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Amsterdam Hostel Orfeo
1.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Leidsekruisstraat 12-14, 1017 RH Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #142 of 176 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“avoid”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

youth hostel with terrible beds
lots of young travellers
charge extra for credit cards
It is not worth the amount of money you pay by any means! If you want better accommodations, there is an outdoor park nearby in walking...

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Yes, the hostel is basic. It's a hostel. The room was small but clean, perfectly fine for staying in 3 nights as we were. One drawback is that it only had one plug (although many people seemed to charge their stuff in the reception/dining area) we planned ahead for this and brought a splitter from home. There was only beds and a sink in the room so nowhere to keep clothes, didn't bother us but worth mentioning. Beds are comfy and you get a sheet as well as a duvet which was great in the hot weather. The shower and toilet were communal - hostel was full when we were there and only once had to wait for the shower, and really we could have gone to another floor. Admittedly, the toilet is grim. Not as bad as a festival by a longgg way but could probably do with replacing (2nd floor toilet), smelled slightly and generally just looked old.

The staff were always happy to help and went above and beyond to make our stay better. The reception area had a dining area which showed english tv, had lots of plugs and the best connection to the free wifi. This is where you'd find a great social environment each evening. It is also where breakfast was served - bread and jam, tea and coffee. We didn't bother going down after trying it the first day. They really shouldn't bother and should channel that money elsewhere. The good news is that there's a mcdonald's only 2 minutes down the street.

The location of this place is my main reason for the "Very Good" rating. Close to museums and nightlife, you get the best of both. Close to the main tram links - so you never have to wait for long for a tram. When you step outside the hostel there's plenty of bars and restaurants to go to and have food/drink.

I would recommend this hostel to anyone - yes it's basic and a little noisy but that's because it's cheap and a social-able place. It's not pretending to be anything more than that.

Room Tip: Rooms not facing the street are quieter.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Having read the reviews before staying I was absolutely terrified of Orfeo .However it was SO MUCH BETTER than I had expected. Our room was compact and basic but it was all we needed. There was only 1 shower between 32 but there was never a queue of more than 1 person. One guy even let me over take him in the queue, just out of niceness. The lack of lockers did not cause any problem, we obviously brought any valuables with us but felt safe enough to leave are rucksacks unattended during the day. It is in a central location and although the street is loud at night we were so shattered there was no problem about sleeping. It was the people that we met that really made our stay great! Everyone mixed and got on, we met some really interesting people from all over the world and would hang out with the people in our room each night. The fact that the hostel is reasonably small meant many people would come together in the lobby in the evenings. My friend dropped her interail and plane tickets one night, someone found them outside, dropped them into the lobby and the staff returned them. I mean come on that is as nice as you can ask for? You get what you pay for, if you aren't willing to rough it a bit go else were but if you are you could do much worse than Orfeo. Everyone we meant during are 3 day stay was happy enough with the service so the negative reviewers may not be in the majority.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Out of pure desperation as all other hostels were seemingly booked at the time, myself and two other friends chose to stay at Hostel Orfeo during our 4 night duration stay in Amsterdam. It is not worth the amount of money you pay by any means! If you want better accommodations, there is an outdoor park nearby in walking distance called Vondelpark, seriously, go there, I had a more comfortable sleep under a tree hungover than I did in the bunk beds in this hostel. Granted, Hostel Orfeo is in prime location, but that is literally the one and only positive aspect I have to offer on this hostel. However, the hostel itself is very easy to miss at it appears conspicuous with its lack of sign from the outside. They claim to have Free WiFi and that is just bogus as the only WiFi signal I was able to pick up was out on our small outside deck out of our room (that you had access to by climbing out of the window, convenience at its finest) and it wasn't even the hostel's WiFi network, it was from a nearby restaurant. If you enjoy sleeping on rusted out bunkbeds and having pull strings to flush toilets Hostel Orfeo is the destination for you! I seriously pity anyone who is overweight or is confined to a wheel chair as there are winding stair cases, no elevator, the rooms are very compact and the bathroom is smaller than that of an airplane bathroom. I really have to hand it to the designers of the hostel though, the graffiti and wall scratching's everywhere is really a nice decorative touch (sarcasm). Anyone from the street had access to our hostel so if that allows you to sleep at night then I encourage you to fill your boots. The staff at the front desk were completely clueless, I had requested directions to the nearest café where I could purchase a crepe and it took one staff member 30 minutes to locate it on Google Maps, while he rolled a joint. If you enjoy smelling feces 24/7, watching other travelers trip out in the common area on the main floor then please, I highly recommend Hostel Orfeo for all of your backpacking needs (or lack thereof). Also, since when does peanut butter and jelly sandwiches constitute as breakfast? This place is a rip off, homeless people live better than anyone staying in this hostel.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This place is dirty, ugly, loud and uncomfortable from a to z.
On top of all of that, they charged much more expensive due to a mistake on their website.
It's a SCAM!!!
Bad karma to these people!
seriously...
We found puke in the showers and hair everywhere
seriously...stay away from here.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

I really enjoyed the hostel and common areas but the bedroom and bathroom are horrible. The staff is kind and will always help you. The location is excelent, near the bulldog, anne frank museum and iamsterdam letters.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Leidsekruisstraat 12-14, 1017 RH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #142 of 176 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Amsterdam Hostel Orfeo 1*
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