I am not particularly youthful but I chose to stay at the Stayokay youth hostel because I was travelling with my 11 year old daughter! The hostel has strict rules prohibiting drugs and alcohol in room areas, security is good so it's a really safe environment to intrduce older children to independent travel.
We had a private room since guests need to be over 16 to stay in a dorm. The room was larger than I expected with twin beds, over bed lamps, radiator for heating which was effective and easily adjusted. You make your own beds up and linen is included in the price but towels are not. We brought our own lightweight towels & hairdryer. There was a small table and to chairs which came in handy as a bedside table at night. There was a double electric socket and one by the sink! The separate toilet and sink area is by the door and is screened from the beds at the other end by the shower room in between. Since there are no carpets I would recommend bringing flip flops or similar. The double cupboard in the room would not be big enough for anything larger than a small rucksack and to lock requires two CHUNKY padlocks. We brought one school locker sized padlock but it was too small to encompass the metal rings. Padlocks are available to buy at reception. There are also lockers on a digital based pin system which you can revisit and close again within your paid period. 20c per hour or Euro2 for 24 hours. The pin is easy to remember if you use something like your date of birth BUT you do need to remember which locker number you chose since the pin pad is not actually at the locker.
The reception area doubles as the 'common' area with sofas and a bank of computers which you can pay to use at reception. There is free wi-fi connection if you have your own device.
The staff at reception were very helpful and will advise guests on directions, bike hire etc. My daughter wanted to eat noodles and the receptionist was able to tell us the nearest place she knew of. She was also very helpful when it came to printing boarding passes for our flight the next day.
Breakfast is fantastic-served in the 'old' building- assorted breads and crispbreads, sliced meat, cheese, jam, boiled eggs, whole fruit, 2 cereals, fruit juice and a machine in the mainroom, (took us a short while to locate it), to make various teas and coffees.
A bizarre thing happened one night, which we trust was a 'one off' unfortunate mistake. We were suddenly and instantly awakened by very loud music blaring through the roof speaker of our room. A complete rendition of Jennifer Lopez 'Let's Get Loud', (yes, but not at 1.50am), followed by a portion of Pet shop boys 'Domino Dancing'. The receptionist on duty was one we hadn't seen before and seemed a little evasive about this other than telling bleary eyed enquirers that it happened when the music was switched off in the bar! At least he did assure us that it wouldn't happen again. Luckily for us we did see the funny side of it after my daughter got over the shock, though we still didn't have time to catch up on sleep the next morning! The hostel has strict rules about noise so I'm sure it wasn't intentional.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our unique location offers everything for a perfect stay in Amsterdam. We are situated in the beautiful Vondelpark near the Leidseplein entertainment area. The three major and best known museums in Amsterdam (the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum & Stedelijk Museum) are within 5 minutes walking distance. We offer plenty of activities for exploring the city. A free daily walking tour which is great to meet others travelers and to get inside information about Amsterdam. Or rent a Stayokay City bike and discover Amsterdam by yourself. The famous Canal Belt is best to be explored during a canal cruise. Enjoy great food & drinks offers in our bar dur one of the themed bar nights. We look forward to seeing you soon; Welcome in Amsterdam! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark Hotel Amsterdam