I don't typically preach the hostel gospel, nor do I particularly enjoy hostels, but Cocomama is a really nice experience. I loved the cat, Yurp-- So cute! The kitchen felt like a home away from home-- there were games and DVDs for you to use, and they provide all cooking implements, a fridge to store your food, and best of all, free pasta! There was also a super cute garden outside the kitchen to hang out in if you wanted to enjoy the weather. The staff was super, super friendly and helpful-- they gave us a map and told us where all the main sights were, let us print our tickets to the Anne Frank museum, and let us store our luggage below stairs after checkout.
My only quibble with this place is that all the dorms are mixed gender. As a female traveler traveling only with another female friend, this was a bit of a challenge for us. So, if you're not comfortable with this but still want to stay here, I'd try and book a private room, if there's one available. (We didn't book far enough in advance for this, though).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cocomama offers the best of both worlds in a super central location in Amsterdam. The luxury and comfort of a hotel and the atmosphere (and budget) of a hostel. The rooms are all Holland themed and range from private doubles to 6-bed dorms (and everything in between). You might share a bathroom in some of the dorms, but those luxurious mattresses and feather duvets are everywhere. Even more importantly, at MAMA, you're not on your own. Travel stories are shared, as is the dinner table. It's a place where you'll make friends and hang out with other international trotters alike in the private garden, living room, cinema, or cook dinner in the fully-equipped kitchen (perfect to keep costs down). And if that doesn't keep you busy enough, the staff organises tons of activities, and Joop (the adorable house cat, a.k.a. man of the house), is there to get cuddled 24/7 too. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cocomama Hotel Amsterdam