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February 10, 2012

The fastest way to find great hostels

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Mediterranean Hostel Front Desk. Photo: Oh-Barcelona.com / Flickr

Hostels vary wildly in quality.  Some are total fleapits; others are so luxurious they rival hotels.  How can you find the quality hostels instantly?

The website Hostelworld.com announced the 2012 winners of the “Hoscars,” their awards for the best hostels in the world.  Users around the world voted for their favorite places to stay.  The establishments are clustered into an amazing variety of categories.  You can find hostels based on size, region, popularity, and many more characteristics.

Portugal had a strong showing, completely sweeping every award for “Ratings Criteria.”  These were things like “Most Fun,” “Best Location,” and “Best Staff.”  It’s eye-opening to see one country rack up so many awards.  They must be doing something right.

Do you have a favorite hostel that’s not on the list?  Tell us about it in the comments.

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Category: Backpacking, Hostels/Hotels, Notes from the collective travel mind


2 Responses to “The fastest way to find great hostels”

  1. Rolf Potts Says:

    Interesting to see Prague’s St Christophers at The Mosaic House win some awards. I’m not familiar with that facility, but on past visits to Prague I stayed at Czech Inn and found it fantastic. Even stayed there with my parents (in an apartment room), and they thought it was great…

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