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Reviews of Cinnamon Sally Backpackers Hostel

Hostel | Merkela 1, Riga, Latvia LV-1050

95.2% Overall Rating

240 out of 243 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (17/07/2014)

Hendrik Bostoen thinks…

"Awesome hostel, very friendly people always willing to help you out withanything and organising really nice events and activities. The atnosphere is really nice there, but this of course depoends…"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

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95.2%

Overall Rating

240 out of 243 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Cinnamon Sally Backpackers Hostel'

Atmosphere
96.0%
Location
94.4%
Facilities
94.4%
Cleanliness
95.2%
Staff
96.0%
Value
96.0%
Safety
94.4%
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91.4%
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Neil Johnson

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

19 August 2013 Neil would recommend this property

Liked: It's in a great location right in the heart of bustling Riga. Nice beds, good lockers, nicely decorated, beer fridge, comfortable common area for socialising. They allowed my friend who wasn't staying in the hostel to hang about and have drinks with the other guests which was nice of them.

Disliked: The single bad thing, and it made a big difference, was that there was a large group of lads staying there, and while they were ok and not a problem, they totally dominated the common area and it killed the atmosphere and opportunities for hanging about with other solo travellers. I hate it when this happens!

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

11 August 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the place is located near train and bus stations, 10 minutes far from the center people are friendly and you have great time with other travellers everything is clean and you have a lot of things lended

Disliked: Rooms are noisy because on the main road it could be very hot when the weather is warm because you cannot open every windows...

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

06 August 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This place felt really homey and was also really nicely decorated inside. There was a nice kitchen with everything you'd need. The common room was cool and just like a living room. All the staff were friendly and attractive people. I even met the owner (Cinnamon Sally) and she was lovely.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
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Daniel Köhler Leite

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

17 July 2013 Daniel would recommend this property

Liked: Great location in a walking distance from everything, very nice and helpful staff, comfy beds, good common area that allows interaction between guests, spacious lockers, waffle breakfast

Disliked: Showers could be a bit better maintained, especially the shower head hangers

94.3%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

16 July 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff is really nice, everything is really clean, the beds are good, the lockers are big, the location is perfect, and the waffles are also great.. :-) I would surely come back. The staff was always helpful :-)

Disliked: 1) The first thing I didn't like is that they have no reception and make everything on the main room. I felt very uncomfortable sitting around with all the other guests while I gave my passport, made payments and answered questions in front of everybody. I don't know... I'd like a litte bit of privacy at "check-in" :-) 2) The "towel"/carpet" on the shower is not very nice. It looks dirty. 3) The kitchen/fridge are small :-)

97.1%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Jens heckmann

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

14 July 2013 Jens would recommend this property

Liked: It's is a very social place to meet interesting new people, The staff is very nice and helpfull and the waffles are great

Disliked: Jens left no negative feedback.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

12 July 2013

Liked: Great location and nice common room. Good internet.

Disliked: When we were there the other guests were very odd. There weren't other backpackers or likeminded people. There were mostly old men and people who'd been staying for a long time. They sat quietly in the common area so it felt very solemn. The atmosphere would have been better if the guests were different. I think there'd be other hostels in Riga that would've better suited what we wanted to get out of our time here.

The property's response is...

80.0%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

11 July 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location - very close to bus and train stations as well as to the city centre, showers were good, bed in double private room was comfortable, hostel was clean and kitchen well-equipped.

Disliked: The main problem with this hostel was the atmosphere (or lack of). The staff were friendly but didn't try to interact with the guests. Guests often sat silently in the common area due to stale and strange atmosphere there. Also only two toilets, so had to wait for these at times.

The property's response is...

91.4%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Yan Yu Hon

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

10 July 2013 Yan Yu would recommend this property

Liked: Great location which is near all u need : bus station, train station, old town and supermarket. Great atmosphere and the staff's are friendly and helpful. Free waffles are provided for breakfast . Room is spacious. Excellent indication given by the hostel.

Disliked: Only two toilets for 40 ppl is not enough though they hv 4 sinks. The bathroom should install more hangers and they should be cleaner and better ventilated.

