HOSCARs Awards 2022

Celebrating EXTRAORDINARY hostels

If you’re after the best hostels in the world, as voted for by travellers and our esteemed panel of independent judges, look no further! HOSCARs 2022 celebrates the hostels that have done incredible things, in extraordinary circumstances.

HOSCAR Winning Hostels 2022

The Community Champion

Envoy Hostel Yerevan Yerevan, Armenia

Supporting, sheltering, and spreading joy to refugee families.

The Eco-Warrior

Palmar Beach Lodge Bocas del Toro, Panama

True eco ethos, encouraging guests to clean the beach in exchange for beer!

The new hostel on the block

Black Llama Hostel Miraflores Lima, Peru

Cultural events, local cuisine, creative vibes, AND a jungle atmosphere!

The People Person

Che Tulum Hostel & Bar Tulum, Mexico

Spoilt for choice, with social spaces, activities, and classes!

The Digital Nomad

Viajero Medellín Hostel Medellin, Colombia

Comfortable, calm, and inspiring coworking spaces, in one of Colombia’s coolest cities.

Envoy Hostel Yerevan Yerevan, Armenia

Supporting, sheltering, and spreading joy to refugee families.

Pfefferbett Hostel Berlin Berlin, Germany

Championing inclusivity, equality, and helping the homeless.

Hostel Seven Cebu Cebu, Philippines

Rebuilding houses, feeding families, and raising funds after typhoon Odette.

Roy's villa hostel Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Compassion and care for the local community, donating during challenging times.

Modal Greenville, USA

A safe and social space, supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.

Hostels welcome travellers from every corner of the world, but sometimes, we need to focus on our own backyard. We know hostels are a huge part of the local community and we wanted to celebrate the special people giving back. This award recognises hostels that have made a clear and constructive effort to drive community change. Local, global or anything in between. Through volunteering projects, charitable work or fundraising events, this award is for hostels committed to making our world a better place.

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Palmar Beach Lodge Bocas del Toro, Panama

True eco ethos, encouraging guests to clean the beach in exchange for beer!

Madama Hostel & Bistrot Milan, Italy

Save the planet in style. Oh-so-sustainable initiatives in a hostel that screams sophistication.

Distant Relatives Kilifi, Kenya

Focus on the footprint! Upcycle, then get down at Africa’s first carbon-neutral festival.

RisingSoul Retreat Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Exemplary eco-initiatives, that educate and inspire travellers and locals.

Sleep Well Brussels, Belgium

Sleep well, waste little! Super sustainable and energy-efficient efforts.

Without our world, we wouldn’t have hostels. We travel to see the beauty of our planet. And it’s about time we show it some respect! This award focuses on protecting the environment and promoting sustainability. It celebrates hostels that participate in eco-friendly projects and practices. To protect our planet, they need to promote, inspire, and encourage travellers to adopt a responsible and sustainable lifestyle. This includes cutting consumption of resources, reducing pollution, and conserving biodiversity and landscapes. Think community-based eco-tours, carbon-neutral activities, eco-friendly lodging/facilities, and sustainable initiatives. Be the pollution solution. Join the race to make our world a better place.

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Black Llama Hostel Miraflores Lima, Peru

Cultural events, local cuisine, creative vibes, AND a jungle atmosphere!

YellowSquare Milan, Italy

Clever co-working spaces, and catchy concerts in a deconsecrated Chapel.

Bluebird Hostel Riga, Latvia

A new concept in Riga’s Old Town! This Art-Nouveau building has brilliant capsule beds.

Whale Tail Hotel Uvita, Costa Rica

Dry off after surf school, then wet your whistle at their micro-brewery Peruvian pub!

Lolo Pass Portland, USA

A proud Portland hostel, hosting events, fundraisers, and art shows.

Hostels that opened their doors in 2021 overcame trials and tribulations to get exactly where they are today. Big up. This award celebrates inspiring stories from the newest hostels in town. Joining our backpacking community at a global standstill is impressive. They’ve got guts. It’s time to hear their stories and celebrate the best new hostels in the world.

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Che Tulum Hostel & Bar Tulum, Mexico

Spoilt for choice, with social spaces, activities, and classes!

Lagarto na Banana hostel Pipa, Brazil

An array of activities for adventurers. From astrology chats, to cooking sessions.

Kokopelli Hostels Cusco, Peru

Kokopelli ensure explorers never feel alone, in your home away from home!

El Granado Hostel Granada, Spain

Rooftop yoga, group walks, and family dinners. You are guaranteed a warm welcome at El Granado!

The Spindrift Hostel Weligama, Sri Lanka

Social experiences are always at the heart of Spindrift hostel.

If there’s one thing we all know about backpackers, it’s that they loooove making friends. For solo travellers and beyond, social experiences are at the heart of all great hostels. And the best hostels know exactly how to help people connect. This award is for the hostels that have gone above and beyond to encourage social connections. Think epic events, activities, policies, social spaces, or any other crowd-pleasing initiatives. The take-home? They’re doing their bit to help travellers meet one another in a safe, fun and exceptional way!

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Viajero Medellín Hostel Medellin, Colombia

Comfortable, calm, and inspiring coworking spaces, in one of Colombia’s coolest cities.

YellowSquare Rome, Italy

YellowSquare became YellowShare! A real hub for Digital Nomads.

Draper Startup House Bangalore, India

Travellers are treated to entrepreneurial events, and adventurous activities.

Co404 San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

A creative space to focus by day. The perfect place to socialise by night.

Take Hostel Conil Conil de la Frontera, Spain

For remote workers who want to be close to the waves!

After all these lockdowns, the remote working revolution has boomed. Digital Nomads require space to work and wanderlust, all at the same time. These hostels have social spaces that scream inspiration and so much more. Workers on the road, these hostels are for you!

