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User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2698 posts, RR: 14
Posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1467 times:

Hi all -

I'm going to Amsterdam. Like other trips I've done that are planned mostly on-the-spot, this one will be the same way. Makes it more fun I think! We have no agenda.

Can anyone give me a recommendation of a good youth hostel in Amsterdam that you've stayed at? Good location is key, but I'd also like to find one that has lockers so I can store some valuables there while we're out seeing the sights.

Here are a few I'll paste right in from wikitravel. Maybe the names will jog your memory if you've stayed at one:

Hans Brinker Hostel Kerkstraat 136-138, tram number 1 €24.00

Flying Pig, there are two Flying Pigs, Vossiusstraat 46 (The Uptown)[73], [74] and Nieuwendijk 100 (Downtown) [75]. Lots of students/young adults stay here. Wide range of prices and accommodations, from €13,90 for a dorm bed to € 70 for a private room. The Uptown is supposed to be the nicer (and cleaner) compared to the Downtown location. Do not stay in a 32 bedroom dormatory.

Stayokay Vondelpark, Zandpad 5, Phone +31 (0)20 589 89 96, [76]. Fairly large youth hostel, very clean and professional. Next to the pleasant Vondelpark, puts you on the southern side of downtown and just a few blocks from the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. The breakfast is filling and has a social atmosphere. This location is popular with school groups. Bring a padlock for your locker, or purchase one at the desk.

Stayokay Stadsdoelen, Kloveniersburgwal 97, Phone +31 (0)20 624 68 32, [77]. Stayokay operates a network of 30 hostels in the Netherlands, this hostel is the Amsterdam city centre location. A little smaller than Stayokay Vondelpark, this location does not take groups.

Bulldog, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 220, Phone +31 20 620 38 22, [79]. Friendly, cheap hostel right in the heart of the red light district. Breakfast, sheets, shower and a locker starting at 22 Euros. The Bulldog Coffeshop is conveniently located on the ground floor (also where you get your breakfast).


Any of them look like bad ideas? Otherwise I'm probably just going to go with one of the cheapest.

Thanks to those of you who can help; I'm very much looking forward to visiting the city near the airport which has many of the best planespotting pictures on this website.  Smile

(any must-see tourist things to do would also be appreciated!

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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4106 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

Look them up on www.hostelworld.com and check the ratings. If it doesn't sound like you'll get shot or anything, I'd say go with the cheapest that's not completely out of the way. I stayed in about 12 hostels this summer all over Europe, and that worked for me.

User currently offlineDIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1802 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1414 times:

Go for the Stayok Vondelpark or the Stadsdoelen. They are quite good. Certainly avoid the Bulldog if possible. The area around it is very lively but also very noisy.


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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 2):
Go for the Stayok Vondelpark or the Stadsdoelen.

I've stayed in both and can recommend them. Stadsdoelen is aimed at individual travellers, has large(-ish) dorms and impressive walls of lockers. The location can't be beat, but the place seemed a bit worn in 2005. What I didn't like however was that they seemed to have a little difficulty keeping the bathrooms (showers etc., not the loos) clean. Due to the dorms, privacy is pretty much nonexistent which is OK for a short while.

I liked Vondelpark a lot better. Modern, spacious, bright, clean and en suite six-bed rooms for the group I was in that time. The location isn't as central as Stadsdoelen, but the centre is still easily within walking distance - and I don't mean much walking. I'd rather stay there if possible; Stadsdoelen is OK, Vondelpark is nice.

Oh, and don't die laughing about the "strippenkaart" for public transport.  Wink Nothing to do with the red-light district.



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User currently offlineToast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1394 times:

Whatever you do, stay away from the hostel on Barndesteeg, just off the Nieuwmarkt. There's not much difference between it and a mental hospital. It's run by American missionaries (I suspect they're actually former Alcatraz employees) and religious slogans are painted all over the place. If you feel like sleeping under a crucifix in a medieval cell and being watched on CCTV when in the ascetic bathrooms, you may like this place.  crazy 

Quoting Goboeing (Thread starter):
any must-see tourist things to do would also be appreciated!

Amsterdam is actually very low on typical tourist attractions. In fact, there isn't IMO a single one in Amsterdam that warrants a journey. You go to Amsterdam for its atmosphere, for drugs, and for kinky sex. No need to pretend it's not what you're going there for, it's perfectly natural.  duck 


User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2365 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1319 times:

Quoting Goboeing (Thread starter):
Hans Brinker Hostel Kerkstraat 136-138, tram number 1 €24.00

Excellent place. I stayed there a few times but in private rooms not in the hostel. Plenty food available at breakfast time and a cool bar in the evening.

