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“Great location and friendly staff” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel

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Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel
Ranked #21 of 137 Speciality Lodging in Riga
Norwich, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Great location and friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014 via mobile

Upon arrival, we were greeted with a smile and a complimentary local beer which was a great touch. The lady on the desk showed us to the common room area whilst filling out her paperwork, which is very characterful and cosy with the added bonus of an indoor smoking area.

Our 8 bed dorm was very clean if a tad cramped; luckily the 2 of us had the room to ourselves throughout our stay. There are free lockers and a storage heater in case of chilly weather. There wasn't a mirror in our room though which made getting ready in the evenings a little difficult.

We didn't get the chance to explore the kitchen, however all toilets and showers were clean. Our only minor complaint would be the fact that there was only 1 female shower and 3 male showers which seems a bit unfair.

The bar serves lager, cider, bacardi breezers, smirnoff ice, soft drinks and rigas very own champagne all for decent prices.

Overall, this hostel is incredibly good value for money and really made our trip to Riga special :)

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

Get what you pay for! A very basic simple hostel, at a great price! Clean & Tidy! Friendly staff and plenty of beer behind the bar. Perfect for stag do's, or travellers. Would NOT recommend to a couple of family. Just the job!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

First time I stayed here. Very. Friendly very nice. Cheap. It is. Safe all the people around the wourdl. Arrive here. The staff very helpfull Advisor It is the place. Family. Near the bridge. Near the old town. Near the Best pub riga. Near the rail train station and bus station. Franks. The Best it is the dog ahhh

Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

Would highly recommend Franks, the place was clean and very friendly staff, for the price you couldnt want better value and as we were having a few beers and stumbling in late this was never a problem. They organised a bar crawl on the first night and a bobsleigh trip for us. thanks and may see you again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

Quite a basic hostel in Riga, but in a decent location, near one of the main squares and a short walk from the river. As is common in Eastern Europe there is no lift, so be prepared to haul your luggage up a few flights of stairs.

Franks staff were friendly and there is a good bar area for you to socialise with other travellers.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

Stayed here for 2/3 nights last Christmas (2012). Had an amzing time! They look after their guests extremely well. I went with my friend so 2 young girls on our own but we both felt so comfortable there. The beds were comfy and clean. They do bar crawls and various activities. We did the bar crawl and were really pleased we had as we made some good holiday friends. We also went to the shooting tour - that was brilliant!

It was a top class hostel - book it now.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

Very fond memories of this place. Went here with a group of 23 other guys on a football tour, filling up 2 dorms of 16 and 8 beds. Very relaxed and friendly vibe to the place including free beers on arrival. The girls working there were very hospitable, friendly and accommodating despite the rowdy raucous we inevitably caused. They even took us out on a couple nights to show us round and make sure we had a good time in Riga. The hostel itself is clean (at least before we turned up), warm and a comfortable night's sleep. Special thanks to Jekaterina, Viktorija and Gita!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel
Address: 11. novembra krastmala 29 | Old Riga, Riga 1050, Latvia
Region: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 137 Speciality Lodging in Riga
Hotel Class:1 star — Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 26
Also Known As:
Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hotel Riga

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