Riga is a hub for LGBT rights activism in Latvia, having hosted the country’s first pride parade and since then a few gay friendly hotels Riga are open in the city capital. People in Riga are generally more accepting of diversity than elsewhere in the country, where conservative and prejudicial attitudes are common.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Latvia face legal and social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Latvia, but households headed by same-sex couples are ineligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples. Same-sex couples are unable to marry or adopt. Latvia does not recognize same-sex marriage or any other type of partnership, including registered partnerships.
Baltic Pride is an annual LGBT pride parade rotating in turn between the capitals of the Baltic states; Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. It is held in support of raising issues of tolerance and the rights of LGBT community and is supported by ILGA-Europe.
Riga, Latvia’s capital, is set on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the River Daugava. It’s considered a cultural center and is home to many museums and concert halls. The city is also known for its wooden buildings, art nouveau architecture and medieval Old Town. The pedestrian-only Old Town has many shops and restaurants and is home to busy Livu Square, with bars and nightclubs.
Top attractions to visit in Riga
- Old City Riga (Vecriga)
- Riga Motormuseum
- Central Market (Centraltirgus)
- House of the Black Heads
- KGB Building
Best for day Tours in Riga:
- Sunrise at the Hill of Crosses – 2 countries in 1 day
- Sunrise at Kemeri National park + Jurmala
- Local tastes of Vidzeme region. Traditional and modern flavours.
- Day Tour to Kemeri National Park
- Mini Baltic Tour: Riga – Sigulda – Secret Soviet Bunker – Cesis – Riga
See more day trips in Riga on GetYourGuide
1. Dome Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Riga
The Dome Hotel is located in a 400-year-old building in a quiet street in the heart of Riga’s Old Town. It offers air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TV, WiFi, a minibar, a safe and a Lavazza coffee machine.
The Dome hotel combines tradition, modern interior design, and state-of-the-art technology. Its individually decorated rooms offer king-size beds with Egyptian linens. Each has custom-made furniture and wood-paneled walls. Bathrooms feature a bath or shower, toiletries, bathrobes and slippers.
Riga’s Dome Cathedral and the Riga Castle are both a 2-minute walk away. The House of the Blackheads is within 10 minute walking distance from Dome Hotel. Many restaurants, bars and shops are in the surrounding area.
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tel. Location could not be better in the old town. Everything is very close. There are nice restaurants, cafes and shopping places within a very short walking distance. Our room was wonderful. It was spacious, temperature was perfect and the bathroom amenities were wonderful. Breakfast was amazing. Service was one of the best in any hotel I have ever stayed at. When we return to Riga, we’ll definitely stay at this hotel again.
The Dome Hotel is not a super luxury hotel, but the service is fantastic, the beds are very good and attentiveness of the staff in all areas are far above what one can expect. Topping that with a great breakfast, fantastic spa area (though small) it is perfect for a romantic getaway. The location is also perfect within the old city (or right at the border of it) providing you walking distance to all relevant sites, plenty of restaurants, shopping and just enjoyable walks in the old city or along the many rivers and parks.
When checking into the Dome, you can expect a little bit more – not stuffy and snobby, but friendly and attentive.
The room it’s really quirky but premium. Everything was premium, the bedding and bathroom were fantastic. Internet connection fantastic. And best of all breakfast was included and the breakfast was fantastic. The hotel is located in the Old Riga Township but everything is in walking distance and we never needed to use cabs or public transport – it’s all there. Staff at the hotel were very helpful and sincere. We booked deep tissue massages in the spa and whilst not the best massages we have ever had there were still good and the spa has atmosphere.
The Dome is expensive but if you only go to Riga once in your life it is worth it. We would highly recommend this hotel as one of the best we have stayed in.
Perfect location around the corner of the dome square. A small old building converted into a quality hotel with all the modern amenities and comfort. Little touch like the dried fruits upon check in which are utterly delicious to the special lovely scent of the bathroom.
The hotel is conveniently located in the historic quarter and near bars and restaurants. It is on a quiet side street making for a peaceful night’s sleep. Rooms are attractive, dark and quiet. Breakfast at the restaurant is excellent with nice smoked fish, fruit, salads and breads. We also had a fantastic seafood dinner at the restaurant one evening. Our last day, we enjoyed a massage in the spa which was lovely and relatively inexpensive for European standards. The front desk staff was multilingual and could not have been more pleasant. I would absolutely return to the Dome if again in Riga.
How much does a room costs at Dome Hotel ?
Prices start 224$/night for Dome Double Room. The Deluxe Suite is 393$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Spacious closet, daily newspaper and daily turndown service, marble bathroom with a cosmetic mirror, a bath and shower, toiletries, bathrobes and slippers.
Where to book online– Dome Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Riga – you can find the best hotels deals in Riga during Riga City Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Riga on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Riga Latvia
Located close to UNESCO world heritage attractions – House of the Blackheads, Riga Dome Cathedral, and Latvian National Opera, Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel in Riga’s Old Town offers a bar, cigar room and free WiFi.
