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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
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.
- High-Speed Internet
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- 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