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Last Updated on 1st January 2022

4 Best Hostels in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the 8th most popular tourist destination in Europe and is a very popular "Weekend destination" for visitors from other European cities. Of course, Amsterdam is known for its vibrant nightlife, but there are also other amazing tourist attractions to see. As a result, it is one of Europe's most popular backpacker destinations. Below is a list of the Best Hostels in Amsterdam.

General Info on Amsterdam Hostels

In general, the hostels in Amsterdam are not of the finest quality. Dorm rooms can be cramped, stairwells can be tight, and many hostels aren't particularly clean. However, there are several outstanding hostels in Amsterdam. With 106 hostels in Amsterdam, finding one that meets all of your needs can be difficult.

Here are some things that you might want to consider before booking a hostel in Amsterdam.

  1. Prices - A bed in a dorm room starts at €20 per night (usually huge dorm rooms), while a medium-sized dorm room will set you back €30 to €40 per night (6 to 10 beds).
  2. Location -Because Amsterdam is such a large city, it is advisable to stay in a central area near the city's best attractions and nightlife.
  3. Amenities/Services -Every hostel in Amsterdam provides free Wi-Fi, and a few include breakfast in the price, but if you require more specialized services, do your research to find the hostel that best matches your requirements.
  4. Staff - In Amsterdam, the majority of hostels have excellent staff. They are usually very friendly and will give you wonderful recommendations for restaurants, bars, and clubs, among other things. However, my recommendation is to read reviews to ensure that the hostel you select has friendly and helpful employees, as rude or unhelpful staff might ruin your hostel experience.

ClinkNOORD Amsterdam Common Area

OVERALL BEST HOSTEL

ClinkNOORD

  • Dorms from €22.00
  • Central Location
  • Friendly Multilingual Staff

A&O Amsterdam Zuidoost Hostel

BEST CHEAP HOSTEL

A&O Amsterdam Zuidoost

  • Dorms from €16.00
  • Located in a Hip Neighbourhood
  • Beautiful outdoor terrace

Best Hostels in Amsterdam Flying Pig Downtown

BEST PARTY HOSTEL

Flying Pig Downtown

  • Dorms from €21.00
  • Lively Bar
  • Good Location

Best Hostel in Amsterdam Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark Common Area

BEST HOSTEL FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

Stayokay Amsterdam Oost

  • Droms from €22.00
  • Female only Dorms

4 Best Hostels in Amsterdam

1. ClinkNOORD

Best Hostels in Amsterdam - ClinkNOORD

ClinkNOORD is by far the best hostel in Amsterdam is. It is located in Amsterdam's Noord neighbourhood, approximately a 10-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station. To get to the hostel, you must take a short ferry ride, which is free. ClinkNOORD boasts a laid-back vibe and a modern tastefully designed space. The breakfast buffet is available every morning for an additional cost.

Best Hostels in Amsterdam - ClinkNOORD

ClinkNOORD is a huge hostel. They have a library (which may be utilized as an office for Digital Nomads), a sunny and wide atrium, a café, and an on-site bar, among other amenities. A contemporary self-catering guest kitchen is also available.

Each dorm (bunk) bed includes its own reading light, USB port, and power outlet for charging various devices. Reception is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the multilingual staff is extremely helpful and informed about all things Amsterdam. Every day, they offer a free walking tour.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms, Privates
  • Costs: Dorms from €21.40, Privates from €48.00
  • Female Only Dorms: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: No but available at an extra cost (€8.00), included if you book a private room
  • Guest Kitchen: Yes, but it's only partially equipped
  • Laundry Facilities: Yes
  • Bar: Yes (ZincBAR)

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2. MEININGER Amsterdam City West

Best Hostels in Amsterdam - MEININGER Amsterdam City West

MEININGER Amsterdam City West is one of the best hostels in Amsterdam for couples. They are just a 5-minute walk from the main railway station and are located next to the Sloterdijk transportation hub (trains, trams, and buses).

Best Hostels in Amsterdam - MEININGER Amsterdam City West

This hostel has a very modern and contemporary design. The shared areas are quite large. Cool local craft beers and other Dutch specialities are also available at the on-site bar. A fully equipped kitchen with a washing machine and dryer is available to guests.

