Best Areas to Stay in Riga, Latvia

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Where to stay in Riga – A guide to the capital of Latvia

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia and the Baltic states.

This city is located in the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava River.

Riga is called the “Paris of the East” for its wide range of museums and art nouveau-style galleries, as well as its many shops, bars and restaurants.

This beautiful port city enjoys a humid continental climate, where the coldest months are January and February. Rain and fog are frequent during autumn, while summers are mild and rainy.

Therefore, the best time to visit Riga is during the summer, with average temperatures of 17°C.

The city can be reached through the International Airport and the Riga Central Station, 10 km south-east of the city.

To move around the city, you can use the tram, trolleybus, bus and train.

As for the best areas to stay in Riga, Vecrīga stands out for its many emblematic sites and its wide range of hotels. See accommodation in Vecrīga

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Riga, Latvia.

The best areas to stay in Riga, Latvia

1. Our favourite area: Vecrīga

Vecrīga is the oldest district of Riga and is located on the east side of the Daugava River.

Vecrīga is the best area to stay in Riga because it is the heart of the city, with medieval facades, museums and emblematic sites.

This district is famous for photogenic attractions such as Riga Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church and The House of Blackheads, in art nouveau style.

A must in this area is the Three Brothers Museum, with three buildings from different eras and the Riga Art Space gallery, with an exhibition of modern art and a concert hall.

Also, casinos, shops, cafes and restaurants are part of the entertainment that Vecrīga offers its visitors.

Vecrīga is the best area to stay in Riga for its mixed hotels with varied costs, for being pedestrian-friendly and for its good public transport connections, including light rail and buses.

Best areas to stay in Riga, Latvia - Vecrīga

Best areas to stay in Riga, Latvia – Vecrīga

Accommodation in Vecrīga - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Vecrīga – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for aa stay in Riga:

  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Historical monuments
  • Connected by public transport

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Avalon Hotel & Conferences

This 4-star hotel is located in the historic centre of Riga, just 500 metres from the Opera House. It offers spacious rooms with air conditioning and cable TV, as well as breakfast and WiFi.

from €54
Budget

Boutique Hotel Monte Kristo

Boutique Hotel Monte Kristo is located in the historic centre of Riga, only 500 metres from the Central Train Station. It offers rooms with cable TV, a minibar and free Wi-Fi.

from €33
Luxury

Pullman Riga Old Town

The Pullman Riga Old Town, located in the centre of a historic area, in an 18th-century former Baron Munchausen stable, offers equine themes throughout.

from €109

 

 

 

2. Centra rajons

Centra rajons or Central District is among the best areas to stay in Riga for its monuments, cultural and historical sites.

Centra rajons is located northeast of the centre of Riga and is known for its exclusive shops, restaurants and cafes.

Centra rajons has several leisure sites, including the Dailes Theatre, located a few metres from Brivibas street. This theatre is famous for being the scene of dramas, comedies and musicals.

Also, the National Museum of Art of Latvia is ideal for those who like art, as it offers an exhibition of more than 52 thousand works by Baltic and Russian painters and sculptors.

Another leisure option in the area is the Vērmanes Garden, equipped with playgrounds, a restaurant and cafés that make it ideal for the whole family.

Another advantage of staying in this area is its good public transport connections.

To get around Centra rajons or move to other areas, you can take the light rail or the bus at the assigned stops.

Centra rajons is one of the best areas to stay in Riga. However, it must be taken into account that accommodation in this area is usually more expensive.

