The 30 best hostels in the world

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The winners of Hostelworld’s prestigious HOSCARs have been decided. Based on your reviews in 2013 we’ve chosen the 30 most popular hostels in the most-visited cities around the world, and here are the winners…

Scroll the list to find the 30 best hostels in the best cities in each continent, from Europe to Oceania

The best hostels in Europe – as voted by you

1. Prague


Old Prague Hostel

With hundreds of microbreweries, some argue Prague to be home to the best beer in Europe. While we can’t prove this is true, we do know they’re the hardest to pronounce. At the Old Prague hostel you can sample some Svijanský Rytíř or Velkopopovický Kozel. Try ordering one of those after a couple…

2. Amsterdam


The Fying Pig Downtown

Right around the corner from Amsterdam’s hottest tourist spots – namely The Red Light District and the Anne Frank House  – this party hostel combines cheap beer and the comforts of home all in one place.

3. Barcelona


St. Christopher’s Barcelona

Just a short walk from La Rambla – the local tourist street, home to dozens of cafes, restaurants and markets – and Barceloneta beach, this quirky hostel is the perfect base to explore Spain’s most beautiful city.

4. Madrid


U Hostels

Stay at Uhostels for the chance to immerse yourself in traditional Spanish culture. Here you can take cooking lessons and flamenco classes for a taste of the real Spain, and explore the capital on a free city tour.

5. Munich


Wombats City Hostel Munich

Close to the famous Oktoberfest grounds and the Old Town, the Wombats Munich promises a fun and comfortable atmoshphere. Kick back in their glass roofed courtyard for some time to relax or to make new friends.

6. Berlin


Wombats City Hostel Berlin

Berlin is an eclectic combination of upmarket allure and gritty charm stay at the Wombats, to find both. Home to the famous WomSkybar – a classy affair on the seventh floor with its own roof terrace – and a cosy backpacker vibe, you’re sure to find something for you.

7. Budapest


Wombats City Hostel Budapest

Budapest is a design lover’s dream; intricate baroque and neoclassical architecture make up the city’s extraordinary beauty. Stay at the Wombats Budapest for a taste of this elegant design at an affordable price.

8. Belgium


Brussels Hello Hostel

There is so much diversity in Brussels, it can be difficult to know where to start. Enjoy the fine food and café culture around Ave Louise or sample some exotic delicacies in the city’s African quarter. Brussels Hello hostel has a great central location, so you’re within easy reach of it all.

9. Dublin


Isaacs Hostel

Unlike the intense hustle and bustle of New York or London, Dublin is a capital that is as friendly as it is compact, you can cross the city in no time. Isaacs Hostel is right in the centre and promises the Irish hospitality that Dublin is famed for.

10. Rome


The Yellow

Seductive heat, artistic masterpieces and divine food make Rome one of Italy’s richest cultural experiences. Stay at the The Yellow hostel and you’ll experience a fun friendly atmosphere – perfect for making friends to explore the city with.

11. Florence


PLUS Florence

PLUS Florence is an opportunity to experience real luxury in the heart of one of Italy’s most beautiful cities – and you won’t have to worry about it draining your wallet. Enjoy a pool, bar and flat screen in your room all for a shoestring price.

12. Milan


Ostello Bello

Milan isn’t known to be a city of substance, but a lively creative scene is it’s best kept secret. Ostello Bello is just a short walk from the city’s vibrant centre, so you can discover the real Milan for yourself.

13. Venice


Ostello S. Fosca

For the chance to see something extraordinary, visit Venice. A city that is built on foundations that defy reason, Venice is much more than the romantic stereotype people know it to be. Stay at Ostello S. Fosca and  discover the local student scene.

14. Lisbon


Yes! Lisbon Hostel

Visit Lisbon for a taste of authentic Portuguese history; watch the locals exchange gossip over wine and bread or visit one of the many museums. With free walking tours and regular pub crawls, the Yes! Lisbon is the perfect place to start your journey

15. Edinburgh


Castle Rock Hostel

An artistic hotspot set against a wild landscape makes Edinburgh unique as a capital city. Stay at the Castle Rock for an encounter with both rough and refined, it’s a traveller’s party hangout and an old art gallery – perfect for artistic ravers.

