A fitting end to an epic trip, this hostel/hotel was great. We were greeted on arrival by a very friendly and helpful receptionist who checked us in immediately(we arrived at 11am under the impression we could not check in till 2pm).
The room was nice and clean, we stayed in a shared room with roughly 14 beds. The shower and toilet was seperate which was handy. We were provided with lockers but you had to pay a deposit for the padlock. Our fellow room mates were very friendly after a little encouragement to chat but surprisingly were not smokers, this being a coffeeshop hotel. This was by no means any problem for anyone, the rules were made clear on arrival; no smoking in the rooms and respect fellow guests, which is fair enough. You are given a "passport" which allows you entry to the hotel and bar. I lost mine but the staff did not make an issue of it at all and promptly gave me a new one. The staff were always friendly and willing to help.
We came here with the intention of nursing our week long hangovers with a few smokes and it did not let us down(come on, it's Amsterdam!).
The highlight of the hostel/hotel was the lounge bar downstairs, which was open until 4am. Here you could buy food and beer at very reasonable prices for Amsterdam, sit and chat with friends whilst enjoying a few smokes and zone out to the constant sports on the big screens and pumping music. There was also a pool table which me and my friends spent quite a few euros in.
Breakfast is provided for free here and while not exactly adventurous, it certainly set you up for the day. It was set up like a buffet with ham, cheese, bread and rolls, soya yogurt and cereal. Tea, coffee, water and ice cold orange juice was also available.
The location was great too, right at the start of the Red Light District, but also meant that we were surrounded by "tourist traps", not a problem for people who have been here before.
One thing i liked about this hostel is it is open to everyone from all walks of life; from "stoners" to couples to sightseers. I recommend this to everyone.
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- Wake up in one of the highest rated hostels,located in the middle of one of the most visually stunning cities in the world! The Bulldog Hostel Amsterdam is loaded with that typical international and liberal atmosphere that makes Amsterdam so special... besides other things. Choose to stay in a dorm, private room or in our cool private suite whenever you come stumbling back from your Amsterdam adventure! We will make sure it will feel like your home away from home! ... more less
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