Top 10 hostels in Amsterdam
Hostels are no longer just for young, thrifty backpackers. Especially hostels in Amsterdam, where the bar has been set pretty high. Staying in a hostel in Amsterdam allows you to get to know your fellow travellers and experience cultures you wouldn’t otherwise see, all while staying under a budget that’s comfortable. Instead of just shared bathrooms and long, dormitory-style rooms, hostels now boast unique features and amenities that make these hostels look more like boutique hotels.
Valkenburgerstraat 124, De Plantage
You won’t leave a single footprint when you stay at Ecomama — a carbon footprint, that is. Ecomama, a hostel located in a former travel agency, takes eco-friendly living to a new level. The use of fair trade materials, natural stone heating and an environmentally-friendly water system at the hostel make it truly green. Guests are encouraged to spend time outside of their room, which vary from typical 12-bed dormitories to suites with private bathrooms, and there is plenty of opportunity to do so. Besides the communal living room, guests can share a meal during the weekly family-style dinner, hang out in the indoor tepee or check out the daily activity calendar for something to do. Though with its location in De Plantage, Ecomama is centrally located for easy access to all Amsterdam sights.
2. Flying Pig Uptown
Vossiusstraat 46, Oud-Zuid
Admire the beautiful Vondelpark from a shared room or private suite at Flying Pig Uptown, one of the hostel’s two locations in the city. It’s a typical hostel, with dormitories that sleep between four and 14 people, shared bathrooms and kitchen — sometimes stocked with fresh food leftover from fellow guests — but it’s got more to it than that. The hostel’s Backpacker Bar is a lively spot to grab a drink with friends and strangers, especially during one of the monthly open mic night or theme parties. For a little bit more Amsterdam relaxation, guests can spend some time in the smoking room.
3. Generator Amsterdam
Mauritskade 57, Oosterpark
Opened in 2016, the budget-friendly but luxury-focused hostel Generator Amsterdam offers a unique experience in the eastern part of the city. The hostel, housed in a building that once belonged to the university zoological department, can accommodate nearly 600 guests to make it one of the liveliest hostels in the area. Not everyone is crammed into dormitories, though. The shared rooms sleep only up to four people, while private rooms ensure guests have their own bathroom. The sophisticated Sky Suite features its own kitchen, bathroom and lounge area. But guests don’t often spend a lot of time in the rooms, considering Generator Amsterdam boasts the Auditorium Bar, a former lecture hall, and the Nescio Café, which serves up tasty meals so guests don’t have to cook.
4. Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark
Zandpad 5, Oud-Zuid
Part of the Stayokay family of hostels, this location right on the Vondelpark gives you access to all the best in Amsterdam. Each room of two, four or six beds (or the large dormitories, which sleep over 10 people) has access to its own shared bathroom, but there are private rooms available for those who like a little separation between them and their fellow guests. A full breakfast of organic bread, meats and cheeses, eggs and juice is included with every reservation, so you won’t have to wake up hungry and wondering where to go. With free Wi-Fi, a pool table, air hockey and bicycle rental facility, you’ll find plenty to do during your stay.
5. Meininger Amsterdam City West
Orlyplein 1 – 67, Westpoort
Right next to the Sloterdijk railway station and nearby Westerpark is the Meininger Hotel Amsterdam City West, a hostel in northwest Amsterdam. Single and twin rooms, multi-bed rooms and dormitories offer accommodations for families and independent travellers looking to mingle with like-minded guests, and pets who are also welcome! The rooms are modern, with flat-screen TVs in each. Breakfast and packed lunches are available for a small fee, while guests can make use of the shared kitchen as they please. In the bar, you’ll find a pool table and foosball table so you can get to know the diverse crowd at Meininger.
Badhuiskade 3, Noordelijke IJ-oever
Check out the scene at ClinkNOORD, a hostel nestled right behind Amsterdam Central Station. The building was once a laboratory for hard-at-work scientists; now, it’s a space for hard-at-play travellers. Stay with strangers in a 16-bed dormitory, or split the costs with some friends for a private room (and private bathroom, of course). The hostel’s got built-in entertainment with ZincBAR, its on-site bar that serves up cocktails, snacks and meals, as well as fun — cocktail training, quiz nights, karaoke and more are all part of the package. Got a band? Then you may be qualified for the Stay & Play programme, where emerging artists play at the bar in exchange for a place to sleep.
7. Shelter Jordan
Bloemstraat 179, Jordaan
Located in the sought-after Jordaan neighbourhood, Shelter Jordan is a smaller not-for-profit hostel run by a Dutch Christian organisation, though all travellers are welcome. The hostel offers single-sex rooms and bathrooms, so men and women bunk separately during the stay unless it’s a family travelling together. It’s a quieter, family-friendlier experience, with no drugs or alcohol allowed on the premises. That doesn’t mean there’s no fun, though! Shelter Jordan offers a comfortable common area with games, books and free Wi-Fi. And you won’t go hungry, with a homemade dinner cooked every night; it’s for the friendly staff, but interested guests are welcome to join.
8. The Bulldog
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 220, city centre
Stay in the centre of it all at The Bulldog, billed as the world’s first ‘five-star hostel.’ Located in the Red Light District, The Bulldog is for those who want to experience a certain side of Amsterdam in one of its liveliest areas. Dormitories as well as private deluxe rooms are available in this converted canal house, which offers free Wi-Fi, a pool table, roof terrace and a bar that’s got filling food as well as cocktails. No kids or pets are allowed at this buzzing hostel, as it is geared more for adults looking to have a stress- and responsibility-free stay in Amsterdam. Case in point: nearby is the Bulldog’s own coffeeshop, one of the oldest in the city.
9. Dutchies Hostel
Sara Burgerhartstraat 21, West
You’ll fit in at Dutchies Hostel, one of the newer additions to Amsterdam. There’s a required age range: the maximum age for guests is 40, while the minimum is 16 (though children as young as 12 may stay when accompanied by a parent). This makes for a diverse but compatible crowd, all staying together in one of the six-, eight-, or 10-bed dormitories — no private rooms as this true hostel! Female-only dorms are available for a bit more privacy. You may find a few students hanging around, too, thanks to the hostel’s long-stay programme. The shared kitchen and nearby supermarket (rent a bike at the hostel if you need it!) means you don’t have to spend money on pricey meals, but there’s a bit of luxury at Dutchies: laundry services are carried out by the staff.
10. Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen
Kloveniersburgwal 97, city centre
The Stayokay brand hits the mark again with this location overlooking a busy canal in the city centre. The Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen has got some of the best sights in Amsterdam within a ten-minute walk: the Old Church, the Red Light District, the Royal Palace, the Rembrandt House and more. And with all that easy access, you get a friendly staff to point you in the right direction. Shared dormitories — single-sex or mixed — allow you to socialise freely with other guests, but private rooms are available for families and small groups. A sprawling breakfast buffet tops off the perks of this centrally located hostel.