Best hostels in Amsterdam: the ultimate budget accommodation bucket list

Best hostels in Amsterdam: the ultimate budget accommodation bucket list

Where to stay in Amsterdam? Whether you’re in the Dutch capital to explore the city like a cycling god, or to sample some of Amsterdam’s best clubs, you’ll need the right kind of hostel for your trip. Would you prefer an eco-friendly den with indoor swings and a teepee? Or a hostel with its own smoke room complete with a piano, chess board and a friendly hippo? Here’s a rundown of the best hostels in Amsterdam to help you decide.

1. Lucky Lake Hostel

Lucky Lake Hostel is as quirky as they come with charming cabins and trailers transformed into plush hostel rooms! It’s one of the best hostels in Amsterdam for anyone who loves the great outdoors, Lucky Lake Hostel boasts a beautiful lake for swimming, kayaking, sailing and scuba diving, go on – jump in! This adventure filled hostel is located 30 minutes outside of Amsterdam  in the beautiful Dutch countryside and is the perfect place for walking and cycling enthusiasts, offering bike rental at reception. With a huge outdoor communal kitchen AND free breakfast and Wi-Fi, Lucky Lake is the perfect place to stay in Amsterdam for anyone wanting to get back in touch with nature!

Best Hostels in Amsterdam -  Lucky Lake Hostel

🏠 Address: Vinkenkade 75, 3645 AP Vinkeveen, Netherlands

🏘 Neighbourhood: Vinkenkade

🚍 Nearest station: Amsterdam Holendrecht (free shuttle bus to the hostel)

Book your stay at Lucky Lake Hostel now

2. Ecomama 

An advocate of responsible travelling, one’s carbon footprint, and conscious living – (serious stuff you know!) – Ecomama is a Green friendly hostel that invites it’s guests to connect, share and dream in the heart of the city. If you didn’t already know, Ecomama is the little sister of another one of our best hostels in Amsterdam. Keep reading and try to guess which one we’re talking about… The communal spaces at Ecomama are truly delightful featuring a fairylight studded teepee tent that transforms into a cosy, alternative movie theatre for a few nights every week.

This hostel’s philosophy means that everything is made of recycled materials: there’s a water saving system, green roof and a natural stone heating system. The front desk also donates €1 for every night that you stay to charity. Feeling the love guys, feeling the love ☮

Best Hostels in Amsterdam - Ecomama 

🏠 Address: Valkenburgerstraat 124, 1011 NA Amsterdam, Netherlands

🏘 Neighbourhood: Amsterdam Central

🚍Nearest Station: Waterlooplein

Book your stay at Ecomama now

3. Generator Amsterdam

Generator Amsterdam is housed in a former zoological university building overlooking the iconic Oosterpark – meow! Not only is this one of the best hostels in Amsterdam, it’s one of the biggest! No seriously, this hostel is absolutely massive and can comfortably accommodate over 500 guests. Generator’s huge outdoor terrace and spacious, cool AF cafe are the best places to unwind after a day of sight-seeing and hang out with fellow travellers. With fancy private rooms with floor to ceiling windows and plush double beds as well as stylish dorm rooms, Generator Amsterdam caters to all needs!

Best Hostels in Amsterdam - Generator Amsterdam

🏠Address: Mauritskade 57, 1092 AD Amsterdam, Netherlands

🏘 Neighbourhood: Oosterpark

🚍 Nearest Station: Alexanderplein

Book your stay at Generator Amsterdam now

4. Cocomama

From the adorable resident cat (shoutout to Joop!) to the sprawling back garden, everything about this boutique hostel perfectly encapsulates Amsterdam’s chilled out charm. Combining the style and grandeur of a boutique hotel with the social vibe and affordability of a hostel, Cocomama is a cosy retreat in the heart of Amsterdam. What about staying in a 1930s former brothel called “Yab Yum”?! Cocomama is just that, and hints of its racy past wink at you from walls. Offering everything private double rooms to modern AF 6 bed dorms Cocoamama caters to every kind of traveler! Think luxury. Think flair. Think hostel!

Best Hostels in Amsterdam - Cocomama

🏠Address: Westeinde 18, 1017 ZP Amsterdam, Netherlands

🏘 Neighbourhood: Amsterdam Central

🚍 Nearest Station: Stadhouderskade

Book your stay at Cocomama now

5. The Student Hotel Amsterdam City

Okay so technically not a hostel, but we couldn’t leave this cheeky hotel out could we?! It only opened in August and already has a 92% rating from our customers. Could it be the ping pong tables, gym and TED talks cinema room? We think the ensuite rooms with dreamy beds may have something to do with it! Student Hotel is a winner if you want the hotel luxuries with some “millennial” vibez sprinkled on top.

Best Hostels in Amsterdam - The Student Hotel Amsterdam City

🏠Address: Wibautstraat 129, 1091 GL Amsterdam, Netherlands

🏘 Neighbourhood: Amsterdam Oost

🚍 Nearest Station: Wibautstraat

Book your stay at The Student Hotel Amsterdam City now

6. Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark 

The best hostels in Amsterdam definitely know how to make a statement! This monumental chalet building overlooks the largest city park in Amsterdam. Who could resist?! This is one is one of the largest hostels in Europe and comes with a damn fine free breakfast. Aside from the rather ravishing location, it’s also crawling distance from Leidseplein, Amsterdam’s hipster neighbourhood bursting with places to eat, drink and watch acrobatic break dancing.

