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The best hostel in the UK has been revealed!

The best hostel in the UK has been revealed!

Mor Lodge, Newquay, has been rated at the UK’s top hostel in the’s annual awards


If you’ve been reading The Travel Hack for a while, you’ll know I’d always recommend staying in a hostel if you’re travelling on a budget. Hostels are great if you’re travelling in a group, you’re budget is tight or you’ve visiting an expensive destination where you could easily blow half your money on a hotel.

If the word ‘hostel’ makes your toes curl up then I can assure you they’ve come a long way in the past 10 years. Hostels are no longer bare rooms filled with squeaky bunk beds, dirty bathrooms and kitchens that look like they haven’t seen a squirt of Mr Muscle since they were fitted! Nope, hostels are often stylish, quirky, welcoming, homely and sociable places. There are now a range of rooms to choose from – including the budget 10 bed dorm but you’ve also got double rooms, family rooms, and small dorms for 3-4 people. Many hostels even have female only dorms for ladies who don’t like the idea of sharing with unknown men – it also cuts down the risk of sharing with a snorer! The mix of guests makes it an interesting place to be as you’ll find everyone from young families, solo travellers, couples and groups of friends.

There are still a few dodgy hostels out there so it’s really important to read guest reviews before you pick one.

If you’re looking for a hostel in the UK then have made things easy by putting together the top 10 hostels in the UK. launched their 2016 Simply the Guest Awards – the UK’s only hotel awards based solely on genuine guest reviews.

Let’s start with the winner…

Best Hostel in the UK according to

MOR LODGE has today announced the winner as Mor Lodge in Newquay as the UK’s best hostel, giving it almost faultless reviews on the site during the last 12 months.

This modern hostel is in the heart of Newquay and has set the bar high. Guests can enjoy sweeping sea views, en suite rooms (all of them) and a popular bar and on-site surf school. The hostel is decorated with local artwork and it’s located just 400 metres from the beach!

Best hostel in the UK

Rachel Tusler, Marketing and Operations Manager at Mor Lodge, said their guests have included touring band members, a backpacking couple in their 80s, Sri Lankan sailors through to a fluffy white rabbit!

“We’re delighted to have won this award as it’s testament to the hard work and passion of the whole team here at Mor Lodge.”

The Simply the Guest Awards are the only industry accolade to be decided solely by genuine guest reviews, so this really is an achievement that’s testament to the team’s absolute dedication to guest satisfaction over the past year.

The annual hotel awards recognise and reward the highest standards in the hotel industry across a number of categories and are the only ones in the UK to focus solely on reviews and ratings left by guests. Customers are only able to leave a review after they have completed their stay at the hotel, meaning that Mor Lodge has consistently wowed the people who matter most over the past year – its guests.

Mor Lodge Sunset

The other finalists in the best hostel category were:


  • YHA York, York
  • Tartan Lodge, Glasgow
  • YHA Liverpool, Liverpool
  • YHA Whitby, Whitby
  • Lledr House, Dolwyddelan
  • YHA Cardiffe Central, Cardiff
  • Euro Hostel Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Euro Hostel Glasgow, Glasgow
  • Alpha Hostel, Margate


What’s the best hostel you’ve ever stayed at in the UK?



Revealing the best hostel in the UK! - The Travel Hack

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

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Tuesday 15th of March 2016

I Love love love Palmer's lodge in Swiss Cottage London. It's a very British looking/feeling place. I stay there whenever I go to London and it's a home away from home!


Wednesday 16th of March 2016

Palmer's Lodge always comes up when I'm searching for cheap hotels in London. I've never stayed there but might give it a go!

Tink Jayne

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

When on a budget I will always chose a hostel over a hotel. Also, as well as saving pennies it's also a much better way to meet people and make travel buddies :) x tink jayne travel & lifestyle x


Wednesday 16th of March 2016

Definitely. And you save money on food and drink too as you can eat in the hostel and not feel like you're missing out.

Rosie Kelly

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

I haven't stayed there yet and it isn't quite in the UK (so not answering your question at all!) But I'm hoping to stay at the Buddhist hostel on the West Cork coastline this summer - the views look spectacular!