Nicola Smith
Friday, 11th Feb - Sunday, 12th Feb

The Hoscars 2011: announces Top Hostels worldwide. The Hoscar (Hostelworld Customer Annual Ratings) awards were in London and the awards, created by the leading online provider of hostel reservations for over 10 years, recognise excellence in the budget accommodation industry. Winners are chosen by customers from 25,000 properties across 180 countries around the globe. The winners are chosen based on their overall score in six categories – fun, cleanliness, staff, security, location and character, and were voted for by over 1 million customers who booked their accommodation online and stayed in the properties in 2010.’s Hoscars are the only awards in the travel industry decided exclusively by guest appraisals – a crucial point in light of recent news regarding the integrity of online customer reviews. Australia’s ‘Sydney Harbour YHA’ scooped the award for Best Hostel in Oceania with Nomads Queenstown in New Zealand securing 2nd place and Sydney’s Blue Parrot coming a close third. Several other Australian hostels made it into the top ten including Dreamtime Travellers Rest in Cairns and Melbourne’s Habitat HQ.’s Chief Executive, Feargal Mooney commented on this year’s awards, saying: “The Hoscar awards ceremony is now regarded as the biggest event in the budget travel calendar and the announcement of category winners is eagerly anticipated each year by hostel owners and customers alike. Hoscar reviews and ratings have become a significant factor for customers in accommodation selection and the continued growth in reviews and ratings from genuine customers on reflects the expanding appeal of hostel accommodation worldwide.” He continues, “The wider travel industry now recognises the importance of customer-based reviews. has been leading the charge for a number of years and the Hoscar awards are based only on reviews and ratings of those guests who have actually booked and stayed in the accommodation. We believe that this is the only real way to ensure a true reflection on a property’s strengths and weaknesses. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.”

Best Hostels in Oceania 1. Sydney Harbour YHA, Sydney, Australia 2. Nomads, Queenstown, New Zealand 3. Blue Parrot, Sydney, Australia 4. Dreamtime Travellers Rest, Cairns, Australia 5. Around the World Backpackers, Christchurch, New Zealand 6. Jailhouse Accommodation, Christchurch, New Zealand 7. Freemans Lodge, Auckland, New Zealand 8. Crash Palace, Rotorua, New Zealand 9. Pentlands Backpackers Hostel, Auckland, New Zealand 10. Habitat HQ, Melbourne, Australia

Best Hostels in Australia 1. Sydney Harbour YHA, Sydney 2. Blue Parrot, Sydney 3. Dreamtime Travellers Rest, Cairns 4. Habitat HQ, Melbourne 5. Wake Up! Sydney Central, Sydney 6. Nomads Byron Bay, Byron Bay 7. Caravella Backpackers Cairns City Waterfront, Cairns 8. Miami Hotel Melbourne, Melbourne 9. Backpack Oz, Adelaide 10. Base St Kilda, Melbourne

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