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Naughty Squirrel Backpackers
Ranked #1 of 144 Speciality Lodging in Riga
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Belleville, Canada
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“The Best Option in Riga”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

Stayed there for 1 night while in Riga. The service was second to none, as they constantly asked what you were up to and offered suggestions on things to see and where to eat. Every thing they suggested turned out to be a hit. The offer so many additional trip experiences, you could easily fit in a week's worth of activities and never leave the hostel. I personally, went to the AK47 shooting, which they pulled off very well. The hostel representative ensured that all the paperwork was done and that we completely understood the safety rules. The cost was a value too, with tram fare, the shooting, pictures, and a drink afterwards at the Aussie Backpackers Bar included in the fee. Only downside was that as a tall guy, the shower heads were a little low, but that is no deal breaker for my love of this hostel.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

It's hard to know how to sum up Naughty Squirrel, it's probably the most fun hotel/hostel I've stayed in.

I came to Riga with 4 friends back in November for the weekend. We arrived on Friday morning and went straight down to a mysterious firing range in the middle of nowhere, getting the opportunity to shoot a pistol, rifle and semi-automatic machine gun, what an experience! For a novice like me, it was definitely worth the money.

This was one of many great experiences offered by the hostel; we went on a bar crawl with them, took their advice on local attractions (St Peters Church & Bunny Town were two favourites), and heeded what they said about staying away from particular areas and going to specific clubs, all good advice.

Our room was a nice, clean, spacious 6-bed dorm with bunk beds which we had to ourselves, perfect for us as we were sleeping and staying out very late indeed, and didn't have to disturb others staying in the hostel.

The staff were fantastic, really enthusiastic and helpful, always making sure we were comfortable.

The hostel was cosy, homely, inclusive and easy-going, we loved it.

My advice: go to Riga, stay at Naughty Squirrel and have a week/weekend to remember.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 April 2014 via mobile

Easily the best hostel I have stayed in! Staff, cleanliness, location, price - all fantastic. Not to mention the pub crawl! The hostel also organise a number of activities like AK47 rifle shooting. Would go back in a heartbeat and would not stay anywhere else!

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

Great courtesy, very clean, 24h checkin with free local spirit shot. I arrived at 4am and the receptionist explained my everything.
Room was clean, nice and also refrigerated by an electronic conditioner :-)
A lot of bathrooms and showers and all perfectly clean!
10 out of 10 for this marvellous hostel in the very heart of Old Riga town!
Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
Davide

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Stayed in March. Really great location and staff. Good for drinking and activities. They will organise shooting, bungee and bobsleds etc. They make you feel welcome from when you step in the door.

The pub crawls aren't bad but we had better nights out going to our own choices, so don't feel scared about doing this.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

I was traveling alone but after two minutes in hostel I already found party crew.. people are awesome, staff is really nice, helpful... there is so many activities you can do there (bobsledding, AK shooting, party crawl... ) Hostel is really clean, bathrooms are great (cleaning lady was cleaning several times a day), beds are comfortable.. and it is in the center of Riga! (St. Peters church is three minutes walking)

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

Great atmosphere, nice people and really good parties! Right in the heart of the Old town of Riga, pretty close to all the must see attractions.

Must go bobsledding and shooting. Too bad that during winter you are not able to go bungee jumping.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Naughty Squirrel Backpackers
Address: Kaleju iela 50 | Old Town, Riga 1050, Latvia
Region: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 144 Speciality Lodging in Riga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aussie owned Backpackers in the Heart of the Old Town. Only 300m to Main Square, Airport Bus, Central Markets, Bus Station, Supermarkets and many Bars/Restaurants. AK47 Shooting, Bobsled, Free Walking Tours, Pub Crawls, Latvian Food Nights, Karaoke, Husky Dog Sledding, Daily Happy Hours, Latvian Beer Tastings and much more! Voted No.1 Hostel in Latvia 2009 and 2010.A Genuine Backpackers for Real Travellers !!!!!** NO STAG PARTIES ALLOWED **Clean, Secure and Fun backpackers hostel in Old Riga for small groups and solo travellers. We are a true backpackers with friendly local staff that will help you 24hrs.** Female Only Dorms Available!! Our prices include all taxes, all linens and your bed already made for you... PLUS a FRESH TOWEL!!- FREE internet and WIFI- FREE lockers and locks- FREE Foosball Table- FREE shower and hand soap- FREE tea all day- FREE guide map- FREE popcorn & gumibears (Movie Nights)- FREE good times and awesome memories. We offer you TWO common rooms to meet other backpackers and a fully equipped KITCHEN for cooking 24 hours. All dorm rooms have large security lockers under each bed that can fit your whole backpack. ... more   less 
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