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Central Hostel
Ranked #4 of 144 Speciality Lodging in Riga
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Prague, Czech Republic
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“nothing special”
Reviewed 1 March 2013

Quite average stay, we didnt really have any problems, staff are good, only concern is about temperature in the rooms, it was a bit cold even when heating was on max, wifi worked only in the lobby and internet on the computer was superslow, breakfast was typical hostel-style: toast bread, jam and some spread, juice & tea.Location good, overall: nothing special but okay, dont know if there is any better hostel in Riga. Plus I remember-a towel provided was dirty, but I used mine anyway.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Helsinki
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2013

The Central Hostel is a good option in Riga. It is located in an old block of flats and not so easy to recognize from the outside. The neighborhood is not super pleasant, but otherwise the location is ok, 10-15 min walk to the old town and less than 10 min to the railway station. They serve free breakfast with a lot of fresh ingredients which is a great advantage. Rooms and common facilities are cosy and clean. The wifi works fine. And, moreover, this hostel is cheap. I would go again.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Guisborough, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2013

I spent 3 nights at the central hostel and I must say I enjoyed my stay. Definitely value for money and the staff were really helpful and friendly. I would certainly recommend this hostel to anyone travelling to Riga.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Island of Malta, Malta
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2013

I stayed in this hostel whilst attending a training course and it was pretty comfortable as rooms are divded into apartments so all the people in our apartment were people attending the same training. Although bathrooms are shared, one will only need to share with 5-6 other people as each apartment has 2 bathrooms which were cleaned daily. Rooms are big enough and one could have their own key to lock their bedroom + apartment. Although this hostel is not ultra modern, it is not too shabby either. Some apartments even have a common area and the hostel comes with a small kitchen which is equiped enough to prepare any meal (even freshly cooked pasta made from scratch by our Italian delegates). People at reception were nice and helpful offering to print iteraries and free shisha was available. The hostel has two living areas one next to reception and one downstairs next to the backyard. Hostel is quite central with a 10-15 minute walk to/from Riga centre.

Room Tip: Room on the top (3rd) floor have a common area but lots of stairs. Rooms on the reception floor are...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2012

I am Latvian myself but moved abroad, when I go to Riga for visits I always but always choose Central Hostel in the capital of Latvia.
I have stayed in Central Hostel 2 years ago and next time will stay in October 2012- will write another review about new experience in a different room, but I am confident this is gonna be as good as previous ones! 

This is a perfect location place in the very heart of Riga, on Birznieka- Upisha Street. If you check their website, all information and photos presented are true picture of how it looks like – neat, comfortable, cheap and tidy with very good morning breakfasts which last until 11:00 if not later! On our arrival we got nicely tied towels with typical Latvian sweets on the pillows, what a welcoming isn’t?! 

There is good WI FI connection as I used it every day for my studies.
Bathroom and shower facilities are located outside the room; luckily we had them next doors!
The rooms are cleaned and bed linen changed every day!
I remember we left 5 lats deposit for the key, make sure you ask for the deposit money back on your departure day.
There is a nice kitchen and all oven/ microwave facilities so you can even cook yourself in case of weather is not great. The supermarket RIMI is located 2 min walk from the hostel so you can always pop in get what like the most, many salads, sweets, pastry etc.

The ORIGO shopping centre is 5 min walk, the same train station which is located inside the shopping centre on the ground floor. The Old Riga (Vecriga) is 10-15 min walk which is a great distance to medieval spirit of the capital. GALERIJA CENTRS with nice shopping areas is 10 min walk.

Room Tip: any room is good!
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Katowice, Polska
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2012

Good Hostel in Riga, which is about 20 minutes walk from Old Town, with free parking for guests and simple breakfast, very helpful stuff, in a pretty quiet area, and not too far from main roads in town.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gothenburg, Sweden
Level 6 Contributor
278 reviews
81 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2012

Stayed here for one night in July. Excellent location, just a short walk from the central station / bus station. Super friendly staff and the room was large and clean. The bathrooms was also clean. All in all good value for money

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Central Hostel
Address: Ernesta Birznieka-Upisha iela 20, Riga 1050, Latvia
Region: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
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Ranked #4 of 144 Speciality Lodging in Riga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Central Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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