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The First 10 Hostels...

    While there are now over 20,000 hostels from destinations all over the globe listed on Hostelworld.com, like everything, we started off small! So it wouldn't be right to celebrate our 10th Anniversary without looking back at the first ten hostels listed...
  • 1. Avalon House, Dublin, Ireland

    One of Dublin’s most popular hostels, Avalon House is also one of the Irish capital’s most characteristic hostels and is in a listed Victorian building that was once a medical school. Located just three minutes walk from Grafton Street, Dublin’s premier shopping streets, guests can enjoy free Wifi and enjoy a coffee in the on-site cafe among other things. According to Mary Pierce, the hostel’s manager, “Hostelworld provides a reliable service to both the guest and the hostel. Should we have a problem the Hostelworld team is always available to help and provide friendly advice. From our point of view, they provide a service that is invaluable to both backpackers and hostel owners.”

    Book Avalon House
  • 2. St Christopher’s Greenwich, London, England

    St Christopher’s Greenwich, located in one of London’s most picturesque neighbourhoods, enjoys a tranquil setting yet is still less than 30 minutes by boat from the iconic Big Ben and bustling Central London. When you’re not relaxing in the hostel, or partying in its very own bar, Belushi’s, you can stroll down Greenwich’s cobbled streets or see what the village’s 52 pubs and restaurants have to offer. Murray Roberts of St Christopher’s explains why he works with Hostelworld.com when he states “Hostelworld.com gives the customers a great interface you help them make their decisions. It is nice working with the team as, because we both started up around the same time, we have a mutual understanding of each other’s businesses.”

    Book St Christopher’s Greenwich
  • 3. The Linen House Hostel, Belfast, Northern Ireland

    In this hostel in Belfast's cathedral quarter you can expect to be greeted with a unique atmosphere where you can meet lots of interesting travellers from all over the world. When not mingling, you will enjoy the basement room which is equipped with a jukebox, billiards table and more. All this in a beautifully restored linen factory. Patrick McElroy from the hostel thinks hostels are the perfect type of accommodation in the current climate. “A lot of people are on a restricted budget due to the recession. Hostels provide a low cost and fun way to stay and travel around the world. Hostels also provide a way for people to connect with each other that is simply not found in the standard hotel environment. We believe that hostels will continue to grow and prosper during these trying times.”

    Book The Linen House Hostel
  • 4. Flying Pig Uptown, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Located in a typical old-Amsterdam mansion, overlooking the Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s best-known park, Flying Pig Uptown boasts the perfect mix for a hostel – a party atmosphere and a laid back vibe too. The staff, otherwise known as ‘Piggies’, are always on hand to help you get the most out of your trip to the original city of sin. This is why it was voted top hostel in the Netherland’s in 2008. And since it has just been given a makeover, there’s never been a better time to stay there. Sirtse Jansen, one of the ‘Piggies’ sums it up when she states “young people feel more than ever that they should enjoy life and the freedom to travel before they have mortgages and steady jobs. Hostels provide an environment to do this which explains why hostels do relatively good in this recession.” She ads "working with similarly minded people (at Hostelworld) that really know what hostels are all about makes our jobs fun and always positive.

    Book Flying Pig Uptown
  • 5. Balmers Herberge, Interlaken, Switzerland

    Balmers Herberge is the oldest private hostel in Switzerland, welcoming backpackers, families and other travellers from the four corners of the globe for over 60 years. Perfect for visiting during the summer or at winter, Interlaken is well-known for its outdoor sports, and Interlaken the perfect base for you as you engage in them. According to Fabienne Balmer, a member of the founding family, “Hostelworld.com is one of the most famouse pages in the world. When I ask people where they booked their hostel they usually say Hostelworld. We have daily bookings from Hostelworld and also learn from the reviews and ratings what our guest liked or disliked. It is a good tool to work with and to improve the hostel to the top standard."

