I get that hostels in Amsterdam are pricey. And admittedly, this hostel has a lot of small touches that add up: the Wifi was great, my bed had its own socket to charge my phone, the lockers were spacious, the map tour was useful, there's an adorable cat, etc. There was nothing wrong with my stay.
But I fail to see what completely amazes other reviewers about this hostel and I don't think all of the amenities combined justify the price. I would sooner recommend any of the other hostels I stayed at in Europe where I endured minor inconveniences but got a full free breakfast (not limited to cereal), just as friendly staff, and a much more reasonable price.
Also, be warned that some of the hostel arranged activities are really expensive, or at least they were during my stay. For instance, the sex show was 40 euros. I don't expect something like that to be cheap, but given that many guests are on a tight budget I would have thought cheaper options were called for.
I would stay again if I couldn't find something less expensive, but I found Cocomama overrated.
- 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