Top 10 Hostels Worldwide – Based On Reviews


Top 10 Best Hostels Worldwide

Have you ever wondered what the greatest hostels in the world look like? And how do you define “greatness”?

Many hostel owners believe there’s a difference between “the greatest” from a traveler’s perspective and a property owner’s point of view.

After all, travelers want the best value for their money and hostel owners desire the highest profitability – you can’t be thriving in both areas, or can you?!

I strongly believe you CAN.

Throughout my career and personal life I’ve experienced it again and again: the more you give, the more you’ll get in return. Maybe not immediately, but absolutely and definitely.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t advocate to randomly throw money at people with the intent to please every single person. In fact, it’s impossible to be everything for everyone at all times.

We are talking about generating value for your guests. Successful givers are offering values that the unsuccessful ones don’t. Plus, you will notice that hostels with 9 stars or more are very likely to stand on solid financial ground.

Therefore, my benchmark to determine “the greatest” hostel for travelers AND hostel owners is how well they serve their guests. And how can you measure that? Simple: Online reviews.

I’ve analyzed all reviews from the 22 most common online travel agencies.

Furthermore, I concentrated on Hostelworld’s Hoscar winners in 2019Opens in a new tab.. Hoscar winners for individual countries were neglected since they are already covered by the Hoscar winners for each continent.

And you can bet your ass this wasn’t an easy task.

Did you know that…

So here it is. My hard-earned, elaborate and detailed review analysis.

List Of The Top 10 Hostels Worldwide

The number of total online reviews across all online travel agencies is in brackets. 

Notice that the rating scale begins at 9 stars! Since I wrote my master’s thesis largely about the impact of customer satisfaction, let me tell you that 9 stars is not just a “very good” performance – this is OUTSTANDING EXCELLENCE!

In case you’re not familiar with how to interpret a 1-10 rating scale: 

Hostel Review System

Clearly, the top 10 hostels have MASTERED the art of serving their guests!

Achieving an overall rating of more than 9 stars is stunning already! That’s something to be proud of. But to go one better and achieving 9.5 stars (!) that’s freaking amazing!!!!!

Sorry, sometimes I get a bit too excited. 😋

Let’s take a closer look at the individual hostels.

The Top 10 Hostels Worldwide

#1 The Roadhouse PragueOpens in a new tab.

Czech Republic, Europe

OVERALL RATING

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Hoscar for #1 Best Hostels by Continent in 2019

Hoscar for #1 Solo Travelers in 2019

Hoscar for #1 Best Facilities in 2019

Hoscar for #1 Best Small Hostels (1-75 beds) in 2019

► Success Secret ◄

“After perusing your website, I’m guessing that you know as well as we do that there isn’t some magical secret that anyone can use in order to instantly run a successful hostel.

The only thing I can tell you – as cliché as it sounds – is that everything we do comes from a genuine love of hostels and what we do. I think that (in 99% percent of cases, although I’m sure there are exceptions) guests can tell if a hostel is just there to be a business and make money, or if it comes from a real passion for the industry.

It’s nothing particularly tangible (i.e. any hostel can run events or keep their facilities updated and clean), but more the underlying vibe that makes guests feel as though they’re part of this special community of travelers. Oh, and staff. You’ve gotta have the staff, and we have the most wonderful, weird, and kind-hearted staff in the world.”

– Jenny, Manager

#2 5 Terre BackpackerOpens in a new tab.

Italy, Europe

OVERALL RATING

0

Hoscar for #1 Best Atmosphere in 2019

Hoscar for #2 Best Small Hostels (1-75 beds) in 2019

Hoscar for #3 Best Hostels by Continent in 2019

#3 Soul KitchenOpens in a new tab.

Russia, Europe

OVERALL RATING

0

Hoscar for #1 Best Medium Hostels (76-150 beds) in 2019

Hoscar for #2 Best Hostels by Continent in 2019

Hoscar for #2 Solo Travelers in 2019

► Success Secret ◄

“As for the success secret I would say it’s people: The people who created Soul Kitchen, the people who ever worked or work here now and of course there are our guests – the people who stay at our hostel! Do everything with respect and care for the people is the key.