Best Hostels in Amsterdam - Stayokay VondlePark

🏠Address: Zandpad 5, 1054 GA Amsterdam, Netherlands

🏘 Neighbourhood: Leidseplein

🚍 Nearest Station: Leidseplein

Book your stay at Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark now

7. ClinkNOORD

Located in an old, 1920s laboratory sat on the banks of the River IJ, Clink Noord is one of our favourite hostels in Amsterdam. Perhaps our most favourite thing about it is ZincBar, the hostel’s very own onsite bar and kitchen. Dishing up everything from burgers and pizzas to traditional dutch delights such as Flammenkuchen and Bitterballen, KantineKITCHEN has something for everyone including an ever-so-trendy vegan menu, plant power!

Best Hostels in Amsterdam - Clink NOORD

🏠Address: Badhuiskade 11, 1031 KV Amsterdam, Netherlands

🏘 Neighbourhood: Amsterdam Noord

🚍 Nearest Station: Veer Buiksloterweg

Book your stay at ClinkNOORD

8. Flying Pig Downtown

This 18th century building-turned-hostel has an INSANELY central location next to the train station, Red Light District and the city’s main shopping street – perfect for coffee shop, pub & club hopping! It’s one of the best hostels in Amsterdam if you want easy access to, well, everything. In true Dutch spirit, Flying Pig has its own bar with DJ nights, cheap beer and a separate indoor smoking area, plus a pillow stage where you can chill out – what more could you need in Dam?!


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🏠Address: Nieuwendijk 100, 1012 MR Amsterdam, Netherlands

🏘 Neighbourhood: Amsterdam Central

🚍 Nearest Station: Amsterdam Centraal Station

Book your stay at Flying Pig Downtown now

9. The Bulldog

The Bulldog No.90 was the first EVER coffee shop in Amsterdam in 1970, named after the owner’s four-legged friend Joris, so expect the stuff of legends. That and the hostel’s bar and terrace overlooking the cathedral makes it an absolute doss to meet other travellers. Top notch security will ease the minds of first-timers or solo explorers (you need a Bulldog “passport” to get in) and rooms are spacious and clean as can be. Bulldog, we’re coming to get ya!

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🏠Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 220, 1012 GJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

🏘 Neighbourhood: Amsterdam Central

🚍 Nearest Station: Amsterdam Central Station

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10. St Christopher’s at the Winston

If you’re looking for the best hostels in Amsterdam to party and meet people, then say hello to your partner in crime! The 97% location means a 5 minute walk from the train station and the Red Light District is the hostel’s back garden….literally. There is no curfew (obvs) a busy bar and a free “breakfast buffet that would put other hostels to shame” – a customer’s words. That solves the impending hangover then!

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🏠Address: 129 Warmoesstraat, Amsterdam, 1012 JA

🏘 Neighbourhood: Amsterdam Central

🚍 Nearest Station: Amsterdam Centraal Station

Book your stay at St Christopher's at The Winston

11. Hostel Van Gogh

Van Gogh is as synonymous with Amsterdam as coffee shops and the red light district, and Hostel Van Gogh is the perfect retreat for art enthusiasts!  Each room is decorated with one of his iconic paintings and the hostel is located right opposite the famous Van Gogh Museum itself. Speaking of location, you really can’t do much better than Hostel Van Gogh’s super central spot near the city’s best museums, Museumplein park and a 12 minute walk to the Heineken Brewery!

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🏠Address: Van de Veldestraat 5, 1071 CW Amsterdam, Netherlands

🏘 Neighbourhood: Amsterdam Central

🚍 Nearest Station: Van Baerlestraat / Museumplein

Book your stay at Hostel Van Gogh now

12. Meininger Amsterdam City West

The phrase ‘pet friendly hostel’ is always guaranteed to get my tail wagging, and for the price of €10 a night your four legged friend can cosy up with you at Meininger Amsterdam City West. As well as welcoming these apawable travellers, Meininger provides hostel goers with free Wi-Fi, a 24HR reception, guest kitchen, breakfast buffet AND an onsite bar! Located right near Amsterdam Sloterdijk train station Meininger really is the best in show!

🏠Address: Orlyplein 1 – 67, 1043 DR Amsterdam, Netherlands

🏘 Neighbourhood: Sloterdijk

🚍 Nearest Station: Sloterdijk

Book your stay at MEININGER Amsterdam City West


13. Qbic Amsterdam WTC

A design lead hostel, Qbic WTC focuses on bright colours and squeaky clean interiors. Each room comes equipped with super relaxing rain shower to help you unwind after a long day of exploring the city. The staff are welcoming and here to help you get the most out of your visit to Amsterdam, offering tips and advice as well as #ObicRecommends. #ObicRecommends is an entire gallery of expert local knowledge on the best things to do in Amsterdam. Seriously, you can thank them later! It’s also one of the best hostels in Amsterdam if you want to avoid the drunken horde and enjoy a slightly more laid-back trip.

🏠Address: Matthijs Vermeulenpad 1, 1077 XT Amsterdam, Netherlands

🏘Neighbourhood: Zuidas

🚍 Nearest station: Amsterdam Zuid

Book your stay at Qbic Amsterdam WTC


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Annabel Usher (Hostelworld)

I'm Annabel, a Brit with a passion for travel. Here at Hostelworld I look after Student Marketing as well as being a #HostelworldInsider. NYC is my favourite travel destination (although I'm also a sucker for a cheap Europe mini-break!) and my favourite hostel is Freehand NY.

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