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The Shelter City

Barndesteeg 21, 1012 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Shelter City
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Taipei, Taiwan
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When i first found this hostel i was a bit concerned about its location being so close to red light district, and since im a solo female traveler i wanted to be safe. It turned out that my worries were totally unnecessary. Shelter city is perfectly safe for anyone and the staffs were really helpful. Breakfast is good too especially... More 

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Fislisbach, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was there with a friend, and as we are christians we loved and appreciated this hostel very much! Furthermore it's not that expensive, it's near to the central station and the center of the city. The staff is very friendly and open-hearted! :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed my stay at shelter city. We were a group of four and managed to get a four bunk ensuite room to ourselves! The hotel was excellent value, came with breakfast as well as lockers. The rooms were clean and functional, but no more. Would recommend to anyone looking for cheap accommodation. However, it's worth noting this is... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Hostels are meant to be special, and this one opened my eyes yet again. It is founded with the mission of being a "shelter" in the red light district, run by Christians from all over the world. I met great people here and not only had the usual backpacker chats, but also lots of chatting on spiritual and faith matters.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The hostel is great, it's right on the red light district so all the attractions are near. the food it's grat and you can choose from 3 options, hot food, bread our yogurt whit muesli at breakfast. it has a lot of space and an outdoor yard. all the people working are volunteers and super nice people. if you aren't... More 

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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This was my first time staying in a hostel and as I was traveling alone, I was quite worried. However it was a great experience. The hostel staff were all friendly and I was in a room with some great people. I stayed in a room with 4 beds however only 3 were used. The room was clean and had... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I was aware that this hostel was Christian orientated, which made me slightly apprehensive. I decided to go anyway and was pleasantly surprised. Upon arrival Holly checked me in and was very friendly and welcoming, sharing a little about the staff of Shelter City and their beliefs. One is kindly invited to join the Christian activities if you so wish,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Due to a booking error we only could stay there for a night although we would have loved to stay for longer. The staff was super friendly and helped us out whenever they could. The free dinner and city tour were also absolutely great. Other than that the building was really big and spacey (which you probably won't find anywhere... More 

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Jonkoping, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This was the first time I slept in a dorm, I was positively surprised, maybe it was the atmosphere in the Shelter that made me feel that, the staff were very helpful and friendly, this is a hostel that you can hang out in, and it is on Christian grounds, no alcohol is allowed, and men and women sleeps in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I was in Amsterdam for 4 days and my experience in Shelter was very good! It is a very nice hostel, with an amazing breakfast and perfect location in the city center! Friendly staff....and very clean room! So i was very happy to stay there!

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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