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. Scanning the list of hotels near Riga Christmas market, you’ll find great boutique or luxury hotels, budget hotels and very 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 is the ideal location for the main Christmas market as it’s central to many of the city’s attractions. Events have been held at this square for centuries. We recommend a number of hotels which are on or near the 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
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.
Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga
Address: 22 Aspazijas bulvāris, Rīga
Three minutes walk from Livu Laukums and 7 minutes from Doma Laukums, the Grand Hotel Kempinkski is well located for a short winter break in Riga. The classically designed interior fits perfectly with the grand exterior of the hotel, an architectural attraction in its own right. Excellent facilities and service is 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 are able to walk that distance then 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 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.
For information on visiting Riga in Christmas, read our Riga Christmas market guide which includes the market dates, opening times and locations.
Riga is a small city that is easy to navigate so you shouldn’t have difficulty in finding a suitable hotel if one of our recommended hotels aren’t available. Unfortunately, sustainable hotels in Riga are pretty much non-existent but hopefully this will change in the future.