A London hostel has topped a list of the top 1o world’s best hostels.
Generator Hostel a 5-minute walk from Russell Square Tube station and which offers a cinema room and a café and bar area with a number 95 bus exploding through the wall, topped the poll by a hotel booking site. And there was more good news for London when Hyde Park’s Meininger Hotel came in second place.
Booking site HotelsCombined, which offers price comparison of more 800,000 hotels and hostels around the world, searched its database to find the most booked hostels over the last 18 months. They are:
1. Generator Hostel London (England)
2. Meininger Hotel London Hyde Park (England)
3. Generator Hostel Dublin (Ireland)
4. Anker Hostel, Oslo (Norway)
5. Nihao Taipei (Taiwan)
6. 40 Berkeley, Boston (USA)
7. Centre Esplai Hostel (Spain)
8. Eurohostel, Helsinki (Finland)
9. Euro Hostel, Glasgow (Scotland)
10. Camping Village Roma (Italy)
HotelsCombined’s Alycia Simons said: “From families looking for an affordable place to stay, to keen solo-travellers hoping to meet like-minded people along the way; hostel accommodation can be the perfect solution. While not extravagant in their offerings, they generally offer the basics – a clean and safe place to stay, with a bathroom and access to a communal kitchen.”
While not for everyone, it seems that some nationalities are happier than others to book into hostel accommodation. According to HotelsCombined data, travellers from the following countries appreciate value and are more likely to book a hostel room:
1. United Kingdom
8. South Korea
Manager of the Meininger Hotel in Hyde Park, London, Maria Holfbert, says that a range of accommodation options means that their guests include school and university groups, families, friends, couples and backpackers from all over the world.
She said: “It’s not only a question of the age of people but also of their mindset and preferences. We have mostly young guests but see an increasing number of older travellers staying with us, So far our record has been a backpacker from Canada who celebrated her 70th birthday staying in one of our dormitories.”