Nanosponge zeolite beta was hydrothermally synthesized using multi-quarternary ammonium surfactant as a mesa-micro hierarchical structure directing agent. The nanosponge morphology of the beta zeolite consisted of randomly interconnected nanocrystals with thickness of 10-20 nm. The beta nanosponges with highly mesoporous structure exhibited enhanced catalytic activity in tetrahydropyranylation of alcohols (methanol, 1-octanol, cyclohexanol and 2-adamantanol) when compared with the conventional beta zeolites and nanosponge zeolites of MTW and MFT framework types. The enhanced catalytic performance (similar to 60% conversion with 90-100% selectivity towards tetrahydropyranyl ether and over two times higher initial rate compared to other zeolites) of hierarchical beta nanosponges can be attributed to the high accessibility of acid sites and facile diffusion of reactants and products through the mesopores. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.