Where to stay in Riga

Whether in the city or national parks, Latvia's capital region has truly novel, bargain places to stay.

Published 13 Apr 2017, 09:00 BST, Updated 23 Jul 2021, 11:01 BST
Gauja National Park

Gauja National Park 

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Two Wheels
It's a hostel and a hotel, biker-friendly yet more hipster than a Harley; Two Wheels almost has to be seen to be believed. Its dorms and en suite rooms are within walking distance of Riga's old town. You can even rent Harleys on site. Dorms from £14, doubles from £55.

Arkhouse
Near Gauja National Park (90 minutes from Riga) is this giant log cabin, on the outskirts of Cesis. It's equally authentic inside -— all log-panelled walls, wooden tables and armchairs beside roaring fireplaces. Doubles from £43.

Kempings Melnsils
Beachside on the Gulf of Riga, and close to Slitere National Park, Melnsils offers varied options. However, glamping right on the shore in one of the 16 oversized barrels is the main draw. Cabins from £46.

Ozolkalns
Ozolkalns' six two-bedroom chalets and modern 'forest house' lie at the foot of a mountain on the bank of the Gauja river. It's family-friendly, too, with a summer adventure trail and ski pistes for kids. Chalets from £55. 

Published in the May 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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