Wifi is available in all rooms and areas of the hostel at no charge. The private rooms are of 3-star quality. All rooms, including dorm rooms, feature a flat-screen TV that you can access with your keycard.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms, Privates
  • Costs: Dorms from €27.50, Privates from €77.00
  • Female Only Dorms: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: No but available at an extra cost
  • Guest Kitchen: Yes, but it's only partially equipped
  • Laundry Facilities: Yes
  • Bar: Yes

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3. Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

Best Hostel in Amsterdam Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark Common Area

Stayokay Vondelpark is a park in Amsterdam that overlooks the Vondelpark. The Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum are just a few of the renowned tourist attractions within walking distance of the hostel. This location is also close to Leidseplein, the heart of Amsterdam's nightlife.

With nearly 600 beds, Stayokay Vondelpark is a super-sized hostel. A huge lobby/common area, free Wi-Fi, a laundromat, a bike shelter, and bike rental are among the amenities. There is no curfew and the reception is open 24 hours a day. Their vibrant and friendly bar features sports on TV, great music, and some of Amsterdam's cheapest beer.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms, Privates
  • Costs: Dorms from €26.25, Privates from €72.50
  • Female Only Dorms: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: No but available at an extra cost (€8.00)
  • Guest Kitchen: No
  • Laundry Facilities: No
  • Bar: Yes

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4. MEININGER Amsterdam Amstel

Best Hostels in Amsterdam - MEININGER Amsterdam Amstel Hostel Amsterdam

MEININGER Amsterdam Amstel is about 5 minutes by public transportation from the city centre. Alternatively, the historic old town is easily accessible by bike and takes only 15 minutes to visit.

MEININGER Amsterdam Amstel is more a hotel than a hostel. Every dorm room has a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, a hairdryer, and a private bathroom.

Free Wifi, Free City Maps, Key Card Access, Reading Light, Self-Catering Facilities, Luggage Storage, Outdoor Terrace, Bar Restaurant, and Vending Machines are among the other amenities available.

They provide mixed dorms with 4 and 6 beds, as well as female-only dorms with 4 beds.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms, Privates
  • Costs: Dorms from €23.50, Privates from €69.50
  • Female Only Dorms: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: No but available at an extra fee
  • Guest Kitchen: Yes
  • Laundry Facilities: Yes
  • Bar: Bar

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Best Hostels in Amsterdam for Solo Travellers

1. Stayokay Amsterdam Oost

Best Hostel in Amsterdam Stayokay Amsterdam Oost Common Area

Stayokay Oost is set in a typical local neighborhood on Amsterdam's east side. By public transportation, the hostel is only 12 minutes from the city center (Rembrandt Square is just 7 stops on tram 14). A tram stop is only 200 meters away from the hostel, and trams run often. After a night out in the city, there is also a night bus that will take you back to the hostel.

Best Hostel in Amsterdam Stayokay Amsterdam Oost Dorm

The hostel also has its own cafe/restaurant and their building shares a cinema and a theatre. The hostel staff is extremely friendly, and the rooms are immaculate.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms, Privates
  • Costs: Dorms from €24.75, Privates from €64.00
  • Female Only Dorms: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: No but available at an extra cost (€8.00)
  • Guest Kitchen: No
  • Laundry Facilities: No
  • Bar: Yes

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2. St Christopher's at The Winston

Hostels in Amsterdam - St Christopher's at The Winston

St. Christopher’s at The Winston is yet another hostel in Amsterdam's city centre. The Main Train Station is 10 minutes away, the Red Light District is 1 minute away, and Dam Square is 1 minute away. Next door is the legendary Winston Kingdom Nightclub.

Best Hostels in Amsterdam St Christopher's at The Winston

The hostel has a bar and restaurant (Belushi's) on-site, as well as a beer garden. Each morning, a continental breakfast (for €4 extra) is served, and free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the premises.

St. Christopher's is one of the best hostels in Amsterdam for solo travelers because it has a big selection of dorm rooms as well as female-only dorms. Their staff are extremely pleasant and helpful.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms, Privates
  • Costs: Dorms from €24.00, Privates from €68.00
  • Female Only Dorms: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: No but available at an extra cost (€5.00)
  • Guest Kitchen: No
  • Laundry Facilities: No
  • Bar: Yes

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3 Best Cheap Hostels in Amsterdam

1. A&O Amsterdam Zuidoost

Cheap Hostels in Amsterdam - A&O Amsterdam Zuidoost Hostel

By far the cheapest hostel in Amsterdam is A&O Amsterdam Zuidoost. It's close to a metro station in the Bullewijk neighbourhood (20 minutes to the city centre). The Ajax Amsterdam Arena, the world-famous Endemol TV studios, and the Heineken Music Hall are all within walking distance of the hostel.

