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Naughty Squirrel Backpackers
Ranked #1 of 150 Specialty Lodging in Riga
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Reviewed October 15, 2010

great hosts, sometimes they ask people if they want to put money in for a roast dinner. they like to put on movies for the guests, good internet and computers. good shower and toilet setup. run by an aussie and his latvian girlfriend.. how awesome is that. especially if your australian. great location. easy to find and you gotta love that name

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2010

This is a fantastic hostel. I have stayed in quite alot and this one is up there with the best. The showers are hot and there are plenty of them, the staff are fantastic and the Kitchen is very well stocked to cook things with. The common rooms are huge and the selection of movies is great. They even give you towels which is even better! The rooms are separate from the common areas so its always quiet at night. The pub crawl they organise on Friday nights is great as well. There is also a good supermarket near by. I usually dont review Hostels on this website but I had to review this one because it was so good. Thank you to all the staff there.

Veronica.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 28, 2010

travellers, if you come in riga, stop in naughty squirrel, is a fantastic place, great staff, clean, safety, funny, good people, best position, the best place you can find in riga! I will come soon...!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

..I stayed here approxiamately 6 weeks before this second visit. However some things seemed to have changed.

What annoyed me more than anything else was the behaviour of one of the staff members who at time seemed to have an attitude problem - there was certainly a big difference in her behaviour from my previous visit.

At around 2300 everynight, she would abruptly announce, as various guests were enjoying the facilities of the common room or in the middle of a film or using the internet facitlties that it was time to leave as she wanted to go to sleep.
So not really a common room then.
It was HER room and she behaved as if we were a nuisance.

Anyway, this is not correct .

Also, on numerous occasions during the day during my stay, the common room became a creche for her friends and their children, with all the resultant noise and childrens TV.

Is this right?
Otherwise, the hostel is clean but does attract a lot of badly behaved english stag party-goers and other young people whose only intention whilst in Riga is to get drunk or particiapte in the sex tourism that Riga is sadly famous for.

There are other places in Riga that are better than this, especially if you want a common room that is truly a common room and if you'd prefer to be away from the drunken teenagers.

Take with a pinch of salt all those reviews that give this place such a high rating.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 15, 2010

Party hostel, good vibe. Probably not the best for us, but highly recommended if you are single and traveling alone.They really try hard to keep the crowd happy, playing DVDs with free popcorn and shots during the night. Common room is PACKED during the nights, very hard to even get a seat. But great location. If you want a carpark it will cost 10 Euro a night. Was on the 3rd floor and could not access the wifi, as it was "too far away" - but there are 3 PC's with internet in the common room.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2010

The location couldn't be better. In the old town, yet on a side street and close to public transportation (such as the airport bus). Staff is truly really, really excellent. Very helpful and fantastically friendly. Bathrooms are cleaned several times a day (= spotless). A very social reception area with a full kitchen and big lounge with plenty of space to sit and a few computers with Internet access.

Had a great time here and wouldn't hesistate to recommend it. I'm getting a bit too old and comfortable for dorms, but will consider staying in a private room here again if returning to Riga.

The free walking tour recommended by (but not arranged by) the hostel is also warmly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 2, 2010

I read the reviews for this hostel before I picked it out, both here and Hostel World and as soon as I arrived I understood why this place is constantly rated as one of the best hostels in the world. It's all about the little touches that make a place excellent, and for me it was not only the soft beds, great location or the clean surroundings... but the staff who went above and beyond to ensure we had a good time.

I felt like I was part of the family there, and after a long day walking about or enjoying the city, there's nothing better than to chill out over a cold beer in their communal area and meet people from all over the world. Free internet, cheap happy hours are also part of the Naughty Squirrel experience....

Feel free to send me a message if you want to know more!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Naughty Squirrel Backpackers

Address: Kaleju iela 50 | Old Town, Riga 1050, Latvia
Location: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 150 Specialty Lodging in Riga
Price Range: $15 - $48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aussie owned Backpackers in the Heart of the Old Town. Only 300m to Main Square, Airport Bus, Central Markets, Bus Station, Supermarkets and many Bars/Restaurants. AK47 Shooting, Bobsled, Free Walking Tours, Pub Crawls, Latvian Food Nights, Karaoke, Husky Dog Sledding, Daily Happy Hours, Latvian Beer Tastings and much more! Voted No.1 Hostel in Latvia 2009 and 2010.A Genuine Backpackers for Real Travellers !!!!!** NO STAG PARTIES ALLOWED **Clean, Secure and Fun backpackers hostel in Old Riga for small groups and solo travellers. We are a true backpackers with friendly local staff that will help you 24hrs.** Female Only Dorms Available!! Our prices include all taxes, all linens and your bed already made for you... PLUS a FRESH TOWEL!!- FREE internet and WIFI- FREE lockers and locks- FREE Foosball Table- FREE shower and hand soap- FREE tea all day- FREE guide map- FREE popcorn & gumibears (Movie Nights)- FREE good times and awesome memories. We offer you TWO common rooms to meet other backpackers and a fully equipped KITCHEN for cooking 24 hours. All dorm rooms have large security lockers under each bed that can fit your whole backpack. ... more   less 
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