Best European hostels honored in Hostelbookers Awards for Excellence 2012

With Awards Season winding down and summer travel planning already in full swing, Hostelbookers have just announced their 2012 Awards for Excellence to honor the very best hostels around the world. Anyone who has stayed in more than a few hostels should appreciate this because quality can range from dreadful to stupendous, so you can’t just book the first place you hear about.

Price of Travel is happy to be a partner with Hostelbookers because they have lower prices than the other big hostels sites, plus an easy-to-use website. Also, if you talk to hostel owners and operators you’ll hear very frequent complaints about working with the other big hostel sites, so Hostelbookers appears to have an edge in service as well. Lowest prices and better service is a hard combination to beat.

Best European Hostels for 2012

You can check the main Hostelbookers Awards for Excellence 2012 page for the complete list for all regions including Africa & the Middle East, Asia, North America, South America, and Oceania, but you can see all the winners for Europe below. You’ll notice that Lisbon and Berlin have many of the winners once again.

Let’s face it, there are more hostel beds in Europe than in the rest of the world combined, probably by a huge margin. What’s more, in much of Asia you can actually get a private hotel room for a similar price as a dorm bed.

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Top Three Accommodations

  1. Grand Hostel Berlin – Berlin, Germany
  2. Greg & Tom – Krakow, Poland
  3. Travellers House – Lisbon, Portugal

Award for Cleanliness

  1. Alla Vite Dorata – Venice, Italy
  2. Axor Feria Hotel – Madrid, Spain
  3. Maison de Julie – Rome, Italy

Best Value Cheap hostels

  1. Hotel Riviera – Venice, Italy
  2. Little Town – Prague, Czech Republic
  3. Stellow Place at Perissa Beach – Santorina Island, Greece

Best Location

  1. Chillton 2 – Belgrade, Serbia
  2. Mama’s Hostel – Main Market Square – Krakow, Poland
  3. Sevilla Inn Backpackers – Seville, Spain

Best Atmosphere

  1. Lisboa Central Hostel – Lisbon, Portugal
  2. Makuto Backpackers Hostel – Granada, Spain
  3. The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers – Riga, Latvia

Best Staff

  1. Cinnamon Sally Backpackers Hostel – Riga, Latvia
  2. Hostel One Paralelo – Barcelona, Spain
  3. Kipps Hostel Brighton – Brighton, England

Most Popular

  1. Click78 – London, England
  2. Generator Hostel London – London, England
  3. PLUS Berlin – Berlin, Germany

Best Newcomers

  1. Gallery Hostel – Porto, Portugal
  2. Generator Hostel Copenhagen – Copenhagen, Denmark

Best for Solo Travellers

  1. Living Lounge Hostel – Lisbon, Portugal

Best for Couples

  1. Villa Manos – Santorini Island, Greece

Best for Families

  1. Deco Hostel – Krakow, Poland
  2. Hostel Ruthensteiner – Vienna, Austria
  3. Pensao Royal – Lisbon, Portugal

Group Recognition

  1. Barcelona Central Garden Hostel – Barcelona, Spain
  2. Happyhostel – Budapest, Hungary
  3. Hostel Van Gogh – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  4. Metropol Hostel Berlin – Berlin, Germany
  5. Smart Russell Square – London, England

Top Party Hostels

  1. Greg & Tom Party Hostel – Krakow, Poland
  2. Hostel One Paralelo – Barcelona, Spain
  3. Porto Spot Hostel – Porto, Portugal

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  1. Suresh warke says:

    I am planning 15 days tour to Europe as follows
    1. Paris
    2. Brussels
    3. Amsterdam
    5. Switzerland
    Mount Titlies
    6. Liechlenkin
    7. Austria
    8. Italy
    9 . Rome
    Vatican city
    Kindly guide me for the tour about where to stay and rail travel etc.

    1. Roger Wade says:


      I’m not sure what to think about this question. You wrote it below an 11-year-old post about hostel awards so I’m wondering how you even found it. But more curious is your list of 25 or so cities along with some random words with the intention of visiting all of them in 15 days? My recommendation is to spend 3 days in most any city you visit in Europe, so I’d shoot for 5 or maybe 6 cities rather than 25 or so. I’d recommend Paris, Amsterdam, Interlaken, Venice, Florence, and Rome on your list. If this is really a serious question I’m happy to help more. -Roger

  2. Sergei says:

    great review! has anyone visited/rated any Russian hostels?