Latvia’s capital city of Riga is enjoying a tourism resurgence lately, and has been called the “Baltic Berlin” thanks in part to a thriving cultural atmosphere and nightclub scene. The abundance of low-cost carrier flights, along with low prices, make Riga an excellent weekend getaway, or extended vacation destination.
We’ve broken out the best Riga neighborhoods, and selected the best hotels in Riga, to help you decide where to stay in Riga Latvia. Keep in mind, Riga is not a huge city, so between walking around and using the trolleybus system, you can easily get around no matter where you stay in Riga.
We will cover off all types of Riga accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Riga hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Riga, the best Riga hotels, best places in Riga to visit, the best places to stay in Riga, hotels near Riga attractions, Riga neighborhood guide and many more. Airbnb is also a great option for short or long stays.
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Old Town – Where to stay in Riga for tourists
As with many European cities, the Old Town area is the hub of the historic points of interest and UNESCO World Heritage area. It’s also the best area in Riga for easy access to great pubs, clubs and restaurants. If you only have a short time in Riga and want to see as much as possible, definitely consider one of the many hotels in Old City Riga.
For travelers who want to splurge on a historic, luxury hotel, the Grand Palace Hotel is 250 years old, and in the heart of Old Town. This area is largely pedestrianized, which can make driving (and parking) difficult. Old Town is best explored of foot, or with public transportation.
Best places to stay in Old City Riga
Āgenskalns – Where to stay in Riga on a budget
This Riga region is across the Daugava River from Riga Old Town. This is a great option for those wishing for a quieter spot close to, but not in, the central area of Riga. By tram, it’s still only 5 minutes to the Old City, so those who choose to stay here will not miss out on any things to do in Riga.
Āgenskalns is sometimes called “Riga’s Wooden Heart” as many wood houses still stand here, dating back to the 18th century. For local entertainment, head to Kalnciema Quarter, which has a Saturday market and live music in the summer. For those driving to Riga, there are more options for parking, so this is another reason to consider staying in Āgenskalns.
Best places to stay in Āgenskalns
Mežaparks – Where to stay in Riga with Family
Nature lovers seeking the best places to stay in Riga will love Mežaparks. The name means “forest park” and is a lovely area along the shore of Lake Ķīšezers, just north of downtown Riga.
One of Europe’s original garden cities, Mežaparks was used as a rural escape from the city of Riga when it was developed in the early 20th century. Families will love staying in this Riga neighborhood, as there are many things to do, such as the zoo, beaches, trails and watersports at the lake.
Best places to stay in Mežaparks
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Mežaparks:
Aparthotel Autosole Riga
Teika – Where to stay in Riga for Families with kids
Teika is a Riga neighborhood that was built in the early 20th century and is known for Functionalist architecture. Unless you are a fan of this style, you may find this area to be less photogenic, as the architectural style is very Soviet-looking. However, it’s a quiet neighborhood, largely residential, so there are fewer Riga hotels, but if you are a family looking for an apartment rental, this is a great place to stay in Riga.
Given that the neighborhood is residential, you’ll also have access to cafes, restaurants and grocery shopping if you stay here. Teika is also home to student housing, giving the neighborhood a young vibe, and the requisite cheap eats that draw students in.
Best places to stay in Teika
Miera Iela – Where to stay in Riga for Chocolate lovers
For Riga travelers wishing to see a different side of the city, Miera Iela is Riga’s Bohemian neighborhood, and is translated as “Peace Street.” The name originated when this Riga neighborhood was home to several mortuaries and cemeteries, however it fits nicely with the hippie vibe you’ll find there today.
Artists will appreciate the street art and galleries, as well as indie boutiques and cafes. Whether you stay in Miera Iela or not, make sure you visit the Laima chocolate factory and museum.
Best places to stay in Miera Iela
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Miera Iela:
Royal Casino Spa & Hotel Resort
Gallery Park Hotel & Spa, a Chateaux & Hotels Collection
Grand Poet Hotel by Semarah