Amsterdam hostels are the cheapest kind of accommodation you can find in the city centre, but be prepared for the lack of privacy and quiet. Especially when you are coming with a partner and need a room just for yourself, or like a private bathroom. In this case consider to book some hotel room instead.
Youth hostels in Amsterdam offer housing where a number of people share the same room (or a dorm) and the bathrooms are shared too. Though most have rooms with private bathrooms too. Usually on the each floor. Taking your own towels and sleeping bag may be useful, as some hostels charge an extra fee for bed sheets. Many hostels also rent bicycles.
Most of the hostels in Amsterdam also feature a common eating room, lockers, some board and card games, and internet access. Youth hostels are therefore a good option for students and backpackers on limited budget. They are also a very good place to meet some fellow travellers. If you are travelling with a partner, note that some of the cheap hostels in Amsterdam (Christian hostels "Shelter" for example) feature only single-sex dorms.
Amsterdam hostels are quite busy throughout the year, particularly on weekends and during major events. We recommend making a reservation in advance. On this page are given direct reservation links for booking systems Booking.com or HostelBookers which these hostels use for managing their reservations.
You can also browse through many more hostels in Amsterdam on Booking.com via this link:
Amsterdam hostels reservation page
Frans van Mierisstraat 69 A, 1071 RL Amsterdam
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.
Leidsegracht 76, 1016 CR 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 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 to relax and roll a cigarette.
Bloemstraat 179, 1016 LA Amsterdam
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.
Barndesteeg 21, 1012 BV Amsterdam
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 travelers.
Vinkenkade 75, 3645 AP Amsterdam
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).
Vossiusstraat 46, 1071 AJ Amsterdam
Flying Pigs are famous hostels in Amsterdam well known among backpackers. The Uptown branch is situated in a quiet street right next to Vondelpark. They have a smoking room for enjoying and meeting people.
Nieuwendijk 100, 1012 MR Amsterdam
This Flying Pig branch is situated in perhaps the most touristy zone in Amsterdam. The smoking room is at the back of the hostel, it has the many comfy couches and during the summer a little terrace.
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 3, 1012 EH Amsterdam
With its central location, residents' bar and large rooms with private bathrooms, this is a good choice for groups of friends who are looking for a clean, functional and central Amsterdam hostel. This hotel is also smoker friendly, with a dedicated smoking area available.
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 147, 1017 PZ Amsterdam
The fact that the hotel is located just next to one of the Amsterdam's most popular coffeeshops, the hotel's central Leidseplein location and a price range to suit most budgets makes Hotel Uptown a good choice for younger travellers looking to experience some Amsterdam craziness.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 118 -120, 1012 DT Amsterdam
Lies at the very edge of Red Light District having a movie theme. The rooms are not numbered, but rather each one is represented by a famous movie. Depending on your tastes, you can stay in the Pulp Fiction room, the Apocalypse Now room or even Priscilla Queen of the Desert room.
Warmoesstraat 129, 1012 JA Amsterdam
This nightlife-oriented Amsterdam hostel has, in addition to a mouthful of a name, an excellent location for those who wish to experience the madness that Amsterdam nightlife has to offer. With an excellent location at the edge of the Red Light District and a nightclub that forms part of the hostel itself, party people should find St. Christopher’s Inn at The Winston an excellent base of operations.
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 92, 1012 SG Amsterdam
Bob’s Youth Hostel is just as chilled out and simple as its name suggests. A no frills place where backpackers and young travellers can get a taste of Amsterdam’s counter culture without having to empty their wallets as much as in many other Amsterdam hostels. Colourful murals line the walls, created by previous guests at the hostel, to reinforce the feel of a starving artist’s retreat that makes Bob’s so popular.
Stayokay Hostel Vondelpark
A large modern Amsterdam 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. Available are private rooms and shared dorms. Wifi and computers are on site.
Address: Zandpad 5
You can safely make a reservation through their booking engine at Booking.com. Just insert your visit dates into the availability check in the mid-section of the site and pick rooms after refresh.
Reservation page: Stayokay hostel near Vondelpark
Hans Brinker Hostel in Amsterdam
Kerkstraat is a nice street in Amsterdam close to the lively square of Leidseplein, yet the hostel lies at a very quiet end. There is a nice chill area with restaurant and a bar. The restaurant serves meals for reasonable prices to make up for the fact that there is no kitchen for personal cooking. There is also a disco and free internet.
Address: Kerkstraat 136
You can safely make a reservation through their booking engine at hostelbookers.com. Just insert your visit dates into the availability check and pick rooms after update.
Reservation page: Hans Brinker hostel in Amsterdam
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 these Amsterdam hostels here due to various security reasons. Please note, rankings for some "new" Amsterdam 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.