Whether you’re hoping to enjoy the sights and sounds of Amsterdam’s world famous nightlife, or if you’re keen to explore the bustling city and surrounding areas by day – the chances are that you will need a great place to stay during your trip. Amsterdam hostels boast some of the fairest prices on the market and with such a wide variety to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Take a look at some of the best hostels Amsterdam has to offer below, and take your pick.
Updated 21 May 2017
The Loft Gallery
If you’re after style, class and unbeatable views – then you won’t go wrong with the Loft Gallery in Amsterdam. It’s simply beautiful and boasts some of the fullest services available. Ideal for small groups or couples hoping to enjoy luxury, without sacrificing on local amenities. Free Wi-Fi is included with the stay and those staying will get to enjoy modern facilities within the room – from a flat screen television and DVD player, all the way to a private dining area, an open plan design and spacious sleeping areas.
The Cocomama Hostel
If you’re in a group of 5 or less, then the Cocomama hostel can cater to all of your needs. It’s homely and atmospheric, with an incredibly high level of cleanliness. It’s also located near to local amenities like shops and restaurants, making it even easier to get around. The bedrooms themselves are very spacious and come complete with full commodities. The security team are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week making the Cocomama one of the safest destinations in Amsterdam.
Featuring a no curfew policy, a 24 hour reception and no limitations as far as groups are concerned – the ClinkNOORD has become one of the most highly-thought of hostels in Amsterdam. The security team are always on hand, as are the members of staff, too. It’s not just the safety to consider either; in fact the bedrooms are more than capable of catering to the largest groups (with the largest rooms boasting 16 beds in total). What’s greatest is that the ClinkNOORD is just a few minutes’ walk from all local amenities such as shops and restaurants – not to mention being a bus ride away from the notorious red light district.
The Antonia Houseboat
If you’re after a unique hostel experience, then the Antonia Houseboat is definitely worth taking a look at. It features all of the modern amenities of a hostel; albeit from the peace and tranquillity of a river-faring vessel. Great value for money and an ideal accommodation for the adventurous. The boathouse itself is pet-friendly and can cater to individuals, couples and small families. Located nearby is are a variety of bicycle routes, cafés and restaurants. Inside of the boat you’ll even find internet access, a fully functional kitchen and working laundry facilities – all at an amazingly affordable price.
If you’re an adventurous traveler looking for a cultural experience, this is your place.
In addition to being a colorful hostel, WOW houses art exhibitions and in-resident artists. The hostel is located in Amsterdam’s Kolenkit neighborhood, only 1.5 km from direct connections to the city center. Here you’ll enjoy many facilities such a restaurant, inner gardens, a lounge, a 24-hours reception and free WiFi. You can choose between dorm rooms that can accommodate up to 12 people, or book a private room for a more luxurious experience.
A brand new designer hostel, located just 1 km from Carre Theatre, Generator Amsterdam is a great choice for those who love cycling and city walks. Some of the facilities offered are bike rental, private parking, 24-hour front desk, free Wi-Fi, laundry and more.
The hostel features a bar, cafe and an on-site restaurant. The rooms include private bathrooms and shower. The staff at the hostel are super friendly, happy to help with whatever you need and know the city extremely well.
Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg
If you enjoy movies and plays, this hostel is ideal for you, as it shares the building with a cinema and a theater! It’s located only 15 minutes by bicycle from the historic centre and you can find a bike rental service and storage in-house. If you don’t get along with bikes, you have the option of walking only one minute to the tram stop which offers direct access to the central station. You can also walk approximately one minute to the closest tram station and get to the central station easily.
Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg also offers free Wi-Fi, spacious rooms, a bar-brasserie, a laundry room, a lovely summer terrace and a playground for kids which is great if you’re traveling with children.
Train Lodge Amsterdam
At the Train Lodge, instead of hotel rooms, you’ll be staying in original train compartments, experiencing a real train vibe. It’s perfect for solo travelers and groups – you can book a whole carriage that accommodates up to 33 people! In the compartments, there’s free WiFi, showers, air conditioning and bed linen.
This hostel is in a perfect location next to the train station Amsterdam Sloterdijk, trams, buses and subway connections. The location of Schiphol Airport is just 15 minutes away. The city centre takes a couple of minutes by train. If you’re traveling other cities in Holland, this strategic location connects you easily to other cities and sights, just a train ride away.
Dutchies Hostel is a recently built modern hostel, decorated with graffiti, giving it an edgy cool look. It’s located only 15 minutes by tram to the center of Amsterdam and offers large spacious rooms with bed linen, free WiFi, luggage storage and lockers. The staff here will cater to your every need, making sure your stay is pleasant and comfortable.
There is a kitchen you can use for making your own meals which is very handy if you’re on budget. There’s also a TV lounge and a terrace. If you like riding a bike, this hostel has a bicycle rental and storage room.
The Hostelle may be a little out of the way when compared to other hostels, but it is one of the only places to cater only to women. Perfect for groups of up to 16 women looking for some privacy, this is a unique hostel Amsterdam has to offer. When compared to other accommodations, the Hostelle is a little further away from the city center, but that isn’t a bad thing – especially if you’re keen to make the most of the seclusion. Being situated near parks and streams makes activities easy to enjoy too, and with cycle routes on all sides as well as an active bus route, getting about is simple as well.
Flying Pig Beach Hostel
Considered a very smoker-friendly Amsterdam hostel, the Flying Pig is ideal for small groups and individuals alike. The facilities are maintained daily, making it the perfect place to stay if you are only in town for a short stay with a limited budget – or simply passing through overnight. Being located on the beach is one of the main draws of this accommodation, and the sights are well worth the cost alone. Thanks to many of the 24 hour local facilities, it’s possible to spend all day on the beach, retreat to your room to freshen up and then enjoy a meal in one of the nearby restaurant chains.
Choosing the Right Hostel for Your Needs
Just because a room is worth more doesn’t mean that it will be ideal for your needs. The best thing to do is to go for the most balanced room or rooms; those that promise the greatest level of service. Whatever your plans may be, just be sure to keep your options open, trust the thoughts of others that have already evaluated the accommodation, and then book your stay well in advance to avoid irritating delays or double bookings.