Lisbon still reigns with world's best hostels
Monday 07 February 2011
Portuguese capital Lisbon has again been confirmed as the world's best city for budget backpackers' accommodation, winning all three top spots in an annual ranking of the world's youth hostels.
The 9th annual Hoscar Awards, which recognize the world's best budget accommodation options, saw Travellers House and Lisbon Lounge, both in Lisbon, named best large and small hostel respectively on February 4.
In addition to topping both lists, Lisbon was home to both the second- and third-placed large hostels (Living Lounge Hostel and Yes! Lisbon Hostel) and the second-placed small hostel (Rossio Hostel).
The award for the best hostel for group travelers went to the Naughty Squirrel Backpackers Hostel in Riga, Latvia, topping a successful year for Eastern Europe which saw three hotels being voted into the two categories.
The Wombats City Hotel - The Base in Vienna, Austria, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, with the award organizers saying that its model of "hotel and youth hostel convergence," which includes a bar, private bathrooms for each dorm and funky designs, "has been the blueprint on which many of today's most popular hostels are modelled."
The awards, which were presented by hostel booking site Hostelworld.com on the basis of six categories (fun, cleanliness, staff, security, location and character), were compiled using the reviews of over 1 million customers who stayed last year.
Best Hostels Worldwide
1. Travellers House - Lisbon, Portugal
2. Lisbon Lounge Hostel - Lisbon, Portugal
3. Living Lounge Hostel - Lisbon, Portugal
Best Large Hostels Worldwide
1. Travellers House, Lisbon, Portugal
2. Living Lounge Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
3. Yes! Lisbon Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
4. Hostel Mostel, Sofia, Bulgaria
5. Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel, Riga, Latvia
6. Montreal Central, Montreal, Canada
7. Han Tang Inn Youth Hostel, Xi'an, China
8. Home Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
9. EastSeven Berlin Hostel, Berlin, Germany
10. Castle Rock Hostel, Edinburgh, Scotland
Best Small Hostels Worldwide
1. Lisbon Lounge Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
2. Rossio Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
3. Greg & Tom Hostel, Krakow, Poland
4. Academy Hostel, Florence, Italy
5. Rivoli Cinema Hostel, Porto, Portugal
6. Hostel of the Sun, Naples, Italy
7. Oporto Poets Hostel, Porto, Portugal
8. Oasis Backpackers Hostel Granada, Granada, Spain
9. BackHome Kuala Lumpar, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia
10. Sant Jordi Diagonal Hostel, Barcelona, Spain
Full list of winners: http://www.hostelworld.com/hoscars-2011
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