Amsterdam is known for a lot of things, most prominent being the city’s artsy pedigree, one that’s evident from the several galleries and museums. Sites like the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are enough evidence of Amsterdam’s love for art, with a connection to famous personalities like Rembrandt and Vermeer. If you’re traveling on a budget, you can tour the city on two wheels; the majority of people in Amsterdam use bicycles, a great way to experience the city’s culture. There are also dozens of hostels in the city, pocket-friendly places to stay that open their doors to travelers throughout the year. Below, we’ve put together a list of hostels with private rooms in Amsterdam, offering a hotel-like experience. Scroll down to learn more.
1. Generator Amsterdam (from USD 27)
They call themselves a designer hostel and, though this is a bold claim, Generator Amsterdam certainly lives up to the hype. The interior space is elegantly decorated, with a clever use of color that complements the bright light streaming in via the massive windows. The artwork on the walls can be subtle in some rooms and loud in others, appealing to different personalities. There are dormitories, as you would expect from a hostel, but there are also private rooms which they call premium rooms. However, the icing is the two-bedroom apartment, for visitors who are looking for a homely experience. Generator Amsterdam is nestled in Oosterpark within an old zoological building.
Address: Mauritskade 57
Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Laundry Facilities for disabled guests
2. Via Amsterdam (from USD 19)
All you need to do to get to Via Amsterdam is travel 10 minutes by train from the city center. On arrival, you’ll be carried away by the bubbly atmosphere at this hostel, one which is complemented by the street-art theme. The decor is characterized by murals throughout the interior and a host of potted plants that help bring the outside, in. There are several options for accommodation, with a variety of private rooms featuring quite prominently. There are also private bathrooms that boost the sense of exclusivity. On-site, there’s a restaurant which serves a great variety of cuisines but you can also opt to prepare your own meals in the hostel’s shared kitchen.
Address: 20 Diemerhof Via Amsterdam
Parking Restaurant Bar 24-hour front desk Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry Facilities for disabled guests
3. International Budget Hostel City Center (from USD 27)
This hostel is housed in an old building, one whose facade gives away its history, despite being updated to modern standards. Located right at the city center, you’ll enjoy a budget accommodation within easy reach of Amsterdam’s attractions. The interior decor oozes a rustic appeal, mainly because of the exposed wooden ceiling beams and the use of wooden furniture. A flight of stairs leads up to the dormitories and there are also private rooms available. However, bathrooms are shared with other guests. Despite this being a low-cost hostel, you’ll still get free WiFi.
International Budget Hostel City Center
Address: Leidsegracht 76
24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Internet services Safety deposit box Heating Luggage storage WiFi Available
4. Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark (from USD 35)
When you choose to stay at Stayokay, you’ll have unfettered access to Amsterdam’s popular Vondelpark, a lush public park in which this hostel is nestled. The cherry on top is the Van Gogh Museum, found only a few minute’s walk from here. Stayokay is a fun and artsy establishment, with a very vibrant interior that’s marked by colored furniture. To pay homage to the park, they have a variety of plants inside, a reminder of the scenic landscape outside. There are dormitories for those interested in saving money and for those seeking some exclusivity, there are private rooms as well. If you pay extra, you can have breakfast served to you.
Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Vondelpark
Address: Zandpad 5
Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms
5. St Christophers Inn at The Winston (from USD 28)
Here’s another hostel in the city center, nestled adjacent to the Red Light District and only a 10-minute walk to Central Station. With such a convenient location, reaching your preferred attraction should be painless. This hostel wears different faces, one is adult-like as seen in the white-themed dormitories with chic beds and decor. However, this adult-like facade has a playful side, a personality that’s catapulted by the murals in each room. There are dormitories with murals of cartoon characters and one particularly hypnotic one with black and white stripes. You can choose your preferred design, perhaps among the private rooms available, which also boast ensuite bathrooms. St Christophers Inn also has an on-site nightclub, a clear sign that this is a hostel for those who play hard.
St Christophers Inn at The Winston
Address: Warmoesstraat 129
Restaurant Bar 24-hour front desk Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry Internet services
6. ClinkNOORD Hostel (from USD 27)
With an interesting name and an even more interesting location, ClinkNOORD is certainly a wonderful place to stay. The hostel places its guests directly opposite the picturesque IJ river and, just like many guests before you, the banks of this river will enchant you, offering an idyllic place to wind down. If you seek to explore Amsterdam, Central Station is a 10-minute walk from here. ClinkNOORD has several dormitories but you probably would prefer your own space so opt for the private rooms on offer. Each morning, fill your belly with the buffet breakfast before venturing into the city.
Address: Badhuiskade 3, 1031 KV Amsterdam
Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Internet services
7. Amsterdam Hostel Sarphati (from USD 18)
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Last but definitely not least, is Amsterdam Hostel Sarphati, an establishment that sits in Sarphati Park, merely a 10-minute walk to the city center. This hostel is meant to be a home away from home, stretching its arms to welcome travelers who seek a cozy place to stay when in Amsterdam. Those who don’t mind sharing with other guests can book a bed in one of the dormitories. However, if you prefer a bit of privacy, there’s a twin room available. When you’re not exploring Amsterdam, you’ll probably be enjoying the free WiFi available or you can wander around the picturesque park outside.
Amsterdam Hostel Sarphati
Address: Sarphatipark 58
Parking 24-hour front desk Family rooms Internet services Heating WiFi Available Free WiFi Non-smoking throughout
8. Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam (from USD 33)
With a location that places it just two-minutes from Leidsplein and nestled right at the heart of the city, this hostel is perfect for those who are looking for an affordable place to stay in Amsterdam. Though the word ‘hostel’ may spark thoughts of sub-standard and congested rooms, Hans Brinker debunks this stereotype, offering bright and airy dormitories as well as private rooms for those seeking a bit of solitude. Aside from these, you also get to enjoy the trappings of a private bathroom in all rooms. Free WiFi is also available and all meals are served to those interested.
Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam
Address: Kerkstraat 136-138
Restaurant Bar 24-hour front desk Garden Internet services Lift Safety deposit box Heating
9. A&O Amsterdam Zuidoost (from USD 10)
This hostel differs from the one above in that, where the previous one would scream with large murals, this one is more silent, offering basic decor and a single theme throughout; blue. The aura here is simple yet quite chic. Light from the outside floods the inside, flowing in via the large windows, creating a cheery atmosphere. There are various rooms available ranging from the single room to the dormitories. Each of these rooms has a private bathroom so there’s total privacy if you opt for the single-room.
a&o Amsterdam Zuidoost
Address: Hogehilweg 22
Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry
10. WOW Hostel Amsterdam (from USD 26)
This building is a work of art in and of itself, a venue which, from time to time, hosts art exhibitions. Its facade is embellished with bright colors and its interior carries on this vibrant theme, boasting dormitories painted in either yellow or red. If you’re looking for a bit of privacy, you can spring for your own room, with some featuring a private bathroom as well. Guests are free to chill out in the hostel’s garden, or if you intend to venture into town, a train station is located just a short walk from WOW.
WOW Amsterdam Hostel
Address: Wiltzanghlaan 60
Parking Restaurant 24-hour front desk Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Internet services
Tour Amsterdam on a budget
Stroll through the quaint streets or indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of the Red Light District. By staying in any of the hostels above, you’ll have the opportunity to tour Amsterdam on a budget but still gain a memorable experience. Don’t put off your plans anymore, book a room today and jump-start your vacation.
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