    Book Balmers Herberge
  • 6. Castle Rock Hostel, Edinburgh, Scotland

    With Scotland’s famous Edinburgh Castle looming over it, few city centre hostels boast a location like Castle Rock does. Voted top hostel in Scotland in 2008, it is steps away from the famous fort. The hostel itself simply oozes character, and is in a building that dates back to 1846. It’s got bright airy rooms, a friendly atmosphere, and free Wifi. Peter MacMillan of the hostel manages to keep a positive attitude at the moment when he says “Castle Rock’s a great place during this recession as it doesn’t seem to have affected Edinburgh; there are plenty holiday jobs out there and plenty fun to be had.”

    Book Castle Rock
  • 7. Chelsea International, New York City, USA

    When Chelsea International first opened in 1993 it had a modest 40 beds. Now 16 years on it has 350 beds and has firmly established itself as one of the top hostels in Big Apple. It is located in the historic neighbourhood of Chelsea, just north Greenwich Village and south of Midtown, and staff members are from all over New York so will help you with your stay. Our tip – stay on Wednesdays and enjoy the free pizza! Luciano Cunha from the hostel explains why he works with us when he says “Hostelworld is a pioneer company in the online booking market for the youth hospitality business and it has demonstrated the solidity require in a demanding field. Working with the site maximizes our exposure on the internet and generates a large number of bookings. Due to its targeted market, it provides us with clients that are 100% in tune with the youth hostel scenario."

    Book Chelsea International
  • 8. The Hostel-Inn, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    The Hostel Inn Buenos Aires is an old two-storey mansion with an outdoors terrace. It preserves the original front, ceilings, floors and marble stairs that had been redesigned combining the antique and modern designs. Found in Telmo, Buenos Aires’ oldest neighbourhood, like the Flying Pig, it too mixes a party atmosphere with a laid back vibe.

    Book The Hostel-Inn
  • 9. M&J Hostel, Rome, Italy

    Situated just two minutes from Rome's train station, and offering both private and dormitory accommodation, M&J Hostel has been a popular pitstop for backpackers travelling through Italy ever since it opened. It is in a great location for exploring the Eternal City by day, while at night you won’t have to go far thanks to the hostel’s bar ‘The Living Room’ which is next door. Mario from the hostel (what else did the ‘M’ stand for?!) has enjoyed working with us over the last decade; "To work with Hostelworld is at same time to work with friends and with a professional partner. We are really happy and we will continue to work with them. In 3 words to work with hostelworld is Easy, Professional and Friendly."


    Book M&J Hostel
  • 10. Ashanti Lodge, Cape Town, South Africa

    Ashanti Lodge is a stylish Afro-Victorian mansion that can’t just brag about its spacious balconies and palm-fringed sundecks, but also about its swimming pool and mountain views. It is located in a chilled parkland but is still within walking distance of the city centre. When not exploring Cape Town, swimming in the pool or relaxing on the grounds you can meet other backpackers in the hostel’s Kumasi Bar. Lisa Mason from the hostel says “We offer travellers a way to fulfil their wanderlust needs by visiting cities at an affordable rate. Why stay at a bed and breakfast or cheap hotel when you can have the same facilities at Ashanti Lodge – at a fraction of the price. What’s more, you get to meet interesting travellers and find out more about the “real” Cape Town – good music gigs, alternative club scene, interesting walks, and more. We also arrange barbeques, pool competitions, drumming nights and can provide information on anything, no matter how unusual – I am sure we have heard it all before!”

    Book Ashanti Lodge
    While there are now over 20,000 hostels from destinations all over the globe listed on Hostelworld.com, like everything, we started off small! So it wouldn't be right to celebrate our 10th Anniversary without looking back at the first ten hostels listed...
  • 1. Avalon House, Dublin, Ireland

    One of Dublin’s most popular hostels, Avalon House is also one of the Irish capital’s most characteristic hostels and is in a listed Victorian building that was once a medical school. Located just three minutes walk from Grafton Street, Dublin’s premier shopping streets, guests can enjoy free Wifi and enjoy a coffee in the on-site cafe among other things. According to Mary Pierce, the hostel’s manager, “Hostelworld provides a reliable service to both the guest and the hostel. Should we have a problem the Hostelworld team is always available to help and provide friendly advice. From our point of view, they provide a service that is invaluable to both backpackers and hostel owners.”

