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Lisbon’s Travellers House the World’s Best Hostel
Hostel owners and managers from around the world flocked to Dublin last night to attend the most eagerly anticipated event in the budget accommodation industry calendar. The 8th annual Hoscar (HOStelworld Customer Annual Ratings) awards ceremony took place to recognize the best hostels in the world, voted for by 1 million Hostelworld.com customers in 2009.

The Portuguese city of Lisbon proved to yet again be the jewel in the crown for budget conscious travellers across the world when it claimed an astonishing 5 of the top 10 spots. For the second year running Lisbon’s Travellers House Hostel received the top honour when it was announced as the best hostel in the world. Rossio Hostel and Lisbon Lounge hostel gave the popular backpacking destination an impressive one, two, three. Also featuring in the top ten were hostels from Florence, Budapest, Krakow, Riga and Cardiff.

Over 23,000 properties from across the globe featured on Hostelworld.com were eligible for the awards. The winning hostels were voted for by those who matter the most: the Hostelworld.com customers who booked their accommodation online and rated and reviewed the hostels after their stay in 2009 based on six criteria – character, security, location, staff, fun and cleanliness.

Joao Pires, the manager at Traveller’s House Hostel in Lisbon said: “We are very proud to win the top hostel in the world for 2 years in a row - proud for our hostel, proud for our team and proud for the city and all the Portuguese people. It’s an honour to be recognized in this way.”

He continued “We work in a very passionate environment. The people who work in our hostel get great enjoyment out of hosting guests and showing them the best our city has to offer. We always try to accommodate people the best we can.”

Alongside the top 10 hostels in the world, Hoscars were awarded for the top 3 hostels on each continent and categories including ‘Best location’, ‘Most fun’ and ‘Most improved’.

Hostelworld.com’s VP of Accommodation Relations Carmel Dunne commented “The Hoscar awards are extremely important to both hostels around the world and their customers. They are based on user ratings and reviews, a key reason why customers book with us. No other hostel booking site offers the depth and breadth of hostels available to book on hostelworld.com or the volume of reviews, made directly by Hostelworld.com customers following their stay. Congratulations to all this years winners”.

Top 10 Worldwide Hostels

1. Travellers House, Lisbon, Portugal

2. Rossio Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal

3. Living Lounge Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal

4. Academy Hostel, Florence, Italy

5. Carpe Noctem, Budapest, Hungary

6. The Riverhouse Backpackers, Cardiff, Wales

7. Lisbon Lounge Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal

8. Greg & Tom Hostel, Krakow, Poland

9. The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers Hostel, Riga, Latvia

10. Lisboa Central Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal

The Hoscars took place in conjunction with Hostelworld.com’s 6th annual Hostel Conference and was attended by over 400 hostel owners, managers and industry professionals from around the world. This year's conference took a look at the future of travel and what changes are driving the travel industry, in particular social media and mobile marketing. Industry leaders looked at how the 4 billion mobile handsets in use across the world are now an integral tool for the travel marketplace and the effect this will have on the budget travel sector.

 

Photo: Beatiful mirror at Travellers House in Lisbon.