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Book rooms ahead especially in summer
Riga offers a very wide range of accommodation thanks to a recent boom in hotel building.
However, although it seems a new hotel opens every week, there are never enough rooms to go around. Unless you have booked you will struggle to find a decent room over the summer.
You can stay in one of the ever growing number of luxury Riga hotels, usually sited in the Old City or there are some very good budget hotel options on the other side of the river.
Fortunately Riga is a small enough city for it not to much matter where your hotel accommodation is located. Most hotels and apartments are on, or near, regular tram routes.
A good summer alternative to central Riga is a hotel or apartment at the nearby beach resort of Jurmala, about 20min by car and 30min by train. Jurmala is an attractive seaside beach resort strip in its own right with plenty of recently restored and several new hotels to choose from, many with splendid views over the Gulf of Riga.
There are scores of top end hotels in Riga with all the luxury extras you would expect. Most are centred in the Old City and near all the top city sites and shopping areas.
Grand Palace Hotel - Near the Dome Cathedral, this opened in 2001 and is the most expensive. It has a fitness suite, two restaurants and orangerie.
Hotel de Rome - German owned four star on the edge of the Old Town, it has 90 rooms with a fine restaurant.
Guttenbergs - In the heart of the Old Town with stunning rooftop restaurant and rich 19th century décor.
There are plenty of mid range hotels to be found in Riga, most of them a short ride away from the old centre, though most will be found across the river in the New City.
Radi un Draugi - British-Latvian-owned in the Old Town and very popular with consistently good reviews. Comfortable with 76 rooms and recently modernised.
Tia - Clean and comfortable, simple rooms recently renovated and near the centre.
Laine Hotel - Small hotel has just 28 rooms in elegant art nouveau building near the town centre. They have a few cheaper rooms with shared bathrooms.
Keizermezs - Overlooks Lake Kisezers, 7km north of the centre, with 80 rooms with fabulous fitness centre and swimming pool.
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Those travelling on a tight budget have a reasonably good choice of accommodation in Riga. Many of the cheaper hotels have been bulldozed to make way for more up-market accommodation but there are still plenty of good options.
There are a few hostels offering dormitory-type accommodation including the Old Town Hostel, close to the bus station with a sauna and bar; Posh Backpackers, near the Central Market with spacious rooms but no kitchens; the RPRA Hostel, quite a way out of town on the #11 or #22 tram route and the Turiba, on a business school campus about 20min out of town on tram #8 to Graudu.
Budget hotels, guest houses and apartments offer a range of rooms for singles, couples, families or groups, some in the heart of the city, others on regular tram and bus routes. For clean, comfortable rooms try Riga hostels, found right across the city
As an alternative to Riga's hotels, try bed & breakfast. There's a good range with reasonable rates to be found. B&B Krisjanis & Gertrude, for example, is on Gertrudes street at the junction of Krisjana Barona street. It's on the tram route to the city centre and about 15min walk to Dom square.
There is also Campsite ABC at Sampetera, about 6km south of the centre with tents and cabins and Riga City Camping at Kipsala, about 20min walk from the centre, with 63 tent plots and 20 trailer spaces.