– Oksana, Manager

#4 Adventure Q2 HostelOpens in a new tab.

New Zealand, Oceania

OVERALL RATING

0

Hoscar for #1 Best Hostels by Continent in 2019

► Success Secret ◄

“I took special note of how you mention many hostels fail because owners don’t look after the business side of things well enough – I find this to be very true.

Breaking down one thing that is our ‘success secret’… well, you will know it’s never one thing, but here is my standard answer when guests ask why we’re so highly rated and successful: Most hostels pick one or two things that they concentrate on, whether it be activity nights or bike rentals, etc... We do everything.

We lend iPads, Go-Pros, bikes, frisbees, hairdryers & straighteners, offer a laundry service, PS4 & Netflix in the lounge, Spotify in the dining area, book exchange, USB chargers not just by every pillow (oh, two pillows for each bed) but in the lockers and the foot of the sofas as well.

We can arrange tours and activities in the town, run activity nights every day, rent ski gear in the winter, offer shower facilities to non-guests and added extras like hair towels in the girls-only room. We even give every guest a personal tour of the hostel at check-in. There is no single thing we do that is difficult, the difficult thing is doing so many extras and not letting any of them slip. And that’s the key, don’t let things slip.

Oh, and we look after our staff really well. Both my hostels have about 55 beds, but we run with just a small team of 4 staff members to operate reception and undertake all the cleaning. This would be the real success story: Streamline systems and processes so you are operating as efficiently as possible.

One tip I’d give to new hostel owners is to stop worrying about making money and worry about offering the best product you can to drive your ratings higher. If your ratings are high, you will probably make money (as long as you’re being efficient).”

Brett, Managing Director

#5 Reset HostelOpens in a new tab.

Thailand, Asia

OVERALL RATING

0

Hoscar for #3 Best Hostels by Continent in 2019

► Success Secret ◄

“There’s no secret at all, we are the traveler and we just serve our guests with heart and care. Treat others the way you want to be treated.”

– Oily, Manager

#6 Cozy Nook HostelOpens in a new tab.

Vietnam, Asia

OVERALL RATING

0

Hoscar for #1 Best Hostels by Continent in 2019

Hoscar for #3 Best Small Hostels (1-75 beds) in 2019

► Success Secret ◄

“We don’t have any success secret. We simply consider the guest that stays at our place as part of the family, and you wouldn’t treat your family badly, would you?”

– Management

#7 Carpe NoctemOpens in a new tab.

Hungary, Europe

OVERALL RATING

0

Hoscar for #2 Solo Male Travelers in 2019

► Success Secret ◄

“I think our success secret comes down to how personal our approach is with guests. For starters, we sit down and have a tea or coffee with every guest on check in and run through the entire city with them.

We want all of our guests to fall in love with the city as much as we did, and offer them all of the best things to do based on each individual person. Our staff go above and beyond, not only as a service, but showing a genuine desire to get to know them and become friends with them.

We have mostly solo travelers, and guests become part of the family instantly when they arrive. We encourage this family vibe and instant friendships as everyone (guests and staff) sit together to have dinner in the common room each night before our nightly party activities.

All of our staff started at the hostel as guests, and have loved solo traveling and socializing. Our favorite part of the job is the people that we meet.”

– Laura, Manager

#8 Adventure Queenstown HostelOpens in a new tab.

New Zealand, Oceania

OVERALL RATING

0

Hoscar for #2 Best Hostels by Continent in 2019

Hoscar for #1 Best Location in 2019

► Did you know? ◄

The Adventure Queenstown Hostel (#8) and the Adventure Q2 Hostel (#4) are managed by the same person.

#9 Hostel One ParaleloOpens in a new tab.

Spain, Europe

OVERALL RATING

0

Hoscar for #1 Solo Male Travelers in 2019

► Did you know? ◄

“Hostel One” is the #6 biggest hostel chain worldwide

#10 Dalat Friendly FunOpens in a new tab.

