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Best Hostels in Amsterdam

Our favorite hostels in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam has a lot of hotels that cater to just about any traveler. In fact, according to HostelWorld, there are over 100 so you don’t have any trouble finding one. On the other hand, Amsterdam has a lot of bad hostels so you’ll want to do a bit of research to ensure you snag one of the good hostels.

In this guide, we’ve assembled what we think are the best hostels in Amsterdam based on price, location, amenities, and overall quality.

QUICK INFO ABOUT AMSTERDAM HOSTELS

Average Price For A Bed: Hostels in Amsterdam are expensive — especially since the city is a huge draw for backpackers and young people.

Most hostels, regardless of quality, will start around €32-€48/night in the summer. You might be able to find some around €28/night but those are tough to snag. In general, prices are more expensive on Friday and Saturday night since Amsterdam is a weekend party city.

Check HostelWorld to get exact prices for your dates.

Traveling in a group? Consider Airbnb (get $35 credit when you use this link) because the per person cost could be cheaper than a hostel — especially if you want a private room.

Cheap Beds & Good Hostels Go Early: Hostel prices are fairly standardized (there are a few outliers) but the quality does vary quite a bit. The best options do get booked up quickly so Amsterdam is one of the cities where it is suggested to book early if you want first dibs (especially in the summer).

Age Restrictions: There are a number of hostels that cater to families and school groups — so book an 18+ hostel if you don’t want to be surrounded by a bunch of middle school kids. Also, family friendly hostels tend to attract an older crowd so you probably won’t find the typical “backpacker” experience.

Areas: Amsterdam has a ton of hostels so you can find a few options anywhere you want to stay. Cheaper hostels tend to be located a bit outside the city center, but public transport is good so it isn’t much of an issue.

Party Hostels: Amsterdam is a party destination so there are quite a few “party” hostels — which you should keep in mind before booking.

Check-In Times and Cleaning Times: A lot of hostels have late check-in times (around 2 pm-4 pm) but nearly all will let you store your bags if you arrive before check-in.

New To Hostels? Check out our Hostels 101 Guide to learn everything you need to know about finding the perfect hostel.

AMSTERDAM’S BEST HOSTELS 

Amsterdam has over 100 hostels so you’ll never have a problem finding one. Luckily, there are a lot of great hostels. There are also a lot of average/bad ones. We’ve assembled this lists of the best hostels in Amsterdam that is based on overall quality, location, price, and guests’ reviews.

We do encourage you to check out HostelWorld to search through all of Amsterdam’s hostels.

NOTE: All prices listed below are the cheapest option available during the busy (i.e. expensive) season. Prices will often be 20%+ cheaper during the slower seasons. 

CLINKNOORD

Best hostels Amsterdam - Clinknord

CLINKNOORD is located across a river from the main part of Amsterdam but there is a free 24/7 ferry that goes from the train station to the hostel — so it’s actually super close to everything. Clinknoord doesn’t have a free breakfast but it does have a kitchen. They also have a bar and a small restaurant. Overall, Clinknoord gets really high scores for location, atmosphere, staff, cleanliness and value. SEE ON GOOGLE MAPS.

Beds Start Around €32/Night

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FLYING PIG DOWNTOWN

Best hostels in Amsterdam - Flying Pig Downtown

FLYING PIG DOWNTOWN is one of the most well-known and most awarded hostels in Europe, and it’s one of the top-rated in Amsterdam. It’s known as a bit of a party hostel thanks to its in-house bar and smoke room. It also has free breakfast, a kitchen, and plenty of places to socialize. It’s super close to the train station and located in the center of Amsterdam. Prices to raise quite a bit on the weekends. SEE ON GOOGLE MAPS.

Beds Start Around €39/Night

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FLYING PIG UPTOWN

Best hostels in Amsterdam - Flying Pig Uptown

FLYING PIG UPTOWN is the original member of the Flying Pig brand. It’s located a bit outside the city center but it’s still a solid location (it’s just around the corner to most of Amsterdam’s museums and a great park). It has a free breakfast, free walking tours, a bar, cafe, smoking area, and plenty of room to socialize. Again, the Uptown gets really good reviews all around. SEE ON GOOGLE MAPS.

Beds Start Around €43/Night

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FLYING PIG BEACH HOSTEL

Best Hostels in Amsterdam - Flying Pig Beach

FLYING PIG BEACH HOSTEL is another member of the Flying Pig family but this one is located an hour outside the city. They offer a shuttle a few times a day for €4 each way. It features all the great stuff that the other Flying Pigs do (atmosphere, amenities, breakfast, etc) but it’s quite a bit cheaper. SEE ON GOOGLE MAPS.

Beds Start Around €30/Night

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Bulldog

Best Amsterdam Hostels - Bulldog

Bulldog is another famous Amsterdam hostel. It’s located in the absolute heart so you won’t find a better location if you want to be in the action. It’s a party hostel but they don’t allow bachelor party groups or other large groups of rowdy people — which is really nice. People can smoke in their lounge or rooftop (but not in the rooms). It has great security, a bar, free breakfast, free towels, and they have 11 am checkouts. SEE ON GOOGLE MAPS.

Beds Start Around €37/Night

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St Christopher’s at The Winston

Best Hostel Amsterdam - St Christopher's at Winston Hotel

St Christopher’s at The Winston is located in the heart of the city and near the coffee shops so you never have to go far to have a good time. The hostel has a bar, beer garden, and a smoking area. It can get pretty loud at night so don’t expect a great night’s sleep (unless you bring earplugs). However, they don’t have free breakfast and they charge you to store your luggage when you’re not staying there (which isn’t something I’ve ever seen). SEE ON GOOGLE MAPS.

Beds Start Around €49/Night

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Durty Nellys Inn

best hostels Amsterdam - Durty Nellys

Durty Nellys Inn is another party hostel in a great location. Its ground floor is Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub. It gets good reviews all around but there is no free breakfast or kitchen area. SEE ON GOOGLE MAPS.

Beds Start Around €45/Night

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MEININGER Amsterdam City West

Amsterdam Best Hostels - Meininger

MEININGER Amsterdam City West receives very solid reviews all around, but it is located a bit outside the city center — although it is connected via public transportation. It has a kitchen and a bar on-site. Some people say it feels a little more like a hotel than a hostel so this is a good option for someone who wants a more low-key hostel. SEE ON GOOGLE MAPS

Beds Start Around €40/Night

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Shelter City

Amsterdam Hostels - Shelter City

Shelter City is very well located in the heart of the city and it’s smoke-free, drug-free, and alcohol-free — which is actually a breath of fresh air for many travelers. It also has free breakfast and solid reviews all around. Plus, it’s one of the cheaper hostels so that’s one reason it’s one of Amsterdam’s most popular hostels. SEE ON GOOGLE MAPS

Beds Start Around €28/Night

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More Great Hostels

best hostels in Amsterdam

As you can tell, Amsterdam has a ton of good hostels. Below is a list of more excellent choices.

MORE HELPFUL TRAVEL ADVICE 

Guide to Hostels in Europe: Tips and advice for finding the best hostels in Europe.

How To Be A Good Hostel Guest: The unwritten rules about staying in a hostel. 

Budget Travel Packing List: What/how to pack when staying in hostels. 

Travel Insurance 101: How to choose the right travel insurance. 

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  • Great list about Amsterdam Hotels. It helps a lot to easily find accommodation while travelling there.

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