The 15 Best Hostels in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lewis Ogden
Last Updated: January 22nd, 2024

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Amsterdam, Netherlands, is undoubtedly one such place that will provide you with plenty of one-of-a-kind memories that’ll last a lifetime.

With so much to do, you will want to try to save on travel costs. This article will look at the best hostels in Amsterdam, Netherlands so that you can have a comfortable and affordable stay.

Quick Summary

Visiting Amsterdam

While less than one million people reside in Amsterdam, this city is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Many people visit this location for one of the many tourist destinations, such as the famous museums, parks, and historical buildings.

The Anne Frank Museum is one of the most visited attractions in Amsterdam. The Anne Frank Museum is the actual house where Anne Frank and her family lived. The Van Gogh Museum is another popular museum, holding the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh paintings and artifacts.

With these and many more places to visit full of art and history, it is no wonder why around 20 million people visit Amsterdam annually.

If you were to visit Amsterdam, where would you go? Would you stick to the walking tours? Or, perhaps partake in the world-famous ‘coffee shops’ where cannabis is 100 percent legal?

At any rate, regardless of why you came and what you do while you are there, finding the best hostel makes a world of difference.

While visiting Amsterdam, choosing the right type of overnight accommodation for you or your group’s needs is essential.

Most travelers cannot afford to spend their trip in a fancy overpriced hotel or equivalent (while others refuse to pay much higher prices for similar lodging) and instead opt for a hostel’s lower-priced yet still high-quality lodging option.

Hostels provide travelers with a place to stay overnight and for extended periods. Sometimes the bed cost in the hostel also covers breakfast or dinner catered by the hostel.

Even if the hostel you plan to stay at doesn’t cover a meal, it is likely offered for a small fee, or you may be given a discount at local shops and cafes with proof of your stay at the hostel.

The Best Hostels In Amsterdam

1. ClinkNOORD

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Considered an artistic hostel, the ClinkNOORD is frequented by artists, musicians, and writers who come here at all times of the year.

At check-in, you are expected to provide a valid form of ID, such as a passport. Each bed rented comes with a reading light, USB port(s), and a locker for your personal belongings. As a preventative security measure, there is 24/7 keycard access to the building, a lockbox that comes with every bed, and larger lockers available at reception.

Guests under 18 must be with an adult who is 18 or older. If a guest is under 16 they must not only be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 but they must also either be booked for an entire dorm room or in a private room.

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2. Flying Pig Beach Hostel

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The Flying Pig Beach Hostel is a party hostel located about 35 kilometers outside of Amsterdam on the Noordwijk beach.

This hostel is located about 3 minutes away from the main beach. With free internet and a book selection available to be read or swapped with books of your own, this hostel has some unique features that set it apart from other hostels.

That said, there are a few rules to note when booking this hostel, such as:

  • There is a no-pet policy on hostel grounds
  • There are no groups of soccer fans attending a game to be permitted to stay at this hostel at any given time
  • This hostel has a 72-hour cancellation policy if you were to need it
  • Reservations at this hostel can only be made using a MasterCard or Visa card

When booking your stay, keeping these things in mind will allow you to find a hostel that suits you or your group’s needs properly.

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3. The Bulldog

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Located on the border of the red light district in Amsterdam, this hostel is within walking or biking distance of almost every business, attraction, and hangout in the city.

Much like its namesake, The Bulldog Hostel emphasizes security. With on-site security patrol, 24/7 camera recording systems, as well as lockers for important personal belongings, this hostel makes sure that everyone staying here feels safe.

At check-in, from 3 pm until 11 pm, the total bill must be paid in cash or by credit card. If you arrive before check-in starts at 3 pm, talk to the multilingual staff about storing your luggage in the bag storage area, available for all patrons on their intended check-in and check-out dates.

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4. Via Amsterdam

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This hostel is self-described as having rooms notorious for their ‘urban elegance.’ While elegant is not a commonly used description for hostels Via Amsterdam most definitely has a ring of elegance in its modern design.

