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)
- 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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