77,000 hostel guests from all over the world have had their say and their verdict is that the best hostels in the world can be found in Australia, Japan, Luxembourg, Thailand and the USA. This was revealed when YHA and Hostelling International (HI) announced the winners of the “Best Hostel Awards 2010”, which are all based on customer ratings made on hihostels.com.
All award categories were based on ratings received during a 12 month period, from 1 November 2009 to 31 October 2010. During those 12 months, a minimum of 50 customer ratings was required to qualify. A hostel can only win one award category each year.
Source = YHA