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Now in their fourth year, the Awards for Excellence recognise HostelBookers’ top accommodations from 2012.

Thank you to all our customers who have taken the time to review their property stay. Your feedback and ratings offer travellers an invaluable insight into our accommodation and also help us to establish the winners in our Awards for Excellence.

Check out the most popular accommodation from 2012 below!

Best Accommodation 2013

THE AWARD CATEGORIES EXPLAINED:

TOP THREE ACCOMMODATIONS

Awarded to the top three accommodations on each continent that received the highest overall customer rating.

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AWARD FOR CLEANLINESS

Awarded to three accommodations on each continent that received the highest customer rating for ‘cleanliness’.

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BEST VALUE CHEAP HOTELS

Awarded to the three hotels on each continent that received the highest customer rating for ‘value’.

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BEST ATMOSPHERE

Awarded to the three accommodations on each continent that received the highest customer rating for ‘atmosphere’.

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BEST STAFF

Awarded to the three accommodations on each continent that received the highest customer rating for ‘staff’.

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MOST POPULAR

Awarded to the three accommodations on each continent that received the highest number of bookings made through HostelBookers.

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BEST NEWCOMERS

Awarded to two accommodations on each continent that opened in 2012 and received the highest overall customer ratings.

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BEST FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

Awarded to one accommodation on each continent that received the highest overall customer rating in the ‘alone’ traveller type category.

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BEST FOR COUPLES

Awarded to the accommodation on each continent that received the highest overall customer rating in the ‘with my spouse/partner’ traveller type category.

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BEST FOR FAMILIES

Awarded to the seven accommodations that received the highest overall customer rating in the ‘as a family’ traveller type category.

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GROUP RECOGNITION

Awarded to five accommodations that have demonstrated outstanding service to our Group Travel Team.

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BEST CHAINS

Awarded to the three chains that received the highest combination of bookings and customer rating averaged across all their accommodations.

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Visit the HostelBookers blog for more information about our Awards for Excellence and find out what makes these properties the best around.


  • A minimum of 25 reviews received in 2012 is required to be considered for an award.
  • The winners are chosen based on the highest rating achieved in each category.
  • Accommodations are only eligible to win one award. If an accommodation qualifies in more than one category, they will be allocated the award for which they received the highest rating.
  • Chains need to have a minimum of three accommodations under the same brand name to be considered a chain.
  • HostelBookers’ decision is final.

TOP THREE ACCOMMODATIONS

AWARD FOR CLEANLINESS

BEST VALUE CHEAP HOTELS

BEST ATMOSPHERE

BEST STAFF

MOST POPULAR

Back to Top Property Name Location 2012 Rating Overall Rating  

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Abraham Hostel Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel 92.4% 93.0% Book Now
Djemaa El Fna Hotel Cecil Marrakech, Morocco 86.5% 88.7% Book Now
Hostel Riad Marrakech Rouge Marrakech, Morocco 97.5% 99.2% Book Now

ASIA

NapPark Hostel @ Khao San Bangkok, Thailand 95.9% 91.5% Book Now
Reggae Mansion Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 93.2% 93.3% Book Now
River City Inn Singapore, Singapore 96.3% 92.1% Book Now

EASTERN EUROPE

Athens Backpackers Athens, Greece 92.4% 91.5% Book Now
Czech Inn Prague, Czech Republic 91.5% 88.3% Book Now
St. Christopher's Prague Prague, Czech Republic 92.2% 82.9% Book Now

NORTH AMERICA

City Hostel Seattle Seattle, USA 93.0% 92.1% Book Now
Miami Beach International Travelers Hostel Miami, USA 86.7% 86.6% Book Now
San Francisco International Hostel San Francisco, USA 83.0% 70.2% Book Now

OCEANIA

Discovery Melbourne Melbourne, Australia 81.6% 75.9% Book Now
Nomads Auckland Backpackers Auckland, New Zealand 82.2% 82.6% Book Now
Wake Up Hostel Sydney, Australia 86.5% 95.3% Book Now

SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA

America del Sur Hostel – El Calafate El Calafate, Argentina 90.2% 91.4% Book Now
El Misti Hostel Copacabana Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 81.0% 74.3% Book Now
Milhouse Hostel Buenos Aires, Argentina 91.4% 87.1% Book Now

WESTERN EUROPE

Clink78 London, England 83.8% 84.5% Book Now
Hostel Van Gogh Amsterdam, Netherlands 86.2% 85.1% Book Now
Inner Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 78.4% 65.8% Book Now

BEST NEWCOMERS

BEST FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

Back to Top Property Name Location 2012 Rating Overall Rating  

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Trip and Friends Marrakech, Morocco 97.7% 86.1% Book Now

ASIA

Saphaipae Hostel Bangkok, Thailand 94.7% 92.0% Book Now

EASTERN EUROPE

Arpacay Backpackers Hostel Prague, Czech Republic 92.1% 90.7% Book Now

NORTH AMERICA

HI New York City NYC Hostel New York City, USA 88.0% 91.3% Book Now

OCEANIA

Habitat HQ Melbourne, Australia 87.5% 88.9% Book Now

SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA

Marlon's House In Puno Puno, Peru 89.9% 95.4% Book Now

WESTERN EUROPE

Oasis Backpackers' Palace Sevilla Seville, Spain 92.7% 92.0% Book Now

BEST FOR COUPLES

Back to Top Property Name Location 2012 Rating Overall Rating  

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Riad Baraka Chefchaouen, Morocco 94.7% 92.3% Book Now

ASIA

Khaosan Baan Thai Bangkok, Thailand 95.4% 92.8% Book Now

EASTERN EUROPE

Maverick Hostel & Ensuites Budapest, Hungary 95.3% 94.4% Book Now

NORTH AMERICA

Hostel Amigo Suites Downtown Mexico City, Mexico 89.8% 86.9% Book Now

OCEANIA

Globetrotters International Cairns, Australia 85.2% 75.9% Book Now

SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA

El Tuco Hostel Cusco, Peru 94.2% 95.2% Book Now

WESTERN EUROPE

Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel Barcelona, Spain 93.2% 94.9% Book Now

BEST FOR FAMILIES

Back to Top Property Name Location 2012 Rating Overall Rating  

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Dar Hafsa Fes, Morocco 98.5% 93.1% Book Now

ASIA

Rainforest Bed And Breakfast Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 93.0% 90.4% Book Now

EASTERN EUROPE

Metropolis Hostel Istanbul, Turkey 94.7% 95.8% Book Now

NORTH AMERICA

Marrakech Hotel NYC New York City, USA 79.4% 83.4% Book Now

OCEANIA

Space Hotel Melbourne, Australia 89.1% 92.3% Book Now

SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA

Hostel Suites Florida Buenos Aires, Argentina 86.5% 88.3% Book Now

WESTERN EUROPE

Urbany Hostel Barcelona Barcelona, Spain 90.1% 79.2% Book Now

GROUP RECOGNITION

Back to Top Property Name Location 2012 Rating Overall Rating  

EASTERN EUROPE

Happyhostel Budapest, Hungary - 93.0% Book Now

WESTERN EUROPE

Hostel 7 Santi Florence, Italy - 79.2% Book Now
Hotel Rubino Rome, Italy - 68.8% Book Now
LENIN HOSTAL Barcelona, Spain - 77.9% Book Now
PangeaPeople Hostel & Hotel Berlin, Germany - 84.0% Book Now

BEST CHAINS