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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 4 weeks prior to arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

Up to 2 weeks before arrival we will refund 50% of the payment made for individuals or the whole group up to 50% of the total paid to us. After 2 weeks before arrival there will be no refund in case of cancellations.
We advise you to purchase travel insurance which includes cancellation insurance.

Additional Terms and Conditions

A key and damage deposit of 100 euros will be charged together with the balance of the bill 4 weeks before arrival. Assuming no lost keys or damage this 100 euros will be returned in cash when requested at check out.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Junior / Primary School, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Additional Info:

Single sex rooms ONLY. Groups of males and females MUST book separate rooms. Mixed groups who do not book separate rooms may not be able to stay and if they can may have to share their room(s) with other guests. Smoke/alcohol/drug-free hostel No curfew)

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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Shelter City

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Hostelworld says

Shelter City is a Christian hostel located near Dam Square and Central Station. This drug- and alcohol-free hostel serves a highly praised free breakfast of hot and cold food. Our guests say they recommend staying here 'if you want a calm stay' in Amsterdam; it's located 'right in the heart of Amsterdam next to the New Market and [is] thus a good starting point to explore the city'. The staff have been called 'warm and welcoming', offering 'a safe and comfortable place to relax and meet other travellers'. We like their 'free and delicious' dinner nights.

Property Description

Shelter City is right in the old centre of Amsterdam, close to the world-famous 17th century canals, Central Station, Dam Square, the Red Light District and many fabulous museums. A unique historic building with a great café and living room, peaceful garden and giant fish-pond.

The hostel is next to the Nieuwmarkt square which is famous for the mix of many cultures, international restaurants and cool cafe’s. There’s been a market here since 1614 and the castle-like Waag building at the centre of the square is from the 15th century. Spend a sunny afternoon drinking coffee on the square, enjoying the daily market and experiencing the diversity of Amsterdam life. There’s always something going on in Nieuwmarkt – it’s the place to be!

FREE: Breakfast, WiFi, Lockers, Maps, Sheets and Showers. No hidden extras - all taxes included in the low prices. Choice of rooms with 2-16 beds and shared bathrooms. The large dormitories have dividing walls between the beds. Or for more comfort and privacy choose rooms with 4 beds and a private bathroom (en-suite). Free lockers are available – bring your own padlock or buy one at reception.

24 hour reception with tourist information and discount tickets for canal cruises, bike hire and museums. Good security, free luggage storage, no curfew, no drugs and no alcohol. We have a hostel cat (called Oliver) who would love to meet you.

Run by Christian volunteers from all around the world. This not-for-profit hostel will give you a good night’s sleep in a clean and friendly atmosphere. A favourite Amsterdam hostel since 1972 with many guests coming back year after year. Come with your friends or make new ones.

Shelter City is famous for its warm and welcoming atmosphere - Experience Christian hospitality during your Amsterdam adventure! View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.1

  • Security 9.1

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 8.2

  • Cleanliness 8.1

  • Facilities 8.0


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    08 Nov 2019
    Amazing place to stay! We felt so safe there and the staff was so kind and helpful! They have many opportunities to include you into the community there and meet new people. It was clean and the bed was quite comfortable. 10/10 recommend.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    14 Nov 2019
    As someone who isn't super religious I wasn't sure about staying in this hostel, but everyone was so friendly. The only negative was the location so close to the Red Light District, but I wasn't affected much. Everything is clean and fairly priced.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    03 Nov 2019
    This is a chill hostel, they just really like Jesus too. Very clean. Good breakfast with hot/cold options and espresso bar. Workable breakfast if vegan. Atmosphere is chilled out. Not a party hostel-I moved here because Hans Brinker was soo loud at night! I appreciated that I could chill the f out here. Sometimes you need a break from party hostels...even in a “party” city...Located in the red light district, less than 10 min walk from the train station. :)
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    07 Nov 2019
    Staff was amazing, friendly, helpful and awesome problem solvers. There was an incident in our room the second night with other guests, and staff handled it like professionals. We were impressed with the complimentary breakfast and hostel night free dinner. We also ate one dinner in the hostel, only 7€ for fries, chicken, salad and tea! And it was delicious! The wifi was working well and the spaces were all clean. Amazing location close to everything on foot.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    06 Nov 2019
    A wonderful hostel, close to the red light district as well as many other historical sites in Amsterdam. Even if you aren’t interested in the red light district, the location of the hostel allows you to reach anywhere in the city with ease.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    05 Nov 2019
    Loved this hostel. The location is perfect. Less than 10mins walking distance from Amsterdam central station. Lovely and welcoming staff. Only problem was the need for more power plugs in the room but there was plenty of plugs in common rooms. 10/10 recommend
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    31 Oct 2019
    This hostel is very near to the metro station. Central station is one stop far or it can easily be reached walking while viewing the canals and the beautiful buildings. This hostel is clean, breakfast is good and staff are friendly and helpful. The only problem I faced is that there was no elevator and my room was in the high floor. I recommend this hostel for a nice safe stay in Amsterdam
    Lebanon, Female, 31-40
  • 9.1

    Superb

    08 Nov 2019
    Very nice hostel!! Only complaint would be that the bathrooms werent attached to the room but it wasn’t the end of the world. Had an amazing free breakfast. Overall would recommend. A little bit on the pricey side but it was worth it and Amsterdam is over pretty expensive so it alright.
    USA, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 9.1

    Superb

    08 Nov 2019
    Didn’t realise this was a Christian hostel when I booked this. So no drugs, sex etc...but that suited me just fine. The hostel also treated everyone to a home made three course meal, which was super generous and a nice way to mix with people. The Christian hostel is based in the red light district - four doors down there are ladies of the night twisting about, attracting clients. Loved the irony. Friendly staff and amazing outdoor garden to chill in.
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 4.3

    Rating

    15 Nov 2019
    I have to say that unfortunately it hasn't been my best experience in a hostel at all.
    Italy, Male, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Common Room
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Luggage Storage
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Vending Machines
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • Foosball


Awards

  • 2016

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Amsterdam

  • 2015

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Amsterdam

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Shelter City says

Shelter City is a Christian hostel located near Dam Square and Central Station. This drug- and alcohol-free hostel serves a highly praised free breakfast of hot and cold food. Our guests say they recommend staying here 'if you want a calm stay' in Amsterdam; it's located 'right in the heart of Amsterdam next to the New Market and [is] thus a good starting point to explore the city'. The staff have been called 'warm and welcoming', offering 'a safe and comfortable place to relax and meet other travellers'. We like their 'free and delicious' dinner nights.

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