What we cover:1. The 5 Stars of Seagulls Garret Hostel
2. How to book and compare rates
3. Neighborhood and location
What better way to wake up than in a beautiful European city with the sound of seagulls flying overhead? It can only get better if you’re sleeping in an incredibly cool place – and if you’re staying at the Seagulls Garret Hostel, you’ll be in luck!
This homey-feeling hostel is in the heart of Riga, Latvia. You’ll find it tucked in the old city center between intricate Art Nouveau buildings.
As always, we at Hostelgeeks will have a close look on all the 5 criteria. This includes sustainability, design, uniqueness, social character, and top-rated staff. You can find all all official 5 Star Hostels with us here at Hostelgeeks. In Tartu, north of Riga you can enjoy another 5-star-rated hostel. The Hektor Design Hostel is a minimal hostel with maximal effect. The inBox Capsule Hotel in Saint Petersburg is an only 24-bed sized chic hostel with a vibrant ambiance in the heart of the city.
Since we cannot stop finding beautiful hostels, we finished the round trip in Helsinki staying at The Yard Concept Hostel.
Now, Seagulls Garret Hostel in Riga is proudly one of them. Let’s walk into the House. We will check out why Seagulls Garret Hostel deserves the 5 Star Hostel Award. Ready? Then let us start.
The Seagulls Garret Hostel is a 5 Star Hostel because …
1. Keeping it really local
We’re all about having a true local experience here at HostelGeeks, and so are the owners of the Seagulls Garret Hostel. The whole place is run and managed by locals. Even the tours and businesses that the hostel partners with are local.
Want to find out about a cool tour? They’ll put you in touch with a great local tour provider. Looking for a great place to eat? The reception staff will be happy to direct you to the best restaurants and cafés with tasty local food and large selection of Latvian draft beers.
Trying to get a discount to save some cash? Just ask! Trying to get a discount to save some cash? Just ask, and they’ll hook you up with their favorite local businesses to get you a sweet deal.
They’ll be able to refer you to everything from a walking or bike tour to a pub crawl to a shooting tour where you can unleash your inner cowboy. Also important to mention: Seagulls Garret Hostel is a very bike-friendly hostel. You can rent your bike directly at Seagulls Garret Hostel plus they have an in-house parking.
Seagulls Garret Hostel offers a wide range of group activities such as:
- Paintball tour
- Riding a bobsled (Latvia is really proud of their Olympic bobsled team)
- Shooting tours
- City quests
- Escape room quests (check out our review of an awesome Escape Room in Prague)
- Bungee jumping
- Excursions to the seaside
- And many more….
You can get more information directly with Seagulls Garret Hostel. We recommend to check with them directly and preorder the tours via email. The team of Seagulls Garret Hostel usually replies very fast! Here is a handy guide to weekend in Riga.
Even the drinks served at this bar are local. They’ve got cider, six sorts of beer, and Riga’s very own Black Balsam, a traditional drink from the country.
Right in front of the hostel they have a small hostel for street cats. Pretty cute!
2. At the Seashore
You’ll feel like you are right on the beach with the relaxed vibe of Seagulls Garret Hostel. The color palette of blue, grey, and white with a touch of orange hints at the seaside inspiration behind this hostel – which only becomes more noticeable as you hear the seagulls gently flying over the city in the background seating on the hidden terrace.
What about the hostel design? On the walls and ceiling there are traces of seagulls paws to navigate to the level. The lifebuoy from the ship named in honor of the mysterious island of Palmyra from the Bermuda Triangle.
The owners themselves are the people who designed the decoration. Apart from using the beach as a jumping-off point, they also decided they wanted to reuse and upcycle as much as possible.
The coolest example of this reusing is the fresco you can find on the bathroom for the female dorm. And yes, they have a female-only dorm. The fresco is actually over 200 years old! The owners uncovered it during the renovation process, and decided that it was worth keeping around.
Seagulls Garret Hostel has as well some furniture which they have found and renovated. This is so-called upcycling design. The huge table and historical temple gates with Ganesga from India is a part of a common area decoration. It gives the common area the spirit of travel. Really cool to see!
You can find more cool upcycle design ideas for Hostel on our pinterest.
Recently, Seagulls Garret acquired the house next door and made it part of the hostel. You’ll know you’re in this section when you notice the cozy wooden bunk beds.
3. Secret Terrace
A terrace is a very uncommon sight in Riga, and you’ll find one of the city’s best hidden inside this hostel. It’s right next to the common room and kitchen, making it the ideal spot for a kickback session when the weather is good.
Here, you’ll find barbecues and themed dinner parties featuring dishes from all over the world, from Argentina to Italy. If you’re especially lucky, there’ll also be a DJ spinning tunes in the background. (that reminded us of Wallyard Concept Hostel in Berlin!)
4. No shortage of social space
The terrace isn’t all as far as social spaces go at Seagulls Garret. There’s no shortage of places to socialize at this hostel. There’s also a common room where you can lie on the couch. You can watch movies on the projector, or gather around a large table for dinner and share impressions.
At Seagulls Garret Hostel you will also find a table hockey area, chill room with Playstation and musical instruments. Are you a drummer? Do you play the accordion or guitar? Here is your chance to impress your fellow hostel travel mates.
The Seagulls Garret Hostel has also an in-house bar. You can get tea and coffee for free. Of course you can order as well beer, wine, champagne, and mixed drinks if that’s more up your alley. Just ask the staff for their favorite drinks from Riga and give it a shot.
Also interesting, the Seagulls Garret Hostel is LGBT friendly!
The social areas all have their own distinct feel but come together with a matching style. The other thing they all have in common is that the staff are always on hand to make sure you’re having a fantastic time there. And hey, speaking of staff…
5. Staff that Goes the Extra Mile
Sure, it’s a cliché – but when it comes to the Seagulls Garret Hostel, it’s also true! The Seagulls Garret Team here really does put their best effort in to make sure that their guests have the best experience possible.
The Seagulls Garret Hostel prefers to call their staff “Seagulls Garret team“. This is important to mention. Each team member plays an important role. Here at Seagulls Garret they see themselves not only as coworkers – they are friends.
People who do not share the positive spirit of the team and hostel usually do not stay in team for a long time. But the ones staying, stay for a lifetime. Wherever life would brought people, they always come back to Seagulls Garret.
The owners know that their team is the face of the hostel, and they make sure that their team know how to properly welcome and say goodbye to their guests. And in between ensure that guests have a fantastic time. However, the team and hostel are in a constant development and improvement of facilities and hostel. So leave your feedback, they appreciate it and are always keen to improve.
They’re a crucial part of creating the welcoming atmosphere at the hostel, and will hang out with guests at events and in common areas and give them their top recommendations for things to do in the city.
You just have to look at the ratings and comments on major hostel booking platforms to see that this is true.
And now, check out the lively team. A fun and great idea to introduce you to the people behind the hostel.
The photos of Seagulls Garret Hostel in Riga were produced by photographer Jasper Paulissen.