I had always heard about Hotel My Home in Amsterdam, but on several attempts over several visits to the city I always found it to be fully booked, no room at the inn. I am happy to know that I've finally broken out of that cycle and can truly count myself among the fortunate who can call this hostel their home, their Hotel My Home, in Amsterdam.
The staff is super friendly, something I noticed when I first entered. First of all, the desk person called down to me at the bottom of the stairs at the front door to tell me whether or not she had room available (so many other places have you trudge up the stairs carrying heavy baggage and then spend a few minutes checking over their register before telling you they are full.) And once I was upstairs in the reception lounge, the first thing asked, the VERY first thing asked, was would I like a cup of coffee and to sit awhile before we took care of registering. I was bowled over with the casual and friendly welcome. I quickly found out that the staff really treats each guest as though they were personal friends, and each staff member with whom I got into a conversation explored common connections, places we'd both been, common interests, etc. The lounge is simple and cozy with couches, a chair, a TV and stereo; and computer access is available quite cheap. Past guests might have left books, brochures, and other useful things available for future guests who might be short on supply, which I thought was a nice custom. Other parts of the lounge are the dining area and kitchen, and there is a pool table. Reigning as queen over this entire area is The Cat, a very nice addition to the homey atmosphere.
I stayed in room 3, the one with two bunk beds and a single on the floor above the reception lounge. Toilet and shower were nearby, and in the room was a washbasin with mirror and drinking glasses. Towels are provided with bed linen and blankets. In the morning, one of the best breakfasts for English speakers to be found in continental Europe hostels: Fried or scrambled eggs, with or without cheese, all the toast with jam you could want, muesli, peanut butter, coffee and tea and milk.
The location is along a "quietly busy" street with a number of shops, restaurants, bars, food stores, a cinema, and coffeeshops. The hotel is perhaps a ten-minute walk from the train station, if you know the route (use the pedestrian bridge and underpass beyond the Ibis hotel west of the station to get to Haarlemmerstraat.)
The price was right, the atmosphere was welcoming, the staff was friendly, and other guests were cool. I didn't want to leave. When I passed through Amsterdam again six weeks later, I was able to stay again, even on very busy days, welcomed as someone who the staff knew who was coming home for a few days.