Hostel Guide: Amsterdam

Thinking of taking a trip to the ‘Dam?

If you’re planning a trip around Europe then you’d be amiss to leave Amsterdam out.

Whilst this bustling city might well be crammed with tourists all-year round, it’s still an absolute must-visit destination with more than enough sights and attractions to fill a few days.

17 million tourists flocked to Amsterdam in 2016 and with numbers expecting to rise to 30 million by 2025, dozens of hostels have opened their doors in the last two decades hoping to capitalise on the millions of tourists needing a place to crash after a long day on their feet.

The following five hostels have been chosen for their style, service and locations:

Flying Pig Uptown Hostel

First up is a youth hostel that strictly enforces it’s under-35 policy, so if you’re a mature traveller you might have to look elsewhere! If you’re lucky enough to have youth on your side then this is a great choice for making friends and staying out late. Be warned – this is a rowdy hostel that will be packed full of party-animals, so get ready to socialise!


Although the beds might cost a little more in this eco-conscious hostel, you’ll guarantee that you’ll be sharing a dorm with like-minded people who appreciate their hip decor as much as saving the planet. Ecomama has all the facilities that you’d expect, including an indoor teepee that doubles as an indoor cinema.

Heart of Amsterdam

Whilst the Heart of Amsterdam might roll with it’s Hollywood theme on a budget, it’s ample amenities and decent breakfast more than make up for any questionable decor decisions. As the name suggests, the hostel is smack bang in the middle of the city with many of the main attractions just a short walk away.

Generator Hostel Amsterdam

It’s pretty hard to miss Generator’s Amsterdam location, what used to be a zoological university building now houses up to 564 guests at a time. This award winning hostel can be found on the eastern side of the city, adjacent to Oosterpark. Rooms are affordable and there are some great places to hang out in the evenings, from the chill-out lounge in a former lecture hall to a ‘secret’ late night bar in an old boiler room.

Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Vondelpark

Rivalling the Generator for size, there are 536 beds to choose from at this massive hostel. Take your pick from 2 to 6-bed rooms or a handful of large dorms and enjoy the idyllic park location. Breakfast isn’t included but can be ordered at the hostel and with prices this cheap, it’s hardly much of a deterrent. Visit in the city to make the most of the bike hire and the glorious park locale.