    Book Avalon House
  • 2. St Christopher’s Greenwich, London, England

    St Christopher’s Greenwich, located in one of London’s most picturesque neighbourhoods, enjoys a tranquil setting yet is still less than 30 minutes by boat from the iconic Big Ben and bustling Central London. When you’re not relaxing in the hostel, or partying in its very own bar, Belushi’s, you can stroll down Greenwich’s cobbled streets or see what the village’s 52 pubs and restaurants have to offer. Murray Roberts of St Christopher’s explains why he works with Hostelworld.com when he states “Hostelworld.com gives the customers a great interface you help them make their decisions. It is nice working with the team as, because we both started up around the same time, we have a mutual understanding of each other’s businesses.”

    Book St Christopher’s Greenwich
  • 3. The Linen House Hostel, Belfast, Northern Ireland

    In this hostel in Belfast's cathedral quarter you can expect to be greeted with a unique atmosphere where you can meet lots of interesting travellers from all over the world. When not mingling, you will enjoy the basement room which is equipped with a jukebox, billiards table and more. All this in a beautifully restored linen factory. Patrick McElroy from the hostel thinks hostels are the perfect type of accommodation in the current climate. “A lot of people are on a restricted budget due to the recession. Hostels provide a low cost and fun way to stay and travel around the world. Hostels also provide a way for people to connect with each other that is simply not found in the standard hotel environment. We believe that hostels will continue to grow and prosper during these trying times.”

    Book The Linen House Hostel
  • 4. Flying Pig Uptown, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Located in a typical old-Amsterdam mansion, overlooking the Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s best-known park, Flying Pig Uptown boasts the perfect mix for a hostel – a party atmosphere and a laid back vibe too. The staff, otherwise known as ‘Piggies’, are always on hand to help you get the most out of your trip to the original city of sin. This is why it was voted top hostel in the Netherland’s in 2008. And since it has just been given a makeover, there’s never been a better time to stay there. Sirtse Jansen, one of the ‘Piggies’ sums it up when she states “young people feel more than ever that they should enjoy life and the freedom to travel before they have mortgages and steady jobs. Hostels provide an environment to do this which explains why hostels do relatively good in this recession.” She ads "working with similarly minded people (at Hostelworld) that really know what hostels are all about makes our jobs fun and always positive.

    Book Flying Pig Uptown
  • 5. Balmers Herberge, Interlaken, Switzerland

    Balmers Herberge is the oldest private hostel in Switzerland, welcoming backpackers, families and other travellers from the four corners of the globe for over 60 years. Perfect for visiting during the summer or at winter, Interlaken is well-known for its outdoor sports, and Interlaken the perfect base for you as you engage in them. According to Fabienne Balmer, a member of the founding family, “Hostelworld.com is one of the most famouse pages in the world. When I ask people where they booked their hostel they usually say Hostelworld. We have daily bookings from Hostelworld and also learn from the reviews and ratings what our guest liked or disliked. It is a good tool to work with and to improve the hostel to the top standard."

    Book Balmers Herberge
  • 6. Castle Rock Hostel, Edinburgh, Scotland

    With Scotland’s famous Edinburgh Castle looming over it, few city centre hostels boast a location like Castle Rock does. Voted top hostel in Scotland in 2008, it is steps away from the famous fort. The hostel itself simply oozes character, and is in a building that dates back to 1846. It’s got bright airy rooms, a friendly atmosphere, and free Wifi. Peter MacMillan of the hostel manages to keep a positive attitude at the moment when he says “Castle Rock’s a great place during this recession as it doesn’t seem to have affected Edinburgh; there are plenty holiday jobs out there and plenty fun to be had.”