In a city of bikers and avid walkers, this hostel offers the option of renting a bicycle directly through the property without going to an expensive bicycle rental shop. By renting bikes to travelers this hostel has increased the likelihood that a traveler will explore the city to its fullest and enjoy all that Amsterdam offers.

Check-in is expected between 3 and 11 pm, and check-out is before 10 am. However, before you book this hostel you will want to take some time and contact the hostel about their policy on using credit cards to pay for the room you booked.

While it most likely will not affect you, it is better to be aware of this policy than to arrive on your expected check-in day and be denied a room due to a dispute over a credit card.

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5. Generator Amsterdam

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This hostel has a strict no-children policy allowing only those 16 and above to reside within its walls. However, even those 16 to 17 years old will have to stay in a private room, as only people aged 18 and above can stay in a dormitory.

Generator Amsterdam can accommodate up to 564 guests in their 168 twin and quadruple rooms equipped with en-suite bathrooms. This hostel is open 24 hours a day with free wifi and 24-hour laundry services offered during your stay.

Additionally, the staff at Generator Amsterdam are multilingual and can help you rent a bike through the hostel or purchase tickets for a city tour.

Amsterdam is a beautiful city, and the staff members at this hostel are capable of and more than willing to help you pick out the best attractions and places to visit during your stay in this beautiful city.

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6. Hostel Van Gogh

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Rated 8.5 out of 10 on HostelWorld, Hostel Van Gogh has made quite an impression on all who visit this hostel.

Marketed as a youth hostel this type of accommodation only books beds in shared dorms for those within the range of 18 years old to 40 years old. If you are outside of this age range and wish to stay at this hostel, you must book a private room.

In the single rooms, you are only allowed to have one person in that room. This hostel is very strict about ensuring single rooms stay open for single travelers. Shared dorm reception is available only until midnight for check-in, whereas private room reception is available at all hours of the day or night.

Near this hostel is not only a variety of shops, bars, and clubs, but it is also within traveling distance of three world-famous museums; the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Stedelijk Art Museum.

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7. A & O Amsterdam Zuidoost

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A & O Amsterdam Zuidoost is a family-suitable hostel in the Bullewijk district near the metro station.

With the reception and lobby bar open 24 hours a day, this hostel offers many different types of rooms available for check-out. Single, double, and family rooms are all offered with private showers and toilets.

For groups and solo travelers who like to mingle, another type of room is the multi-bedroom, designed for 4 to 8 people per room with private bathrooms and bunk beds.

This hostel is pet-friendly and is suitable for families, groups, and singles alike. No matter what type of traveler you are or what type of travel group you belong to, when you check in after 3 pm you will be offered the option of a low-cost breakfast every day for the duration of your stay, ending the day you check out before 11 am.

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8. Hostel The Globe Center

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While not the highest-rated hostel on this list, with a 7.8 out of 10 on HostelWorld, Hostel The Globe Center boasts many benefits for those who choose to stay here.

Located close to the red light district, a 3-minute walk from Centraal station, and less than a 10-minute walk from most of the tourist attractions in Amsterdam.

A couple of different types of rooms are offered at this hostel, including triple and quadruple rooms and rooms that can sleep up to eight people at once, as well as dorms, which can sleep four to ten people at any given time.

When booking a room/bed, no guest under the age of 16 may be placed in a shared dorm.

Each bed comes with free wifi and the option for free towel rental upon request. However, this hostel has only a limited number of towels in stock. Therefore, the first come, first serve policy is in effect.

When staying at this hostel, keep in mind that if you pay with a credit card at check-in, you will be subject to a 2% service charge. This hostel does require a mandatory deposit for the key you will receive that is refundable upon the safe return of the key.

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9. Heart of Amsterdam

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The Heart of Amsterdam hostel is a Hollywood-style modern hostel. Each room is named and themed in correlation to a premiere from Hollywood. Now, isn’t that just cool beans?

