If you are planning a trip to Amsterdam and at the same time wondering if it’s possible to explore this amazing city with a very limited budget, you’ve come to the right place. No need to be on the hunt for the best hostels in the city, I’ve done the homework for you. In the article, you will find a lucky 13 of affordable hostels that were rated high by travelers using booking.com. No matter if you are a solo backpacker, a traveling couple or a group of friends who want to spend some time partying in Amsterdam, this list will hopefully help you make the right choice.
The Flying Pig Downtown
Looking for a hostel right in the center of Amsterdam? Here you go – The Flying Pig has you covered! The hostel is situated in the shopping center street – Nieuwendijk, approximately a 3-minute walk to Amsterdam Central Station. You can say, it’s a perfect location to see everything Amsterdam has to offer. The Flying Pig s mostly famous for its service and staff – they are adorable, friendly and helpful. Besides, it has one of the most famous hostel bars in the city, it even includes an indoor smoking area with pillow stage, can you imagine chilling on lounge pillows and playing in the pool bar? In the bar, you’ll also find the cheapest beer in town. The Flying Pig Downtown hostel is a real place to party so if you want to experience the real hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, this is definitely your place to stay at! It is usually full of young backpackers who want to stay near the Red Light District.
Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark
The hostel is situated in a historical, monumental building in the heart of the city – in the middle of Vondelpark. It’s actually one of the largest hostels in Europe. And one of the most modern at the same time. While at Stayokey, you feel like you’re a stone’s throw from the most vibrant part of the city. There are museums, shopping centers and clubs nearby – among the others, Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are within a walking distance. There are several trams and buses which go across the city. One could say, this hostel is a great starting point if you want to make the most of exploring Amsterdam. It’s a crawling distance from the most famous clubs like Melkweg or Paradiso! Each year, almost 80 thousand guests stay at Stayokey. Stayokey was renovated in 2018. The hostel has over 500 beds. They are divided over 2, 4 and 6-bedded rooms. There are shared bathrooms, all equipped with showers. There’s a chance for guests to enjoy breakfast for a surcharge – 6.50 Euro per person.
Hostelle – Female Only Hostel
Good news for all females visiting Amsterdam – now you have a modern designed hostel for women only. It’s the first and actually the only one all-female hostel in the whole Amsterdam. It was brought to life in order to create a safe place for traveling women. Hostelle is located a 20-minute metro ride from the city center. It offers shared bedrooms – there are options with four, eight and ten beds – and they all have bunkbeds. A cool thing is that some of the rooms were decorated by local artists from Amsterdam. The hostel is kind of a very budget one so if you want to save some money, this is a good place to go, of course, if you’re female. Hostelle is well communicated with both the city center (a 10-minute walk from the Amsterdam Arena and Pathe movie theater) and the airport. You will definitely like the atmosphere there. There is even a lovely garden, as well as the library.
Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam
One of the most popular budget hostels in the very center of the city. The hostel is located 2 minutes from Leidseplein, between the canals, just around the corner of the lively street. You can reach Museumplein in around 5 minutes in foot. At Hans Brinker Hostel, you can choose between private rooms and shared dormitories. All rooms have private bathrooms and lockers for personal belongings. There are 500 beds in total in the whole hostel. A great plus is a public transport nearby the hostel – 2 minutes is all you need to get to the station. The hostel also offers a bar and an underground club, opened every night till 3 or 4 am. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the common area. There is also bike rental for the more active guests. The atmosphere, in general, is very nice, accommodation is basic, there are free breakfasts though. To me, the greatest thing about the hostel is the location, absolutely!
Train Lodge Amsterdam
A real adventure for those who seek an extraordinary place to stay while in Amsterdam. Train Lodge Amsterdam is situated just perfectly – right next to Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station. It’s a laid-back hostel so there’s a chance you will share your bedroom with some strangers. It’s made of sleeper carriages with 132 beds in total. There are three- and six-bed (3 stacked) compartments, some of them are female only. They all have washbasins which is quite convenient. The shared bathrooms and toilets are in the hallway. The hostel also offers bike rental. It might be one of the best places for those who are interested in city walks, sightseeing, and walking. The airport is around 10 kilometers from the hostel, the Vondelpark – around 3.7 kilometers and Leidseplein – around 5 kilometers away. One carriage has been transformed into a common room – a reception area. There is also a sunny terrace for guests.
A very popular Amsterdam hostel. The city center is very close – around 15 minutes in total while using public transport. You can also get to Schiphol airport in approximately 15 minutes. The hostel is quite modern – it was built in 2016. It’s a 2-star hostel with 18 rooms. Some of the rooms have a separate bathroom, however, most of them shared a bathroom and a toilet. There are rooms for 6, 8 or 10 people. What is really cool, each dormitory has its own theme. And it’s decorated accordingly. There is a fully equipped kitchen – everyone can use it. You can rent towels for 2.50 Euro. You can also use free lockers with paddocks to store your luggage for free. At Dutchies Hostel there are also: a nice bar/lounge and a tour/ticket assistance. Parking costs 10 Euro per day. This hostel is a good choice for those who want to see as many landmarks as possible and at the same time are okay with public transport.
Hostel Cosmos Amsterdam
The hostel is situated close to the city center – in Oost District. You can get to the Van Gogh Museum in 5 minutes on foot. Same with the Concert Hall and The Rijksmuseum. If you want to explore the city, the Europaplein subway station is just around the corner. By public transport, you will easily reach Anne Frank House, National Monument, and Red Light District. If you want to explore the culture of Amsterdam and save some money at the same time, Hotel Cosmos is a great place for you to consider. There are different room options – you can choose between mix and female-only dormitory rooms. There are 11 rooms in total: two-person twin rooms, 4-person, 6-person, 8-person, and 12-person dormitories. They include access to private bathrooms. Hostel guests can rent bikes on site. The property is 100% non-smoking which means there’s no chance for you to be wreathed in cigarette smoke. The staff is extremely friendly. Practical info: if there is a chance you may be allergic to cats, considering choosing a different hostel. Hotel Cosmos Amsterdam is the permanent residence of the house cat, Simba.
