Flamingo Hostel in Krakow, Poland has won the much coveted award of ‘Best Hostel of 2007’ at Hostelworld.com’s 6th Annual Hoscars Awards ceremony.
Pawel Wawro from the hostel said “It’s amazing! We are really proud but we didn’t expect it. We are doing everything that we can for guests who are coming to Krakow.”
When asked what makes a good hostel Pawel stated “The first important thing is having the best place, the second thing is atmosphere. That is the best thing you can offer to the customer, to the guest.”
Pawel added he believed the atmosphere is one of the main reasons his hostel is so popular when he said “I think the best thing about Flamingo Hostel is the atmosphere. It’s difficult to describe in words.”
More than 600,000 Hostelworld.com customers selected the winning hostels from more than 15,000 hostels featured on the site. The customers were surveyed after their stay and asked to grade their hostel based on six different criteria: character, security, location, staff, fun and cleanliness.
The coveted “Hoscar” Awards ceremony was part of Hostelworld.com’s 4th annual Hostel Conference which was hosted in the Hilton Hotel, Dublin and was themed ‘The Social Web and You. Engaging the Online Customer’.
The awards were presented at a ceremony in The Button Factory in Dublin’s Temple Bar and were attended by more than 300 hostel owners and managers from around the world.
The winners of the coveted Hoscars were:
1. Flamingo Hostel, Krakow, Poland
2. Mama’s Hostel, Krakow, Poland
3. Clarence Castle, Toronto, Canada
4. Jetpack City Hostel, Berlin, Germany
5. Hostel Estoril, Buenos Aires, Argentina
6. Hilux Valencia – Feetup Hostels, Valencia, Spain
7. Hostel of the Sun, Naples, Italy
8. Travellers House, Lisbon, Portugal
9. Backpacker Hostel K’s House, Tokyo, Japan
10. EastSeven Berlin Hostel, Berlin, Germany
Top Hostels by Continent:
Special Category Awards were also given to the following hostels:
Cleanest Hostel: Jetpak City Hostel, Berlin, Germany
Most Secure Hostel: Greg-Tom Hostel, Krakow, Poland
Most Fun Hostel: Giovanni’s Home, Naples, Italy
Hostel with Best Location: Traveller’s House, Lisbon, Portugal
Best Staff: Hostel of the Sun, Naples, Italy
Hostel with Best Character: Traveller’s House, Lisbon, Portugal
Best Small Hostel [Max 50 beds]: Greg-Tom Hostel, Krakow, Poland
Best Large Hostel [Min 500 beds]: H.I. Chicago, Chicago, USA
Most Improved Hostel: Hostel Beautiful 2, Rome, Italy
Best Hostel Chain
Wombats, Austria and Germany
USA Hostels, USA
Sant Jordi Hostels, Spain