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“Great location, everything (incl. resident cat) smells like weed” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bob's Youth Hostel
Ranked #190 of 219 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Great location, everything (incl. resident cat) smells like weed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

Bob's is in a really great location in walking distance of many museums, shops, eating establishments and other attractions.
Our room was clean and the shared toilet and showers on our floor were cleaned daily and in good condition.
I found the bed comfortable, but very short and very narrow. The bunks had no ladders or guardrails either.
In terms of a place to sleep and shower, it is a good venue in a fantastic location and I did enjoy my stay there.
However, what my girlfriend and I didn't realise when we booked was that the smoker-friendly lobby was in fact the hostel's only common area and only place with wi-fi. This meant that everything smelled of marijuana (yes, that includes the ginger cat who likes to visit from time to time) so bear this in mind if you aren't particularly fond of the smell.
I'd recommend this as a great place to stay if you're out to party, but it's not really a place suited to couples looking to explore the city.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

Bob's youth hostel has one good thing going for it - prime location. Apart from that the wi-fi works intermittently (don't count on it working if you need to book things) but there's a good cafe nearby with free wi-fi so that didn't bother us too much. The price was a bit too much for what we got (a broken locker which we had to pay a €10 deposit for the key, no towel - but you can pay for one which wreaks of smoke and no common areas that aren't smoking areas). Bed was comfy, shower hot but I would not return.

Stayed November 2013
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

Myself and 5 of my close friends stayed at Bob's. After booking the trip last minute and arriving without accommodation sorted we roamed the streets until we found Bob's.

Well .. it was an interesting stay. It was cheap which was great, so we weren't expecting the Ritz as we walked upstairs. We shared a room with 11 other people (one of which was a VERY loud snorer) the beds were comfortable and the atmosphere was a laugh. We also had some very trippy paintings all around our bunks which made for an interesting nights sleep after taking some happy pills.

The state of the bathroom was pretty poor and with only 1 toilet to share between 16 .. it could be an awkward wait sometimes. The shower was pretty poor as well, I may as well have had my mates spit in my hair as that would have been more powerful and soaked me more effectively.

Breakfast. Now that was hilarious .. not just because we were on a come down and sometimes higher than a Somali on midday munchies.

The location however was great. Pretty much central to all the bars and coffee shops so you don't need to worry so much about taxi's and buses etc.

Cant complain all in all .. did what it said on the tin. Cheap stay, reasonable rooms, great location.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Kelowna, Canada
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

All 8 of us who stayed here got bed bugs, and it has been a major source of stress. (This was the only place we travelled to) The hostel itself felt very unclean and rundown but the location was good. The lobby and the place you can store your luggage are QUITE dingy. I've realized that bed bugs are a huge issue as a traveller, and so much harder to detect and get rid of than I ever thought. Bob's Hostel has obviously been affected by this issue that affects all travellers, and I want to tell everyone, if you sleeping in any bed other than your own at own - know how to look out for bed bugs and what to do to prevent them travelling with you!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Internet rarely works. Matresses are very narrow. Terrible feet smells. Weed smoke at lounge all day. Humiliating breakfast - tea, bread and jam, and egg. Same everyday. The staff is ok and the location is great. But for 32 euro a weekend night for a tiny bed with 20 ppl in a smelly room...i wouldnt bother unless optionless.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sao Paulo, SP
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65 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 4 days in a room shared between 16 people. It was real fun sharing typical amsterdam stories with all our room mates.
Rooms aren't very clean but they're ok. Rooms are compossed by bunk beds and it has en suite bathroom.
The atmosphere in the living room/reception and dining room (this room is used for these 3 purposes) is awesome. Joint smokers can smoke after 11 a.m and the way people interact with each other its different and special.
Its location is awesome too. Its just in front of centraal station and just 5 minutes walk from dam square.
Generally employees are very nice.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jorviz
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Donadea, Kildare, Ireland
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33 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

Dirty. Breakfast is eggs, toast and some dodgy looking spread. Stayed in a 20 bed dorm with two toilets and two showers. Beds were squeaky and tough to get into. The only way to describe the stairs in the place is dangerous. The atmosphere downstairs is good at night, although you're only allowed drink your own spirits, beer must be bought at the bar. I'm not that fussy of a person, I lived out of hostels for a month while travelling but this is definitely the least impressive. If like us you're on a budget and you're happy roughing it out, it's fine but otherwise location is the only thing the place has going for it (10 min from Amsterdam Central). I have previously stayed in the Hans Brinker, while the Brinker is an extra 10 minutes of a walk, for the same price rooms it is worth the walk and staying in the Hans Brinker - they don't really deserve their 'worst hostel in the world' title, Bobs does!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cillian R
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Property: Bob's Youth Hostel
Address: Old Centre: New Side | Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 92, 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum , Dam Square
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Ranked #190 of 219 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
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Number of rooms: 12
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