There’s who love them and would only choose them for all their travels, also because besides saving money, they offer the chance of meeting interesting people. However hostels are increasingly becoming a landmark even for those who try to save without having to compromise in terms of quality, and those looking for different places that offer a real experience rather than a mere hotel room. But how should you choose them and recognize the good ones from the unacceptable ones? By checking out “Hoscars” ranking, the award invented by Hostelworld that every year issues the list of the world’s best hostels voted by their guests through the reviews left on its website. Some interesting facts? Italy and Spain stand out among the most awarded countries. But even less touristy locations offer small gems of efficiency and quality. Here are our favorites from their list… We are ready to go…Are you?
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Immaculate: 5 Terre Backpackers (Corvara, Italy). Besides having been named the world’s cleanest hostel by it guests, this structure boasts a truly unbelievable and unique position. Located in the Cinque Terre, a few steps from the National Park and the Monterosso coast, this is the ideal place for those who wish to spend a few days is total relax surrounded by crystal clear water.
Best price/quality ratio: Wolfpack Hostel Dalat (Da Lat, Vietnam). Located in one of the southernmost cities of the country, this hostel is usually chosen for its mild weather throughout the year. The central market and an area of typical restaurants and bars are just a few steps away. According to its guests, the staff is very friendly and helpful even organizing tourist tours.
Best atmosphere: Hostel One Paralelo (Barcelona, Spain). What we mean by best atmosphere? The guests who particularly enjoyed its jovial, friendly and welcoming environment explain it. They have also appreciated the owner’s warm reception and availability. In addition to all this, the hostel is strategically located close to Plaça d’Espanya, La Rambla, Plaça Reial and much more.
Best services + position: Adventure Queenstown Hostel (Queenstown, New Zealand). Double award for this small structure that offers its 50 guests top quality service (ample balconies to enjoy the sun while sipping on a drink from the near bar, large and cozy lounge, large kitchen and 24-hours laundry service) and a enviable location that allows its guest to enjoy several activities, from unforgettable jumps off the cliffs of Sunshine Bay, bike rides down the coast, the live show of the All Blacks and their Haka dance and the shopping of Maori jewelry. Simply perfect for every type of traveller.
Best staff: Jazz Hostel & Apartments (Bled, Slovenia). This is a family-run hostel and the attention and courtesy of the owners won this structure the award for best staff. The area is also quiet and just 5 minutes from the Bled lake, one of the main attractions for tourists, and from the majestic medieval castle from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view.
Safest hostel: Soul Kitchen (Saint Petersburg, Russia). Safety, especially when travelling, is an essential element that allows us to live our experience with more peace of mind. And if you are in one of the most beautiful and elegant areas of Saint Petersburg, it’s a breeze.
Best eco-friendly hostel: Twentytú Hi-Tech Hostel (Barcelona, Spain). Responsible tourism and sustainability; these are the prerogatives of this hostel, considered one of the top European state-of-the-art and innovative structures. Enjoying the beauty of Barcelona while contributing to sustainable tourism? Now you can!