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Judging Panel

Qatar Airways Student Club

Paul Bristow

Regional Loyalty Manager (Europe) - Qatar Airways Student Club

An avid traveller who has been fortunate to spend the majority of his career working in travel - such a dynamic, fun and rewarding industry! Paul doesn’t have a ‘favourite’ destination as such. Every travel adventure creates its own special moments and cherished memories. If pushed South Africa would be right up there: from backpacking adventures in Johannesburg and along the Garden Route to a more recent family break exploring Cape Town and surrounding areas with its stunning nature, fascinating history, great food/wine and exhilarating wildlife.

World Nomads

Mika Singh

Senior Brand Strategist, nib Travel

Having lived and worked across four continents, Mika is truly a “World Nomad”. She’s currently based in Australia, working as a Senior Brand Strategist for World Nomads and other nib Travel brands. Outside of the office, you’ll find her hanging off various cliff faces or wiping out in the surf as she explores a passion for rock climbing, the outdoors, and the general adrenaline of life. South Africa will always hold a special place in her heart because of the wonderful friendships and memories she made there.

GTPI, Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

Svitlana Mikhalyeva

Coordinator of the One Planet network Sustainable Tourism Programme and Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

For the past 10 years, Svitlana has worked on projects related to sustainable mobility, circularity and sustainable consumption and production within various UN agencies as well as with private businesses. Currently, she is working as Coordinator of the One Planet network Sustainable Tourism Programme, which objective is to foster the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Tourism sector. Her favourite destination is Bali for its incredible people, vegan food and beautiful nature.

Kendra Okereke

Talent Producer, Podcast Host & Travel Content Creator

Kendra Okereke is a 29-year-old solo traveller from Los Angeles, CA. She has been solo travelling for 5 years, has visited 20 countries and taken 16 solo trips! She loves to stay in hostels and meet other travellers from around the world. She's also a total and complete hopeless romantic. When she's not travelling, you can find her hosting the podcast, The Rom-Com Room. She's also the creator and moderator of Late Bloomer Support, a Facebook group for people who identify as late bloomers. Whether you're 21 and have never kissed someone or 40 and have never been in a relationship, this is a safe space for people to find support and receive advice. You can find Kendra on IG and TikTok @Ken10hollywood. Her favourite destination is Ireland. She loves the culture, how kind people are and she’s exactly who she wants to be as a person when she’s there. She’s been there 3 times and has visited 12 of Ireland’s counties.


Roi Ariel

General Manager of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)

Roi Ariel has been focusing on responsible travel and sustainable tourism over the past decade. Roi manages GSTC's memberships, partnerships, communications, and operations in his current role. This includes working closely with key governmental agencies and influential companies to mainstream and promote adherence to sustainability standards in travel and tourism. He previously worked with UN-ESCAP researching sustainable development and green growth in Southeast Asia, and on sustainability issues with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). He also served as the Green Economy Initiative Advisor for EcoPeace Middle East in Israel and a sustainable tourism advisor in countries around the world, including China, Madagascar, and Taiwan.

Taiwan is his favourite destination to travel to, especially after spring when certain areas are filled with hundreds of blinking flashes of fireflies at twilight. It’s also the last chance to get warm and enjoy a natural hot spring in the cooled central mountains or cool down when snorkelling in the tropics.

G Adventures

Brian Young

Managing Director, EMEA, G Adventures

With over 30 years of experience, Brian Young’s career in the travel sector has taken him from a bright-eyed 19-year-old club rep, working for Club 18-30, to Managing Director of G Adventures across the EMEA region. He loves to travel to Greece and the islands. He loves the culture, the food and the fact you can still get off the beaten track and find amazing local places that have not been touched by tourism.

Nolan Saumure

Digital Producer and Travel Content Creator

Nolan Saumure currently works as a digital producer and content creator on a freelance basis. From a small town in Canada called Renfrew, he feels like growing up in a small town where no one leaves is the reason he rebelled and now likes to travel all the time. Because he was infatuated with the travel lifestyle, he felt like the only way to support this healthy addiction was to get a remote job. Having always been into video editing and social media, he developed his skills as a digital producer to become a digital nomad. His favourite travel destination is Mexico. It's a country that has so much more to offer than the beaches it's famous for and if you explore the non-touristy area you'll find an authentic culture like no other.



Hostelgeeks is your gateway to the world’s finest hostels, the 5 Star Hostels. They visit all the top hostels in the world and put them under one roof for you. Together with his small team, Matt has run Hostelgeeks since 2015. Before Hostelgeeks he worked in web development. On the road, you will find him in any good café house, enjoying an iced coffee. In a hostel, you will find him at the Foosball table. You will never hear him counting the countries he has visited, but most likely he’ll tell you how wonderful Vietnam is. Why? Because of its strong and kind people and culture, the beautiful nature, and its cuisine with its tasty balance of aromatics, heat, sweetness, sourness, and spices.

The Broke Backpacker

Aiden Joseph

Senior Editor

After a decade spent inside a banking office cubicle, Aiden decided to start his life over again and hit the road. From there, he fell into travel blogging and rose to the illustrious position of Senior Editor at The Broke Backpacker! He manages the site’s gear content as well as providing the occasional insightful piece on the lessons and tribulations picked up on the road!

He loves travelling to India because it is everything that travel should be - challenging as hell but also richly rewarding. And of course, it’s huge so there is always so much to see.

Judging Process

All entries were reviewed by our panel of judges who have an in-depth understanding of the areas our awards focus on.

The judges shortlisted 5 hostels for each award, so 25 finalists in total.

Then we asked travellers to vote! And YOU did (thank you).

The winning hostels were confirmed, based on a combination of the judges’ votes, the public’s vote and their Hostelworld rating during the relevant time.