Vietnam, Asia

OVERALL RATING

0

Hoscar for #1 Best Value For Price in 2019

► Success Secret ◄

“‘We don’t make money, we make you happy’ – that’s the goal we always focus on.”

– Trang, Manager

You’re curious about the rating of all the other Hoscar winners?
You want to know which hostel received how many reviews across 22 OTAs?

No worries, you’re just a click away from getting your stats.

Key-Learnings For Aspiring Hostel Owners

At TheHostelHelper, I believe in copying successful concepts rather than reinventing the wheel. Hence, here’s a list of the most important principles for your hostel.

  • #1 Stop looking for shortcuts

There’s no silver bullet to success. Running a successful hostel is a journey where you constantly improve your business based on the feedback you get. So, open your eyes, take responsibility, and look for solutions for your problems proactively.

  • #2 Do not focus primarily on money-making

Your guests have a fairly good sense for places that are genuinely interested in their well-being. They are quick at making out the difference between a money-driven and a value-driven business. Which brings me to my next point…

  • #3 Take care of your guests and they’ll take care of your bank account

The main focus of your hostel should be your guests and their satisfaction. So, care about them, be personal and treat them like your family. They will notice – trust me.

If you consistently work on improving your ratings, a higher profit is just the natural consequence. Keep in mind: Givers get.

Your staff has a massive influence on the overall satisfaction of your guests. Hence, make sure your staff is superb. Be a role model, educate them, make them grow and lead them with respect. Everything else will fall into place.

  • #5 Success is repeatable

Brett from New Zealand who manages the Adventure Q2 Hostel (#4) and the Adventure Queenstown Hostel (#8) is the perfect example for this.

His achievement reminds me of a quote from one of my favorite authors.

Jim Rohn, a legendary American entrepreneur, used to say that [X] is a natural consequence of consistently applying the fundamentals of [X].

Examples:

  • Health is a natural consequence of consistently applying the fundamentals of health
  • Wealth is a natural consequence of consistently applying the fundamentals of wealth

And guess what….

Best Hostels Worldwide

Dedication:

I want to thank all the hostel managers from the top 10 list for giving me permission to use their pictures, sharing their wisdom and being so helpful. Thank you for inspiring me. You’re the reason why this website exists.

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Kevin

Kevin is the founder of TheHostelHelper and a former German engineer in his late twenties. In the middle of his grad school studies, he started a consulting business and broke several branch records within the first six months… until he finally quit this venture to pursue his passion for hostels. Kevin is known for his super black humor – yet, super black might still be an understatement. He also LOVES dogs and drinks too much coffee. When he’s not obsessing about hostel topics you’re likely to find him at the gym – where the heavy weights are.

21 thoughts on “Top 10 Hostels Worldwide – Based On Reviews

  1. #1 advice for new hostel owners: know how to build systems right from scratch! Otherwise you’ll burn out in a matter of months. #learnedthehardway
    Sebastian (Sydney)

  2. I’m stoked about the “success secrets”.
    I really thought it’s either max. profitability OR max. hospitality.
    But this article gave me some hope 🙂

    Cheers,
    Emma from Wales

    1. Hi Luis,
      the “overall rating” is the mean of all available online reviews across all common websites (22 OTAs incl. meta-search engines).

      Example:
      Hostelworld = 5x 10 stars
      Booking.com = 4x 5 stars
      Overall score 7.78 (=70/9)

      If you sign up for the free spreadsheet, you can even calculate the overall scores yourself.
      There you’ll see how many reviews each hostel received on which website.
      – Kevin

  3. Interested read.
    I’d love to see more interviews… these insights are super helpful!
    Cheers, Lynn

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Lynn!
      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it.
      And yes, more is coming soon.
      – Kevin

  4. I’m not a hostel owner, but I’ve been to three of the hostels listed above and they’ve been by far the best ones I ever visited!
    Gonna write the others in my travel journal 🙃
    Jenny

  5. I downloaded your spreadsheet… JESUS! That must have taken AGES to collect all these stats?!?!
    Anyway, it’s gold knowing where all the other hostels get most of their bookings.
    Thanks for your work, Kevin!

  6. Like!! I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content. The article has truly peaked my interest.

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