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Interior of Generator Amsterdam hostel near Oosterpak in Oost
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Best hostels for solo travellers in Amsterdam

Heading on a solo adventure to Amsterdam? Then get ready to dive into the bustling hostel scene, where excellent locations and vibrant social events mean you're bound to find the ideal stay. From cosy abodes to women's only retreats, there's a hostel to suit all traveller types in the Dutch capital.

Clink Noord Hostel, Noord

Just a stone's throw away from many attractions, Clink Noord is situated next door to the Eye Film Museum, A'DAM Tower, and This Is Holland. The hostel is a short walk from the trendy NDSM neighbourhood for off-beat museums like STRAAT and NXT. This social hostel offers lots to keep you busy as a solo traveller, including an onsite bar and regular events such as karaoke nights, quizzes and games where you can meet like-minded individuals. The comfy beds, separate reading lights and charging points for your electronics mean you'll also have everything you need if you fancy cosying up with a good book.

CocoMama Hostel, City Centre

For a homely stay and a warm welcome, book a bed at CocoMama, where the lounge area and private garden make it easy to meet other travellers. Located just a 15-minute walk from Museumplein, you have various attractions, including the Rijksmuseum or Moco Museum, on your doorstep. If you're travelling on a budget, the hostel also has a kitchen where you can prepare sandwiches and other low-cost meals - a fab way to save money!

Generator Amsterdam, Oost

With locations across the globe, Generator is known for stylish decor and unique social events. Situated in Oost, it's the perfect spot to base yourself if you plan on visiting Oosterpark, the Wereldmuseum, or simply living like a local away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Nearby, you'll find plenty of highly-rated restaurants, bars and cafes that are worth checking out. The hostel itself is great for solo adventurers as it holds a whole host of fun events. In addition to a lovely onsite cafe, the hostel boasts two lively bars that make it easy to strike up a conversation with like-minded travellers.

Hostelle - Women's only hostel, Zuidoost

If you're travelling alone as a woman, you may prefer to stay in a women-only hostel. The vibrant rooms at Hostelle come with privacy curtains, allowing you to be as social as you wish. Alternatively, enjoy various opportunities to mingle with others in the common areas and make new friends to discover the city with. Located in Zuidoost, it's one of the best places to stay for a local fee and get a real taste of Dutch culture away from the chaos and crowds. Enjoy many things to do in this cultural neighbourhood, such as admiring impressive street art, peering at Vrolik Museum's intriguing exhibits and checking out art spaces such as OSCAM.

Meininger Hotel, Amsterdam City West

For a hotel feel at a fraction of the cost, Meininger Hotel has branches across Europe offering cheap and cheerful dorm rooms. The dorms are incredibly clean and functional, with plenty of space to store your belongings. Downstairs, the on-site bar gives you space to relax and make new friends after a day of sightseeing in the city. Meininger Hotel is situated in West, just a short tram ride from the heart of the city, the neighbourhood is worth exploring in its own right. Only 20 minutes away on foot, you'll find AMAZE, a unique interactive audiovisual experience that offers something completely different.

Over the past year, Lauren has been a frequent visitor to Amsterdam. Often found exploring hidden gems, sampling the city's best cocktail bars and enjoying fun-filled itineraries, she shares regular Amsterdam travel tips on her blog Pack and Paint.