I guess, everybody is wondering how the algorithm works.
Had a closer look on the country where I manage a hostel: Greece.
The country winner is a (in my opinion a really great hostel in Athens): City Circus. They are currently rated at 94% (Congratulation!!!)
In the current rating there are two hostels in greece above it: Little Big House in Thessaloniki (95%) and Youth Hostel Plakias on Crete (97%).
I went through the ratings of the three hostels in 2013 plus one who won a couple of years in a row in the last decade: Francesco's in Ios, which is currently rated at 93%.
Calculating the reviews for these four places for 2013 I find:
City Circus Athens - 164 ratings (average: 94,06%)
Francescos on Ios - 119 ratings (average: 92,72%)
Little Big House Thessaloniki - 88 ratings (average: 94,43%)
Youth Hostel Plakias, Crete - 35 ratings (average: 96,45%)
You might get the impression, that the winners are always the hostels which make most bookings with HW - but I discovered a hostel in Athens with a current rating of 90% which had about twice the number of reviews of the winner - so the ratings seem to have at least a little influence on the final result :p
I was not expecting anything else as the hostels with less reviews/bookings/moneymaking for HW have always been ignored. But it's still interesting to see that e.g. in the category "Value for money" the winner has a current 98% in this category.
Ehm... there are hostels with 100% in this category, but... well...
Gordo: Ios - the annual country winner from 2009 to 2012 is a seasonal hostel, too.
But the hostel in Ios has surely more guests/bookings than YH Plakias. Ios is a small island where many guests stay just for two days (then you have seen the whole island) while the average duration of stays in Plakias is much higher. I don't think there was a category for seasonal hostels ever. But anyway - if the number of bookings has such a high influence there is no way for a hostel like YHP to achieve an award.
I was a bit wondering, because Chris Bilson who created that place and was running it for 16 years had always such high ratings and fantastic reviews and his hostel was never ever mentioned in any Hoscar list.
But anyway - the advantage the hostel takes from HW, HB & Co are the wonderful reviews the guests write and this is bringing new guests and so we get a wonderful international mixture of new travellers and old regulars, long term backpackers, young and old guests.
What I dislike with the Hoscars is the fact that HW is claiming: "Now in their 12th year, the Hoscars (Hostelworld.com Customer Annual Ratings) are the world’s most prestigious hostel awards, recognizing the top hostels around the globe as voted for by you, our Hostelworld.com customers. Thanks to your enthusiastic feedback, your fellow travellers now know where the best places to stay are all over the world."
“Hostelworld’s annual Hoscars have always been the most eagerly anticipated event on the budget travel calendar and there was no change this year. We take great pride that these awards are based solely on the reviews and ratings of guests who have booked, stayed and experienced the accommodation – it’s the only fair way to ensure a true and accurate reflection of the properties’ strengths and weaknesses. We would like to extend our congratulations to everyone involved and direct special congratulations to the European entrants, who have enjoyed a particularly successful year.”
Yesterday I sent the following e-mail to Hostelworld
"I would appreciate a response to the below e-mail dated 8th February in regards knowing the Irish top 10 hostels for this years Hoscars?
Also can you advise me how exactly are the Hoscars calculated?
Is it correct it is Ratings x bookings per bed capacity x reviews per bed capacity.
Awaiting your response."
I got this response today
"Regarding the country awards - they are based on customer feedback and on properties having met a minimum number of reviews. Unfortunately your hostel did not make the top ten.
What you mention in your email is with regards to the 'Most Popular'."
It still is not clear as another hostel I know of that got less reviews than me was in the Top 10 for Ireland so it begs the question where is the truth.
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