As the Baltic States continue to grow as popular tourist destinations, the capitals are becoming more accessible but continue to be affordable.
Riga in winter is particularly popular thanks to a highly walkable historic old town, budget nightlife and the long-standing Christmas markets.
In this list of hotels near Riga Christmas Market, you’ll find great boutique or luxury hotels, budget hotels, and affordable apartment stays.
Riga is home to three main Christmas markets, with the largest located at Doma Laukums (Town Square in English).
The large cobblestone square is lined with historic buildings, including Riga Cathedral (a 13th-century Lutheran cathedral), the Art Museum Riga Bourse, Latvia Radio and Labirints (a small playground with unique sculptures).
The Town Square area is ideal for visiting the main Christmas market and is central to many of the city’s attractions.
Events have been held at this square for centuries. I recommend a number of hotels which are on or near Town Square and therefore the Christmas market.
Hotels Near Riga Christmas Market
Top PickNeiburgs Hotel
Address: Jauniela 25/27, Rīga
A stylish boutique hotel located directly opposite Riga Cathedral, Neiburgs Hotel is by far the best hotel near Riga Christmas market. The historic stone building has been impeccibly renovated with simple yet quality design features. The huge windows let in an abundance of natural light, the pale floorboards are laid in a classic herringbone design and the hotel facilities include a wonderful library and a small gym. Some rooms include a kitchenette and a large apartment with a living room is available if you would like more space.Check Availability
Location of Neiburgs Hotel
Apartments in Riga
If you’re looking for a more authentic and flexible experience in Riga, an apartment stay might be the perfect choice for you. With more space and amenities than a traditional hotel room, an apartment offers a comfortable home base for exploring the city at your own pace while also giving you a glimpse into local life.
Apartment Old Town Riga River View
Address: Bīskapa gāte 3, Rīga
If you would prefer to stay in more affordable accommodation, this budget-friendly apartment in the old town is highly reviewed. Clean, modern and with excellent views, this apartment is cheap and very close to the Christmas markets.
Livu Laukums is the location of Riga’s second Christmas market. This is only 5 minutes from the central Christmas market, so any hotel in the historic district would be suitable if you’re looking for easy accessibility.
Luxury Hotels in Riga
Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga
Address: 22 Aspazijas bulvāris, Rīga
Three minutes walk from Livu Laukums and 7 minutes from Doma Laukums, the Grand Hotel Kempinski is well located for a short winter break in Riga.
The classically designed interior fits perfectly with the hotel’s grand exterior, an architectural attraction in its own right. Excellent facilities and service are as you would expect in a luxury hotel of this standard.
The other major Christmas market in Riga is located at Esplanade Park. This market is still in the old town but on the other side of the narrow nature-lined canal.
Grand Poet Hotel
Address: Raiņa bulvāris 5/6 , Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
The Grand Poet Hotel is very well located as it is near Esplanade Park but also attractions like the Freedom Monument, the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia and a number of other museums, cinemas and theatres. The hotel rooms have a plush, luxurious design and guests receive free access to the spa facilities.
Address: Ausekļa iela 22, Rīga
A little further out but an absolutely exceptional boutique hotel, A22 is the hotel for you if you care about design, quality, service and attention to detail.
When I say further out, it’s only a 15 or 20-minute walk to the centre and each of the Christmas markets. If you can walk that distance, I highly recommend this hotel. At least look at the photos and read the reviews to see if this might suit you.
They offer bike rental, so if the weather is good, you could use this service to help you get around.
This 5-star hotel also offers a gym, sauna, restaurant and an electric car charging station if you’re arriving by electric vehicle.
Where to Stay in Riga
If you’re looking for accommodation close to the Riga Christmas Market, you’ll want to stay in the Old Town neighbourhood, which surrounds the Town Square.
This area is home to a wide range of hotels, apartments, and guesthouses, offering a variety of options to suit different budgets and preferences.
By staying in the heart of the city, you’ll be able to easily access the market and other nearby attractions on foot.
Riga is divided into several distinct neighbourhoods and districts, each with its own unique character and charm. Some of the most popular neighbourhoods include:
- Old Town: The historic heart of Riga is known for its beautiful architecture, charming cobblestone streets, and vibrant atmosphere.
- Art Nouveau District: An area renowned for its stunning Art Nouveau architecture, with many beautiful buildings lining the streets.
- Agenskalns: A historic district with a mix of architectural styles and a laid-back vibe, known for its beautiful parks and green spaces.
- Kipsala: An island neighbourhood connected to the rest of Riga by a bridge, with a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful river views.
For information on visiting Riga in Christmas, read our Riga Christmas Market guide which includes the market dates, opening times and locations.
Alternatively, my Latvia Christmas Market guide mentions additional markets outside of Riga.
Riga is a small city that is easy to navigate, so you shouldn’t have difficulty finding a suitable hotel if one of our recommended hotels isn’t available.
Sustainable Hotels in Riga
There are a limited number of sustainable hotels in Riga, but the Grand Hotel Kempinski does have some sustainability measures in place if that’s of interest to you.
If you’re looking for a sustainable hotel in Riga, there are several factors to consider:
- Environmental Policies: Look for hotels that have environmental policies in place, such as waste reduction and recycling programs, energy-efficient lighting and appliances, and the use of eco-friendly cleaning products.
- Local Sourcing: Choose hotels that source their food, products, and services from local suppliers, which supports the local economy and reduces the carbon footprint of the hotel.
- Green Certifications: Look for hotels that have achieved green certifications, such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) or Green Key, which demonstrate a commitment to sustainable practices.
- Transportation: Choose hotels that are easily accessible by public transportation, or offer bicycle rentals or other sustainable transportation options.
Recommendations are independently chosen based on personal travel experiences and extensive research. This post contains affiliate links to hotels in Riga, Latvia. This means I get a small commission from any bookings at no extra cost to you.