Free WiFi, Key Card Access, 24 Hour Reception, on-site ATM, Bicycle Rental, Luggage Storage, Games Room, Bar, and Vending Machines are among the amenities available.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms, Privates
  • Costs: Dorms from €16.20, Privates from €50.50
  • Female Only Dorms: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: No
  • Guest Kitchen: No
  • Laundry Facilities: Yes
  • Bar: Yes

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2. Via Amsterdam

Cheap Hostels in Amsterdam - Via Amsterdam Hostel

Via Amsterdam Hostel is located on the east of the city, and only a 6 minutes metro ride away from Amsterdam's city centre and just 12 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station.

The rooms have a minimalistic design. Their focus is on the super comfy mattresses along with the crisp linen and fluffy pillows. All beds have their own electric socket, USB chargers and headlight.

Facilities/Services include Free WiFi, Free City Maps, Common Room, Iron/Ironing Board at your disposal, Key Card Access, ATM, Bicycle Hire, on-site Bar Restaurant and Vending Machines.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms, Privates
  • Costs: Dorms from €18.00, Privates from €90.00
  • Female Only Dorms: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: No but available at an extra fee (€6.50)
  • Guest Kitchen: Yes
  • Laundry Facilities: Yes
  • Bar: Yes

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3. WOW Amsterdam

Cheap Hostels in Amsterdam WOW Amsterdam Hostel

WOW Amsterdam is located in the west part of Amsterdam and it takes about 40 minutes to reach the city centre (by public transport). It consists of a hostel, studios for resident artists, a restaurant, an urban farm and an exhibition space.

The WOW hostel has 352 beds divided over different types of dormitories, ranging from twelve, eight, six, four and two-bedded rooms with bunk beds. Free WiFi is available in the entire building. The WOW lobby, restaurant and urban farm are common areas where you can meet fellow travellers and like-minded people from all over the world.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms
  • Costs: Dorms from €21.40
  • Female Only Dorms: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: Yes
  • Guest Kitchen: No
  • Laundry Facilities: No
  • Bar: No

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4 Best Party Hostels in Amsterdam

1. Flying Pig Downtown

Best Party Hostels in Amsterdam - Flying Pig Downtown

Flying Pig Downtown, as its name suggests, is located in the heart of Amsterdam, just a 5-minute walk from the Central Train Station. They take pleasure in having one of Amsterdam's best hostel bars, making it the premier party hostel in the city.

Best Party Hostels in Amsterdam - Flying Pig Downtown

Each bed has its own reading light, and all private rooms have a mini-fridge and television. In addition, all rooms include complimentary private lockers. Every morning, for only €3, you may enjoy a continental breakfast buffet.

The Flying Pig Downtown has a fully equipped guest kitchen, luggage storage, free Wi-Fi, and a book exchange. Their famed hostel bar hosts numerous DJ nights and claims to have the cheapest beer in Amsterdam.

The hostel is open 24 hours a day, and all rooms require a keycard.

The Winston Kingdom, one of Amsterdam's most famous clubs, is open to all hostel guests for free. Every day, they also give a free walking tour.

The Flying Pig Downtown is one of the best hostels in Amsterdam for party-goers.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms, Privates
  • Costs: Dorms from €21.00, Privates from €88.00
  • Female Only Dorms: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: No but available at an extra fee (€4.00)
  • Guest Kitchen: Yes
  • Laundry Facilities: No
  • Bar: Yes

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2. Flying Pig Uptown

Best Hostels in Amsterdam The Flying Pig Uptown

Flying Pig Uptown is the original Flying Pig hostel and is located between the museum and fashion district, the Vondelpark and Leidseplein. Even though the hostel is in a more residential area, the red light district is only a 20-minute walk away.

Best Hostels in Amsterdam The Flying Pig Uptown

They include a guest kitchen as well as a bustling bar with some of Amsterdam's cheapest beer and daily drink deals. Their staff are pleasant and knowledgeable.

Every dorm bed has a reading lamp and free individual lockers.

