10 of The Best Hostels in Amsterdam [READ BEFORE BOOKING]

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In a world full of places to visit and things to see why not visit a place with such tangible history as Amsterdam. A place with plenty of things to do as well as many meaningful experiences available to participate in.

Amsterdam, Netherlands is without a doubt one such place, that is sure to provide you with plenty of one-of-a-kind memories that’ll last a lifetime.

Visiting Amsterdam

While less than one million people reside in Amsterdam, this city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Many people who visit this location come for one of the many tourist destinations such as the popular museums, parks, and historical buildings.

The Anne Frank Museum is one of the most visited attractions in Amsterdam. The Anne Frank Museum is the actual house where Anne Frank and her family lived. The Van Gogh Museum is another popular museum, holding the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh paintings and artifacts.

With these and many more places to visit full of art and history, it’s no wonder why around 20 million people choose to visit Amsterdam every year.

If you were to visit Amsterdam where would you go? Would you stick to the walking tours? Or, perhaps partake in the world-famous “coffee shops” where cannabis is 100 percent legal to partake of?

At any rate, regardless of why you came and what you do while you’re there, finding the best hostel makes a world of difference.

Best Hostels In Amsterdam

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While visiting Amsterdam it is important to choose the right type of overnight accommodation for you or your group’s needs.

Most travelers cannot afford to spend their trip in a fancy overpriced hotel or equivalent (while others simply refuse to pay much higher prices for similar lodging) and instead opt for the lower-priced, yet still high-quality lodging option, of a hostel.

Hostels provide travelers with a place to stay overnight and for extended short periods of time. Sometimes the cost of the bed in the hostel also covers breakfast or dinner catered by the hostel.

Even if the hostel you are planning to stay at doesn’t cover a meal, it is highly likely that it is offered for a small fee, or you may instead be given a discount at local shops and cafes with proof of your stay at the hostel.

1. ClinkNOORD


Considered an artistic hostel, the ClinkNOORD is rated in superb standing with its customers with a rating of 9.0 out of 10.0. This artistic hostel is frequented by artists, musicians, and writers who come here at all times of the year.

At check-in, you are expected to provide a valid form of ID such as a passport. Each bed rented comes with a reading light, USB port(s), and a locker for your personal belongings. As a preventative security measure, there is 24/7 keycard access to the building, a lockbox that comes with every bed, and larger lockers available at reception.

Guests under 18 must be with an adult who is 18 or older. If a guest is under 16 they must not only be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18, but they must also either be booked for an entire dorm room or in a private room.

2. Flying Pig Beach Hostel


The Flying Pig Beach Hostel is a party hostel located about 35 kilometers outside of Amsterdam on the Noordwijk beach. This hostel is located about 3 minutes away from the main beach. With free internet and a book selection available to be read or swapped with books of your own, this hostel without a doubt has some unique features that set it apart from other hostels.

That said, there are a few rules to note when booking this hostel, such as:

  • There is a no pet policy on hostel grounds.
  • There are no groups of soccer fans attending a game to be permitted to stay at this hostel at any given time.
  • This hostel has a 72-hour cancellation policy if you were to need it.
  • Reservations made at this hostel can only be made using a MasterCard or Visa card.

Keeping these things in mind when booking your stay will allow you to find a hostel that suits you or your group’s needs properly.

3. The Bulldog


Located on the border of the red light district in Amsterdam, this hostel is within walking or biking distance of almost every business, attraction, and hangout in the city.

Much like it’s namesake The Bulldog hostel put an emphasis on security. With on-site security patrol, 24/7 camera recording systems, as well as lockers for important personal belongings, this hostel makes sure that everyone staying here feels safe.

At check-in, from 3 pm until 11 pm, the full bill is required to be paid in cash or by credit card. If you arrive before check-in starts at 3 pm talk to the multilingual staff about storing your luggage in the bag storage area, available for use by all patrons on their intended check-in and check-out dates.

4. Via Amsterdam


This hostel is self-described as having rooms that are notorious for their ‘urban elegance’. While elegant is not a commonly used description for hostels Via Amsterdam most definitely has a ring of elegance amongst its modern design.

In a city of bikers and avid walkers, this hostel offers the option of renting a bicycle directly through the property without having to go to an expensive bicycle renting shop. By renting bikes to travelers this hostel has increased the likelihood that a traveler will explore the city to its fullest and enjoy all that Amsterdam has to offer.

Check-in is expected between 3 pm and 11 pm, and check out is before 10 am. However, before you book this hostel you will want to take some time and contact the hostel about their policy on the use of credit cards to pay for the room you booked. While it most likely will not affect you, it is better to be aware of this policy than to arrive on your expected check-in day and be denied a room due to a dispute over a credit card.

