, the world’s leading online booking platform, have tallied up their Customer Annual Ratings and have released the top hostels around the world in their Hoscars 2016 list.

As a top facilitator of budget online reservations for independent and youth travel, they know what it takes to be the best. currently lists more than 33,000 properties in over 170 countries and inspires independently minded travellers everywhere.


With our beautiful scenery and friendly disposition that attracts a lot of tourists, it is no surprise the top three hostels in Africa are all in Cape Town.

Africa’s top three hostels that received the highest ratings in 2015
The B.I.G in Cape Town – 98% rating
Amber Tree Lodge Backpackers in Cape Town – 96% rating
Atlantic Point Backpackers in Cape Town – 94% rating

The parent company, Web Reservations International (WRI) and a hostel owner and IT entrepreneur launched Hostelworld in 1999 after spotting a gap in the market for an online hostel booking site. It sounds prehistoric, but before 1999, there was no technology to make secure and confirmed payments online. How on earth did young people travel back then?

hoscars 2016

The innovative company boasts a great mobile site and iPhone/Android mobile apps to ensure guests can interact anytime and anywhere.

Watch the video below to find out what to expect at The B.I.G.

The HOSCARS ( Customer Annual Ratings), now in their 14th year, are the world’s most coveted hostel award. The top hostels are voted for by Hostelworld users, who tend to be brutally honest in their reviews. If a hostel has received a HOSCAR,  you can be sure to sleep easy when stopping by.

Be sure to check out all three hostels doing us proud and see what all the fuss is about. These hostels are more like homes and go out of their way to show visitors the hospitality that Cape Town is known for.

Read more about the best hostel in each country who received the highest ratings on in 2015.





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