HI5ive to the world’s best hostels, 2014
You – the jury – have spoken, the votes have been counted and the world’s best hostels have been selected, with the winners crowned according to what they do best.
This year’s HI5ive awards were held at the annual meeting of CEOs of HI Member Associations in Toledo, Spain, with prizes awarded in five different categories based on ratings left by you, our customers, on hihostels.com. Huge thanks to everyone who gave feedback on their stay at a HI hostel – your opinion really does matter – and with the results kept a closely guarded secret until the award ceremony, the winning hostel managers had a great surprise too:
Most comfortable hostel: HI Seoul Youth Hostel, South Korea
Your Seoul-searching started here, where you could explore South Korea’s capital city in comfort. Being comfortable starts with a cosy bed, but it’s more than that: HI Seoul Youth hostel gives you the facilities you need for a home-from-home, and goes that extra step to make sure you’re at ease in your surroundings.
Friendliest hostel: HI Martha’s Vineyard, USA
Nestled in a vineyard haven off the coast of Cape Cod, USA, this hostel’s staff really found a friend in you last year, with your votes bumping it up to a spectacular 99% friendliness rate. More than sharing a smile, this hostel helped you to explore the local area by organising activities for groups, and has become a firm favourite, drawing guests back year after year.
Green hostel: YHA Hong Kong- Jockey Club Mt. Davis, Hong Kong
This hostel not only offers unparalleled sea views of Victoria Harbour, but it allows you to enjoy the panorama at peace with your inner responsible traveller. With a 94% green rating, these guys are conscious about their choices when it comes to looking after the environment, inspiring the local community through eco initiatives and raising climate change awareness to protect their beautiful surroundings.
Best hostel: Reykjavik Loft hostel, Iceland
With the best of Iceland’s exciting capital on its doorstep, and the ultimate experience inside the hostel too, you thought Reykjavik Loft was basically the best at… everything. From the stylish facilities and friendly folks who work there, to great views of the city centre and the unique ability to catch a glimpse of the northern lights from the rooftop in winter, this is a much-deserved award which we are delighted to present.
Best National Association of hostels: Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s hard work towards achieving a high level of customer satisfaction has not only paid off at one of their hostels, but across their entire hostelling network. Customers are not only satisfied, but have given sparkling feedback about Hong Kong YHA’s ability to go the extra mile and make sure guests have an exceptional hostelling experience, across the region.
Got a favourite hostel you stayed at last year? Let us know below.