This is the place for backpackers who like to chill out and meet lots of friendly people. The price includes not only breakfast and sheets but also Wi-Fi, free city tours, maps, and guides. You don't need much money to have a good time here: the bar claims to serve the cheapest beer in town, and you can cook your own meal in the communal kitchen. There's also a Flying Pig Hostel downtown near the Red Light District and a shuttle service to their sister hostel near the beach in Noordwijk.
YOU SHOULD KNOW A few things, actually: There are a lot of stairs, and they’re quite steep. If that’s a problem, you’d be well advised to stay away. Allergic to cats? Keep looking, there’s a house cat. Oh, and the admittance policy is strict, so if you're under 18, you'll have to look elsewhere.
The handful of private rooms are some of the best-value accommodations in town and come kitted out with flat-screen TVs, free bottled water, and toiletries. If you're traveling as a couple on a tight budget or don't mind sharing with a friend, the best deal is to book a queen-size bunk in one of the dorms, which have en-suite bathrooms and storage lockers under the bed (there are female-only dorms too).
YOU SHOULD KNOW Shared dorms on the garden side are not always well ventilated.
You'll find simple bathrooms with the basic necessities.
There’s a reception desk, but if you’re looking for a fun friendly vibe, you’ll find it in the bar.
If you’re coming from Schiphol International Airport, take bus 197, which takes you almost all the way to the hotel for only €5.00 (get off at the Leidseplein stop).
A free (!) breakfast (toast, spreads, cereals, juice, and coffee) is served in The Pig bar, which also offers affordable food like pizza and pasta. Best of all, you can fix yourself something in the fully equipped self-service kitchen.
Actually located next to Amsterdam’s most popular park, you’re sitting pretty right where you are in the warmer months, but there’s plenty to do in other seasons too. In fact, you’re a stone’s throw from the Museum District and nightlife hub Leidseplein and the hip parts of West are within walking distance.
You’re in a posh area, so take advantage of cheap fast food–often of the deep-fried and somewhat dodgy variety–served in the automatiek-style at Amsterdam’s famous “snack bar”, Febo (12-minute walk). Otherwise, soup’s probably your best bet for an affordable and nutritious meal. For fab pho, Saigon Caphe (12-minute walk) is the place to go or choose from 8 soup bowls at Soup en Zo (13-minute walk).
For affordable alcohol, stay put or head to any brown café and order a regular beer. Café de Gieter (10-minute walk) is a popular local student hangout. Or, if you’re looking for the cozy atmosphere of a typical Dutch “brown café”, there’s Café De Wetering (11-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
This old-school youth hostel is a great place to meet fellow travelers in a relaxed setting.