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“Better than I was expecting.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen

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Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen
Kloveniersburgwal 97, 1011 KB Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Centrum)   |  
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Ranked #70 of 201 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Orewa, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Better than I was expecting.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

My four friends and I stayed here in May 2012, we left our booking very late and ended up in the only room available to accommodate all of us - 20 bed mixed dorm! I have never slept in a room with this many people before, let alone being in a mixed room so I wasn't really sure what to expect.

Beds are allocated and we were lucky enough to be put in a semi private corner of the room with a window, which I actually think was the best spot in the room. It also meant we could spread our stuff out without being in the way of other people.

I had read previous reviews about the lockers being outside the room which I wasn't quite sure about security wise, but in a way it was actually quite a good idea. So you need your room key to get into the locker room, which you walk all the way through to get into the bedroom (where you use your room key again to get through that door). It means people arent coming and going at all hours, rustling through their bags, opening and closing zips & disturbing those who are sleeping - because you can sort your bag in the locker room. The lockers are huge which is great because unlike a lot places you can actually fit your whole bag in there. I had a massive backpack & still had heaps of room left over inside my locker. & the locker corresponds to your bed number, just make sure you have your own padlock.

One issue we did have with the room was the lightswitches and the positioning of them. First of all the one right by the door didnt work, but we could see there were a few lights in the roof so went looking for more switches - the other two switches were at the complete other end of the room, one was between two sets of bunks, and the other was in our little corner. It was a very wierd layout & if it was dark then you would have a great deal of trouble trying to find your way to the switch. I think the beds should've had their own personal bedlights like most hostels - this just seems courteous to everyone.

The bathroom is also unisex and seemed to be a decent size, however some of the toilet cubicles were very dark and needed more light in them. & I think some air freshners in there would be a great idea because with that many people using them, it did get a little smelly... Showers were pretty good, both had hooks and a shelf to hang/put your towel & clothes. However the bathroom floor appeared to be constantly wet which was very frustrating.

The included breakfast was good, had a nice variety, although was a bit of pain when clearing your plates and having to take them downstairs and down the hall to the kitchen for washing. I think they could have bins in the breakfast room where you separate your dishes there instead (same as what you do in the kitchen, just without having to take them anywhere).

Location was great, seemed to be pretty close to everything - I say it 'seemed to be' because for the whole 4 days I was there I never managed to get my bearings (Lucky I was travelling with guys who could read a map lol)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We stopped for lunch and each enjoyed a sandwich. My husband enjoyed his vegetarian panini and I enjoyed a carpaccio sandwich. My hazelnut latte was lackluster though- most likely made from a quick brew machine (think Wawa or 7-11).

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

I really liked this hostel and it was a good price. The staff were friendly, breakfast was good and the rooms and bathrooms were clean - not a lot more you could ask for! The lockers were a decent size - you can take a padlock or buy one for not a lot of money. It was in an excellent location within the city, next to the red light district, but out of the main area so it was quiet enough to sleep with windows open.
Would definitely recommend this.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

It is really close to Rembrandtplein Square.15 minutes by walking from.the Dam Square.
A good place to meet new people.
Perhaps too many people in a room.I was with 9 other girls.Rooms are clean and bathrooms too during the day but not in night.
The price is almost the same in every B&B in Amsterdam.
You can eat whatever you want in breakfast:-) it is really good.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012 via mobile

Amsterdam is not Berlin, so don't expect hostels to be like Circus or Wombats hostels. By Amsterdams standards Stayok is the best option, even better than famous Flying pig in my opinion.
The rooms are spacious, there are no tricky stairs like in Amigo hostel ( which is so tiny and steep that looks more like an aticus than a hostel) . The crew is great specially a blond girl whose name I ca not remember.
Breakfast is terrible though, really lame! Location is ok! By far the best option in Amsterdam, we been arround and visited many of the well known hostels to find a room (Bobs not nice atmosphere, Flying pig eigther)

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

The Hostel is in a good central location right on one of the Canals. Short walk to the Red Light District, Dam Square, Damrak Street, restaurants and pubs, with an English book exchange over the road. Breakfast is reasonable, rooms are large, staff are friendly and knowledgable. I would recommend this hostel.
the showers and toilets are very small though, but apart from that a good stay

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

This place is ok if you have nowhere else to stay and doing Amsterdam relatively cheaply. Sad though that on our second morning I got told off for putting a teacake in the toasting machine, yes told off. Very rude bearded man who obviously hated working in a hostel. I'm 32 and don't need to be spoken to like a child. My advice, don't serve teacakes if you're not allowed to toast them.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kloveniersburgwal 97, 1011 KB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum , Binnenstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #70 of 201 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amsterdam city centre is famous for its numerous bars, canals, shops and museums. What could be more fun than having your home base in the heart of the city that never sleeps? And at Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen, you can meet travellers from all over the world. The moment you step outside, you’re bang in the middle of vibrant Amsterdam. Beside bars, restaurants and shops, you will also find theatres, cinemas and museums nearby. The flea market at Waterlooplein is within walking distance. ... more   less 
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