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Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Stadsdoelen
Ranked #33 of 237 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Visiting this hostel for two nights as part of an Interrail trip, this was exactly what I expected. We stayed in a 16 bed dorm with a shared bathroom area, the most basic package offered and whilst the rooms were plain, they were clean. This was the same with the whole hostel, it doesn't offer many extras apart from a breakfast which is brilliant and included in the price. Location is reasonably close to the Red Light District, just down from one of the larger streets in Amsterdam, perfect for what we needed. Only criticisms of the hostel would be a lack of plug sockets and the inconvenience of lockers outside the main dorm, it was a bit annoying lugging things backwards and forwards through a door that locks every time you shut it.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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StayokayVondelpark, Guest Relations Manager at Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Stadsdoelen, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2013

Thank you for your review.
Good to hear that you had a pleasant stay!
Did you know you could charge your electronics secure and for free at our reception?
We hope to see you again!
Kind Regards, Anna Stayokay Stadsdoelen

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Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

The staff here are super helpful, especially with the washing machines and where to get good food, and it's a very central location. Very easy to find street after a night out. The hostel is also super clean and new and it has one of the better breakfast arrays I've seen. Bathrooms are ok, no ensuites just mass shared ones but you'll never have to wait for a shower.

Problems: lack of charging / power points in the rooms, large (16 people) dorm rooms, there is a corridor that connects some rooms with lockers and this area is amazingly noisy and echoing. Personally I didn't find this hostel especially conducive to meeting people either

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Excellent location...right in the centre of town, close to all the major sights. Good rooms with large windows and light. Not too much by lighting in the evenings though, pretty dim. Lots of toilets and showers, large lockers, good beds and you get good clean bedding as well. Staff was very helpful, also tons of flyers and maps to help you figure your way out. One major peeve was the lack of charging points in the dorms. Otherwise, a thumbs up

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Nice clean hostel with plenty of toilets and showers. Lacked the atmosphere of many other hostels but the location made up for this. A suggestion to people staying here would be to bring a power socket extension as in a room of 10 there was only one socket inside the room and one outside. Breakfast is great and you can pack sandwiches for lunch if you're on a budget.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is a hostel, not a resort, not a hotel. You will share a room with lots of people. You will share a bathroom with lots of people. The people at reception are not concierges, figure your own plans out, or ask specific questions. Breakfast will be continental not an American buffet. That all being said, for a hostel, this one is awesome! It is clean and safe (bring your own lock or buy one at the desk for a couple of Euro). I stayed for five days and never felt like someone was going to take my stuff or unsafe. The location is perfect. 20 minutes from the train station, 20 minutes from the museum, minutes from bars and restaurants. It is actually cleaner than some hotels I've stayed at.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

I stayed here for Queensday 2013. I had a great time during Queensday, needless to say. The hostel is in a good location, very close to red light district and short walk to Rembrandt Square and the main square is not too far way either. Everything worked, was clean, staff were very helpful and friendly. Would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: not too many power outlets in the dorm room that I stayed in so plan ahead.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

This was my first hostel stay but it was nothing out of the ordinary because I've spent lots of time in dorms. There's a lot to like about Stayokay Stadsdoelen, particularly:
1) The location. When all the hotels around you are charging upwards of 200 euros a night, you know you've found a good place. In fact, the hotel is somewhere between all the districts and just far enough from the Red Light district that you don't have to pass through it if you don't want to. It's very close to the train station (15 minute walk), the Museumsplein (20 minute walk), Rembrandplein (5 minute walk), the Dam (10 minute walk), etc. Some rooms have great views over the canal also.
2) The staff were always friendly and dealt with the most mind-numbing questions from guests. Their patience cannot be overestimated.
3) Security/safety are very good. There are lockers next to the rooms and also lockers downstairs that are paid. You don't have to bring your own lock (I didn't), in which case you can use the upstairs lockers. But in general, I didn't get the feeling that things would get stolen here.
4) It was mostly clean, though I imagine that if the hostel was completely full, the bathrooms would need a lot more frequent cleaning than they get (only once per day.)

And the lows,
1) What you book isn't what you get. A 10+ person dorm room is really a 20+ person dorm room, and if you request mixed, you might get it or you might not. The hotel doesn't care. It finds you a bed and that's where you're going to go. In that case, the website is definitely misleading.
2) No power outlets, almost anywhere. No personal lamps by the beds. If you want to charge something, either wait to do it in the lobby or find another place. I found this extremely frustrating and silly when there's free wifi.
3) The breakfast is terrible. I would rather they supplied a decent coffee machine and some juice, instead of the disgusting pieces of meat and old, decaying fruit. I know, free breakfast is great value in a hostel, but it's worth spending a few euros to eat a balanced, decent meal.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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StayokayVondelpark, Guest Relations Manager at Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Stadsdoelen, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2013

Thank you for your response!

Good to know that you enjoyed our wonderful location, the friendly staff and security.

Stayokay Stadsdoelen has large rooms to share or private rooms. On our websites it says 10+ rooms, some are 8 bedded, 12 bedded, 16 bedded or 20 bedded. We try to separate the couples and mixed groups from the only girls or only male travelers. For there own comfort and for the location of our bathrooms. The only male dormitory is next to the only male bathrooms. Did you ask the reception for a smaller rooms, in case of availability we could have moved you to a different room.

We appologize about the sockets, we are aware that people bring in many electronics these days. It is impossible to have more in the room, since it is a monumental building. To compensate we offer the free service to leave the electronics at the reception. We will charge them for you and you can pick them up 24/7.

Sorry to hear the breakfast was not to your liking. It is a typical Dutch breakfast with different kind of bread that you can toast. cereal, fruits, cheese, ham, coffee, thea, orange or applejuice.

We hope you enjoyed your stay in Amsterdam!

Kind Regards,
Anna
Stayokay Stadsdoelen

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Additional Information about Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Stadsdoelen

Address: Kloveniersburgwal 97, 1011 KB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum , Binnenstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 237 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range: $22 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amsterdam city centre is famous for its numerous bars, canals, shops and museums. What could be more fun than having your home base in the heart of the city that never sleeps? And at Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen, you can meet travellers from all over the world. The moment you step outside, you’re bang in the middle of vibrant Amsterdam. Beside bars, restaurants and shops, you will also find theatres, cinemas and museums nearby. The flea market at Waterlooplein is within walking distance. ... more   less 
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