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Lisbon Tops Budget-conscious Travellers Awards

By Speed Communications

Posted: 26th February 2013 13:29

The Portuguese city of Lisbon once again proved to be the jewel in the crown for global budget-conscious travellers with an impressive number of five hostels securing top spots at the 11th Annual Hostel Awards.  

The annual Hostel Awards (formerly HOSCARS), organised by leading budget travel website, is the biggest trade event in the budget travel industry.  Attended by hostel owners, managers and staff from around the globe, the Hostel Awards honours the world’s top hostels, as voted for by customers.

Irish TV presenter Craig Doyle hosted the awards ceremony last night at a gala ceremony at the Dublin Convention Centre on the River Liffey with a record-setting audience of over 400 representatives from 44 countries.

The Hostel Awards is the only awards in the travel industry decided exclusively by guest reviews - a crucial differentiator in light of recent news questioning the integrity of online customer reviews on other travel websites.  Over 1 million customers who booked their accommodation online and stayed in the properties in 2012 voted for their favourite properties and the winners were chosen based on their overall score in six categories - fun, cleanliness, staff, security, location and character. Other awards are given out in categories such as ‘Best New Hostel’ and ‘Best Alternative Hostel.'s CEO, Feargal Mooney, commented on this year's awards:

"The Hostel Awards ceremony has long been the most-anticipated event on the budget travel calendar. We pride ourselves on the fact that these awards are based only on reviews and ratings of those guests who have actually booked and stayed in the accommodation – it’s the only way to ensure a true reflection of a property's strengths and weaknesses. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners."

*For the full list of winners please visit

Top 10 Worldwide Hostels

1              Yes! Lisbon Hostel                        Lisbon

2              Home Hostel                                   Lisbon

3              Travellers House                            Lisbon

4              Living Lounge Hostel                     Lisbon

5              Hostel One Paralelo                     Barcelona

6              Vagabonds                                      Belfast

7              Cocomama                                     Amsterdam

8              Hostel Riad Marrakech Rouge    Marrakech

9              The Garden Backpacker                Seville

10           Ostello Bello                                      Milan

Best Small Hostels Worldwide (maximum 50 beds)

1              Hostel One Paralelo                       Barcelona

2              Vagabonds                                       Belfast

3              Cocomama                                      Amsterdam

4              Charles Bridge Economic Hostel Prague

5              Hostel One Sants                            Barcelona

6              El Viajero Cartagena Hostel         Cartagena

7              Greg & Tom Party Hostel                Krakow

8              Lisboa Central Hostel                     Lisbon

9              Florentine Backpackers Hostel    Tel Aviv

10           Our Melting Pot                                  Manila

Best Medium Hostels Worldwide (51-100 beds)

1              Home Hostel                                      Lisbon

2              Travellers House                               Lisbon

3              Living Lounge Hostel                        Lisbon

4              Hostel Riad Marrakech Rouge    Marrakech

5              The Garden Backpacker                Seville

6              Ostello Bello                                     Milan

7              Montreal Central                              Montreal

8              Grand Hostel Berlin                        Berlin

9              Global Village                                   Belfast

10           Sant Jordi Alberg                            Barcelona

Best Large Hostels Worldwide (101-250 beds)

1              Yes! Lisbon Hostel                                                     Lisbon

2              Wombats City Hostel Vienna - The Lounge           Vienna

3              YHA London Oxford Street                                         London

4              Circus Hostel                                                                Berlin

5              City BackPackers Hostel                                          Stockholm

6              Barnacles Temple Bar House                                  Dublin

7              USA Hostels San Francisco                                  San Francisco

8              Abraham Hostel Jerusalem                                    Jerusalem

9              Bounce Sydney                                                            Sydney

10           Sleepzone                                                                     Galway

 Best Extra Large Hostels Worldwide (minimum 251 beds)

1              Castle Rock Hostel                                                                Edinburgh

2              Nomads Queenstown                                                        Queenstown

3              Wombats City Hostel Vienna - at the Naschmarkt             Vienna

4              YHA Wellington City                                                               Wellington

5              SameSun Backpacker Lodge - Vancouver                       Vancouver

6              YHA London Central                                                                London

7              Chicago Getaway Hostel                                                        Chicago

8              Hostelling International New York                                       New York

9              H.I. Chicago Hostel                                                                 Chicago

10           Adelaide Hostel and Hotel                                                     Adelaide

Top Hostel Chains          

1              USA Hostels

2              Sant Jordi

3              Wombats

Special Contribution Award – Roma Scout Center, Rome, Italy

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