The bright, modern rooms are fitted with flat screen TV, WiFi, working desk, minibar, safe. Riverside rooms will provide you with river views.
Rich buffet breakfast is served each morning at the property. Located on the ground floor, the restaurant and bar After offers a variety of dishes from European cuisine, served together with cocktails.
Hotel offers a banquet and conference hall with a terrace for your events and special occasions where guests can enjoy a charming view over the four bridges of the Daugava river and old city. Also a cigar room is prepared for smoking guests.
Location: old town, next to the river. Lots of restaurants and bars nearby.
Room: we booked a Riverside Deluxe room with a view to river. Room and bathroom were spacious and very clean. There were toiletries, slippers and 2 bottles of spring water for free. There was a flat-screen TV, minibar (with fridge), coffee-capsule machine (with 2 capsules in the room) and tea. Bed was perfect and there were pillows for every taste. View was worth paying more – it was very romantic to sit on a comfortable armchair and enjoy the sunset.
SPA: small, but cosy. 3 saunas. 1 pool for swimming and 1 for relaxing. Free water.
Breakfast: enough choices for a good meal in the morning. Warm food was served from counter by a waitress, everything else you could take yourself. Omelette and crepes were made on request. Coffee could’ve been better, but it was not the worst I’ve gotten (cheap beans?).
The furnishings are nice and modern, I had also great view on the river from the sixth floor. The SPA is quite nice, I liked especially dry sauna and swimming pool with cool water. Breakfast is sufficient and you can always order a pancake or omelette.
The spa is the best thing about this hotel, with two saunas, a steam room, jacuzzi pool and swimming pool. Interior has been decorated really well. The breakfast was great too! Would recommend for a break in Riga.
The room was huge, with fantastic views over the river. The spa area was a great way to finish the day, with a good sized swimming pool, jacuzzi, and sauna. There was a lovely selection of food for breakfast. The staff were friendly and helpful. It’s also worth a trip to the top floor, to take in the views from the rooftop terrace.
The hotel is right on the edge of the old town and about a two minute walk from the House of the Blackheads. I would definitely recommend this hotel.
How much does a room costs at Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel ?
Prices start 97$/night for Standard Double Room. The Riverside Room with SPA access is 154$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
This room is decorated in bright tones.
1.5-hour SPA access for 2 persons is included in the price
Where to book online– Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Riga – you can find the best hotels deals in Riga during Riga City Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Riga on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Hotel Ibis Riga Centre 3* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Riga
Located in the heart of Rīga,Centre is set across the street of Riga and 400 m from the Old Town of Riga and Latvian National Opera. Ibis Riga Centre welcomes it’s guests in a restaurant and bar. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.
Set in a historical building from 1895, modern rooms in Ibis Riga Centre offer contemporary design, blackout blinds and soundproofing. A flat-screen TV set is featured in every room. A private bathroom with a shower, toilet and toiletries is available for guests too.
You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property and breakfast buffet is provided from 4 am to noon.
Great location, just 10 minutes from bus and train station, 15 minutes walking from old town. We arrived earlier than standard check in time, the receptionist checked us in without additional charges. The room is small but comfortable. We ordered dinner from the lobby bar to the room – the food was delicious, the portions even were too big. Breakfast was pretty busy, the stuff didn’t refilled the empty dishes with the meal. But this is the only minus. Great value.
The hotel is located in the city centre close to the railway and bus stations and main tourist attractions. At the arrival friendly receptionist welcomed us,give us the room we requested. The room was very clean and also during our stay the housekeeping did their job very good. Room facilities are basic,but there is all most necessary things. In the breakfast there was wide choice and the food was really good. We tried special offer in the restaurant and the salad and pasta was great.
If we will go to Riga again,we will definitely stay in this hotel. 100% recommended.
Decent hotel in the center area, just in stone throw from railway and bus station. Strangely enough, even the hotel on the busy street it may be hard to notice, you have to look up to see its name and sign with the name not too big, so pay attention as you may miss it.
Hotel is quiet, no street noise, at least in my room with windows looking to courtyard, but outside rooms with windows to the busy street most likely get more noise. Bed was ok for me not too soft or too firm.
Breakfast is very basic but passable, if you stay for day or two, usual selection of standard hotel dishes is present, only strange thing is a layout – all food and pastry are laid out in one quite small room, while coffee machine is in separate dining hall even so amount of space fully allowed not to lay out not only desserts and pastry there but set up whole buffet there as well, now you need to navigate between the rooms with full plate, and corridor not too wide.
Being a stone’s throw from 2 large shopping centres and the iconic market made it easy to access local facilities, bars, restaurants and public transport in general. It was clean, modern and reception staff were welcoming and helpful, notably arranging a packed breakfast on our last day with an early flight.
How much does a room costs at Ibis Riga Centre ?
Prices start 89$/night for Standard Room with One Double Bed. The Premium Double Room
is 102$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
This double room has a electric kettle, cable TV and tea/coffee maker.
Where to book online – Ibis Riga Centre – Gay Friendly Hotels Riga – you can find the best hotels deals in Riga during Riga City Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Riga on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.