The best budget accommodation in the UK
At the end of every year, Hostelworld compile a list of top hostels from customer reviews and award the best at the annual Hostelworld.com Hostel Awards, also known as the ‘Hoscars’. The results are in… here are the Top 10 Hostels in the UK for 2012.
Guests love Vagabonds in Belfast due to its ‘really cool and super chilled atmosphere’ and the staff who were ‘really great and made you feel like you were part of the family’. Located close to Queen’s University, the Botanic Gardens, and just a 15-minute walk into the city centre, here you can stay in a twin or double room, or make friends with a dorm option in this stylish hostel.
If you fancy a stay in the heart of Belfast, close to some of the best pubs and restaurants in the city, then check out Global Village. This hostel gets some great ratings largely due to the fact that it’s run by an experienced globe trekker, so they have the inside scoop on what a traveller wants. You’ll find it in the Queens Quarter and it’s full of energetic and helpful staff. There’s also a beer garden/BBQ area, pool table and board games.
Described as a ‘quiet getaway from the bustle of the busiest street in the world’, YHA London Oxford Street offers a tranquil stay in the heart of England’s capital city. When you stay here you’re just minutes away from some of the busiest areas, trendiest streets and top notch entertainment that London has to offer. At the same time you’ll be amazed at the peaceful and relaxing surroundings at this top hostel.
If you fancy seeing one of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks as soon as you step outside the door of your hostel, then Castle Rock Hostel is for you. This backpacker haven in Edinburgh oozes character and the building itself dates back to 1846. The rooms are spacious, there’s free WiFi, a patio for those sunny spells and an open fire for those not so sunny days.
One of Edinburgh’s most central hostels, Caledonian Backpackers has clean rooms and includes breakfast that’s served until 12 noon, which is great if you fancy a lie in. There’s a bar/cafe in the hostel that has cosy couches and pool tables, as well as a WiFi and lots of board games to keep you entertained. There’s WiFi available, and the staff will even lend you a laptop free of charge to get connected.
This newly refurbished hostel neighbours the Millennium Stadium in a quiet location on the banks of the River Taff. It’s the perfect place to relax with books for guests to read and super-fast free WiFi. There’s also a great kitchen, free breakfast, free tea and coffee, and free maps and helpful advice from the friendly staff.
In Travel Joy Hostels Chelsea you can chill out in a relaxed environment where you’ll feel right at home. This top hostel is located in a great area - between Chelsea and The Houses of Parliament. There are lots of great things on offer here for guests including free tea/coffee/soft drinks, free linen/towels, free Wi-Fi in the entire building and free continental breakfast. There’s also a 24-hour bus that stops right outside that’ll take you to some of the city’s major sights.
Spread out over seven floors, this modern hostel lies just five minutes from Oxford Street, making it the perfect location for exploring the sights of London, the entertainment scene, or shopping ‘til you drop on London’s busiest street. There’s also 24 hour reception where the friendly staff will only be too happy to assist you. And don’t forget to check out there on-site bar/cafe.
You’ll love the modern and stylish design that The Fort embraces throughout the hostel and in their guest rooms in particular. There are quirky double and twin rooms along with a range of dorm options. There’s also WiFi and flat screen TVs if you want to kick back and relax in comfort. But if you do want to get out and about, the Fort is in the heart of York close to many great restaurants and bars.
Located in the lively Grassmarket area of the city, Budget Backpackers still manages to maintain a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere. It’s clean and cosy, in a great location and offers lots of activities for guests to take part in. There are also lots of common areas and travel advice on hand from the friendly staff, a great cafe and bar, 24-hour reception and funky designer rooms with lots of space.