The Hostelling International Hostel Awards Hi-5ives!

Last modified on February 12th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

November 30, 2011

HI-5ives Hostelling International Hostel Awards

Hands up who knows what the Hi-5ives! are

It’s okay, we’ll forgive you if you don’t know as this is the first year they have been known as this. Simply known previously as The Hostelling International Hostel Awards, the annual ceremony to crown the top hostels in our global network has been given a facelift.

The Hi-5ives! are now made up of prizes in five categories: Most Comfortable, Most Efficient, Friendliest, Best Hostel Country and the most prestigious…The Best Hostel in the World!

Hostelling International (HI) can reveal that the winners have been selected based on ratings left by HI customers on, so thank you if you have left this feedback – your opinion really does count! The winners are being kept a closely guarded secret until they are all announced at the HI Hostel Managers’ Meeting in early December.

We hope you are as excited as we were to find out who has won, so watch this space for the big announcement. In the meantime, for a bit of fun, why not make your predictions in each category on HI’s Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!

HI looks forward to congratulating all the winners, but thanks to all HI hostels and National Associations all over the world who continue to do an amazing job at helping people, not just the young, discover the real hostel experience and say ‘HI’ to the world.


3 Comments. Leave new

Blooms Boutique Hostel
Saturday December 3rd, 2011 04:27 PM

It’s very interesting that you have such awards – how many years have you had this award ceremony?

I also really like the idea that the winners are based on feedback left on the website – however – do you think this disenfranchises those who do not use the internet for whatever reason?

Hi-5ives: the Hostelling International Hostel Awards - Hostel Management Forums
Saturday December 3rd, 2011 10:14 PM

[…] I just saw in the HI blog ( that Hostelling International is changing the name of their awards to the "Hi-5ives". The Hi-5ives! are now made up of prizes in five categories: Most […]

Hi Blooms Boutique Hostel, thanks for your comment. You have a valid point, I guess not everyone does have access to the internet or email but we see this as the best way to capture as much feedback as possible.

As a global organisation spread across so many different countries and using multi languages the online format helps us to collect people’s views quickly and economically (no need for paper forms and postage stamps!).

HI ratings cards are sent by email 4 days after departure and remain valid indefinitely leaving the customer able to feedback at leisure. In the instance where a booking has been made at a hostel and the customer wouldn’t receive the ratings e-card the HI International Office based in the UK does receive phonecalls and letters about their experiences and we feed both positive and the constructive criticism back to the hostels, but obviously these don’t count towards the online ratings.

Hope this is has been an interesting insight, if you have any ideas about our ratings process we’d love to hear from you.

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