16. London


Palmers Lodge – Swiss Cottage

Just a two minute walk from Swiss Cottage station, Palmers Lodge is an ideal base for exploring the most popular sights in London. Westfield, Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye are all within 20 minutes away by tube.

17. Paris


St Christopher’s Inn Canal

Perched in a scenic location overlooking the canal, and with it’s own bar and nightclub, the St. Christopher’s Inn has everything you need to live the life of a glamorous Parisian without the price tag that comes with it.

18. Vienna


Wombats City Hostel Vienna

The Wombats City in Vienna is run by travellers, so you can expect knowledgeable staff who understand what you need. Along with a central location (just minutes from the biggest attractions) you have the best opportunity to enjoy the rich history and buzzing atmosphere that Vienna has to offer.

The best hostels in Asia – as voted by you

19. Bangkok


Lub d Bangkok Silom

The clue’s in the name; Lub d – meaning ‘sleep well’ in Thai – promises a luxury dorm experience in one of the most exciting cities in south east Asia. From delectable street food to the friendliest locals, Bangkok is guaranteed to impress.

20. Bejing


Peking International Youth Hostel

Picture this: afternoon tea on a private terrace overlooking the stunning Botanic Gardens in downtown Bejing. Sound tempting? The Peking International is home to the Terrace Lounge and located just a few minutes walk from Bejing’s famous Forbidden City, all for a price that will leave you smiling.

21. Hong Kong


Yesinn Causeway Bay

With a myriad of free services – including free iPad lending – you’re sure to save a penny or two staying at the Yesnin, and at just a two minute walk from the metro station, the international allure of Hong Kong is just moments away for you to explore.

22. Singapore


Footprints Hostel

Singapore is Asia’s best kept secret. Away from the traffic of Bangkok or the chaos of Manila or Jakarta, the safe and quiet streets have attracted settlers from all over the world. Footprints is in the heart of exotic Little India, surrounded by a rich culture just waiting to be discovered.

23. Tokyo


Oak Hostel

Tokyo will never fail to surprise its visitors, with constant construction, and unusual attractions –  ever heard of a museum dedicated to music boxes? – are popping up all the time. Stay at the Oak for a taste of this uniqueness. Sushi party anyone?

The best hostels in South America – as voted by you

24. Buenos Aires 


Hostel Suites Florida

Buenos Aires is famed for its unbeatable night-life, and a stay at Hostel Suites Florida puts you at the very heart of it. Start your night at the hostel’s Fusion bar, and then make your way out onto Florida Street, the tourist centre of the city.

25. Rio de Janeiro


Lemon Spirit Hostel

Set up in a restored heritage building in Leblon – one of Rio’s most exclusive areas – the Lemon Spirit promises a free caipirinha upon arrival and is just a 5 minute walk from the beach.

The best hostels in North America – as voted by you 

26. Los Angeles


USA Hostels Hollywood

If you enjoy making pancakes, meeting new friends and discovering the secret side of the Hollywood party scene, a stay at USA Hostels LA is the answer to your backpacker prayers. With friendly staff and a central location, you can’t go wrong.

27. New York City


New York Budget Inn

It’s not easy to stay friends with your bank account in the Big Apple, but the Budget Inn can help. Newly refurbished and conveniently located, here you’ll find a cosy home after a long day of exploring the big city.

28. San Francisco


USA Hostels San Francisco

Boasting a sizeable in-house theatre and huge bar with its own pool table, USA Hostels San Francisco is unbeatable value for your backpacker budget. The infamous cable cars and Alcatraz are also a short trip away.

The best hostels in Oceania – as voted by you

29. Sydney


Bounce Sydney

Stunning views of the Sydney skyline from the comfort of a private rooftop terrace don’t often come at this price. The Bounce is also right oppsoite Central station, giving you quick access to Sydney’s main train lines.

30. Melbourne


Home at The Mansion

With only 96 beds, this small friendly hostel gives you the chance to have a personal experience in one of Australia’s most happening cities. Weekends are also ‘party central’ – perfect for social butterflies looking for new friends.

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