Besides all the more comfortable hotels with standard "star" ratings, Amsterdam also features quite a few more affordable campsites and youth hostels.
Amsterdam youth hostels are the cheapest kind of accommodation you can find in the city centre, but although they can often dissapoint those who need privacy and quiet. Especially when you're coming with a partner and need a cheap room just for yourself and this with a private bathroom, consider well to book some of the 1-star hotels or 2-star hotels.
Youth hostels in Amsterdam indeed offer housing where a number of persons share the same room (or a dorm). The bathrooms are shared too and usually on the each floor. Taking your own towels and sleeping bag may be useful, as some hostels charge an extra fee for the sheets.
Most of the hostels also feature a common eating room, lockers, some board and card games and internet access. Youth hostels are therefore a good option for students on a limited budget, and also a very good place to meet the fellow travellers. If you are travelling with a partner, note some of the cheap hostels (Christian hostels "Shelter") feature only single-sex dorms.
Hostels in Amsterdam are quite busy throughout the year, particularly on weekend and during major events. We recommend making a reservation in advance. On this page are given direct telephone and fax numbers for your convenience, though some hostels prefer bookings to be placed online via a secure server at HostelBookers or HostelWorld.
For groups of 10 persons and more the reservations can be placed online via groups reservation service of Hostelbookers. Every enquiry is dealt with personally.
With a location perfectly suited to exploring the cultural centre of Museumplein, Hostel Cosmos is a great choice for travellers on a budget who wish to avoid the smoke and seediness of Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Knowledgeable staff, as well as clean and safe facilities, make this little hostel stand out from the crowd.
There are two Shelter hostels in Amsterdam. The Shelter-Jordan hostel is located in the very beautiful western part of the city centre, right in the middle of the quiet and picturesque Jordaan area. Non-smoking hostel is most suitable for age group 15-40 and features single-sex dorms. Shelter will be your family while your stay in Amsterdam.
Address: Bloemstraat 179 - quarter of Jordaan
This is a real shelter in the centre of Amsterdam's nightlife, an oasis of friendship right in the middle of the Red Light District. For your security, the gate closes 2am. Inside you will find a friendly atmosphere and a company of backpackers and young travellers.
Address: Barndesteeg 21 - look for Nieuwmarkt
Phone: +31 (0) 20 - 625.32.30
The Flying Pig Palace Hostel
Flying Pigs are famous hostels in Amsterdam, popular for their relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This hostel is situated in a quite street right next to the Vondelpark. The Flying Pigs accept people above 18 and under 40 years of age.
Address: Vossiusstraat 46 - right next to the Vondelpark
The Flying Pig Downtown
This Flying Pig hostel is situated downtown, perhaps in the most touristy zone in Amsterdam. During the day, Nieuwendijk is a busy shopping street, to become very quiet after the shopping hours. As well as the other Flying Pig hostel can only accept people from 18 to 40 years of age.
Address: Nieuwendijk 100, Amsterdam - walking distance from the Central Station
International Budget Hostel Amsterdam
Located in the heart of Amsterdam on one of the most beautiful canals in the city. It is a few minutes walk from the Leidseplein and very close to the museums. It is mostly a backpacker, student and young people's hostel. It has 4 person dorm-style rooms with shared facilities, and the first floor offers a comfortable lounge relax to roll a cigarette.
Address: Leidsegracht 76, Amsterdam.
Bob's Youth Hostel
Bob's hostel is really central, just 7 minutes walk from the Central Station, right next to the coffeeshop The Doors. There is no curfew, hot showers all day, sheets are provided, but no smoking is allowed in the rooms. While entering the hostel, you will notice a great room so socialize. Here you can smoke and drink beer.
Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 92, Amsterdam
Lucky Lake - a caravan hostel !
Lucky Lake offers a super combination for relaxing and visiting Amsterdam - a beautiful area near a lake and good accommodation. Their caravan hostel has grown so far, that there is not much place for camping. (October till April). Vinkenkade 75, Vinkeveen-area (south of Amsterdam).
Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Stadsdoelen
This Stayokay hostel is situated on a nice canal street in old Amsterdam. Nearby you will find a lot of nice restaurants and clubs, as it is not far from Nieuwmarkt. Each room houses from 8 to 20 persons.
Address: Kloveniersburgwal 97
1011 KB Amsterdam
Tel. +31-(0)20-6246832, homepage: www.stayokay.com
Secure online reservations.
Stayokay Hostel Vondelpark
A large modern hostel situated directly in the park near the end closest to the centre. Surrounded by trees, a premium location for those who like a piece of nature in the city. It has a restaurant and brasserie that is open until late evening.
Address: Zandpad 5 - beginning of the Vondelpark
1054 GA Amsterdam
Tel. +31-(0)20-5898996, homepage: www.stayokay.com
Hans Brinker Hostel
Kerkstraat is a nice street in Amsterdam close to the lively square of Leidseplein, yet the hostel lies at a very quiet end.
Address: Kerkstraat 136-138
Bulldog Hostel Amsterdam
Proclaims itself the first 5-star luxury hostel and goes a bit higher with their rates. There is a coffeeshop right downstairs. You should be over 18 to enjoy its atmosphere.
Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 216-220
There might be some more budget hostels in Amsterdam, but also some that are not fully legal. While we respect their business, we prefer not to include them here due to various security reasons. Please note, rankings for some "new" hostels at the booking web sites may not be always relevant, as it may be easy to rank themselves. It's the best to ask your friends who have stayed there before you make a reservation for any such accommodations.