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The 9 Best Hostels in Amsterdam

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Updated: 7 August 2018
Thankfully for anyone travelling on a budget there are plenty of excellent and affordable hostels located in Amsterdam that offer a wide range of accommodation options. These fun, stylish and (mostly) central hostels collectively offer everything from basic, mixed dorms tailored around seasoned, budget travellers to deluxe private lodgings, that are perfect for low-cost romantic getaways.

Flying Pig Downtown Hostel

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Flying Pig Downtown Hostel | © Hostelworld
Like other hostels located amid the hustle-and-bustle of central Amsterdam, Flying Pig Downtown Hostel mainly caters to backpackers and budget travellers who are eager to discover the city’s nightlife. Prospective guests should expect to find a welcoming, social atmosphere, geared towards night owls at Flying Pig Downtown, coupled with a friendly, down-to-earth sense of hospitality that matches perfectly with the hostel’s overall vibe. More importantly though, the hostel’s bar reportedly serves the cheapest beer in Amsterdam and hosts parties throughout the week with guest DJs.
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ClinkNOORD

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This easy-to-reach hostel in Amsterdam-Noord overlooks the river IJ and stands a few metres away from the neighbourhood’s nearest ferry port which connects it with Centraal Station. ClinkNOORD is housed inside a former industrial building, in this case an old office block, originally owned by Dutch fuel company Shell. The hostel’s excellent location means that it lies right next to many important sites in Amsterdam-Noord, including EYE Filmmuseum and A’DAM Tower. Guests at ClinkNoord can also spend their nights relaxing at the hostel’s onsite bar, which hosts social events like meet-ups, karaoke sessions and pub quizzes throughout the week.
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Hans Brinker Budget Hostel

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Hans Brinker Budget Hostel | © Hostelworld
This knowingly cheap-and-cheerful hostel uses tongue-in-cheek marketing to appeal to travellers that prefer nightlife over luxury. As the hostel’s front door essentially leads onto Amsterdam’s busiest nightlife hub, Leidseplein, guests at Hans Brinker Budget Hostel have immediate access to the city’s most popular nightclubs, bars and coffeeshops. What’s more, the hostel organises club nights in its basements throughout the week and feature an awesome onsite bar with daily happy hours.
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The Bulldog

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Since launching way back in 1975 Amsterdam’s longest running coffeeshop, The Bulldog, has branched out into several other fields, including hospitality. Today, the company owns three coffeeshops in central Amsterdam and an affordable hotel in the Red Light District that features a lively, onsite bar where patrons are allowed to smoke cannabis. There are several more exclusive rooms available at the Bulldog Hotel, ranging from four-person private suites with kitchens to deluxe lodgings that are perfect for couples.
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Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

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Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark | © Hostelworld.com
Although it is slightly further afield from Amsterdam’s historic city centre than other, comparably-priced hostels, it is difficult to imagine somewhere with a better location than Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark. The hostel, as its name suggest, stands right next to Amsterdam’s most popular urban park, Vondelpark, and lies within walking distance from many other awesome attractions, including the city’s museum quarter. Every room inside Stayokay Vondelpark has en-suite facilities and either features two, four or six beds.
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Train Lodge Amsterdam

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Train Lodge Amsterdam | © Hostelworld
Until relatively recently the carriages that house Train Lodge Amsterdam transported passengers between Zurich and Rome on an overnight service. These charming passenger cars have since been converted into modern, affordable lodgings and moved permanently to a stretch of land just outside Amsterdam’s Sloterdijk station. The hostel has 132 beds spread over 44 compartments which are divided into several different accommodation types, including mixed dormitories and private lodgings. Though Train Lodge remains stationary nowadays, it is located nearby several train and tram lines that flow directly into central Amsterdam.
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CityHub

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This tech-savvy capsule hotel features small, stylish sleeping units that have enough space for double beds, power sockets and luggage. After arriving at CityHub guests are encouraged to download a custom-built app that allows them to control the lighting inside their sleeping units and correspond with the hostel’s team of ‘City Hosts’, who are on call to give directions to the best spots in Amsterdam for culture, food and nightlife. While CityHub’s lodgings are certainly small, the hostel also features several shared spaces where guests can relax or socialise including a self-service bar and cosy lounge.
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Free Wifi
Swimming pool
Gym
Hot tub
Airport transfers
Business facilities
Connecting rooms available
Non smoking
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WOW Amsterdam

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WOW Amsterdam | © Hostelworld
Aside from offering affordable accommodation to travellers, WOW Amsterdam serves as an incubator for contemporary art and provides promising, recently-graduated artists with living, work and exhibition space. The hostel regularly hosts temporary exhibitions that present work created by its current artists-in-residence and organises many other fascinating events related to Amsterdam’s contemporary art scene throughout the month. There are several types of simple, but stylish rooms available inside WOW Hostel, ranging from deluxe, private lodgings with double beds to no-thrills, dormitories that accommodate between six to twelve guests.
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Ecomama

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Thanks to Ecomama’s commitment to environmentally responsible hospitality, guests can rest, relax and socialise in spaces that are designed to accommodate green, eco-conscious living. The hostel uses natural stone heating and has an environmentally friendly water system that actively reduces waste. It also takes €1 from guests’ bills every night and donates this sum to charities related to animal welfare and education. Aside from the basics, Ecomama features additional social spaces, including an indoor teepee where movies are screened throughout the week, and a cosy, onsite café called The Fix with spots for remote working.
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