For your convenience, this hostel offers a free luggage storage room in the lobby for your check-in and check-out dates and a personal safety storage box in your room with a low-cost deposit to obtain access.

This hostel has no curfew and features 24-hour front desk services. There are vending machines throughout this hostel for your use. However tempting those vending machine snacks and drinks may sound, how about a breakfast service offered from 8 am until 10 am with a fee?

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10. Amsterdam Hostel Sarphati

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Amsterdam Hostel Sarphati is a very conveniently located hostel with many attractions, such as Vondelpark, the Anne Frank House, and the Van Gogh Museum, all located nearby.

When you stay at this hostel, rent a bike from a nearby rental shop to visit some of the nearby attractions and spend time in the lobby conversing with other guests about your different experiences in Amsterdam.

This hostel offers free inclusions such as linen, wifi, breakfast, walking tours, and maps. This hostel employs multilingual staff available to provide services at the 24-hour reception desk.

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11. Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

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Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark Image by: Hostelworld.com

Located within a stunning chalet building overlooking Vondelpark, Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark is a fantastic hostel set within the green heart of the city, placing guests within walking distance of popular attractions, such as the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the nightlife hot spots of Leidseplein.

Beyond its convenient location for exploring the city, this modern international hostel promises plenty of onsite comforts and amenities, starting within its 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-bed male-only, female-only, mixed dorms and a very budget-friendly 20-bed mixed dorm.

Each room features its own ensuite bathroom and private lockers for each guest. Meanwhile, the property features several communal spaces, including a spacious lobby area, a laundrette, and an onsite bar with sports channels and a diverse food and beer menu.

What’s even better is that the Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark makes exploring the city a breeze by offering bike rentals and discounted ticket prices to popular attractions and activities.

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12. The Bee Hostel

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The Bee Hostel Image by: Hostelworld.com

Blending old with new, The Bee Hostel is one of the newest accommodations in Amsterdam, operating out of a restored 19th-century building. The hostel boasts all new modern amenities within its selection of 23-bed mixed dorms and 20-bed female-only dorms.

Each dorm features private storage for each guest, air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, and heated floors throughout the winter months. Meanwhile, each bed is accompanied by a private charging port, night lamp, and a blackout curtain for a little added privacy.

Guests looking for a little socialization can head down to the hostel’s ground floor, where they will find a spacious communal area with a small bar serving a delicious selection of craft drinks, local pastries, and snacks.

The Bee Hostel features a 24-hour reception and is always available to help plan your daily activities or schedule an excursion.

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13. Durt Nellys Inn

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Durt Nellys Inn Image by: Hostelworld.com

Set within the heart of the red light district and located atop a popular Irish bar that offers discounts to hostel guests, Durt Nellys Inn is the best hostel in Amsterdam for visitors looking for a vibrant spot for exploring the city’s active nightlife.

The hostel features capsule-style sleeping pods in a selection of 20-bed mixed dorms. Each room features an ensuite bathroom and private lockers, while each bed boasts additional private features, such as an electrical outlet, privacy curtains, and a reading light.

However, the biggest draw to Durt Nellys Inn is its convenient location within the historical center of Amsterdam amidst many of the city’s top attractions and the famous Durt Nelly’s Irish Pub located on the ground floor of the hostel.

Along with offering some of the city’s best cocktails, spirits, and beers (which are all 20% off to hostel guests), the pub also promises plenty of entertainment, including sports channels, a pool table, and live DJs every weekend.

Due to its reputation as a bumping party hostel, Durt Nellys Inn only accepts guests between 18 and 40 years old.

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14. St Christopher’s at the Winston

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St Christopher’s at the Winston Image by: Hostelworld.com

St Christopher’s at the Winston is another great hostel that is just steps from Amsterdam’s Red Light District and promises to be a convenient base for exploring the city’s top attractions while offering several forms of onsite comfort and entertainment.