5. Generator Amsterdam


This hostel has a strict no children policy allowing only those 16 and above to reside within its walls. However, even those 16 to 17 years old will have to stay in a private room, as only peoples aged 18 and above can stay in a dormitory room.

Generator Amsterdam can accommodate up to 564 guests, situated in their 168 twin and quadruple rooms equipped with en-suite bathrooms. This hostel is open 24 hours a day with free wifi and 24-hour laundry services offered during your stay.

Additionally, the staff at Generator Amsterdam are multilingual and can help you rent a bike through the hostel or purchase tickets for a city tour. Amsterdam is a beautiful city and the staff members at this hostel are capable of and more than willing to help you pick out the best attractions and places to visit during your stay in this beautiful city.

6. Hostel Van Gogh


Rated 8.3 out of 10 on HostelWorld, Hostel Van Gogh has made quite an impression on all of those who visit this hostel. Marketed as a youth hostel this type of accommodation only books beds in shared dorms to those within the range of 18 years old to 40 years old. If you are outside of this age range and wish to stay at this hostel you will have to book a private room.

In the single rooms, you are only allowed to have one person in that room. This hostel is very strict about making sure that single rooms stay open for single travelers. Shared dorm reception is available only until midnight for check-in, whereas, private room reception is available at all hours of the day or night.

In close proximity to this hostel is not only a variety of shops,  bars, and clubs, but it is also within traveling distance of three world-famous museums; the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Stedelijk Art Museum.

7. A & O Amsterdam Zuidoost


A & O Amsterdam Zuidoost is a family suitable hostel located in the Bullewijk district close by the metro station.

With the reception and lobby bar open 24 hours a day, this hostel offers many different types of rooms available for check-out. Single, double, and family rooms are all offered with private showers and toilets.

For groups, and solo travelers who like to mingle, another type of room is the multi-bed rooms, designed for 4 through 8 people per room with private bathrooms and bunk beds.

This hostel is suitable for families, groups, and singles alike as well as being pet-friendly. No matter what type of traveler you are or what type of travel grouping you belong to when you check-in after 3 pm you will be offered the option of a low-cost breakfast every day for the duration of your stay, ending the day you check out before 11 am.

8. Hostel The Globe Center


While not the highest-rated hostel on this list with a 7.3 out of 10 on HostelWorld, Hostel The Globe Center, this hostel boasts a wide variety of benefits for those who choose to stay here. Located close to the red light district, a 3 minutes walk from Centraal station, and less than a 10-minute walk from most of the tourist attractions in Amsterdam.

There are a couple of different types of rooms offered at this hostel including triple and quadruple rooms and rooms that can sleep up to eight people at once, as well as dorms, which can sleep four to ten people at any given time. Keep in mind when booking a room/bed that no guest under the age of 16 may be placed in a shared dorm.

Each bed comes with free wifi and the option for free towel rental upon request, however, this hostel has only a limited number of towels in stock, therefore, the first come first serve policy is in effect.

When staying at this hostel keep in mind that if you pay with a credit card at check-in you will be subject to a 2% service charge. This hostel does require a mandatory deposit for the key you will receive that is refundable upon safe return of the key.

9. Heart of Amsterdam


The Heart of Amsterdam hostel is a Hollywood style modern hostel. Each room is named and themed in correlation to a premiere from Hollywood. Now, isn’t that just cool beans?

For your convenience, this hostel offers a free luggage storage room in the lobby for your check-in and check-out dates, as well as a personal safety storage box in your room with a low-cost deposit to obtain access.

This hostel has no curfew and features 24-hour front desk services There are vending machines throughout this hostel for your use. However tempting those vending machine snacks and drinks may sound, how about a breakfast service offered from 8 am until 10 am with a fee.

10. Amsterdam Hostel Sarphati 


Amsterdam Hostel Sarphati is a very conveniently located hostel with many attractions such as Vondelpark, the Anne Frank House, and the Van Gogh museum all located nearby.

When you stay at this hostel be sure to rent a bike from a nearby rental shop to visit some of the nearby attractions and be sure to spend time in the lobby conversing with other guests about your different experiences in Amsterdam.

Rated 7.0 out of 10.0 this hostel offers many free inclusions such as linen, wifi, breakfast, walking tours, and maps. This hostel employs multilingual staff available to provide services at the 24-hour reception desk.

A Final Word About the Best Hostels in Amsterdam

As you can see there are many great overnight accommodations available in Amsterdam, and which one you choose is dependent upon precisely what it is that you want to be provided during your stay.

While booking your room reservation make sure to get clarification on any policies or questions you may have. Furthermore, during your stay, always feel free to ask the staff about any questions you may have. The hostel staff are typically friendly, speak multiple languages, and have an intimate knowledge of the region.

Have you visited Amsterdam and have a suggestion as to which hostel is really the best? If so, was it on our list? If not, let us know all about it in the comments section below!

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