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“Awesome Location.” 4 of 5 stars
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St Christopher's at Winston Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Warmoesstraat 129, Amsterdam 1012 JA, The Netherlands (Red Light District)   |  
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Saint John, Canada
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“Awesome Location.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This hostel is located right in the red light district. It takes no time to walk there from the train station, and is really close to everything (including Dam Square). The directions on the website are a bit off though. It tells you to make a right at a store that no longer exists, but if you follow their directions to "turn right at the Chikita Shop" and find that there's no Chikita shop, don't fret. If you follow the directions they list on the site, still turn right onto Warmostraat and you'll find it (if you've walked past the Condomerie, you've gone too far.

The red light district is lively and there's a lot going on, all hours of the day and night. I walked home at night a few times, and there were a few shady, creepy men who made comments or tried talking to me/walking me to my hostel, but I think that can happen in any city.

The room I had was a 8 bed mixed dorm. It was relatively clean and the beds were comfortable. The shower was awful, though. When you showered, it went everywhere.

Its close to the location of the free walking tour (Dam Square, 1 minute walk). It's also close to Damrak, which is where I needed to be for a windmill tour.

My one criticism is the front desk staff. There was 1 guy who was really nice when I checked in, but otherwise, the rest of them were pretty terrible. They rushed you through, seemed irritated if you came by with a question, and generally were pretty useless. The bar staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful though!

I would stay here again, just for the location.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Richard P, Manager at St Christopher's at Winston Hotel, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Hey Erin,
Great detailed review you've left us here. Lots of things for us to consider. We've already made a few amendments based on your recommendations and our maintenance boys quickly tackled that shower issue you wrote about.
We're going to write to you privately about your comments regarding our front desk staff though.
Good to see that you enjoyed your stay with us, and it's true that we do have a very central location.
All the best,
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

The location is awesome, right in the center of tons of bars and restaurants, around the corner from the red light district, quick walk to the square where most tours meet.
My friend and I stayed in the two person room on the 5th floor, and there was no AC- which is no big deal, but the noise from the street carries up and it can be pretty loud. I never made it to breakfast because they shut it down at the exact time they say they're going to.
The bar was busy at night and was a great way to meet new people. The beer garden is really nice. There is wifi in two areas of the hotel.
The staff was really friendly and welcoming.
The beds were clean and comfortable.
Some negatives- the shower door was broken, tiny bathroom (I got water all over the place just brushing my teeth), and the garbage wasn't emptied when we arrived.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richard P, Manager at St Christopher's at Winston Hotel, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
We've made sure to pass on your kind comments about our staff to them directly. Makes their day when they know that they've made a lasting impression on our guests : )
And, it's good to see you got a good night's rest. Nothing's more important when you've a busy day exploring Amsterdam ahead of you. Pity you missed breakie though. If you ask our staff we usually have leftover fruit and eggs and stuff that we can leave out for those guests who snooze through their alarms.
Thanks for pointing us in the direction of those bathroom issues. You'll be happy to know that's all taken care of now.
Take care
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

I love st christophers this was my second time using this company and always look for them when I'm in Europe. Great location, close to train station and city center. Enjoyed the free walking tour. And was close to the location where I picked up the windmill day tour the next day. Had a free breakfast cheap and clean rooms and just can't say enough about how great this company is. Front desk so helpful in showing you anything you wanted to know on the map. Internet went down for a bit the first day but they apologized and it was fixed by the time I was back that night.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Stayed for one night in a double room that had one wall covered with a large photo of two naked guys. The room was small (10m2), the beds were small, the bathroom was small (2m2); the location was great. If you just need a place to crash, I totally recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

St Christopher's Inn was our first experience staying in a youth hostel. The stay was perfect and exceeded any expectations, especially for the amazing prices per night! The hostel staff were so friendly and helpful and the hostel itself was modern, clean and perfectly located above a chain of bars called Belushi's! We loved the garden at the back and the balcony that we had outside our room, both locations you were allowed to smoke in. It made our stay in Amsterdam perfect! It was literally 5 minutes from Centraal Station, Dam Square and amazing coffee shops.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

I stayed there with my girlfriend and we wanted to meet people from around the world. We think that the location is excellent, very close to the dam square. The breakfast was very tasty and had alot of Varied food.
The pub is big but we thought that the tables will be big and long so people can sit together and talk with each other, like in other hostels but very good for couples that want to be alone. The pub is often full of people so there isn't a place to sit and smoke for the residents of the hostel.
Room is beautiful and clean. Very good that has a big window in the room but little bit a noise from the street even if you close the window.
If we will come back to Amsterdam and would like to be alone we would stay here again but if we want to meet other people we would search for another place.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I had a private room with some interesting art on display. There were a lot of drunken English people on a stag party, but this is Amsterdam so……. Staff are very friendly and helpful and even tried to control the for mentioned drunk Englishmen. The hostel is located in the Red Light District, within easy walking distance of Amsterdam Centraal.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Hotel St Christophers At Winston
Hotel Winston
Winston Hotel Amsterdam
Winston Amsterdam
Address: Warmoesstraat 129, Amsterdam 1012 JA, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #30 of 169 Specialty lodging in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:2 star — St Christopher's at Winston Hotel 2*
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