It’s not just awards season for the entertainment industries — the world of travel has it’s own sprinkling of glamour and prestige.
The winners of the 17th annual “HOSCARS” (Hostelworld Customer Annual Ratings) were announced by Hostelworld in January, crediting the crème de la crème of hip hostels across 250 categories based over a million reviews from guests over the previous year.
For a hostel to be “HOSCAR-worthy” it’s measured against criteria including overall customer experience, security, value for money, location, atmosphere, staff, cleanliness, and facilities.
Award groups range from “Best for solo female travelers” to “Best for career breakers (aged 31+),” as well as the top hostels in 170 countries and six continents.
The aesthetically-pleasing Rodamón Riad in Marrakech, Morocco was voted the best hostel in Africa, and with design touches that radiate boutique hotel rather than budget digs, it’s not hard to see why.
Starting from around $20.79 per night in the mixed dormitory, this hostel is a treasure for travellers wanting a bargain.
In a review of the riad, one guest said: “Best hostel I ever stayed at. Honestly recommend this to everyone visiting Marrakech.”
Here’s what it’s like inside.