San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 21, 2011
Leading independent hostel chain USA Hostels is pleased to announce that its San Francisco, CA, and Hollywood, CA, locations were recently named the nation’s top hostels for 2010 at Hostelworld.com’s annual HOSCAR awards in London, England. The chain’s San Francisco and Hollywood locations captured the coveted #1 and #2 places, respectively. Additionally, the company was named the #1 hostel chain in the nation and the San Francisco location was recognized as the third highest ranked hostel in North America.
Hostelworld.com’s HOSCAR awards recognize the best hostels in the world as rated by over 1 million customers in 2010. Customers review the hostels on six criteria: Character, Security, Location, Staff, Fun, and Cleanliness. Approximately 400 hostels in the United States and 25,000 hostels worldwide are listed on Hostelworld.com.
“We are honored to receive these prestigious awards, especially since the results are based solely on reviews by our guests,” said David Reuter, founder and president of USA Hostels. “To be awarded the #1 and #2, spots in a country of more than 400 hostels is quite an accomplishment. I could not be more proud of all our staff who truly earned this recognition.”
“Each year the expectations of our guests are increasing, especially as former hotel travelers are turning to this segment of the budget sector for their accommodation needs. The quality and sophistication of successful hostels today must meet this expectation.” He continued, “Customer ratings, readily available on sites like Hostelworld.com, are the most important source for assessing online accommodation information. Positive customer reviews are critical to having a successful business in today’s market. To remain successful we continually focus on improving our facilities, operations, and customer service.”
In 2010, USA Hostels' California locations completed a number of upgrades including the introduction of custom-designed bunk bed ‘privacy pods’. Each unit houses a shelf, LED light and outlet, providing guests a place to store small belongings, read, use their laptop and/or charge their phone all within a screened area that allows the guest privacy from other roommates and shielding from ambient noise and light. In addition, the Hollywood location completed a total remodel including a new lobby, new lounge, hallway refurbishment and dorm renovation. The San Francisco and San Diego locations upgraded to warm and comfortable duvets in all dorm rooms and all the hostels are currently testing expanded complimentary breakfast offerings.
USA Hostels operates high-quality budget accommodations in Hollywood, San Diego and San Francisco, CA. Founded in San Diego in 1994, USA Hostels offers a choice of shared dormitory rooms or private rooms to independent travelers from all over the globe. Each hostel in the chain provides a wide range of activities throughout each week, discounted tickets to area attractions, as well as free breakfast and free WiFi. More information can be found at http://www.usahostels.com.
For more information please contact Maria Argyropoulos-Minos, Chief Operating Officer, 1-323-359-7577.
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