I travelled to Amsterdam for 6 days in a group with 5 other friends, and having read the reviews we were very apprehensive about what hell we might be staying in, but when we arrived the reception staff were very helpful and hospitable and let us put our luggage in the entrance to reception as we arrived very early in the morning, before check in. (They also allowed this with our baggage after we checked out when we had a night flight so could explore the last of Dam without our cases)
We were up 3 flights of stairs which, although treacherous and steep, provided us with many laughs on the trip. Just tread carefully!
Our room had 4 Bunk Beds, we occupied 3 and there was a lovely australian guy occupying the last, who was travelling alone. The next morning he left and we had another guy who was travelling alone join us, whom later in the evening joined us as we ventured out to clubs.
The next day he left and a couple joined us filling up the other bunk bed.
So, if you didn't feel comfortable around other people this wouldn't be the best scenario and although at first the idea of sharing was a little bizarre, we are all sociable people and got on with each person in the room with us.
The beds were clean and comfortable and there was a locker allocated to each person. Although I had no problems with the bed, one friend saw a bedbug on his pillow in the night and though he had no bites naturally this caused quite a...panic. We saw no more signs of bedbugs or bites for the rest of the trip
We forgot about padlocks for lockers but our australian acquaintance told us on the first day you could put down a deposit of 5 Euro's for a padlock from reception and return it upon departure. This worked perfectly for us. The lockers were quite large so we had a few padlocks and shared just for our valuables like passports and currency.
The shower room was also the toilet which meant the floor was often wet so we wore shoes or flip flops if we went in. The sink was on the outside with a large mirror above it next to the window. This meant light for the mirror was good during the day but with only one light in the room and this being around the corner, at night it was difficult to use the mirror.
The shower itself was powerful and consistently hot 24hours of the day no matter how many of us used it or how long we took.
The location was brilliant and we were a short walk away from everything, on the same street is shops, cafe's restaurants and a small supermarket. Downstairs is a delicious crepes shop linked to the hotel so you get a discount on food and drink there if you're staying in the hostel.
If you come in late at night like we did many times (between 2-6am) You'll find you have the ring the bell to gain access to the hostel but most times there was someone to let us in instantly, just once we had to wait 5-10 minutes for someone to come down and they were always inquisitive about your night, very nice people.
Due to coming in late we were often asleep until lunchtime and found the cleaners would come in to the room and be very loud and this startled us the first couple of nights.
I can't think of anything else, other than to say that for the value for this trip we got what we hoped for, a bright clean room with somewhere comfortable to lay your head, no frills or luxury but then for less than £10 a night we weren't expecting any more.
Just a couple of tips; for essentials if you take a right out of the hostel and then the next right, half way down this street there are two supermarkets opposite each other.
For a nice cafe, again take a right out of the hostel and there are a few on the other side of the road, we had amazing milkshakes in 'Hunters' the logo is a cartoon dog.
A few up from the hostel is also a couple of nice bars for a drink, these generally seemed to all close at 1 or 2am along with the cafe's.
Hope this helps!
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