Where to stay in Riga - Centra Rajons

Where to stay in Riga – Centra Rajons

Accommodation in Centra Rajons - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Centra Rajons – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for aa stay in Riga:

  • Central location
  • Connected by public transport
  • Good area for business travellers

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

City Hotel Teater

The City Hotel Teater is a 4-star hotel located in a beautiful Art Nouveau building, in a lively cultural area in the centre of Riga. It has a restaurant, lobby bar, terrace, sauna and 3 meeting rooms.

from €44
Budget

Mosaic Hotel

Mosaic Hotel is located in the Art Nouveau district of central Riga, a 10-minute walk from the Old Town. It offers rooms with free Wi-Fi. The pearl of the Art Nouveau district, Alberta Street, is 100 metres away.

from €29
Luxury

Pullman Riga Old Town

The Gallery Park Hotel & SPA is a 5-star boutique hotel located in the historic centre of Riga, next to the old town and the Art Nouveau district, as well as international embassies. It is located in a 19th century mansion.

from €139

 

 

 

3. Avotu iela

Avotu iela is one of the best areas to stay in Riga for its varied leisure sites and for being a financial centre.

Here, you will find offices, shops, hotels, restaurants, cinemas and cafes for all types of travellers.

Avotu iela has excellent entertainment sites to take a break, such as the Gertrudes Street Theatre, which offers its visitors dance, shows and concerts with national and international artists.

It also has the Garden of Flowers, with green areas that are ideal for walking, playing sports or just resting while enjoying a good cup of coffee in one of its venues.

To move to other places of interest, Avotu iela has bus stops and train stations.

Avotu iela is among the best areas to stay in Riga for its budget-friendly hotels.

Best areas to stay in Riga, Latvia - Avotu Iela

Best areas to stay in Riga, Latvia – Avotu Iela

Accommodation in Avotu Iela - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Avotu Iela – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for aa stay in Riga:

  • Cheap hotels in Riga
  • Relatively central
  • Connected by public transport

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Rixwell Gertrude Hotel

    The family-run Rixwell Gertrude Hotel is housed in a 19th-century Art Nouveau building. This 4-star hotel is a 15-minute walk from the Church of Santa Gertrudis, the central Vermane Park, the Latvian National Opera and the historic centre of Riga.

    from €35
 

 

 

4. Latgale

Latgale is one of the six districts of the city of Riga, located southeast of the Daugava River.

Latgale is the best area to stay in Riga for the summer holidays, thanks to its varied entertainment sites.

In this area, you will find attractions such as the Kengaragas Seafront, a great place to walk or ride a bike.

For lovers of adventure, Latgale has the old Rumbala airbase, where young people come together to enjoy paragliding, motorcycles and ultralight aeroplanes.

Moving around Latgale is simple since the area has train stations such as Daugmale and Gaisma.

Latgale is among the best areas to stay in Riga for its varied hotel for all types of visitors and budgets.

Where to stay in Riga - Latgale

Where to stay in Riga – Latgale

Accommodation in Latgale - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Latgale – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Strops

    Strops is conveniently located in the district of Latgales priekšpilsēta, 7 km from the Riga Central Market and the Riga City Hall Square and 7 km from the House of the Blackheads. The property is about 7 km from Jauniela, 7 km from Riga Cathedral and 7 km from the Latvian National Opera.

    from €35
 

 

 

5. Zemgale

Zemgales priekšpilsēta is located southwest of Riga, on the left bank of the Daugava River.

Zemgales is among the best areas to stay in Riga as it is a district away from the hustle and bustle of the centre, with numerous green areas and leisure facilities for all types of visitors.

Among the attractions that the district offers is Drifta Halle, an entertainment centre where visitors have a track and electric tricycles to spend a pleasant time with family or friends.

Lucavsala Recreational Park is another must-see attraction in this area, with a family atmosphere where you can picnic, walk, play outdoors and sunbathe.

Zemgales priekšpilsēta has light rail and bus services to move to other areas of Riga.

Best areas to stay in Riga, Latvia - Zemgales priekšpilsēta

Best areas to stay in Riga, Latvia – Zemgales priekšpilsēta

Accommodation in Zemgale - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Zemgale – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Rixwell Elefant Hotel

    The Rixwell Elefant Hotel is a 4-star superior hotel located between the city centre and the Riga International Airport, which is a 5-minute drive away.

    from €34
 

 

 

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