Hostels that opened their doors last year have been BUSY. With determination and grit, they’ve spent 2022 working tirelessly to impress the entire traveller community. As a result, five exceptional hostels have been shortlisted to win a New Kid on the Block award for HOSCARs 2023. These hostels are brand new, with state-of-the-art facilities, and they’re eager to win your vote. So, who do you think deserves this shiny award for their sparkling new hostel?
Naples is one of Italy’s coolest cities, and you know what’s even cooler? Ostello Bello Napoli – the ultimate hangout spot that just opened up in the heart of the historic centre. This place is more than just a hostel, it’s a positive force of urban regeneration for young locals and a sweet spot for travellers looking to explore the city from a homely base. You’ll meet people from all over the world here. And there’s ALWAYS something going on. Whether it’s live music, standup comedy nights, or pizza-making classes taught by the locals. With a panoramic terrace, workstations, and even tarot readings, this place has got everything you need to make your stay in Naples unforgettable.
Jo&Joe is bringing back the party to a forgotten corner of Rio, at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain. After five years of renovation and a whole lot of permits, they’re the new spot for locals and visitors alike; mixing it up with a social scene that spans the globe. This open house is a truly unforgettable experience, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the Rio lifestyle. Surround yourself with great people, lush nature, multiple pools, and the best caipirinhas in the world – the perfect way to relax after the most famous carnival on the planet. JO&JOE Rio de Janeiro is a gourmet playground, catering to social butterflies both indoors and out. The selection of restaurants and bars is second to none. Experience a rainbow of flavour, from sizzling meats on the skewer and fresh detox juices to al fresco events and casual cocktails with a touch of old Rio bohemian charm. Whatever your mood, JO&JOE Rio de Janeiro is waiting to welcome you with open arms.
New Friends Hostel is the epitome of trendy, nestled in the heart of Valladolid and only a stone’s throw away from the ADO truck terminal, restaurants, bars and other traveller hotspots. On one side, you’ll find the Calzada de los Frailes and the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena; on the other, the historic centre of the city. This design-focused hostel is where modern meets comfort, with a range of private rooms and shared dormitories that are all equipped with air-con, lockers, safety boxes, and card-access doors. Foodie? You’re in for a treat. New Friends Hostel has the best-rated restaurant in town. Head to Echate un Taco, where you can sample the mouth-watering local cuisine that will leave your taste buds begging for more.
Since their epic opening in June 2022, UP2! HostelBar has been constantly levelling up to make sure their guests have the most lit experience possible – both in and out of the hostel. From hostel-hosted parties to tearing up the local neighbourhood, they’re always urging their guests to make new and exciting connections. With reviews averaging 9.5 on Hostelworld, they know what’s important – with shared and private bathrooms, lockers, power plugs, and individual lights in all the beds. Plus, their beachside location means you’re just steps away from the sand and surf. Their communal area is stacked, with a pool, a primo spot to take in the ocean views, and a bar serving up ice-cold brewskies and cocktails. And on weekends? Turn up the heat with live music from banging bands and DJs. Come get a taste of the high life!
Welcome to Hostel One Batlló, the ultimate home away from home in the heart of Barcelona’s vibrant Eixample district! This 36-bed hostel is the baby of one of the coolest hostel chains out there, and they pride themselves on creating meaningful connections between travellers from all over the world. Their helpful staff is always on hand with insider tips and recommendations to help you explore the city’s famous landmarks and attractions; from secret rooftop bars to coastal hikes. And at night? Party until the early hours at their legendary parties and social events. Join the family at Hostel One Batlló and see what the fuss is all about.