One of the best hostels I have stayed in - so much so, this is actually my first time reviewing anything on Trip Advisor. But this hostel was so comfortable, welcoming and special that it deserves a few words.
If you want a hostel that treats you like an adult, with a desire to have a clean hostel, good bathrooms & shower, and some quiet at night, this is for you. It's still got a great social atmosphere to it but in a pleasant way.
It's also worth considering if you only want to be in the madness of Amsterdam for the day time.. Haarlem is only about 15 mins on the train (2 or 3 stops) from Centraal Station. For me, it was the perfect way to be able to have easy access to the city but pay less for accommodation - and get something special in the process.
The staff are very friendly and inviting - they make an effort to remember each guest's name and are always on hand to offer advice on things to do, help you with anything generally or just to chat. There's a great common area where people play board games and chat and drink a local beer. Across the street, is a really small pub with a bulldog (but friendly one) keeping watch over things through the day. I never felt things weren't safe there - even though the lockers under the beds don't actually have a facility to lock it securely, the whole vibe and atmosphere of the place lends itself to everyone watching out for and respecting each other's things.
The room I had was fantastic - although 8 beds, they were well spaced out and had individual reading lamps. Upon entering the room, there was even a small hallway type area with a door leading to an en-suite shower and sink (the bathroom was right next door). The beds were already made up fresh, with a big duvet and decent pillow. Good, clean kitchen facilities also.
Only downside for me was a group of party people in my room on my second and last night there - the usual no respect for their fellow travellers, lights on, talking to each other loudly on coming back from their night out but can't fault the hostel for that, it's the chance you take anywhere..
All in all, great hostel in a really lovely location, close to all amenities and well worth a stay. If only more hostels could follow this example!
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