Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

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Address: Zandpad 5, Amsterdam, 1054 GA, The Netherlands

Star rating:
1 star hotel

3.5

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
4
90%
Eating/drinking
3.2
90%
Leisure facilities
3.9
90%
Service
3
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
2.5
90%
Public areas
3
90%

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.

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.

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.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Singles
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

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