No more bedbugs: Here’s the world’s best hostels – Yahoo Lifestyle UK

Modal in Greenville, USA has been named as the world's best for inclusivity (Hostelworld)

Hostels are the unacknowledged heroes of the travel industry.

Not only are they a great place to meet other travellers, you can often bag yourself a nights stay for less than 20.

Post-pandemic, it will be interesting to see how hostels deal with social distancing, especially in their dorm-style rooms. But most hostels have private rooms too, often with en-suites and can be a much cheaper alternative to a hotel.

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Hostelworld, one of the worlds leading hostel booking sites, has just announced the winners of its 19th annual HOSCAR awards - and a UK hostel has picked up a gong for its sustainability efforts.

The winning seven hostels were whittled down from a list of 300, and the shortlist received 20,000 votes to determine the winners.

This years HOSCARs not only commemorate a difficult year for the hostel industry, but allow us to celebrate the incredible efforts our hostel partners have taken during this time. Hostels around the world have used it to focus on becoming more sustainable, supporting their local communities or renovating their hostels to be as safe as possible for when travel resumes we wanted to recognise all their achievements, Fabrizio Giulio, Chief Supply Officer at Hostelworld, says.

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Read on to see which hostels were praised at this years awards.

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Best for: Community and Social Impact.

This hostel opened its doors to those who were no longer safe after the outbreak of war in Armenia in 2020. It now houses around 40 refugees, mainly women and children, and the team have hosted fundraising events to feed and clothe guests.

From 4.93 per night | Book here

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Best for: Sustainability.

Bang in the centre of the pretty Cornish village of St. Ives, Cohort Hostel has been praised for its sustainability efforts as it is entirely run on renewable electricity. The hostel also earns its eco-credentials by being plastic-free and it is working to help St. Ives as a whole become Plastic Free Accredited.

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From 57.04 per night | Book here

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Best for: Inclusivity.

A hostel that looks more like an art gallery, Modal has been awarded for its inclusivity as it hosts events like socially-distanced drag nights and pop-up markets to help support local artists. Most of the staff here are LGBTQ+ and the vibe is fun, friendly and welcoming.

From 24.70 per night | Book here

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Best: New Hostel.

The new kid on the hostel block, The Green Elephant in the Netherlands is more luxe retreat than hostel. As well as being a design-led space, there is a yoga and meditation room, micro-gyms and an ice bath.

From 20.70 per night | Book here

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Best for: Innovation.

Built inside a former church, as well as being a design marvel, this hostel is one that gives back through its artist-in-residence programme, co-working space and exhibition area.

From 26.74 per night | Book here

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Best: Hostel Hero.

Guests at Welcommon Hostel are invited to get involved in the hostels humanitarian, social and environmental projects, alongside locals and refugees. The hostel is a centre of innovation, art and sustainable living and it has also helped guests find employment, training and education.

From 17.25 per night | Book here

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Best for: Sociable Experience.

Famous for its BBQ pool parties, Instagram-worthy sunsets and its prime location in Cancns party district, Mayan Monkey Hostel is ideal for travellers looking to meet like-minded guests. When the pandemic hit, the hostel worked with the local embassy to make sure stranded travellers had somewhere safe to stay.

From 11.23 per night | Book here

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