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Amsterdam Hostel Centre
Leidsekruisstraat 13-1, 1017 RE Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Hotel Granada) (Stadsdeel Zuid)   |  
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Ranked #330 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
Bogota, Colombia
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13 hotel reviews
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“I wouldn't go back”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

The room I got seemed like jail, no windows and tiny with 2 bunkbeds. It had a sink inside, really dark and depressive. The shared bathroom is horrible. It's got no courtain so everything gets wet, they leave a floor squeege for you to clean once you're finished.
There's no kitchen, the reception is very small and reception opens at 9Am. The 1st floor bathroom is beside reception, so it can't be used until they open.
Entrance is a bit hidden.

To be fair, it's well located and although staff was ok, the place is not.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

I rate it 4 stars because this hostel does not deserve the 2 star average. I have been to many hostels so:
We were 3 single students straight out of college living in New York, on our first trip to Europe alone. The hostel was tiny, lots of stairs, breakfast was very limited, bathrooms were tiny and rooms were cramped - but it was a cheap and safe, and the staff was helpful. We had no other expectations. One night when we came back super wasted the manager came out and told us to keep it down on the staircase and go back into our room - at the time we were upset, but you know what, it was 3AM and we were wasted - he was right. Internet was pretty fast and free. Location pretty good. If you are looking for comfort and quiet - this is probably not for you. But then again, you better be prepared to pay at least double for a similar location.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I stayed in this hostel with 7 friends for 3 nights, having 1 room to ourselves. Firstly, the staff were ok, I think other reviews were quite harsh, we checked in and were pretty much left alone after that except being told to be quiet (but to be fair it was gone 3am and we were quite loud). However, upon arrival, being a group of 18 to 19 year olds, it would have been nice to have previously been told about "CITY TAX" prior to booking. adding an extra 5 euros, which isn't too much but still would have been nice to have been mentioned on the website/phone when booking.
Secondly, the room was pretty damp, dirty and dark. The bathroom was ridiculous. It was a wet room, the shower being right above the toilet, so that everytime you showered you would drench the toilet seat......There was no toilet lid either. Also it was a pain there was nowhere to get changed privately in the bathroom because the whole floor would be wet after showering. In general, the bathroom walls were dirty and obviously hadn't been cleaned in a long time - if ever! The bunk beds were riddled with BED BUGS. Each person I stayed with ended up covered in BITES on face/arms. Obviously, the pillow cases/sheets/duvet covers had clearly not been washed whatsoever and smelt vile. Also, the balcony door was half falling off - just asking to be accidentally broken and then to be charged for... so watch out.
At nightime, the street the hostel is on is very very noisy and would not recommend for families or just most people that enjoy a nights sleep.....
I would definitely not stay here again......it was not worth the price, would rather spend a bit more money than have sleepless/smelly/bitten nights.
Considering I went with a group of 18 to 19 year old's who are hardly expecting the Ritz, it was really not brilliant, infact it wasn't even adequate. If this place was inspected by a health and safety officer.........I don't think it would be in business somehow...

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

The staff were all really friendly and guided me in the right direction as to good places to go in town. The rooms are very small and some of the lockers didn't work properly so I always had to keep my valuables with me throughout the trip. It was hard to get onto the top bunk without a ladder when trying not to wake anybody up. I woke up on my last day covered in bites so would suspect bed bugs which wasn't pleasant. This said, the location is excellent for restaurants, night life and city sights.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

Sat watching a mouse run across the room where you are supposed to be sleeping isn't what I had in mind when I thought about staying here. Dirty toilets, dirty rooms, with a nice view of a restaurants bin shed. Stinks. Not impressed at all.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

if you're looking for a family hostel-this is not the one to go for with it's rooms a similar size to a sleeper trains dormitories HOWEVER if you are looking for a cheap and easy place to spend the night with no curfew and a window to throw up out of after a heavy night it was perfect. The staff were useful and very friendly especially a young man named Benny who let us keep our luggage at the hostel after check out time until our flight later that evening. although the stairs are a little risky and it is pretty hard to find we had a wonderful stay, were given a free map and were pointed in the direction of the nearest Albert Heijn! if travelling again I will return.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

As what felt like the only budget level tourists to visit Amsterdam and NOT want to get stoned and wasted 24/7, we figured we’d be fighting a losing battle finding a good hostel to begin with.
There wasn’t too much to fault with the hostel itself, yes the stairs were like a ladder, and there was a level of ‘student sharehouse’ type grime to the place that only a full renovation could fix… but from the other reviews on this site, I gather unless you pay a fortune this is the norm in Amsterdam.
There were pro-active cleaners around the hostel each day, so besides residual wear-and-tear tattiness it was reasonably clean, and the linen seemed clean enough too. Beds were comfy and shower was always hot. Staff seemed friendly and helpful enough, and though wifi was at times patchy, we were able to get on the free network from the restaurant downstairs resulting in non-stop access.
The biggest downside to this hostel is the other clientele. It was packed out with the kind of obnoxious Australian party kids that make us embarrassed to admit our nationality in cities like Amsterdam.
First couple of nights were fine, but on our last night our room was overtaken by a group of Gold Coast bogans who were young and self-centred enough to think that the fact they were in a youth hostel meant they could have total disrespect for everyone around them and no-one else should care.
If you want to get simultaneously wasted and stoned, deliriously assure your friends that their odd miniskirt and beanie combo is ‘totes stylin’ ‘, party loudly in your dorm room until midnight, before you go out to seek some ‘bangin’ ‘ members of the opposite sex … then come home at 3am to strew bottles and tomato sauce smeared chip packets across the floor of the room then this is the place for YOU!
If not, perhaps reconsider this hostel. Trams are so frequent and quick that taking the compromise of staying a bit out of the inner city is worth it if you’re actually in Amsterdam for the art, architecture and culinary experience!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Leidsekruisstraat 13-1, 1017 RE Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Hotel Granada)
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Stadsdeel Zuid
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Ranked #330 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
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Number of rooms: 9
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