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Best Social Space in a Hostel


Whether it’s about design or a thematic exploration, what really sets hostels apart are the social spaces they offer travellers. Shared spaces within hostels are also opportunities to chill, meet like-minded travellers, pick up local intel, and participate in activities and events. However, the traditional uses of shared spaces in hostels are changing and becoming multi-functional. Think co-working, for digital nomads in need of a quick productivity fix. Think backpacker yoga for keeping fit and well on the road. Think immersive media rooms, art exhibitions, or live, local music.

Designing and repurposing social space is one of the most important factors in making a great hostel, therefore the Best Social Space in a Hostel award rewards the most creative, functional and interactive common areas in youth and student travel accommodation facilities.

Judging criteria

The panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on the following criteria:

  • Facilities available to guests
  • Comfort
  • Interior design, creativity and space curation
  • Functionality, including multi-functionality of the space
  • Social activities, events and local community engagement
  • Sustainable initiatives


Open to all youth travel accommodation providers.

Entries must be in English.

Applications are open only to individual establishments and not the corporation, or group of companies.

Judging process

All entries must be submitted by Monday, 20 August 2018 at 23:59 CET.

WYSE Travel Confederation will shortlist a maximum of five entries per category, by reviewing the information submitted with the application forms.

A panel of judges, all of whom are industry experts, will assess shortlisted applications and score each entrant based on the established judging criteria. The highest scoring application will be the winner.

Judges are asked to declare any business connection with shortlisted organisations.

To find out more, please review the full Terms and Conditions.

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