DID YOU KNOW, that whilst we eagerly wait for the world to reopen, hostels around the globe have been doing extraordinary things?
Despite last year’s challenges, hostels have gone above and beyond to adapt, evolve and ensure you can stay safe and social (even from a distance!). They’ve also been working their magic to help build a better world, by supporting their local communities. #Legends
They cannot wait to welcome you back. Just as much as you can’t wait to grab your backpack, walk down the aisle and jump in your bunk! And so, for this year’s HOSCARs, we are here to CELEBRATE these incredible hostels, that have made their mark on the world in EXTRAORDINARY ways.
Our wise wanderlusting panel have picked the finalists, and now it is down to YOU to cast your vote.
Voting not only helps spread the love and recognise these #HostelHeroes, but it also enters you into our PRIZE DRAW! #WinWin
Voting is now closed.
We know that sociable experiences are at the heart of all great hostels. 2020 made hosting these experiences challenging, with distancing guidelines, masks, and rules that vary from country to country.
The Extraordinary Sociable Experience award will celebrate the hostel that has made the backpacker experience as safe and social as can be.
Yoga sessions and Spanish lessons. Kindness and high spirits a-plenty with these Mayan Monkeys.Read their story
Mixology, Munchies and Mochas! (Okay Espressos). Skill-sharing is caring at YellowSquare.Read their story
Moonlight cinema and ‘Begadang Buzz’! Community vibes keeping the backpacking spirit alive.Read their story
Exploring homes in caves, cultural exchanges and Sacromonte sunsets. Bliss!Read their story
Community matters more than ever now and hostels have stepped up to the challenge. They've been running volunteering programmes, doing charitable work, and hosting fundraising events.
All finalists have demonstrated the positive impact they've made, but who will win this award?
Opening its doors to fleeing refugees, this hostel became a lifeline in a time of crisis.Read their story
Surviving a violent uprising, a pandemic and Hurricane Etta, they facilitated emergency water for the community.Read their story
Celebrating Caiçar communities, Hostel da Villa encourages integration and education, empowering and supporting young people.Read their story
Driving social and community change, by building an outdoor playground and uniting wanderers and locals.Read their story
Protecting the planet is on all our minds, and The Extraordinary Sustainable Hostel award recognises a hostel that’s delivering in this area.
The winning hostel will promote, inspire, and encourage its customers and staff to adopt a more responsible and sustainable lifestyle.
Cohort is plastic free, has a carbon-offsetting target of 2,500 trees, and loves toilet twinning!Read their story
Organic fruit gardens, upcycled everything, ingenious water irrigation and dorms created from the land.Read their story
Locals, refugees and backpackers unite! This energy efficient hostel is educating the masses.Read their story
Based in the world’s oldest desert, Salty Jackal are water conservation and composting champions.Read their story
The Extraordinary Inclusive Hostel award will recognise a hostel that has gone to incredible lengths to create an environment where everyone feels included and accepted.
Hostels are known to be welcoming places, but we want to find one that has truly celebrated individuality and diversity.
Flying the LGBTQIA+ flag in South Carolina, Modal is a creative hub and safe-haven for queer travellers.Read their story
Draper wants to empower your inner entrepreneur! Inclusivity is a core value in this community of go-getters.Read their story
At ‘INOUT Hostel everyone fits!’ Championing accessibility and inclusivity, employing 50 team members with disabilities.Read their story
Ember Hostel celebrates all ethnicities and identities, mirroring the diversity of its city. Representation matters!Read their story
Simply making it through 2020 is worthy of an award but opening a new hostel during this time deserves a special shout out.
The Extraordinary New Hostel award will celebrate a hostel opening during the year, perhaps one that’s overcome challenges and has an inspiring story to tell.
A backpacker’s paradise. Stay in a ‘Tiny Dream House’, eat green and chill in their urban forest.Read their story
Combo Milano opened this cool city retreat, boasting a tranquil greenhouse and two majestic courtyards.Read their story
A little luxury on your travels… Two pools, walk-in changing rooms, and luxurious double-bed bunks.Read their story
Once a dentist’s office, this inclusive hostel has been transformed, with in-house art gallery and coffee shop.Read their story
If there’s one thing that 2020 has made us all realise, it’s that nothing is guaranteed, and survival often involves quick and creative thinking.
The Extraordinary Innovation award will recognise the hostel that’s innovated most, either by pivoting their business model, launching brand new services, or something totally different.
This converted church is arty, spectacular, and innovatively upcycled. Hallelujah!Read their story
Apocalyptic times calls for futuristic measures! Digital Nomads dance in socially distanced silent discos…Read their story
Check out Attic Backpacker’s 360-degree panoramic views and impressive business model pivot too.Read their story
Innovative eco-warriors, saving the planet one invention at a time.Read their story
They are all hostel heroes in our eyes, but this award is extra special. Our panel of judges looked through all the award entries and selected the very best. Which hostel should be crowned our Hostel Hero?
Supporting people and planet, Welcommon offers refugees accommodation and community, all while championing sustainable tourism.Read their story
A lifeline to Lima’s ‘forgotten communities’, working with volunteers to provide emergency food, housing, and healthcare.Read their story
As tourism disappeared, El Rio Hostel worked tirelessly to set up a food bank and provide emergency food parcels.Read their story
Home to 40 young refugees, JAM gave beds, employment, integration and emotional support too.Read their story