LONDON, January 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Hostels in Asia increased their share in the number of prestigious Hoscar awards by an impressive 16% this year, taking home one in every five awards.
Hostelworld.com crowns the best hostels in the world at this year's Hoscars
The Hoscars are awarded by Hostelworld.com, the world's leading hostel booking site, and are based exclusively on feedback from guests in the following categories: value for money, location, atmosphere, facilities, security, character and cleanliness. With almost one million reviews deciding this year's results, the awards are the biggest of their kind in the industry.
Asia's top winner was Japan with 6 awards, followed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan; whilst Myanmar, Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates picked up their first ever Hoscars. Favourites such as the Banana Hostel in Taiwan, which won two Hoscars this year, cater to millennials with a taste for beautiful, industrial-chic design on a budget. Southeast Asia has long been popular with western backpackers, but with the rise of design hostels in a number of less-established backpacker destinations, the trend looks set to spread across the continent.
As always, it was Europe who topped the table, taking home over half of all Hoscars. There were no surprises at the top of the table, with last year's highest achiever, Portugal, again picking up more awards than any other country - not just in Europe, but worldwide. Portugal owes its abundance of award-winning hostels to a combination of decadent old buildings, passionate staff, stunning natural surroundings, and an arty, bohemian vibe. Last year's runner-up, Home Lisbon Hostel, scooped best hostel in Europe this year, followed closely by its neighbours Yes! Lisbon Hostel.
Hostelworld.com's CEO, Feargal Mooney, commented on this year's awards:
"Our annual Hoscars are the ultimate seal of approval within the budget travel industry. The awards are based on almost a million real reviews and ratings by guests who have stayed in the hostels over the last 12 months. So we can say with some authority that these are the best hostels in the world right now. We would like to congratulate all the winners on their success - particularly our partners in Asia, who took home a record number of awards this year."
View all of this year's winners here: http://www.hostelworld.com/hoscars-2015
Download high-resolution images of winning properties: http://we.tl/h11s22HN8V
Hostelworld.com is the world's leading online travel agent for budget, independent and youth travel and is the only hostel booking site to offer a service guarantee. Available in 19 languages, Hostelworld.com boasts over 30,000 properties in 180 countries. To help its customers get the most out of their travels, the site provides over 5.5 million customer reviews, award-winning videos and podcasts, free customised city guides and a travel-obsessed social community. Part of Web Reservations International, Hostelworld.com is the flagship brand in WRI's portfolio, also incorporating Hostelbookers.com, and Hostels.com.