Top 7 Hostels in the World in 2010

Last week took place in London, UK, the Hoscar 2011 Awards, to recognize the top hostels around the globe. On this ceremony, the top 3 hostels were from my capital of the country where I’m now living, Lisbon. By definition, hostel is like a budget oriented hotel, providing sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are generally cheaper for both the operator and the occupants; many hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk clerks or housekeeping staff in exchange for free accommodation:

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1. Travellers House

Rua Augusta, number 89, 1st floor, Lisbon, Portugal

Overall rating: 98%

Dorms from: €15

Privates from: €25

The Travellers House is ideally located in the most historical and central area of Lisbon, (Baixa), within walking distance to all major attractions, and interesting spots of Lisbon, with a super transport network at your door. In a 250 year old building, the hostel invite their fellow travellers to relax in our music lounge, enjoy a film in the TV/DVD room, or read books and surf on the internet, in the reading lounge.

Cleaning service runs all day long, making sure everything is spotless. The facilities include bathroom for men and for women, hot showers 24 hours a day, 4 common rooms (dining room, Music lounge, TV/DVD area, reading lounge), and free use kitchen.

Owned and managed by travellers who together designed this Hostel in order to provide the customer with the best stay in one of the most picturesque cities of Europe. Besides the Travellers House, they have just renovated a historic building 10 minutes from the Hostel, the ‘Travellers House-Studios’, which includes four charming studio apartments. The Apartments have all the perks a modern traveler can wish for.

2. Lisbon Lounge Hostel

Rua de Sao Nicolau, 41st, Lisbon, Portugal

Overall rating: 96%

Dorms from: €18

Privates from: €25

Open since April 2005, the LLH was the first Hostel in Lisbon. Moved in March 2007 to the Rua de Sao Nicolau 41st, Lisbon’s Downtown (Baixa) , Lisbon’s Heart!

The highest standards of quality and comfort are now available in this Hostel. They are now bigger and better but still have the same concern: offering their customers a place where you can feel at home with style and design.

LLH is now located in the most Historical Area of Lisbon. Customers will find pedestrian streets full of Monuments, Museums, Restaurants, Cafes, Terraces, Shops, Supermarkets, Tourism Info Spots and so much more…
It´s also close to the main transport system (bus, tram and subway/metro), the best night life area – Bairro Alto – and the Train Stations that takes you to the nearest Beaches (Estoril and Cascais) or the lovely and magical Sintra!

The LLH has 9 rooms available (from Twin Beds with Satellite Tv to 8 Beds Dorm Rooms), 6 Bathrooms, a fully equipped Kitchen for all guests, 3 Lounge Areas where you can relax, have a drink, listen to music, watch a film projection, read books and magazines, play games or just chat with the other guests, use the free Wi-Fi Internet, Personal Lockers in the rooms, free maps, tourist info and guides, laundry service, Mini Bar plus free Coffee and Tea all day!

3. Living Lounge Hostel

Rua do Crucifixo 116 2nd floor, Lisbon, Portugal

Overall rating: 96%

Dorms from: €18

Privates from: €25

Living Lounge, Lisbon’s newest hostel, takes hostel art and traveling life to a whole new level. Each double, single and dorm room at the hostel is a unique work of art, having been individually designed by local artists to reflect different elements of Lisbon’s rich culture. Although every room is different, they have all been crafted with the same goal in mind: providing our guests with supreme comfort, security and style during their stay.

This hostel features a luxurious and spacious downstairs lounge area, providing the perfect place to sip a drink, listen to music and meet people from around the world. Upstairs they have a peaceful indoor garden room, a lovely place to bring a book and relax. Their guests are welcome to use our free Wi-Fi internet, and the staff can provide free maps and any tourist info you might need.

Living Lounge, opened in July 2008, is the newest project from the same group who own and operate the Lisbon Lounge Hostel. With Living Lounge, they bring their customers the same high standards of quality and design but with an exciting new artistic concept.

Living Lounge is located in the heart of Lisbon’s tourist centre, right on the border between the ritzy Chiado district and the historic Baixa. The Baixa-Chiado metro station is literally right across the street, and it is only a quick train ride to Lisbon’s nearest beaches or a short stumble to Lisbon’s best nightlife area – the Bairro Alto.

4. Hostel Mostel

2A Makedonia Boulevard, Sofia, Bulgaria

Overall rating: 93%

Dorms from: €6.80

Privates from: €8

Hostel Mostel set of facilities include big sitting area to chill out, romantic wooden veranda in front of the house, free to use Wi-Fi Internet access all over the place, pool table and much more. The hotel is perfectly centrally located, the city’s tourist attractions, outdoor markets, restaurants, clubs and bars all just around the hostel. Sveta Nedelia Cathedral – the absolute center of Sofia is 5 minutes walking away from the hostel. They are also within walking distance from the central railway / bus station as well. Even when the Mostel Hostel is perfectly located in the city center, still their customers will be well hidden from the street noise in our inner yard.

In this hostel the customer can get, for free, an all you can eat breakfast, a portion of pasta and a beer in the evening, clean and fresh sheets, blanket, pillow and towel, use of modern fully equipped kitchen.

5. Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel

Novembra Krastmala 29, Old Riga, Riga, Latvia

Overall rating: 93%

Dorms from: €4.32

Privates from: €5.82

Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers is the newest hostel in Riga. The Friendly Fun Franks Hostel is Australian, British and Latvian owned. Is situated in the Walls of the Medieval Castle of Old Riga. All Rooms are Newly Renovated with Panoramic Views Overlooking the Picturesque Daugava River.

This hostel is ideal for people who enjoy friendly Australian hospitality, British quality service and Latvian cultural experience.

6. Montreal Central

1586 St-Hubert, Montreal, Quebec, Montreal, Canada

Overall rating: 94%

Dorms from: €15.70

Privates from: €22.77

One street away from the Latin Quarter, this newly 2009 refurbished backpacker hotel, is pleased to welcome all travelers looking to spend quality time in the heart of alternative Montreal at an affordable price.

Situated on St-Hubert corner, one street away from the Latin Quarter and its vibrant bars, cafés and restaurant. Montreal Central offers pignon sur rue to all a traveler could look for in Montreal. Our hands on staff have the keys to all hidden or mass popular activities in the neighborhood and we are committed to go the extra mile with you if the streets of Montreal have not yet wore your soles off.

7. Han Tang Inn Youth Hostel

Nº7 Nan Chang Xiang, South of Xincheng Square, Xi’an, China

Overall rating: 94%

Dorms from: €4.79

Privates from: €5.91

Han Tang Inn is a boutique hostel. Situated inside a traditional residential district in the city center. Staying here will make you feel like local. With bus stops right outside our door to the airport, train station and most famous cultural sites.


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