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Shelter City Hostel Amsterdam
praga
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4 reviews
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“Bed bugs!”
Reviewed 25 December 2010

I stayed at this hostel for a weekend early in December 2010.
The position is great, the room (4 beds room, women only) was ok , with a small sink in the room. For the showers, bring with you slippers and soap etc, because there is none available. And as you are packing, bring along as well a locker: I forgot mine and had to buy one.... The breakfast is great: each day a choice of a warm meal that changes every day and various alternatives. The other guests, were very nice as well.

ALL IN ALL... IT WAS GREAT!!!

BUT... on the way back, I found a couple of bites: Hands and face. And after 48 h it was quite a few bits. So the bad news is: bed bus ate me alive. They didn't bite my friend sleeping in the bad above mine, but I was one lucky girl... and a juicy dinner :D

I emailed the hostel to tell them about it when the doctor confirmed the cause, but had no feedback.

SO yes. Do go sleep there. But take the higher bed, bring slippers for the shower and be aware that you might be someones dinner. And you do not want to bring bed bugs home with you: had a few sleepless nights when I came back, thinking that I might have takesn guests back with me!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2010

Stayed at the hostel for one night in a 10-bed male dorm. The bathroom was conveniently located outside the dorm with plenty of showers and toilets. The beds were comfortable enough, grouped in 2 or 4 separated by a wall, so it felt more cozy with more added privacy. The staffs were friendly and helpful. The hostel was secure with 24 hour reception and lockers for rent. It provided breakfast (takeaway if you have to leave early before breakfast service started). The central location was convenient, close to Chinatown, but also red light district. It's a non-smoking (good for those allergic to smoke) and non-party hostel (good if sleep is important). It definitely distinguished itself from other hostels in the city in its policy and PERFECT for those looking for a safe, quiet place to stay and party elsewhere.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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Tacoma, Washington
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 November 2010

We stayed two nights here. It's walking distance from the central station, but get a map, otherwise the streets can be confusing. A map will also help you avoid the red light district, if you prefer. The staff can help with recommendations and you can book tours and bike rentals at the desk. This was definitely the cheapest hostel we could find, but it's clean and provides several breakfast options (I love Dutch pancakes and yogurt with muesli). We knew we were staying in a big dorm room, but it was quiet enough for us to sleep, even though it was not far from the lobby and the courtyard. The light in the hallway outside was the most annoying part, but it was turned off at midnight. You don't have to rent sheets, which is another added value.

Cons: The knowledge and friendliness of the desk attendant totally depends on who is working at the time. (Some seem to get overwhelmed, but most were very friendly.) The internet is annoying to use. You have to walk down the hallway from the dorms to get to the showers.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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Manaus
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Reviewed 21 October 2010

I want thanks the whole TEAM from shelter city hostel great place and everyone treat me pritty good,i will be back!!!!!!!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled solo
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Hadley, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

This is a pretty good hostel. The Shelter City is a safe haven in the middle of the seedy Red Light District. It is a very safe hostel with 24-hour security and they make you show a voucher or room key before buzzing people in. Dorms are segregated by sex (great for solo female travelers like myself, not so great for couples...), and there are free showers, hot water, and linens. Towels can be rented for 1 Euro and they will hold your suitcases behind the desk until 6PM after you check out. I recommend spending a few bucks more and stay in a four or six bed room instead of a 16 bed room... my room (with 4 beds) wasn't fully booked and I slept pretty peacefully (with ear plugs of course!). The woman's floor is all the way on the top floor, and the stairs are pretty treacherous. If you have back and/or leg problems, you might have difficulty getting up and down - there is no lift. The desk staff were plenty friendly and will gently inquire if you are Christian and maybe chat a little bit about Christianity, but they are not forceful or aggressive with their thoughts and opinions. I would give 3 out of 5 stars for cleanliness only because there were a few stands of hair on my blankets, but it was clear that they had been laundered well and some hair just got stuck on in the dryer. Breakfast was hot but boring, nothing special but included in the cost of a night so take advantage. The internet was in and out of service and slow - you are better off going elsewhere to check your email. No lock-out, no curfew, and there is a 10 Euro key deposit. I would stay here again because it is safe, warm, clean enough, and has very competitive rates compared to other hostels/hotels in the area.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 16 September 2010

as i only stayed in hostels in australia so far where everyone is drunken all the time and not feeling safe as a young woman at all, i enjoyed this hostel A LOT. ya, it might be kinda slow, but it's more like a family atmosphere anyways. staff is very friendly and loves to get in contact with you (btw, they are all voluntaries and do not get paid), especially in the hostel cafe which is a lovely place to stay for rainy days. also you can get a simple but hot breakfast every morning. beds are not too comfy, but i didnt expect anything great for a cheap price. the bathroom was cleaned a couple of times a day and it was very clean! i stayed with 15 other girls in a room, of course you had to look after each other and usually there was always someone sleeping - so better stay outside of the room :) you have your own lockers in the room, however it was such a nice atmosphere - people left their luagge and belongings anyways.
it is very central you can walk literally eeeverywhere where me and my friend wanted to visit in our three day trip. yeah, you're in the red light district. but where is that not in central amsterdam!? also i felt like it was okay going through it together with my (female) friend, i felt safe all the time (especally compared to paris, our next trip)!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 July 2010

Good place to stay just outside the red light district but it is located on discount Ally a.k.a. tranny alley so for a good time you can watch seemingly normal grown men that want to plow trannys good times. safe clean I would advise to get a smaller room as a 16 person room to be a bit much when people are coming in now at all times of the night. And my wife and I had to sleep in separate rooms which is weird but work out okay

  • Stayed September 2010
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Property: Shelter City Hostel Amsterdam
Address: Barndesteeg 21, 1012 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District (De Wallen)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 229 Speciality Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 158
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friendly, clean hostel in the centre of Amsterdam. Single-sex dormitories and rooms with 4-8 beds, some with en-suite bathrooms. 24 hour reception, cafe with cheap food and drinks, free use of lockers, great garden to hang out in with giant fish-pond! ... more   less 
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