Important UPDATE: This hostel has changed its name to Wicked Weasel Hostel and the new owners gave it an awesome make over.
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.
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Location Advantage and Neighborhood of Seagulls Garret Hostel
Central and easy-to-reach-everything location in the old town of Riga.
The Seagulls Garret Hostel is situated in a beautiful historical building in the old city center of Riga. It’s very close to all the major sights and the bus station. On top of that, you’ll have your pick of cafés, restaurants, shops, and markets. If you’re hoping to have a big night out on the town, there are also plenty of bars and clubs nearby!
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Seagulls Garret Hostel,
Vaļņu iela 41, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
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, gray, 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 as you’re seated on the hidden terrace.
And the hostel design?
On the walls and ceiling there are traces of seagulls footprints to guide you around.
The buoy from the ship hung on the wall is named in honor of the mysterious island of Palmyra from the Bermuda Triangle.
The owners themselves are the people who designed the decor.
In addition to using the beach as their 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 in 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 it was worth keeping around.
Seagulls Garret Hostel also has some furniture that they found and renovated.
This is called upcycling design.
A huge table and historical temple gates featuring Ganesga from India is a part of a common area decoration.
It gives the common area the spirit of travel…and is really cool to see!
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.
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 will also be a DJ spinning tunes in the background (that reminds us of the 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 relax on the couches.
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, and a chill room with PlayStation and musical instruments.
Are you a drummer?
Do you play the accordion or guitar?
This is your chance to impress your fellow travel mates.
The Seagulls Garret Hostel has also an in-house bar.
You can get tea and coffee for free.
Of course, you can also order 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 this accommodation, 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 guys prefer to call the 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’re friends, too.
People who don’t share the positive spirit of the team and hostel usually don’t stay on the team for a long time. But the ones who do stay, stay for a lifetime.
Wherever life takes 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, they ensure that the guests have a fantastic time.
However, the team and hostel are constantly developing and improving themselves.
So leave your feedback, they’ll appreciate it, as they’re 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.
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