    Book Castle Rock
  • 7. Chelsea International, New York City, USA

    When Chelsea International first opened in 1993 it had a modest 40 beds. Now 16 years on it has 350 beds and has firmly established itself as one of the top hostels in Big Apple. It is located in the historic neighbourhood of Chelsea, just north Greenwich Village and south of Midtown, and staff members are from all over New York so will help you with your stay. Our tip – stay on Wednesdays and enjoy the free pizza! Luciano Cunha from the hostel explains why he works with us when he says “Hostelworld is a pioneer company in the online booking market for the youth hospitality business and it has demonstrated the solidity require in a demanding field. Working with the site maximizes our exposure on the internet and generates a large number of bookings. Due to its targeted market, it provides us with clients that are 100% in tune with the youth hostel scenario."

    Book Chelsea International
  • 8. The Hostel-Inn, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    The Hostel Inn Buenos Aires is an old two-storey mansion with an outdoors terrace. It preserves the original front, ceilings, floors and marble stairs that had been redesigned combining the antique and modern designs. Found in Telmo, Buenos Aires’ oldest neighbourhood, like the Flying Pig, it too mixes a party atmosphere with a laid back vibe.

    Book The Hostel-Inn
  • 9. M&J Hostel, Rome, Italy

    Situated just two minutes from Rome's train station, and offering both private and dormitory accommodation, M&J Hostel has been a popular pitstop for backpackers travelling through Italy ever since it opened. It is in a great location for exploring the Eternal City by day, while at night you won’t have to go far thanks to the hostel’s bar ‘The Living Room’ which is next door. Mario from the hostel (what else did the ‘M’ stand for?!) has enjoyed working with us over the last decade; "To work with Hostelworld is at same time to work with friends and with a professional partner. We are really happy and we will continue to work with them. In 3 words to work with hostelworld is Easy, Professional and Friendly."


    Book M&J Hostel
  • 10. Ashanti Lodge, Cape Town, South Africa

    Ashanti Lodge is a stylish Afro-Victorian mansion that can’t just brag about its spacious balconies and palm-fringed sundecks, but also about its swimming pool and mountain views. It is located in a chilled parkland but is still within walking distance of the city centre. When not exploring Cape Town, swimming in the pool or relaxing on the grounds you can meet other backpackers in the hostel’s Kumasi Bar. Lisa Mason from the hostel says “We offer travellers a way to fulfil their wanderlust needs by visiting cities at an affordable rate. Why stay at a bed and breakfast or cheap hotel when you can have the same facilities at Ashanti Lodge – at a fraction of the price. What’s more, you get to meet interesting travellers and find out more about the “real” Cape Town – good music gigs, alternative club scene, interesting walks, and more. We also arrange barbeques, pool competitions, drumming nights and can provide information on anything, no matter how unusual – I am sure we have heard it all before!”

    Book Ashanti Lodge

4 Comments

  • Gavin McKernan Friday, February 26th, 2010, 12:40am

    Thanks hostelworld, I made my first booking with you over 8 years ago and since then youve helped me visit some weird and wonderful places ! Gavin Ballycastle

  • Jose Estay Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, 2:05am

    Thank you Hostelworld for giving us the opportunity to host and be hosted! Yes, I have met wonderful people through all these years, and stayed in some fine properties as well. Keep doing a great job, in this global village and enhacing technology Many years to go!!!

  • Lance Campeau Sunday, September 27th, 2009, 7:08pm

    My family and myself have been using Hostelworld since 2003 and only wish that I had discovered it in 1999!! I own a travel agency and always use Hostelworld as a means of getting young people (and some older people too!) out and about at an affordable and safe alternative to budget sapping hotels.Having the reviews only submitted by the guests is a great tool.

  • Kornel Friday, September 4th, 2009, 9:20am

    best wishes to the pioneers!!! :) th submarine hostel wroclaw stuff !

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