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The Shelter City

Barndesteeg 21, 1012 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Ranked #58 of 192 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

Booked it cos of availability, not being aware of this being a christian place. Well nobody tried to proselytize me or molested me in any other way. At opposite! The place is nice, I liked their breakfast and attitude. Just a pity that you cannot smoke weed in the yard

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Shelter is ideally located, right between the Waag and the Red Light District. It could not be more central. The service was good, and full bedding and hot breakfast are included in the already great price. Atmosphere is OK. Weird probably if you're not a Christian, as it's a Christian hostel, but they don't shove it in your face. Everything... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

We were a group of 4 friends who visited Amsterdam in early Nov'11. The hostel was about 5 mins walk from Amsterdam Centraal and was'nt too hard to find. We stayed in a 12 room dorm and was well kept, the beds & linen were clean too. We had shared bathrooms, but they were clean. The hostel is centrally located... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

Very relaxed & welcoming atmosphere in the hostel.. They are strict about who they let in and check verification documents before they let anyone in. This is for your safety though. And they always let us in with a smile....even at 2AM in the night! We stayed in the dorms which were very well maintained. The dorms on the ground... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

Service - wonderful, welcoming staff. Always willing to help & had great convos with them. Value - good value. Sleep Quality - excellent. Rooms were quiet & beds were comfortable. Cleanliness - very clean. Linen provided. Location - 5 mins walk to Amsterdam Centraal. Close to main sights & bars. Around the corner from Red Light District but easily avoided... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

Just stayed here for new year 2012 with 2 friends.. ages 24, 24, 23....the rooms are really small and the whole place looks old fashioned. The lockers are not in your room so you have to walk to your locker every time you need anything.....dirty toilets and showers. We were told off for drinking and smoking in our room on... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

In the middle of the red light district you'll find this christian hostel. It takes just about 10 minutes walk from the central station and it's in the middle of the main place of Amsterdam's nightlife. I stayed there in august and the price was very low for a city like Amsterdam: about 25 euro including the breakfast, which was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

I only stayed one night here as I had a layover coming from Rome back to the U.S. It's very close to the train station - just about a 5 to 10 minute walk. The front reception staff was very nice. I was invited to prayer, but it was in no way pushy. Very safe hostel, you have to show... More 

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