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“The room & bathroom smelt of sewage :/” 2 of 5 stars
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Heart of Amsterdam
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Oudezijds Achterburgwal 118/120, 1012 DT Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)   |  
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Ranked #89 of 175 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
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“The room & bathroom smelt of sewage :/”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011 via mobile

I wouldn't stay here again. I wish we had the room with the broken TV then a revolting smelly room!

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

Stayed in this hostel twice now! Great location right in the middle of the RLD! perfect for finding when you're staggering home drunk wit your mates! Clean hostel, cudn't really complain for the price since a'dam is so expensive! Recommend for travellers or stag groups! Defo not a place for your girlfriend or a place to spend a quiet night in amsterdam! lol! Overall i'll defo stay here again when i visit amsterdam again!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

Me and my two mates came to amsterdam to enjoy queensday, we we're all excited about the trip. that is until we got to our hotel, when we first walked in the only thing i coud think of was this place is somewhere you'd film a low budget scarface styled porno, everything was black, with some gold paint on it, classy..and then there was this running theme throughout the hotel of putting loads of movie posters everywhere? for what reason i don't know, stupid gimmick i assume. we didn't actually watch a film all weekend as our tv didn't work..but i'll get to that later..after we checked on the desk we were told to come back later as our room wasn't ready so we went off for an hour or so and came back, to find a grim dark room, with 1 window, which didn't even lead to outside but to a dark corridor, leaving us with no ventilation whatso ever, or any form of natural light, it was like being in a stuffy sweaty cave, and to add insult to injury everything was painted black, how bloody depressing, and another stupid movie poster on the wall which freaked everyone out in the morning, after a night of sweating away in the guantanimo bay style prison cell we kindly asked the girl on the desk if we could perhaps use her fan as we couldn't handle the heat, this helped for the 1 or 2 seconds when the was actualy pointing at you, other than that it was like a sweaty torture, "what have i done to deserve this? i was asking myself", to top it all off we were also not allowed to smoke pot inside the building which would have made my experience slightly more sufferable but no they wouldn't even allow a cheeky spliff, breakfast was substandard warm milk and cornflakes, grim, only good thing about this hell hole was the shower, and lets get real we don't go to amsterdam to sample their showers, as it was queensday weekend we ended up paying an absolutely ridiculous price for the standard of living we had to endure over the weekend, people stay away from this pit its not worth it!!!!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Lima, Peru
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

We arrived in Amserdam not knowing where to stay. Found this hostel right in the heart of the red light district, very cheap for the city, unique views (with characters changing every couple hours) from my window, and the environment inside was interestingly changing all the time. Do not expect nothing fancy or formal, this hostel will get you the Amsterdam feeling right from the moment you enter.

Room Tip: as for the rooms with the canal view, if you want a new picturesque view in red colours, with charac...
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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

Im a regular in amsterdam and stayed here for a few days which was intresting! Had read reviews before i got there and was quite worried especially as my boyfriend has quite high standards,whereas me, i just need somewhere to lay my head in Dam. When we got there it wasnt as bad a some reviews had made out, it was a bit dusty in places, but the sheets were clean and bathroom too, so for what i paid im not complaining.Breakfast was a few Euros which i never tried, looked like just danishes,cold meats, cearels, continental really, personally i need a hearty fry up or an equivilent to get me through the day!Typically the one room i saw a warning about on this site was the room i got and it couldnt be cahnged. it was on the ground floor and had a window looking out to the smoking area at the back which wasnt great but i didnt really have a massive problem with it, just closed the curtains when getting dressed, and wasnt there much anyway, was also quite pleased to have a room on the ground floor as anyone who has stayed upstairs in a hostel will know what the narrow staircases are like and jow difficult it can be when carrying luggage up and down and when you are off your face in general!It wasnt as loud as i thought it couldve been and whenever we were at the hostel it was to literally re-charge and then go back out again. We were wasted most of the time! Not sure id recomend the hotel for families as like its name states, it really is in the HEART of the red light district, so not sure kids would appreciate the ladies in the window displays,strip joints, sex shops etc. It is at the end of the road though so you can miss that if you want to...but then whats the point?lol. 5 mins from Dam Sq and 10 from Central st, plenty bars, resturants,take outs etc...everything you could want. catch a no.5 tram to Heinekin museum, and Leidseplein and youll see a more bars, clubs, restutrants, coffee shops etc and the best pancake place (the pancake corner) in the world (get a shwarma pancake ummm )! Had an early arrival and late departure so keys to a locked cupboard are provided by reception to leave your bags. Not many hotel staff from what i saw, but not needed.

Room Tip: I didnt have a problem but ask to be upstairs if you have a problem with slight invasion of privacy
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  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

The Heart of Amsterdam is obviously... in the heart of Amsterdam, and this means seeing prostitutes dancing in their windows right across the street. If that does not bother you, then this place is great. The beds were comfortable, and every bed had an outlet nearby. The location was nearby everything including coffeeshops, the main streeet, sex shows, and lots of cheap food. The price is quite high for a hostel, but that's to be expected especially with its location. I would definitely stay here again! Be careful walking up and down the stairs!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

This hostel does what it says on the tin.. it is in the "heart of amsterdam". This Hostel was ideal for our trip to amsterdam for a 21st birthday and it is literally right next to the Red Light District, if not in it. Each room in the hostel has a different movie theme which was really cool, our room was themed "The Clockwork Orange" and was clean and surprisingly safe. Breakfast was available in the morning. However, we didnt try it as we couldnt pull ourselves out of bed in the morning!
I would recommend this Hostel to any group of young people touring around amsterdam as it is quite a lot cheaper than other hostels and the rooms have a lot of character! We had a really good laugh and would definately stay here again!

Room Tip: Take all of your belongings when you leave your room, dont trust anybody!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 118/120, 1012 DT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #89 of 175 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Heart of Amsterdam 2*
Number of rooms: 27
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