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“Probably best hostel I have been to” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel

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Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel
1.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Novembra Krastmala 29 | Old Riga, Riga, Latvia   |  
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Ranked #15 of 113 Specialty Lodging in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
Tallinn
2 reviews
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“Probably best hostel I have been to”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2009

Great price, great service, great value
Hey....They even give you free beer

Best place to stay in Riga

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2009

Friendly atmosphere and helpful staff. Recommend the bar crawl, even though I don't remember much about it, and the shooting range in a Soviet bunker is surreal and should be tried. Great location in old Riga 5 minute walk from all the site seeing attractions.

Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
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rio de janeiro
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2009

I just loved staying in this hostel. It's in the center of Riga, a wonderful small city with crazy nights! Staff, mainly Adam, will take you to bars and clubs, and you'll definitely meet people and have fun. The best hostel I've been at.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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109 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2009

Having read all the reviews, I didn't believe a hostel could be that good. But it really, really was. We received a complimentary beer from Frank on arrival, the rooms were spotless, bathrooms clean (every hour), showers hot and powerful, 24 hour bar with great prices comfortable seats and UK subscription sports on TVs, the place had a brilliant atmosphere, security was first class (Frank prides himself on the safety of the hotel), staff that worked there first class. I would particularly single out Anastasija who was our tour guide for the weekend. We were a stag party of 15 blokes, and she made sure we went to the best places (and safe places considering some of Riga's well publicised problems), and was an amazing amount of fun considering who she had to look after.

Frank took a huge amount of pride in the service received by those staying at the hotel, better than many hotels I've stayed in, and it shows in the quality of staff he's employed. He gave us great recommendations as to what we should try and do, and what we should steer well clear of - we really enjoyed them all. Any time we had any kind of problem, he couldn't do enough to solve it.

Thoroughly deserves all of it's awards, without doubt a first point of call in Riga.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2009

I am a bit older than the average hostel guest (41), and I was a bit afraid of the party reputation that Frank's has. I was pleasantly surprised! I had booked a single room and was not at all bothered by noise or other partying going on. The staff is truly exceptional - friendly and helpful. The location is outstanding, and it could not be easier or cheaper to get there from the airport using the bus #22. Frank's is in an older building, and the steps are a pain, but the facilities are in great working order, and the bathrooms are constantly being cleaned. For the location, you will not beat the price. I would recommend this hostel to anyone who does not expect a 5-star hotel at those rates. I would definitely return to Franks and would recommend it to my friends.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2009

This place is so much more than a place to stay. It was clean, social, and close to all of the relevant places in Riga. The organisation was excellent. We were a group of 4 men who went to Riga to for an escape. The staff are a credit to the organisation and planned trips out and looked after us very well. In fact, one particular staff member, named Dace, went out of her way to ensure we had an excellent time. The beach trip she organised will be long in the memory. Overall, I would say this was a great place to stay to experience both the culture and the fun of Riga.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Passau
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2009

- weired back-door entrance
- steep
- the girls at the reception are everything but friendy
- rooms are clean
- a lot of alike minded travellers
- meetingpoint at midnight at the hotel for those who like to party
- great bar and chill out room

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Novembra Krastmala 29 | Old Riga, Riga, Latvia
Location: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
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Ranked #15 of 113 Specialty Lodging in Riga
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Hotel Class:1 star — Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 26
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