Rooftops bars, cosy hangout areas with Netflix and traditional cooking classes aren’t what most people would associate with hostels.
But they are exactly what some of the winning budget properties in this year’s ‘Hoscars’ can offer their guests.
The awards, the Oscars for hostels, are dished out by Hostelworld.com, which rates budget properties around the world, judging them on value for money, location, atmosphere, facilities, security, character and cleanliness. The winners are picked after judges also analyse reviews from 1.2millions customers, made over the past year, of 36,000 properties in over 170 countries. Scroll down for the winners…
Best in Europe
One of the dormitory bedrooms at the Roadhouse Prague in the Czech Republic, which has been named best hostel in Europe and best for solo travellers
The Roadhouse Prague in the Czech Republic came out on top in both the best in Europe and best for solo travellers categories.
A night’s stay can cost as little as £14 and it is described as the ideal place for social backpackers looking for a laid-back atmosphere.
Staff also organise daily activities such as trips to local festivals, walking tours and bar tours, which are said to be perfect for those travelling solo.
Best in North America
A single bedroom at the Maya Papaya hostel in Guatemala, which has claimed the title of the best hostel in North America
The Maya Papaya, where stays can cost just £10 if travellers are willing to share, has claimed the title of best hostel in North America.
It is praised for having an authentic Guatemalan breakfast on offer as well as offering fluffy duvets.
The hostel has both indoor and outdoor hangout areas where guests can even watch Netflix.
Best in Oceania
The roof terrace at the Adventure Q2 Hostel, which is located in the heart of Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island
Located in the heart of Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island, the Adventure Q2 Hostel has been named best in Oceania.
It has rave reviews acknowledging its central location, friendly staff and great atmosphere.
And as well as being named the best in Oceania, it also scooped the prize for the hostel in the best location and best for gap year students. Rates at the hostel are around £20 per night.
Best in Latin America
Nestled in the tropical valley of Medellin is Colombian hostel Los Patios Hostel Boutique, which is named best in Latin America. Pictured is the hostel’s rooftop bar
Colombian hostel Los Patios Hostel Boutique takes the prize for the best hostel in Latin America.
Nestled in the tropical valley of Medellin, the hostel provides an urban oasis complete with rooftop bar, organic garden, Spanish lessons for travellers and even a gym.
A night’s stay in a dorm that sleeps up to eight people costs around £13.
Best in Asia
One of the dormitory bedrooms at the Cozy Nook Hostel in Vietnam, which scooped the prize for best hostel in Asia
Cozy Nook Hostel is named the for best in Asia, cementing it as the ideal place to explore Vietnam from the comfort of a small and welcoming hostel.
The family-run hostel aims to provide an authentic Vietnamese experience for guests.
This often involves having dinner with the family and offering traditional cooking classes.
Best in Africa
With light and spacious rooms and just a short taxi ride away from Table Mountain and Camps Bay, B.i.g Backpackers in Cape Town is named the best hostel in Africa
For the second year running, B.i.g Backpackers in Cape Town takes the top spot in Africa.
With light and spacious rooms and just a short taxi ride away from Table Mountain and Camps Bay, reviewers say B.i.g Backpackers provides travellers with the perfect place to explore the area.
Stays at the hostel can be as little as £23 per night.
Best in England
In the heart of popular Shoreditch, Wombats City Hostel has a large bar, courtyard and cosy hangout area. It has been named best in England
Setting the standard for hostels in the UK, Wombats City Hostel in London has scooped the best in England award.
In the heart of popular Shoreditch, Wombats has a large bar, courtyard and cosy hangout area.
Many travellers say it is the ideal base for those visiting the city and wanting to experience the English capital.
The panoramic view of the Cinque Terre National Park surrounds the 5 Terre Backpackers hostel in Italy, which is named a having the best atmosphere
The prize for the hostel with the best atmosphere goes to 5 Terre Backpackers in Italy.
It boasts panoramic views of Cinque Terre National Park’s rolling hills, with a night’s stay costing as little as £23.
The ancient building, complete with stone walls, rustic design and wood-beamed ceilings aims to provide an authentic Italian atmosphere.
Best value for money
The Dalat Friendly Fun in Vietnam, pictured, takes the crown for best value for money. Dorm beds at the hostel start from as little as £3.92
The Dalat Friendly Fun in Vietnam takes the crown for best value for money hostel.
Dorm beds at the hostel start from as little as £3.92.
The price includes free Wi-Fi, en-suite bathrooms, towels, breakfast and parking.
Best solo female hostel
Stays can cost as little as £10 at the newly refurbished We Love F. Tourists , Lisbon, which is named as the best for solo female travellers
Female solo travellers crowned the newly refurbished We Love F. Tourists, Lisbon, as the best for lone female guests.
And many praised the hostel, where stays can cost as little as £10, for its for its friendly staff who run daily activities around the Portuguese capital.
The hostel says the F stands for many things such as ‘finding’, ‘friendly’, ‘fun-loving’, ‘foreign’ and ‘funky’, but those who have stayed there clearly think it can also stand for ‘female’.
Best solo male hostel
Described as a hostel run and loved by travellers, for travellers is Hostel One Paralelo in Barcelona, pictured. It was named best for male solo travellers
For male solo travellers, Hostel One Paralelo, Barcelona takes the top spot.
Described as a hostel run and loved by travellers, for travellers, it boasts free daytime activities, free dinners and free parties every day.
A stay in a mixed dorm at the hostel in the Spanish city costs from £16.50.
- For a full list of winners click here.