The hostel features a massive selection of mixed, female-only, and pod-style dorm rooms but also offers several private room options for visitors looking to experience the traditional hostel setting while enjoying a little more comfort and privacy.

Regardless of whether you are staying in a private room or a shared dorm, all guests receive access to communal lounge areas along with 25% off food and drinks at the connected Belushi bar and restaurant, where they will also find a pool table and TVs with sports channels.

While a great place to just hang out, the St. Christophers at the Winston ups the entertainment by offering several activities, including free walking tours during the day and bumping pub crawls in the evening.

As one of the most popular party hostels in Amsterdam, the St Christophers at the Winston is an adult-only accommodation, only allowing guests 18 years of age and older.

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15. Meininger Amsterdam City West

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Meininger Amsterdam City West Image by: Hostelworld.com

Perfect for those looking for a quieter base for exploring the city’s nearby attractions, the Meininger Amsterdam City West Hostel is located in the Sloterdijk neighborhood. Despite being slightly removed from the city center, the hostel is located just a short walk from the train station, which is only one stop away from the Central Station.

While the city’s top attractions are only a short train ride away, the hostel also has plenty of entertainment options for guests looking to hang out on-site, including a game zone, a bar, and a children’s area. Other onsite facilities include a communal lounge area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a 24-hour reception available to help plan your daily activities.

The Meininger Amsterdam City West offers shared accommodation in 5 or 7-bed mixed dorms, as well as in a four-bed female-only dorm. Alternatively, the complex also offers private rooms perfect for group bookings or guests requiring added privacy.

Welcoming guests of all ages, Meininger Amsterdam City West is one of the best hostels in Amsterdam for families and guests looking for a quiet base with several onsite amenities.

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FAQ About Hostels in Amsterdam, Netherlands

What are the best hostels in Amsterdam for solo travelers?

The Flying Pig Beach Hostel is one of the best party hostels in Amsterdam for solo travelers looking to meet fellow explorers. Meanwhile, ClinkNOORD and The Bulldog are the best options for solo travelers looking for a laid-back space to base their visit with plenty of onsite security measures.

How much are hostels in Amsterdam?

Hostel prices vary greatly in Amsterdam depending on location and onsite amenities. And while budget-friendly dorm rooms can be found for as low as 16 EUR per night, other more opulent options can cost 50+ EUR for a bed in a shared dorm and even more for a private room.

What's the best neighborhood to stay in when visiting Amsterdam?

The best neighborhood to stay in when visiting Amsterdam depends on the types of experiences you prioritize during your visit. For sightseeing, Centrum is the best neighborhood to stay in, while the De Pijp neighborhood is the best for nightlife, and the Jordaan neighborhood is the best for a quieter traditional Amsterdam experience.

Where should I stay in Amsterdam for the first time?

When visiting Amsterdam for the first time, you should plan on staying in the Centrum area. Dating back to the 17th century, this region is the historical center of the city and is home to many of Amsterdam's top attractions, making it a convenient base for visiting all of the best sights.

About The Author

Lewis Ogden

Lewis Ogden is a UK-based entrepreneur, travel enthusiast, dad, husband, and the founder and owner of WayToStay. He started his blog to share his own travel experiences and provide free EPIC travel guides. He caught the travel bug back in 2009 on a trip to Italy with his wife and has visited many different countries each year since. In 2018 he took an island-hopping trip to Greece (who doesn't love Greek food!) and loved the experience which made him eager to explore the rest of Europe!

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Lewis Ogden

Lewis Ogden

Lewis Ogden is a UK-based entrepreneur, travel enthusiast, dad, husband, and the founder and owner of WayToStay. He started his blog to share his own travel experiences and provide free EPIC travel guides. He caught the travel bug back in 2009 on a trip to Italy with his wife and has visited many different countries each year since. In 2018 he took an island-hopping trip to Greece (who doesn't love Greek food!) and loved the experience which made him eager to explore the rest of Europe!

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