The best hostels are in Europe and Italy is among the top-rated locations, according to Hostelworld.com, the world’s number one hostel booking website. Travellers from all over the world increasingly choose to visit the most beautiful European cities and stay at hostels that have oftenbeen refurbished to offer a comfortable, elegant accomodation and may be located right in the city center.
Italian Hostels in the Top Ten
Hostelworld.com has assigned a number of prizes (named Hoscar) based on the rankings from the website users; the country that had the highest number of hostels awarded (and therefore collected more Hoscars) is Portugal, followed by Spain, Germany, Ireland, Hungary and Czech Republic. The Italian Hostels conquered a good seventh place in this worldwide ranking, thanks to its 5 Hoscars (5 hostels awarded).
Hostelworld.com is the flagship brand of parent company Web Reservations International (WRI); the site was launched in 1999 when a hostel owner and IT entrepreneur identified a niche in the market to introduce online bookings into hostels. Prior to 1999, no technology solution existed which enabled customers to make, and hostels to take, secure confirmed payments via the internet. The company has gone on to become the leading provider of online reservations for the budget, independent and youth travel market.The site features also campsites, self catering accommodation, B&B’s and budget hotels and currently lists over 27,000 properties in more than 180 countries.
In Milan the best Hostel in Italy
In Italy, the top-rated hostel is Ostello Bello in Milan – a concept hostel combining design and a friendly environment. It’s followed by the Plus Florence, in Florence; among its facilities, a swimming pool, a cocktail bar and a restaurant, all right in the city center. More prizes went to The Yellow in Rome, Generator Venice in Venice and LoL Hostel in Siracusa, Sicily.
“Our Hoscars”, says Feargal Mooney, Ceo, Hostelworld, “are the ultimate seal of approval for the budget travel industry. Prizes are based on almost a million real reviews, collected in 12 months from travellers who have stayed in our hostels; that’s why it’s safe to say these are truly the best hostels in the world. Italian hostels”, goes on Mooney,”have consistently been excellent partners and offer very high quality services. The number of prizes they earned at the Hoscars this year is testament of their hard work”.