The Flying Pig Uptown also offers complimentary linens and Wi-Fi. Every morning, for a small cost (only €3), a continental breakfast is served.

The hostel is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides security at night. For further protection, all rooms have keycard access only.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms, Privates
  • Costs: Dorms from €19.00, Privates from €58.00
  • Female Only Dorms: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: No but available at an extra cost (€4.00)
  • Guest Kitchen: Yes
  • Laundry Facilities: No
  • Bar: Yes

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3. The Bulldog

Best Party Hostels in Amsterdam - The Bulldog

The Bulldog Hostel is conveniently located in the heart of Amsterdam, near the red light district and Dam Square. The well-known hostel bar is laid-back and ideal for unwinding after a long day of sightseeing.

Best Party Hostels in Amsterdam - The Bulldog

Their multilingual staff is extremely helpful. The hostel is open 24 hours per day and provides free WiFi as well as luggage storage.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms, Privates
  • Costs: Dorms from €20.10, Privates from €135.00
  • Female Only Dorms: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: No
  • Guest Kitchen: Yes, but it's only partially equipped
  • Laundry Facilities: Yes
  • Bar: Yes

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4. Durty Nellys Inn

Best Hostels in Amsterdam Durty Nellys Inn

Durty Nelly’s Hostel and Irish Bar is located in the centre of Amsterdam. Central Station is about a 7-minute walk away, Dam Square is only 2 minutes away, and the Red Light District is only 1 minute away.

Durty Nellys Inn

This hostel's most notable feature is certainly its charming bar. The pub has a pool table and shows live sports. Food in the bar is discounted by 20% for hostel guests.

The Wifi is both free and fast, and it is available throughout the building. Durty Nelly's multilingual team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms
  • Costs: Dorms from €19.00
  • Female Only Dorms: No
  • Breakfast Included: No but available at an extra fee (€5.00)
  • Guest Kitchen: No
  • Laundry Facilities: No
  • Bar: Yes

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2 Unique Hostels in Amsterdam

1. Train Lodge Amsterdam

Hostels in Amsterdam - Train Lodge Amsterdam

The Train Lodge is located near the Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station, which has all public transportation connections (bus, tram, metro, and train) that will allow you to conveniently visit all of Amsterdam's main tourist sights. A direct train connection to Amsterdam's major airport is available (Schiphol).

Hostels in Amsterdam - Train Lodge Amsterdam

The Train Lodge Hostel's sleeping carriages used to be the luxury cars of the Zurich to Rome night train until a few years ago. Staying at The Train Lodge will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For backpackers seeking a unique experience, this is one of the best hostels in Amsterdam.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms
  • Costs: Dorms from €18.00
  • Female Only Dorms: No
  • Breakfast Included: No but available at an extra fee (€6.50)
  • Guest Kitchen: No
  • Laundry Facilities: No
  • Bar: Yes

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2. Shelter City

Hostels in Amsterdam - Shelter City

Shelter City is situated in the centre of Amsterdam, close to the famous canals, Central Station, Dam Square and the Red Light District.

Shelter City is housed in a historic building that has a cafe, common area, and garden.

Hostels in Amsterdam - Shelter City

Breakfast is complimentary, as are WiFi, linens, and city maps.

The Reception is open 24 hours a day and offers discounts on canal excursions, bike rentals, and museum admission.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms
  • Costs: Dorms from €21.00
  • Female Only Dorms: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: Yes
  • Guest Kitchen: Yes, but it's only partially equipped
  • Laundry Facilities: No
  • Bar: No

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Conclusion

I hope that this list of the best hostels in Amsterdam assists you in selecting a hostel that best meets your needs during your visit to the city. Although the overall grade of hostels in Amsterdam is not the finest, there are still some outstanding hostels. Hopefully, this list can help you in avoiding substandard and mediocre hostels, ensuring that you have a pleasant stay in Amsterdam.

Book Your Trip to Amsterdam

Best Website to Book a Hostel

Hostelworld is by far the biggest and the best website for booking hostels. They have a monopoly on the hostel market. They happen to have the best availability and prices. The website is designed to include many filters to help find a hostel that best suits your needs. For instance, you can filter hostels by price or by rating for a particular city.

Hostelworld Filters
This screenshot shows how you can filter different room types on Hostelworld's website.

Recommended Tours in Amsterdam

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