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The Shelter City

Barndesteeg 21, 1012 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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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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Seville, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

I am not overly religious so normally I wouldn't have picked it, but considering I wasn't in Amsterdam to do any of the ''interesting'' activities Amsterdam offers I wanted to be somewhere safe and clean. I am happy to say the wifi was great, the rooms were nice size and the staff was AMAZING. They could answer every question you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

I cant say enough about this place. I came in on a saturday and they offered us a free tour of the city!!! It was so much fun. Then we came back to the hostel and talked over free hot chocolate and coffee! The staff is extremely helpful and kind. I was travelling alone and they made all the difference.... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

I'm not religious so I wouldn't have normally picked this hostel but I booked 4 days before coming so I got "stuck" with this hostel. I have to say - GREAT location. Can't beat it. Took about 10 minutes walk from the train station so even if you have luggage its an easy walk. The people are nice and they... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

When my son had his first big international trip this Spring break he was doing about 6 major European cities in 10 days. With some advanced planning he located this Christian hostel in the heart of Amsterdam. The room configurations are very versatile from bunk rooms to 4 and 6-person suites w/bath. I was able to maintain email contact with... More 

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Kiruna, Sverige
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

A hostel with a great location, located in red light district and about 10min walk from the central staition. Lots of shops, cafes and stores in the area. Clean rooms with sturdy beds and lockers just outside the rooms. Very secure hostel, allways locked and you need to show your pass to enter.

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

It's near to or rather located in the Red Light District but it's very safe. They lock the door all the time and you will need to show the paper that they gave you on check-in before entering the hostel. It's close to restaurants and supermarket so we have no problem with food. They provide a free city map and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

This hostel feels like a remodeled convent with all the Christian sayings and crucifixes on the wall.. The rooms are pretty basic but they are very clean.. They are pretty strict with security and that's a great thing.. Location is amazing, breakfast is made to order.. It's not a party hostel, but it's a nice refuge from the craziness of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

Excellent location!! Close to everything. Don't come here hoping to meet a new travelling partner or someone to hold a decent conversation with. Unless you are Christian then you might get accepted. Friday nights are good, either a open mic night or free dinner and games. Although playing "I've never ever" in a Christian hostel isn't the most exciting way... More 

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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

On my trip through Europe this would have to rate as the worst hostel we stayed at we were there for two nights the rooms had too many people in them it is a backpackers but we are not cattle, we were at the front of the building and there was god awful music and raging parties going all through... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

while filling out a recent review of an Amsterdam trip i thought i'd add this one from september 2010 (not 2012) A group of us stayed here for 1 night, not the greatest place in the world but, it was cheap so i guess you have to treat it for what it is. To be honest the lady on check... More 

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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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