Posh Backpackers is located in the Moscow district of Riga.
I arrived after dark to a block of confusing deserted streets. All the surrounding brick buildings looked like abandoned warehouses and minor alarm arose until I found the small Hostel sign.
Waking in the morning to noise outside, I looked out the window to find a busy flower market. During the day, with the market at the doorstep, the area is bustling and invigorates you to get out and explore Riga.
Close to Central Market, Posh Backpackers is very walkable to old town Riga and a comfortable place to stay.
The common room was small with sofas, a computer and TV. There was no kitchen to speak of, only a small refrigerator, a bench with a kettle but there is no need to cook for yourself to save travel money. Riga is so cheap to eat out.
I had a large dorm to myself which consisted of a double bed, two singles and a fold-out sofa. The heating was sufficient to avoid the chill outside with old-style double windows.
Wi-Fi access was available and the staff friendly as East Europeans can get. There was a lack of English with some but it is always fun to communicate in sign language, with smiles and basic English keywords. The older female staff tried so hard to help and made me feel so much at home, like Grandma was making sure I was comfortable and happy.
Nearby, there were a couple of local bars if you want to go out at night and mingle with locals without being ripped off.
Plus:– Easy walk to main bus and train station. Next to the Central Market. Friendly staff and well heated.
Minus:– No lockers. Can get noisy with street cleaning trucks in the middle of the night around dawn when market stalls are set up. Showers ran out of warm water fast.
Breakfast:– A decent feast of eggs and bacon with cheese toast for guests staying in private rooms. Otherwise a cheap 2 lats per person.
Address:– Pupolu iela 5 (Central Markets); LV-1050, Riga, Latvia