Visiting Amsterdam is something you should be prepared for. Whether you prefer spending your time cycling the roads or partying at the clubs, the one thing you will always need is a quiet place to sleep. With that planned and out of the way, you can tour Amsterdam to your heart’s content, and in all the ways you like. Following are the best hostels this city has to offer.
Lucky Lake Hostel
Few places are as quirky as Lucky Lake Hostel. The cabins are charming, the rooms plush, with the added bonus of knowing the latter were once trailers. If you love the outdoors, this is the place to be staying. There is a gorgeous lake to swim, kayak, sail, or scuba dive, and commute to the city proper takes just 30 minutes. The countryside location accommodate plenty of walking and cycling, with bikes offered for rent at the front desk.
Generator Amsterdam is located in a past zoological university building looking out over Oosterpark. The massively sized building can hold 500 guests at once, and has an outdoor terrace as well as a trendy café. When you your legs need rest after a spell of sightseeing, hang out here with fellow guests. They offer fancy private rooms with plush double beds and full-length windows, as well as dorm rooms.
A place that advocates minimizing one’s carbon footprint, Ecomama gets plenty of appreciative nods from eco-conscious tourists and locals. Its guests are urged to connect with the nature all around, with communal spaces and tenting options turning this hostel into a cozy refuge you would be loathe to leave. Everything used here is made from recycled materials, they have a system to conserve water, and the heating system works on natural stone. What’s more, $1 from your daily rent goes to charity.
Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark
This establishment makes a definite statement with its chalet building overlooking Amsterdam’s largest city park. The place is huge enough to get lost in, serves the most gratifyingly delicious breakfast on a complimentary basis, and is close enough to Leidseplein that you could walk there in your sleep.
The fixtures here can quickly get you used to the place. A resident cat, the rambling garden in the back, the modern dorms, and the boutique atmosphere, make this one of the best ambiences you could angle for when picking out accommodations in the city. This is effectively one of the coziest retreats you will ever set foot in, and you can either stay in one of the aforesaid dorms, rent private double rooms, or get something in between.
Flying Pig Downtown
An 18th Century refurbishment, the building housing Flying Pig Downtown is helpfully close to the train station, the main shopping street, and Red Light District. If you want to be in the middle of it all and close to everything you might fancy trying, this is where you should be crashing. They have their own bar, DJ nights, super cheap beer, an indoor smoking area, and a pillow stage.
Famous for its location in a 1920’s lab beside river Ij, Clink Noord gives guests the chance to make use of a their own onsite kitchen and bar when the weather makes stepping out a bad idea. They serve everything here, from pizza, to burgers, to time-honored Dutch delights like Bitterballen and Flammenkuchen. The menu is also vegan-friendly, and you would need to be king nitpicker to find fault.
5 minutes out of the train station and right next to Red Light District, St. Christopher’s at the Winston brings award-winning convenience with regard to location. As you probably guessed, this place is cool enough not to impose curfews, and served the kind of breakfast buffet, which most people carry as fond childhood memories. Plus, it always cures the hangover.
Hostel Van Gogh
Art enthusiasts would love this place, with its painting-lined room walls and proximity to Van Gogh Museum. The central spots like many of the famous museums, Heineken Brewery, and Museumplein Park are very close by.
Technically Bulldog No. 90, the Bulldog is the absolute first coffee shop established in Amsterdam. The owner had a bulldog and that is where the name came from, so imagine what other stories the place holds. The terrace and bar overlook the cathedral, making this an absolutely delightful place to meet up with fellow travelers. First-timers need not sweat themselves – top-grade security ensures you can have a good time without worrying about being in a new place.
Meininger Amsterdam City West
For 10 Euros a night, you get to keep your four legged friends close while you rest and get ready for another great day in the city of canals. Hostel goers get a 24 hr reception, free Wi-Fi, an onsite bar, a guest kitchen, and breakfast buffet. Plus, you would be close to Amsterdam Sloterdijk station.