Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

Zandpad 5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1054 GA

Price from: £15

Exterior of the hostel

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

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#37 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:3.5 out of 5
Location:
4
4.0
Bedrooms:
2.5
2.5
Eating/drinking:
3.2
3.2
Public areas:
3
3.0
Leisure facilities:
3.9
3.9
Service:
3
3.0
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, No fuss

Expert review of Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

Weighing up location, facilities and lack of grunge, Amsterdam's most appealing hostel.

Some of Amsterdam's hostels might be just about ok if you're planning to spend the weekend with the lads in a drug-fuelled haze, but in other circumstances most are best avoided. The Stayokay Vondelpark - part of a Dutch chain of hostels - is the most notable exception. 

Location: 

The three interconnected buildings - one a 19th-century chalet that was once a school, the others modern - lie right alongside the eastern end of the Vondelpark, Amsterdam's main park, with the nightlife around the Leidseplein, and the big museums on Museumplein, a few minutes' walk away.

Bedrooms: 

Basic, but clean and decent. There are 536 beds. As well as the option of a bed in a shared dorm, you can also book whole rooms. There are lots of four-bedded rooms (ideal for families, for example), as well as 19 two-bedded rooms with twin or bunk beds (good for couples or friends). All the rooms have their own shower and loo, and washbasin.

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Public areas: 

A lounge area with sofas; a pleasant enough bar; and a large, institutional breakfast room with communal dining tables.

Eating and drinking: 

An extensive self-service cafeteria-style breakfast is included in the rates. Evening meals and drinks are available in the bar.

Leisure facilities: 

Free walking tours of the city laid on each morning; pool, table football and air hockey tables; lots of Internet terminals (three euros an hour) on offer; bike hire available, and online tickets sold at reception for the big museums (letting you skip the queues).

Service: 

Not bad - though the reception can be stretched when busy, for example when a big group has just arrived.

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Who stays there: 

Backpackers, school groups, families - generally a civilised bunch: those after a wild time head elsewhere.

Price advice: 

Rates include breakfast and city tax. Small discounts available for Hostelling International members.

Pros: 
Cheap
Private rooms available
Salubrious and convenient location
Good facilities
Safe - you always need to buzz to get in
Cons: 
The hostel's size means it's rather impersonal
Unless you bring a towel, you'll need to buy one

More information on Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark:

Price from:
£15
Type:
Hostel
Address:
Zandpad 5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1054 GA
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant

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