World’s best hostel revealed

Backpacking wouldn’t be the same without hostels. Love them or loathe them, they’re a gap year necessity and an essential part of travelling.

Lerwick Hostel in the Shetland Isles, Scotland, has been voted as the best hostel in the world for 2011 in a vote by customers of Hostelling International.

Customers said they loved Lerwick hostel's location and the fact that it was set in a beautiful, grand mansion house with breathtaking views.

The umbrella network for Youth Hostel National Associations in 90 countries also announced the Utano Youth Hostel in Kyoto had been voted the most comfortable.

Baan Dinso in Bangkok was deemed the most efficient, while Martha’s Vineyard in the US was voted the friendliest.

The best overall destination for youth hostels was South Africa.

Mikael Hansson, CEO of Hostelling International, said: “These awards are a great opportunity for us to celebrate the very best in the HI network, but in essence it’s a chance to reflect on the great work that all hostel managers and their teams manage to achieve wherever they are in the world, that is to help people of all ages and nationalities to enjoy the experience of global travel that goes beyond just sleeping in a bed.”

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Photo of the hostel taken by Barnacles Budget Accommodation (via Creative Commons)