Here are the best hostels in the world

These hostels prove that you don’t have to fork out hotel prices to get a good night’s sleep.

SJ is a regular travel contributor to YourLifeChoices. Her favourite place in the world so far is Positano, where she spent most of her time enjoying the view from her balcony at Hotel Buca Di Bacco.

Gone are the days when nice accommodation meant hotels or nothing. Thanks to the way travel is evolving there are a lot more options when it comes to accommodation. And while in the past, hostels may have only been for travellers on a shoestring budget – namely students and backpackers – this could not be further from the truth now.

Forget the stereotypical image of a 20-bed dorm room. Many hostels now offer plenty of perks, from free breakfast, wifi and drinks to fitness classes and co-working spaces.

HostelWorld has done the hard work amalgamating over one million reviews to find out the crème de la crème of hostels worldwide.

Now in its 15th year, the annual HOSCAR awards are scored across value for money, location, staff, atmosphere, cleanliness, facilities, security and overall customer experience. Here are the world’s best hostels:

Best Small Hostel

Featuring private rooms with ensuites, bunk beds with curtains for privacy in dorm rooms, Apple Macs for internet access and incredibly generous lounge and kitchen spaces, Soul Kitchen in St Petersburg, Russia, was the leading small hostel.

soul kitchen hostel

Best Medium Hostel

With nightly dinners cooked by the owner’s mother the aptly named Home Lisbon Hostel is renowned for its atmosphere and activities including walking tours, pub crawls and all round ‘at home feeling’. One look at the wood panelled rooms and stunning architecture, and you’ll be sold.

home hotel lisbon

Best Large Hostel

A mere 100m from Milan Central Station, the Ostello Bello Grande team pride themselves on the fact they have visited more than 300 hostels across five continents. With free breakfast and wifi, there are also three open-air terraces featuring hammocks, a BBQ and vegetable garden. We were sold on the nightly Italian Aperitivo!

ostello bello grande hostel

Best New Hostel

With the beach bang on your doorstep, Lub d Phuket Patong is a new hostel in Phuket, Thailand, catering for all ages and budgets. With chic beach-style dorms to private rooms there are also co-working spaces, business facilities, a pool, patio, as well as smoothie, deli and drinks bars.

lub d patong hostel

Best Hostel in Asia

Located in the heart of Nha Trang, Mojzo Inn offers free breakfast on their rooftop each morning, free wifi, water and even beer between 5 and 6pm.

mozjo inn

Best Hostel in Auckland

One street away from the iconic skytower, The Attic Backpackers is spotlessly clean with an industrial sized kitchen and large covered outdoor deck. With private single, double and twin rooms there are large and small dorms and a fully functioning travel and tour desk to help plan your NZ adventure without leaving the hostel.

the attic backpackers hostel


Best Hostel in England

Housed in a Georgian Regency villa with attached coach house, Park Villa is a new boutique hostel in the East End of London. With oak wood floors throughout, rooms are predominantly ensuites, with family accommodation featuring full sized baths. Breakfast is included, and rooms and showers are cleaned daily.

park villa hostel

Best Hostel in France

Recently opened by three young Parisian travellers, Les Piaules is a fully renovated art deco building with a rooftop terrace featuring fantastic views out over the City of Love. With free wifi, late checkout, custom bunk beds and the coolest bar in town. Breakfast is also included.

les piaules hostel

Best Hostel in Australia

Featuring a swimming pool, outdoor terrace with a BBQ and no bunk beds in sight, Traveller’s Oasis in Cairns took out the title of Best Hostel when it comes to Australia. Only 15-minutes’ walk to the lagoon, there are also hammocks and superb staff, according to the reviews.

travellers oasis hostel

Read the full list of best hostels in the world at HostelWorld. Have you stayed at a great hostel? Tell us about it in the comments below.




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    fish head
    18th Mar 2017
    Why the curled lip about hostel accommodation? I've been using hostels in Australia and overseas since 1973 with a then 2 year old at heel. I will not deny that the older system of multi-bed dormitories left a lot to be desired when sharing with self absorbed self-centred adolescents.I had occasion to remind a pair of their obligations when for the second night they rocked in at 2am lights blazing, door slamming. They were high on the excitement of their first trip abroad.It succeeded.
    Nowadays the scene has evolved with single/family rooms becoming more available although multi-bed rooms are still in the mix.The tone of a hostel is set by management and staff.When people are aware that poor behaviour will not be tolerated and they will be ejected if other people are caused discomfort by their antics sensible idiots modify their behaviour. Hostels blossom by word of mouth recommendations ask any backpacker. The word goes out. The evolution continues.
    Tom Tank
    18th Mar 2017
    Hostels are great with the huge advantage of meeting people from all round the world of different age groups. My wife and I, both in our 70's, are off hostelling in N.Z. shortly and really looking forward to it. We do always try to get an en-suite due to nocturnal needs and, if booked early enough, are successful.
    18th Mar 2017
    I am off to London in June and have booked Clink78 hostel in Islington. This is close to trains etc and it appeals to me price wise as well as its an old court house which has been converted. I have back packed before and enjoy meeting others as a solo traveller. I have booked my own room and ensuite. I also appreciate the savings so then I may spend more on sightseeing etc.
    19th Mar 2017
    In New York I would recommend The Leo House on E 23rd Street. Not fancy or modern but incredibly safe and clean and close to the Venus Diner where you can get fantastic food 24/7 at a very good price. Its about a 20 minute walk from Times Square and has a subway station within one block.

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