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At the end of June, 9 poor students decided to have a holiday and rather than paying for an expensive hotel or apartment we decided to stay in one of Amsterdam's Youth Hostels. At first I was very sceptical of this becauwse my view of yuoth hostels has always been that they involve earyl nights, early mornings and having to cook and clean as part of yor stay. Fortunately, this was not the case. We stayed at the VondelPark Youth Hostel in the centre of Amsterdam. I was very impressed by the website we found so we actually booked are room on-line. They have a variety of different rooms from single rooms to dorms sleeping up to 12. The Youth Hostel was well sign posted and are map reading skills were not really tested. After arrving in Amsterdam Airport, we had to get a train then a tram to the Youth Hostel but neither of these caused any problems. When we were in the Youth Hostel, instead of having a door key, everyone is given a key card (like a credit card) to open doors with. This applied not only to our room door but for virtually every other door in the hostel. This had two advantages. Firstly it made you feel very safe in the hostel, and secondly, it meant there were no curfews!!! The actual room was pleasant with five sets of bunk beds for us to sleep on. There were also ten small wardrobes in the room to keep all your stuff in. In the middle of the room was a large table and chairs. We alos had our own bathroom with two showers, two basins and a toilet. In addition, all linen was provided, as were towels. Although this was not the Ritz, it was well kept and sufficient for our needs. The facilities available were also good. There was a TV lounge, an Internet 'Cafe', a bar a restaurant and a Games room. The only problem we had with this Youth Hostel was the breakfast. It was served early in the morning (not much use after a night out) and even then the food was not much. It was a buffet continent
al breakfast but the choice was limited and the quality not great. However, this was more than outnumbered by the number of advantages and the prime position of the hostel, in the middle of Amseterdam overlooking the Vondel Park. If you are looking for a good night out, or are travelling across Europe, then this is a great alternative to hotels and at eight pounds a night is great value for money
I used this hostel for one night in Amsterdam as it was my first stop. The reason I chose this hostel is because it said it was for individual travellers only so I figured it would be a good starting point for meeting people. However when I got to the hostel the people behind the desk where checking in groups of 5 and six people together. So from the start it didn't live up to expectations. To get to the hostel you take either tram 4 or tram 9 two stops to Muntplein. From there it is only a 4 minute walk to the hostel. Although you can walk it in around 10-15 minutes. The hostel costs NLG38 per night, that's around 11GBP. For this you get a bunk in one of 4 dorms which have 24 bunks in them, you get your sheets every day and you get your breakfast thrown in as well. The bunks are comfortable enough and everywhere is clean. There are showers and washing facilities on each floor, with around 12-14 showers in each bathroom. There is also a free locker for each guest which is big enough to hold the largest of bags. Down stairs there is a bar area which is open till the early hours, this is also where the breakfast is served between 7:00 and 9:30. The hostel also has 2 internet computers available. It is NLG3 for 15 minutes, that's around 80p. The computers are new and fast. The only problem I had was with the fact that they advertised for individuals only but still book in groups, and the majority of people there were in a group. I also found the staff abrupt and un-comunicative. I would tell people to look somewhere else first rather than going to this hostel.