entire apartments including this cosy gardener’s cottage or this modern apartment both located close to the beach and nearby national park

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse other Airbnbs in Jurmala!

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Dulbulti Beach in Jurmala, Latvia

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 Airbnbs in Āgenskalns

This area of Riga has a number of modern apartments including this cosy apartment in a residential area or this modern apartment option. Private room choices are limited in this area of Riga.

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 parking for cars and motorcycles which makes it a great option if you have your own wheels. A great free breakfast is included in the room rate. Click here to see their latest prices

Arkadijas park in Āgenskalns
Arkadijas park in Āgenskalns

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!

Are you trying to decide where to stay in Riga? Have any questions about accommodation in Riga? Let us know in the comments below!

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Michael is a co-founder and writer for The World Was Here First. When not obsessively searching for flight deals, Michael likes being ultra-competitive at table tennis, gazing at street art, and contemplating life while sipping a dram of fine single malt whisky.

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