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The Shelter City

Barndesteeg 21, 1012 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 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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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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7 reviews
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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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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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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Lyme Regis, Dorset
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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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Miami, Florida
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29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

Comfy beds, great breakfast, Spacious and perfect location at just 20 - 25 EUR per night ! Free WIFI too.

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reading
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

very reasonably priced for like 30 euros a night, next to the RLD, but can be avoided, 5 minutes walk to central station, no smoking or drugs or alcohol allowed, free breakfast, really friendly staff, bed linen provided as well

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Milano, Italia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

very reasonably priced for like 30 euros a night, next to the RLD, but can be avoided, 5 minutes walk to central station, no smoking or drugs or alcohol allowed, free breakfast, really friendly staff, bed linen provided as well

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Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2011

We, 6 people in total stayed in this hostel for 3 nights and it was really terrible. We were assigned in 6 dorm. The room was dirty, dusty. We found so many body hair on all of the blanket which is sooooo disgusting!!! We decided not to use it and turned on the heater in room, but it was not... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2011

LOVED this hostel! Stayed in a 16-bed female dorm and felt very comfortable and safe. Great location right in the heart of downtown. Good breakfast. Great price. Clean, well-kept, and comfortable. Great for backpackers.

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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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