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Solo traveller looking for friendly hostel advice

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Solo traveller looking for friendly hostel advice

Hello!

My name is Jenny and I arrive alone in Amsterdam on the 18th of August this month. I was wondering if anyone could recommend any cheap, realxed and friendly hostels in the centre of Amsterdam? Hopefully where I might make a few friends! Perhaps close to some bars so I can also enquire about getting jobs.

Thank you in advance!

Alpha Centauri
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1. Re: Solo traveller looking for friendly hostel advice

It doesn't get any more Central, more relaxed & friendly than The Flying Pig. I walk past it all the time and the people hanging out & smoking cigs out front (new tobacco rules) are all laughing & having such obvious maximum fun. Google it FFI. Cheers! --Sandy

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2. Re: Solo traveller looking for friendly hostel advice

Thanks Sandy! the flying pig was my first choice, but it looks like are fully booked on the 18th :-(, could you recommend any others? If the youth hostels say they are fully booked online do you think they might have any room if I just turn up?

Thanks again

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3. Re: Solo traveller looking for friendly hostel advice

Hi Jenny,

If you just google Amsterdam Hostels then you will get a multitude of places. Normally on here we recommend the Flying Pig, Stay OK, Bob's and St. Christopher at the Winston. I just checked the Flying Pig Downtown and they have beds on the 18th for at least 7 days. I just tried to book one. Mind you you might have to chop and change from a small dorm to a large one etc. You can also check the other ones.

Seems a little steep at nearly 40 euros per night to share a single bed in a room with three other people. For a little bit more than that you could stay in a four star central hotel with your own room using Priceline. Anyway you probably want that hostel social life and are obviously young enough that you don't need 5 star comfort :-)

If you can find a room somewhere else like the Cornerhouse you can always go to the hostel bars to socialise.

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4. Re: Solo traveller looking for friendly hostel advice

Oh and by the way I would not just turn up. If they say online that they are booked up then that's probably the case. This is a very busy time of year in Amsterdam so finding DECENT accomodation by trudging around the streets is more difficult.

I would at least book the first couple of nights which are available to get the lay of the land and go from there.

You seem like a really nice person so I would not like you to end up in a flea pit or get ripped off.

How long are you planning on staying by the way? Often there are people who leave for a month or so and have short term appartment rentals. Check the classified section of Expatica.nl or the Notices section on elynx.com.

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5. Re: Solo traveller looking for friendly hostel advice

Thanks RonaldOC, I am sataying fairly indefinitely depending on whether I can get a job, probably at least a month. I am going to ring round the Irish and Australian bars like you suggested on a different post. If I do manage to get a job I will look for an apartment/ house share, so will definitely keep the links you have given me to look at. Thanks for the hostel suggestions, it's hard to pick one because they have such mixed review- some people loved them, some hated them! I think they all must be fairly similar.

Thankyou for all your advice!!

Jenny

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6. Re: Solo traveller looking for friendly hostel advice

Ha! I am not sataying anything! I am *staying indefinitely.

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7. Re: Solo traveller looking for friendly hostel advice

You are coming to live in Amsterdam, you will definately be sataying. Satay is practically a national dish LOL. Good luck.

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8. Re: Solo traveller looking for friendly hostel advice

Search for your date at www.hostels.com , www.hostelz.com and www.booking.com . At Hostels.com I found a lot of availibilty, from 30 Euro for private use, less of course for dorms.

And, as others said, at www.priceline.co.uk you can find luxury by bidding.

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9. Re: Solo traveller looking for friendly hostel advice

Here also the link to a (possible) job offer, in case the other post does get removed : www.boomchicago.nl , community, great jobs

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10. Re: Solo traveller looking for friendly hostel advice

Thanks Ronaldo and Dutchguy,

I think I am going to book at the White Tulip Hostel (12 bed dorm) if you have heard of it? it seems a really good location, reasonably cheap and has an Irish bar attached- so I will ask about work there too. Have either of you had any experience with it? the reviews seem reasonable. I will also definitely forward my CV to www.boomchicago.nl - thankyou!! 2 weeks to go!!

Jenny