Durty Nelly’s Inn
The hostel is situated in the heart of the Red Light District, the historical center of Amsterdam, in a traditional Dutch building. You can reach Central Station is as little as 7 minutes and Dam Square is only 1 minute away. If you are up for both – sightseeing during the day and partying in the evening, this might be the best option for you. Durty Nelly’s Inn was named after an Irish legend, known for warmth, generosity, and hospitality. The hostel is clean, comfortable the location is just awesome. Not to mention the staff – just amazing! The hostel is running a very famous Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub. It’s extremely popular as a meeting point for travelers from the whole of Europe. The pub offers a wide selection of craft beers and spirits. Bear in mind that the hostel only accepts guests between 18 and 65 years old. By the way, the hotel has been chosen as one of the best-rated locations in the city.
Travel Hotel Amsterdam
Travel Hotel is a budget hostel (it’s actually also a 1.5-star hotel) situated in the very center of the city. You can get to the Dam Square and Central Station in as little as 5 minutes (on foot) and Red Light District is literally around the corner. Also, the Anne Frank House and the Flower Market are within walking distance. You’ll reach the Royal Palace in 6 minutes, Amsterdam Museum in 11 minutes on foot. The airport is a 19-minute drive. A cool thing is that none of the rooms look the same because of the structure of the building. The rooms are basic and simple, fortunately clean. There are single, double, twin, triple and quad rooms. At Travel Hotel there’s a 24-hour bar with a pool table. The bar serves Heineken on draft, various bottled beers, soft drinks, and spirits. Travel Hotel is most often chosen by large groups, party people and backpackers. If you want to stay close to the hottest spots in Amsterdam, but at the same time you’re on a tight budget, this might be the best option for you.
Amigo Budget Hostel
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The hostel is located on Linnaeusstraat, a very lively and quite a noisy street. There are many restaurants, markets, cafes, and shops right around the corner. Two minutes from the hostel is the Oosterpark. You can get to Rembrandtplein in about 25 minutes (on foot) and to Leidseplein in less than 10 minutes. Heineken Experience is 2.4 kilometers away. The bus and tram stops are not even 2 minutes away on foot. There is also a famous Thai and Indonesian restaurant – Baan Pong – nearby. Amigo Hostel is new and quite modern. You can choose between private and shared rooms. There are 19 rooms is total, they are bright, furnished with single, double or bunk beds. All rooms have wooden floors and large windows. There is a shared bathroom in a hallway but some of the rooms have access to private bathrooms. The shared bathrooms are beautifully decorated with old tiles.
Amsterdam Hostel Leidseplein
The hostel is located in the very center of the city. You can reach Vondelpark in 5 minutes on foot. You can also reach the Museum Quarter in around 10 minutes on foot. Dam Square and the Royal Palace are not even 20 minutes from the hotel. The hostel is very recommended for those who want to do some shopping while in Amsterdam. The area is just great for this – there are many popular brands nearby. The rooms are clean (it was actually chosen as one of the cleanest hostels in Amsterdam!), simply furnished, there is a free WiFi of course. There is a hotel bar and a 24-hour reception. Each room has a private bathroom. What is worth mentioning, the staff is really nice, helpful and knowledgeable. On top of the great staff, in the summer, there is a large terrace on the square. The hostel doesn’t allow pets or guests under 16.
Central Station Hostel
100 meters from Dam Square, 7 minutes walk from Central Station – can it be any better location while in Amsterdam? Not really. All city’s hotspots are within a walking distance. You can reach Beurs van Berlage in 10 minutes, a bit more to reach Basilica of St. Nicholas. The locations are also okay when it comes to reaching the airport – the train stops nearby. The hostel is located on a side street from the bigger and much noisier street. This is why it’s relatively quiet at night. The hostel is most often visited by couples – an average rating among two-person trips is as high as 9.4! Most of the rooms have access to a private bathroom. Keep in mind that using drugs and alcohol is not allowed at Central Station Hostel. Also, groups larger than 6 people are not allowed. Same with soccer fans. An extra for pet-lovers – the owners have a really cute cat wandering around the property.
Amsterdam Hostel Uptown
The hostel is located right in the city center – less than 200 meters from Leidseplein. The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum are within a 10-minute walk. The Kalverstraat, one of the most important streets in Amsterdam, is just 15 minutes (on foot). The hostel is actually located within a walking distance from the main tourist spots of Amsterdam. And the Anne Frank Museum is just 1.5 km away. The hostel is just next to the tram stop – you can get to Central Station is as little as 10 minutes. Even if it’s a hostel, each room has a private bathroom. Rooms are clean and the standard is satisfying, even if the price is relatively low. The hostel is perfect for those without high-standard expectations, who want to stay in the very center at the same time. Right next to Amsterdam Hostel Uptown, there’s a supermarket. The prices are more than okay, maybe even lower than in the city center in general. There is also a bicycle rental nearby.
If you are a budget traveler, you know that staying at a hostel often lets you make the most of your trip. Especially if a hostel is located close to the city center or at least somewhere close to a metro station or tram/bus stop. This is why I only listed such hostels in the article. Not only are the hostels above a budget accommodation, they are also nicely situated. They are great spots for further city exploration!