Amsterdam is famous for its beautiful canals, quirky architecture, and lively nightlife. Planning to visit Amsterdam on a budget? Check out this list of the best hostels in Amsterdam for budget travelers.
Located in North Amsterdam, ClinkNoord is a mix of modern Dutch-style and cool features from the 1920s old laboratory with gorgeous stained glass windows.
In addition to offering fully-equipped dormitories of 4 to 14 beds, including some girls’ only dormitories and private rooms, it has a café, a library, a plant-filled atrium, and a self-catering kitchen where you can dish up everything.
You won’t be bored as there are also spaces for meetings and events. Perhaps, my favorite feature is ZincBar with live music, DJs, and performances.
Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Vondelpark
Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Vondelpark has a unique location in the heart of Vondelpark, near the Leidseplein entertainment area and the Van Gogh museum. Green surroundings make this monumental chalet building stand out.
Despite being one of the oldest hostels in Amsterdam, it still offers modern doubles and large dormitories with a white, gray, and yellow color scheme.
Aside from local craft beers and free breakfast, I love that the common area has a makeover with botanical art and hip vintage furniture.
It’s like a hostel in a park where you can refresh and get acquainted with other people. However, there is no party here.
You can also check out Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Oost if it suits your preferred location.
MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West
Next to Amsterdam Sloterdijk Train Station, MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West has modern rooms in mild colors with bursts of red. All rooms here include basic amenties and free WiFi.
My favorite aspect of the hostel is that the Old Dutch Masters are decked out on the walls.
You can get a good-value breakfast buffet for the rest of the day or make your meals in the communal kitchen.
The Flying Pig Downtown
When entering The Flying Pig Downtown, I was surprised at the decor in common areas. It’s fun and funky, with colorful murals, eclectic furnishings, and a whiff of cannabis.
While having a cozy cushion-scattered smoking room and a busy bar, the hostel is a good fit for those who love to chill and smoke.
It’s not one of the cheapest hostels, but it has high-standard shared bathrooms for dorm rooms and private double rooms.
Grab a complimentary buffet-style breakfast when you want to start the day!
You can also check out The Flying Pig Uptown, which is also a popular hostel in this chain.
Durty Nelly’s Inn
Located in the Red Light District, this party hostel has a vibrant vibe.
I love its decor with dark wood and intricate designs. Feel like a pub here! There are many green signs and Irish-themed decor, too.
Regarding accommodation, the rooms in Durty Nelly’s Inn will make you feel right at home. You can order a great continental breakfast for a small extra fee.
Plus, enjoy the pub on the ground floor with a discount for only hostel guests.
If you are a solo female traveler, then Hostelle is perfect for you! I love that this hostel provides a fun and safe place for women only so you can relax after a busy sightseeing day.
This pink hostel is also ideal as it’s well-connected to the airport and the city. Not to mention free breakfast, adorable dorms, and chill movie nights bring a homelike atmosphere.
Ecomama is a fantastic hostel that offers a Ladies-only dorm with various shades of pink and free girly goodies. With a sustainable vibe, the private rooms and dorms come in a funky eco-design.
The communal area here features a teepee tent that turns into a cozy, alternative movie theater for a couple of nights every week.
I also recommend heading to the FIX to grab some coffee or drinks from Thursdays until Sundays.
Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam
Hans Brinker hostel offers a great atmosphere, complimentary breakfast, cheap beds, and basic accommodation.
It’s a short walk from Leidseplein, the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum, but you may not feel like leaving your hostel!
The colorfully-decorated common area has a hip underground club and on-site bar with happy hour. Its restaurant has a varied selection from burgers to spaghetti bolognese. Eating there felt like I was back in a school cafeteria!
Frequently asked questions about Amsterdam hostels
What are the best areas to stay in Amsterdam?
The Old Center is the best area to stay in Amsterdam, especially if you’re a visitor on a tight budget. From there, Grachtengordel South, the Jordaan, the Eastern Docklands and Amsterdam Noord, the Old Jewish Quarter, Plantage, and the Museum Quarter are just steps away.
How much do hostels in Amsterdam cost?
The average cost per night for hotels in Amsterdam is $83, though $55 per night or less would be considered a good deal.