My friend and I (28 year old females) traveled throughout Europe for two weeks and stayed in hostels in every location.
This hostel in Amsterdam landed in the exact middle of our rankings - not amazing, but not awful either.
The reception desk is very helpful with anything you may need. It's also very nice that the hostel is locked at all times (you must buzz to get in). In the lobby, you can pay to lock your belongings (20 cents for an hour), and outside your dorm, there are free lockers once you check in. Those are definite pros. The free wifi was also a great feature.
The cons - the bathrooms were almost always dirty, except right after they came and power washed them. Water was hot, so can't complain about the showers. But there was constantly a lot of hair and muck on the sinks and in the toilet areas.
Another big complaint is that there is no full-length mirror in the girls dorm OR the bathroom. Never got to see our outfits once dressed!
The rooms are ok - beds are pretty comfortable, but there are very few power outlets in the room, and we found a lot of the girls (in the all female dorm) to be pretty disrespectful and loud when coming in late or when packing up early in the morning. I understand it's impossible to be completely silent in a hostel situation, but we found bunkmates in other hostels around Europe to be much more considerate. Could have just been bad luck though, not the hostel's fault.
The laundry facilities are decent - not big, and not especially clean - but they were useful.
Location & proximity to the train station and the Red Light District is perfect. Not too close to be unsafe, but close enough to walk easily.
All in all, I wouldn't stay here again - but definitely would rather stay here than some of the scummy places I saw in the Red Light District.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amsterdam city centre is famous for its numerous bars, canals, shops and museums. What could be more fun than having your home base in the heart of the city that never sleeps? And at Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen, you can meet travellers from all over the world. The moment you step outside, you’re bang in the middle of vibrant Amsterdam. Beside bars, restaurants and shops, you will also find theatres, cinemas and museums nearby. The flea market at Waterlooplein is within walking distance. ... more less
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