Redwood National Park Hostel was recently ranked the No. 1 Hosteling International hostel worldwide by users of

Three other Northern California hostels also ranked in the top 14 worldwide.

The local hostel tied with the Shin-Osaka Youth Hostel in Japan for first place worldwide in user ratings, for the period of April 2007 to March 2008.

Both hostels received an average satisfaction rating of 93 percent based on six criteria: friendliness of staff, efficiency of service, level of comfort, cleanliness, security, and location.

Three other hostels in Northern Californiathe Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel, Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel, and Sacramento Hosteltied for sixth-place worldwide, with a satisfaction rating of 89 percent.