After reading several reviews about this hostel I was a little skeptical about staying here, however we booked it as it was cheap and we figured we'd only be there on a night to sleep. I stayed here with my partner, my brother, his fiance and my niece. Myself and my partner had room number 9 (would definitely recommend it!), it was spacious enough, clean enough, beds were comfy and we had massive bay windows which opened right up overlooking the main strip. We also had an en-suite shower in our room which we wasn't expecting, shower was a bit run down and not very powerful but hey, it served a purpose and saved us walking along the hallway to use the shared showers! Upon arrival my brother and his family were given a room on the top floor, it was a little run down and dingy and with having a 3 year old with them proved a bit difficult to climb the stars as the stars are very steep! They spoke to the owner and immediately he gave them a room on the bottom floor which was very spacious and clean. We forgot to buy shampoo etc and the cleaning lady overheard us talking about it and went downstairs and got us loads of shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, deodorant etc which was very nice of her and saved us a ton of money. Breakfast was the only thing that let this hostel down. Breakfast was a hard boiled egg, rubbery cheese, hard bread and butter and tea/coffee, I had breakfast everyday but only had the coffee as the food wasn't to my taste. After reading lots of reviews about rats/rat poison under the bed we did check under the bed and yes there was a box of rat poison but we had a scout around looking for rat scratches/droppings but found nothing, didn't hear or see a single thing and as the weather was rubbish whilst we were there we actually spent quite a lot of time in the hostel.
The staff were all extremely friendly and very welcoming, always answering any questions we had and making us feel at home. As for the location, well you couldn't get a better location for the price, we were about a 3 minute walk from Central Station and only a 5 minute walk from Dam Square. It did get a bit noisy on a night as our room was above the main strip but we were so knackered at the end of each day that we slept right through it!
Overall I'm not sure why there are so many negative reviews about this hostel, in my eyes it was extremely good for the price and I would definitely stay here again. Highly recommend!
- Also Known As:
- Groenendael Hotel Amsterdam