Not all hostels are created equal. A fact of which anyone with even the smallest experience of backpacking can definitely assure you. From cockroaches to 72-bed dorms, everyone's got a hostel horror story to share.
There are some hostels out there that do go above and beyond, though. From fancy interiors to free breakfasts and dinners, fitness classes, free transportable wi-fi for manoeuvring about the area, free drinks and co-working spaces, these days the best hostels are much more than shared kitchens and bathrooms – they're pretty much hotels, and then some.
HostelWorld has collated over one million customer reviews of hostels from around the world and found the best of the best. They were judged on overall customer experience, value for money, security, location, staff, atmosphere, cleanliness and facilities.
Here's their findings...