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The Shelter City
Barndesteeg 21, 1012 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)   |  
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Ranked #76 of 173 Specialty lodging in Amsterdam
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Well that was wierd”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

So I stayed at this hostel in summer of 2010, it was very clean the staff was friendly... enough, awesome location and weird at the same time. The hostel is right at the edge of the red-light district and a square with lots of coffee shops and cafes. if you have a problem with religion you probably shouldn't stay here

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

This is a christian hostel, not a party hostel which they were very clear about. The place was VERY safe, clean and I found it to be pretty roomy (probably 3 times roomier than the other hostel I stayed at in Amsterdam). Computers were always accessible and the internet worked well. The staff was very friendly. I did end up going out and getting high and drunk but I made sure to straighten out before coming back to the hostel so no one gave me any problems. I had to check out at 4AM and they accommodated me. The location was PHENOMENAL. For the price it was unbeatable ,but dont expect to stay here with a bunch of friends and go out to get wasted at night - I would imagine the staff would intervene. They are clear about what they are at booking though.

Room Tip: I can vouch for the dorm rooms - they were much roomier than other hostel in Amsterdam I stayed in a...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Not bad but the dorms have alot of people in them and 13beds was a little much for me.
Shower was ok but not great.
They did give a free breakfast of pancakes every morning which was probably the best thing about staying here.
Good location a short work from the centre

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This is not a 5 star hotel. It's a hostel. It serves it's purpose. The location is great and the people are friendly. I only stayed in two rooms: an 8 bed room and a 12 bed from but I have no complaints about either. I was able to sleep confortably in both. I forgot to mention that it is one of, if not, the best prices for a hostel.

Room Tip: The 12 bedroom room I stayed in was off the court yard so it wasn't facing the street. Therefor...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

sure, the location is great (the RLD is LITERALLY, around the corner), supermarket just on the other side of the building, ice cream store nearby etc etc. But I wouldn't stay here again given a choice. the first night we stayed in a 4 bed private room, which i'm pretty sure was only meant for two people to stay in. IT WAS SO TINY. we had to literally walk sideways between the bunk beds and the door was so close to the bed that there wasn't any space to stand while opening the door. PLUS: THE HEATER WASN'T WORKING. in fact I think none of them on our floor was. imagine walking the long corridor back with wet hair after showering in a temperature that felt like outdoors. not very fun. didn't sleep well either because the room was freezing.

second night, we had to move to a shared dorm as there wasn't any more space for private rooms. thankfully, the heaters worked in there. there weren't many people in the 16 bed room; just three more girls besides us. it was bigger (duh) so I had a more comfortable sleep that night. oh, but the showers on that floor were...not that great. Since it was on the ground floor as all the shared dorms were, you can imagine the number of people using them everyday, especially in the morning. yup. not very nice.

but it's not all bad. the security was good, which we appreciated given its proximity to RLD and all the coffeeshops around. it was also the first hostel we went to that provided hot breakfast (inclusive in the price we paid). Nice to have something warm in the morning, although it wasn't particularly filling, there was still free flow of bread and jam around to fill you up. Their breakfast is also really healthy. Maybe too healthy. So healthy we felt everything was tasteless except the jam.

Room Tip: privacy is nice, but the private rooms turned out worse than the share dorms. so if you don't mi...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The good:
-beds are clean and comfy
-there are lots of showers/toilets and they're cleaned daily
-awesome location, walking distance to everything
-yummy, free breakfast everyday
-no smoking in the rooms
-only guests are allowed in
-cheaper than a lot of the other places that are close by

The not so good:
-it's a bit too big for my liking, makes it harder to meet people
-a few things have been stolen although it's not really the owner's fault I guess

It's a Christian place but if you're not interested in religion (like me) then it's easy to avoid. It's not like they force bibles in your face.

I'd stay here again.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

If you are looking for an inexpensive and safe place to stay in Amsterdam, go to the Shelter City. I went there with a group of students and we were on a rather tight budget which was fine. I wouldn't spend a romantic weekend at the Shelter City though. The rooms are quite old and need to be given a fresh coat of paint. Breakfast is quite yummy and the staff is very friendly and caring, most of whom are volunteers. Being situated in the Red Light District, they will check your identity whenever you get in, preventing intruders to enter the hostel. Close to Amsterdam Centraal and the Dam area. Ideal for backpackers or students.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Barndesteeg 21, 1012 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #76 of 173 Specialty lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friendly, clean hostel in the centre of Amsterdam. Single-sex dormitories and rooms with 4-8 beds, some with en-suite bathrooms. 24 hour reception, cafe with cheap food and drinks, free use of lockers, great garden to hang out in with giant fish-pond! ... more   less 
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