I stayed at another place which was good but can't remember the name of it. It was down the street from the Krasnapolsky, behind the church. They had a deck on the back, which was over the canal.

Avoid the Hotel Arrivee if it's still there. It's a dump of the lowest quality (once you get past the bar/reception) and you need to strip the beds and remake them before you climb in, if you catch my drift!


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1302 times:

I fondly recall staying in a hostel in Amsterdam in the early 1980s, called the "International Budget Hotel." What was wild was the place had comunity bathrooms, with open showers. My buddy and I were showering late in the evening of our arrival. In strolls a girl, probably around 22 like us, blonde and gorgeous, naked as us two guys. No big deal to her, I guess. But for us American lads? Sccccchhhhwwwwwinnngg!


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User currently offlineLobster From Germany, joined Oct 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1261 times:

I've stayed here twice, liked it both times. Last time was in 04' And it's right by Centraal Station and in the Red Light, but on a quiet street.

http://www.hotel-theglobe.nl/


User currently offlineGoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2698 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1224 times:

Quoting Lobster (Reply 7):
I've stayed here twice, liked it both times. Last time was in 04' And it's right by Centraal Station and in the Red Light, but on a quiet street.

http://www.hotel-theglobe.nl/

That ended up being where we stayed. It was fine by my standards, good price, and great location.

Thanks for the replies everyone. Amsterdam was a nice place and the weather was pretty good most of the time we were there with just a few rainshowers.

I recommend bike rental to anyone as the price for a day was much lower than we expected at 7,50 Euros.


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1220 times:

Quoting Goboeing (Thread starter):
Posted Sun Sep 23 2007 05:28:42 your local time

Hi all -

I'm going to Amsterdam



Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 8):
Reply 8, posted Thu Sep 27 2007 22:35:24 your local time

That ended up being where we stayed.

Wow... talk about spontaneous. Chapeau!



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User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3104 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1189 times:

Quoting Toast (Reply 4):
Amsterdam is actually very low on typical tourist attractions. In fact, there isn't IMO a single one in Amsterdam that warrants a journey. You go to Amsterdam for its atmosphere, for drugs, and for kinky sex. No need to pretend it's not what you're going there for, it's perfectly natural.

Uh, No! I find Amsterdam to be one of the most charming cities in Europe. There is simply atmosphere everywhere you go. And yes, there are plenty of "tourist" attractions to keep one busy for days.


User currently offlineToast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1186 times:

Quoting RwSEA (Reply 10):
Uh, No! I find Amsterdam to be one of the most charming cities in Europe. There is simply atmosphere everywhere you go. And yes, there are plenty of "tourist" attractions to keep one busy for days.

I disagree Big grin I consider Amsterdam by far the most severely over-hyped capital in Europe. I have no plans on returning there as a tourist, at least not until they reopen the Rijksmuseum. The last time I went, I planned to stay 3 days, I stayed a day and a half. Maybe it's because I live just 3 hours down the road from there, but Amsterdam strikes me as fake, boring and unpleasant - a caricature of the fabulous country the Netherlands are. But then again, coming from Seattle, I suppose it can be seen quite an unusual and charming place.  Wink


User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3104 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1180 times:

Quoting Toast (Reply 11):
I disagree I consider Amsterdam by far the most severely over-hyped capital in Europe. I have no plans on returning there as a tourist, at least not until they reopen the Rijksmuseum. The last time I went, I planned to stay 3 days, I stayed a day and a half. Maybe it's because I live just 3 hours down the road from there, but Amsterdam strikes me as fake, boring and unpleasant - a caricature of the fabulous country the Netherlands are. But then again, coming from Seattle, I suppose it can be seen quite an unusual and charming place.

Yeah, I just love the peacefulness of the streets by the canals. Every single street is scenic and the streetscapes never get boring. I also love the international cuisine available, and the host of tourist activities (e.g. Anne Frank, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, etc.). Personally I prefer the Rijksmuseum the way it is right now - an abbreviated tour of highlights only  Smile.

On the other hand, Brussels .... I guess you guys do have Mannekin Pis  Smile. But of course, Leonidas Chocolates makes it all worth it.


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