We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel

Certificate of Excellence
Novembra Krastmala 29 | Old Riga, Riga, Latvia
Hotel amenities
Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel
Book on
TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
1 room 1 guest
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Ranked #16 of 114 Specialty Lodging in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
A recent review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015
pangeaspilgrim Kampot, Cambodia
Add Photo Write a Review

179 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Traveler rating
    96
    50
    25
    5
    3
See reviews for
2
7
27
4
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (22)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (179)
  • Mar-May only
    (36)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (53)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (54)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (36)
All months
Oradea, Romania
Level Contributor
30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I don't know where to start. We stayed here for 2 nights on our route around the Baltics. Easily the worst experience ever. We booked a private triple room with private bathroom. We were offered a room so tiny (with a small roof window) we could barely move and with 4 beds that were on top of each other. On... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kampot, Cambodia
Level Contributor
25 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

they greet you with a free beer which is nice after the bus from tallinn. Very close to the bus station which is a major plus and a stones throw to the old city. Riga is as ive said many times the best party city in europe its very underrated I feel among euro travelers. We were out partying until... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Well i must say, when we arrived from the ferry, they had booked for us transportation. It was a few minutes late but we got champange beacuse of the traffic. I have never meet so nice staff ( Especially the night shift girl who worked on the 1th ) They had orgenized a arrange party for new years so everyone... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Letchworth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
77 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

In a nutshell Franks combines value and atmosphere. The hostel is perfectly located within Riga, just 5 minutes from the bus/train station and found in the city centre. When you arrive you are welcomed with a free beer and the staff are as enthusiastic and fun-loving as the people you are meet staying at the popular hostel. The rooms are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bangkok, Thailand
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

The hostel at 7 euros a night and right in the old town is cheap and welcoming. Free beer, free walking tours, free breakfast and free towels what could be better? The staff are really friendly and having a bar and a smoking area on the reception floor is really handy. Frankie the house dog gives it a family atmosphere... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Franks is quite simply the best Hostel I've ever stayed in! From walking in and being greeted personally by the friendly staff and being handed a free beer, the hostel just got better and better! The rooms are very spacious and we even had one with an en suite shower and toilet room! Each comes with all the amenities you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
56 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Isn't it a little weird that 3 stars is 'Average', which is kind of damning of an establishment, yet the next rating up is 'Very Good', pretty high praise? This place really is in between those two statements. Numerous aspects of this place have a real yin/yang aspect to it; the location is great for waking up and looking out... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

just completed a weekend stay at franks. a little tricky to find, the front door is at the back of the building down an alley (through an archway between the buildings) but once inside greeted by very freindly, helpfull staff and a free beer. Rooms were tidy and super value for what we paid (12 euro) The hostel is situated... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Had a great stay at fun friendly franks! The hostel was easy to get to from the airport and the free beer on arrival was a great touch. The location is ideal for exploring Riga an Riga old town as it is a short walk from many sights such as central market and house of the black heads. My friend... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
São Paulo
Level Contributor
17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

There was a free beer as a welcoming gift and it was quite well. The location is very very good, but the hostel need to improve its rooms. It was ok for a hostel, but far from being very good. Besides, the stairs were creepy, you almost have to climb it! Besides, it was almost empty when I was there.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

19 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (19)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (3)
Viewed
Room/suite (2)
Viewed
View from room (1)
Viewed
Other (13)
Check In Check Out
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Riga hotels
0.2 mi away
Neiburgs Hotel
Neiburgs Hotel
#1 of 103 in Riga
4.5 of 5 stars 417 reviews
0.9 mi away
Funky Hostel and Apartments
0.1 mi away
Wellton Old Riga Palace Hotel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.7 mi away
Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel
0.1 mi away
Hotel Garden Palace
Hotel Garden Palace
#53 of 103 in Riga
4.0 of 5 stars 329 reviews
0.1 mi away
St. Peter's Boutique Hotel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check In Check Out Check Out
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Price Your Stay