Hostelworld Announces Top Hostels Worldwide At 2010 Hoscars

Wednesday 7, April 2010


Hostelworld Announces Top Hostels Worldwide At 2010 Hoscars, the global market leader in secure hostel and budget accommodation reservations, announced the winners of its coveted Hoscars (HOStelworld Customers Annual Ratings) on January 25th in Dublin, Ireland.



The 8th annual Hoscar awards ceremony took place to recognize the best hostels in the world, voted for by 1 million customers in 2009. The ceremony is part of’s annual conference which is attended by hostel owners and managers from around the world.


More than 23,000 properties from across the globe featured on were eligible for the awards. The winning hostels were voted for by those who matter the most: the customers who booked their accommodation online and rated and reviewed the hostels after their stay in 2009 based on six criteria – character, security, location, staff, fun and cleanliness. The average individual ratings from all users were combined to determine who would walk away with a coveted Hoscar.


“The Hoscar awards are extremely important to both hostels around the world and their customers. They are based on user ratings and reviews, a key reason why customers book with us,” said Carmel Dunne’s vice president of accommodation relations. “No other hostel booking site offers the depth and breadth of hostels available to book on than or the volume of reviews, made directly by customers following their stay. Congratulations to all this years winners.”’s annual Hostel Conference was attended by more than 400 hostel owners, managers and industry professionals from around the world. This year's conference took a look at the future of travel and what changes are driving the travel industry, in particular social media and mobile marketing. Industry leaders looked at how the 4 billion mobile handsets in use across the world are now an integral tool for the travel marketplace and the effect this will have on the budget travel sector.


Top 10 Worldwide Hostels

  1. Travellers House, Lisbon
  2. Rossio Hostel, Lisbon
  3. Living Lounge Hostel, Lisbon
  4. Academy Hostel, Florence
  5. Carpe Noctem, Budapest
  6. The Riverhouse Backpackers, Cardiff
  7. Lisbon Lounge Hostel, Lisbon
  8. Greg & Tom Hostel, Krakow
  9. The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers Hostel, Riga
  10. Lisboa Central Hostel, Lisbon


Top Ten Hostels in the U.S.

  1. USA Hostels San Diego, San Diego
  2. USA Hostels San Francisco, San Francisco
  3. Apple Hostels of Philadelphia, Philadelphia
  4. USA Hostels Hollywood, Los Angeles
  5. Miami Beach International Travellers Hostel, Miami
  6. Green Tortoise Seattle Hostel, Seattle
  7. Deco Walk Hostel, Miami
  8. H.I. Chicago, Chicago
  9. Pacific Tradewinds Backpacker Hostels, San Francisco
  10. H.I. Los Angeles / Santa Monica, Los Angeles


Special Categories 

Most Improved: The South Beach Hostel, Miami, USA

Best Hostel Chain: H.I. USA

Cleanest Hostel: Academy Hostel, Florence, Italy

Best Staff: Riverhouse Backpackers, Cardiff, Wales

Most Secure: Travellers House, Lisbon, Portugal

Best Location: Academy Hostel, Florence, Italy

Best Character: Living Lounge Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal

Most Fun: Carpe Noctem, Budapest, Hungary




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