The HI Buffalo hostel was featured in their local paper for getting ranked one of the top 3 hostels in North America.
Hostelling International Buffalo Niagara, a communal lodging inn on Main Street in the heart of downtown Buffalo, has been awarded a Hoscar from HostelWorld.com. The award recognizes hostels scoring highest in online reviews submitted by guests who have booked accommodations through the Web site.
Manager Jessica Addiss attributes the hostel’s success to its locally invested staff, as well as the beauty of the building that houses it.
“People love the staff. We’re really knowledgeable about the area. We love the city. We know what’s going on, where to go, and how to get there,” she said.
While the hostel didn’t make the global top 10 — the highest honors went to the Flamingo Hostel of Krakow, Poland — it was named one of the top three hostels in North America, alongside Clarence Castle in Toronto and Pacific Tradewinds Backpacker Hostel of San Francisco.
Interesting that the article had to clarify that a hostel is a "communal lodging inn". I think that it is because so many Americans don't know what hostels are...
The article continues with:
The cultural connection and human interaction of communal living are a big part of why people opt for hostels rather than the isolation of a traditional hotel, Addiss said.
“Even during the slow season, when there are only four people in here during the day, you’ll have two people making dinner together, and the other two getting ready to go out on the town together,” she said. “It’s nice to see.”
Addiss soon hopes to capitalize on the idea of bringing cultures together by holding public movie screenings at the hostel, providing locals and tourists a space to meet and interact.
I think the last paragraph (bold text) is a good idea for helping people to learn more about hostelling.