Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark
Zandpad 5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1054 GA
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, No fuss
Expert review of Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark
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.
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.
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.
A lounge area with sofas; a pleasant enough bar; and a large, institutional breakfast room with communal dining tables.
An extensive self-service cafeteria-style breakfast is included in the rates. Evening meals and drinks are available in the bar.
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).
Not bad - though the reception can be stretched when busy, for example when a big group has just arrived.
Backpackers, school groups, families - generally a civilised bunch: those after a wild time head elsewhere.
Rates include breakfast and city tax. Small discounts available for Hostelling International members.
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- Zandpad 5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1054 GA
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