This month sees the launch of the HostelBookers Awards for Excellence 2012. HostelBookers, the budget accommodation specialist, recognises excellence in the budget accommodation industry by celebrating the winning properties worldwide.
On each continent top hostels and cheap hotels have received awards within 13 different categories. Portugal is the highlight in Europe with six award winning properties in Lisbon and Porto.
Travellers House in Lisbon won Top 3 Accommodations for Europe again. One of the best things about Travellers House (98.6%) is its central location in Lisbon. Situated in Baixa, the most historical area of the city, the hostel is within walking distance of all Lisbon's major tourist attractions and has connections to the city's transport system on its doorstep.
Last year’s Top 3 Accommodations winner, Lisboa Central Hostel (98.4%) picked up Best Atmosphere this time round. Owned and run by a local Portuguese family, this property boasts a picturesque terrace for travellers to enjoy their complimentary breakfast and a whole host of activities and cultural events.
Porto’s Gallery Hostel won the Best Newcomers category with an excellent 99.8% customer rating. A newly renovated historical building, the Gallery Hostel has spectator facilities including a movie theatre and games room, lounge bar and garden.
The beautifully designed Living Lounge in Lisbon was awarded Best for Solo Travellers (96.9%). This boutique hostel’s luxurious lounge and indoor style garden provides the perfect space for people to meet.
Travellers looking to party should head to Porto Spot Hostel, which is one of five hostels awarded Top Party Hostel. Revellers can drink in the onsite bar or on the large patio area after the traditional Portuguese dinner is served. Travellers here will be treated to karoke nights, pub crawls and Brazilian nights.
The final winner is Pensao Royal, a lovely guesthouse which picked up the Best for Families award. This guesthouse offers private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and there’s a plasma TV for every room. Located in the Baixa district, walking distance from many of Lisbon’s main attractions.
For the list of all winners: http://www.hostelbookers.com/2012-top-accommodation/