94.3%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

30 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean rooms and comfortable beds. Nice common room / kitchen. Very nice staff - always willing to help and I've noticed them even washing dishes after some lazy people

Disliked: Would it be possible to get a bigger fridge? Or maybe clean this one more regularly and throw stuff belonging to the people who left? Please make sure to communicate beforehand that the people who want to leave before 8.30am should get their key deposit back the night before (I didn't notice the small paper on the wall). The internet didn't work for me (IP conflict), but other people seemed to be connected fine

97.1%
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Gavin Lau

Alone

City break

24 June 2013 Gavin would recommend this property

Liked: Not too big and yet, not too small. Good atmosphere with cosy common room. Everything is decent.

Disliked: Staff could be more passionate for their job. Not a dislike but there's always room for improvement. E.g. At least an introduction of themselves.

100.0%
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Maria Großalber

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

15 June 2013 Maria would recommend this property

Liked: Perfectly situated next to old town, train and bus station. Unbelievable nice staff and guests! Waffles in the morning, Martin (the entertainer), warm water and enough showers (so that you dont have to wait) as well as it is really clean are some factors, which made my stay there really nice.

Disliked: Maria left no negative feedback.

94.3%
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Customer review

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture

09 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very sociable and friendly people staying at this hostel but it's not a mad party place - perfect for older travellers. Very suitable for people of all ages travelling alone, who would like to meet other travellers. Everyone mixes well and I met some great people there. I stayed in the female dorm and it was nice and roomy with big lockers. My dorm bed was very comfy. The hostel location across the road from the train and bus station was good.

Disliked: The waffles weren't the best but on the other hand, it's nice to be offered something to eat in the morning. There isn't much work space in the kitchen area so if more than one person is preparing or cooking food, it's already too crowded.

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Customer review

Alone

City break

04 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: very clean hostel, very good receptionnist, good kitchen, closed to the old town. Good wifi around the place, confortable beds, waffles in the morning,.. A great place to stay in Riga

Disliked: n/a

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Viviana Serratos

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

01 June 2013 Viviana would recommend this property

Liked: The staff was extremely friendly and even gifted me a poster of my favorite band. They also have a fridge with beer that you are able to help yourself to as you as you are honest and pay later. However, no bar. :(

Disliked: No bar. Not really in the center of the city. Waffles did not taste yummy.

The property's response is...

100.0%
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Antonina Popa

Alone

Events / festivals

13 May 2013 Antonina would recommend this property

Liked: first of all, the hostel has a very convinient location, city center and near to the old town, all transport facilities railway station, bus station, city transport are across the street. second, it is a cosy, calm and very clean hostel with lovely and helpfull girls working there. and of course - multicultural atmosphere, friendly people from all over the world.

Disliked: Antonina left no negative feedback.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Alexandr Iscenco

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

07 May 2013 Alexandr would recommend this property

Liked: + Nice and helpful young Lady :-) + Good internet connection + Near to the City Center and bus station to the airport + Available coffee and tea

Disliked: None.

94.3%
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Customer review

Alone

City break
Partying / nightlife

16 April 2013

Liked: Very clean and AMAZING cosy beds.

Disliked: Staff were not so friendly

94.3%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

13 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This was a really comfortable hostel with great common areas and it was really clean! It was definitely a hostel you were happy to spend time chilling out in :-)

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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WEI-TING KAO

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

17 March 2013 WEI-TING would recommend this property

Liked: The living room is quite big and the facilities are new. You can have free muffins in the morning so do not worry about breakfast. And there are four shower rooms and toilets. You do not have to wait for long time.

Disliked: WEI-TING left no negative feedback.

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Tim Green

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

06 March 2013 Tim would recommend this property

Liked: We were greeted on arrival by the staff and shown on the map all their recommendations around Riga. They organised all our activities from bobsledding, dog sledding, pistol shooting, to ice hockey. The rooms were great and the common room is a really nice place to hang out. We booked the double room but they upgraded us to the family room so we didn't have to share a bed! Thanks Girls for looking after us throughout out stay. Good luck with the baby! Tim & James

Disliked: Nothing.

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

01 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: When I arrive in the hostel, for the first time, its the first thing that Im looking and near nothing happen Everything was clean, super clean really nice to live in theses conditions

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Oliver Rew

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

28 February 2013 Oliver would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, good waffle breakfast, amazingly friendly staff, very helpful and sociable

Disliked: Oliver left no negative feedback.

97.1%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

21 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Extremely clean. Friendly people. Nice atmosphere.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

21 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel is very cosy, you feel like at home. The staff are very helpful and they try to help you with everything they can. I love the free waffles in the morning...they are yummy.

Disliked: Nothing. I think everything was perfect. I felt like at home.


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