As some of you have asked which places in Amsterdam are both affordable and comfortable to stay at. So I have decided to SACRIFICE myself and my time to review some amazing places in Amsterdam.
What’s important when finding a place to stay, trust me it’s not only the price. You should also keep the following in mind:
- Where is it located?
- What kind of accommodation is it?
- What’s included in the price?
- How do you get there and how do you get in the city?
For example, your hostel is 60 minutes away from the hostel and it costs you 12,40 a day to travel back and forth, you still lose. Even if your hostel cost you 15 euro’s a day. I myself would rather spend 20 euros a day for a hostel closer to the city.
We also need to look at things that you might need, if you’re kind of on a tight budget look for places that offer facilities such as: free maps, free hot drinks and/or free breakfast, because you wouldn’t have to worry about that in your budget.
Also look at the pictures(which can be extremely deceiving), read the reviews and think would I want to stay here? But sometimes you need to look for yourself, because another’s burden might be your heaven.
I had the glorious chance to stay at WOW for one night and I’m going to review it on the following points:
- First impression.
- Overall experience.
Disclaimer: I will honestly look at these points, but to be fair with you this is still my opinion. So as I said before: my burden could be your heaven and the other way round. however safety can be measured in kind of a universal way. But I’m rambling too much, let’s get to the real point of this blog.
WOW hostel is an art themed budget and cultural hotspot. The building which was formally the poly technical is now transformed in an art hostel and is home to 50 art graduates.
- First impression.
When I first saw the building from afar my jaw (not so) literally dropped to the ground, because of the magnitude of the building. I’m used to smaller hostels, so it was quite a marvelling sight.
After sheepishly gazing I decided to walk inside of the building and the art freak within me started crying.
An industrial artistically decorated lobby a love at first sight situation. Though the lobby was quite dark and at first I thought it was because of the time I arrived, but the next morning I realized that it was still as dark.
I didn’t mind, because it really added to the art/industrialish theme, but my weak eyes did mind it after a while.
To be fair, the atmosphere wasn’t as lively as expected from an hostel. Sitting in the common area alone was quite awkward, because I realized that these people were usually either groups of families or friends. So I just started socializing with my ‘dorm’mates who were extremely social.
The common area did provide a garden, a patio, an expo/book area, several sit places and vending machines. So maybe if you’re more social (I wouldn’t know how, because I’m social af) you’d be having an easier time making friends.
Do I recommend this place for solo travellers wanting to make friends?
No, not really I personally would opt for a smaller hostel, because the small rooms force you to socialize and people are less likely to book at small hostels in groups, so you’d find more solo travellers wanting to make friends abroad, perhaps with you!
The hostel is located in Amsterdam West a borough 20-30 by public transport, 15 minutes by bike and an hour walk away from the city centre.
That’s kind of far for a tourist/tourist who wants to be as close to the city centre as possible. Most shitty hostels are closer to the city centre (from the places I’ve already seen) because they already win with the location. So they don’t really have to work hard on design.
The buildings in the cities are usually old, narrow and squeaky. Whereas this hostel design, space and cleanliness wise wins (from most of the places I’ve seen closer to the city) don’t get me wrong, not all places closer to the city are shitty.
I highly recommend you to rent on of their bikes for 15 euros a day (24 hours).because Amsterdam is best discovered walking or with the bike.
Public transport would either cost you 7,50 a day with a day pass. Which is actually cheap if you optimally use it. When I buy a day pass, I use it like crazy.
I’ve read the reviews (like everyone else) and many of the negative reviews were on the rude staff, I myself don’t like to generalise people, maybe they’ve been coming across one rude staff member and their poor hearts started to call the entire staff rude.
Though my beloved tourists keep in mind that the Dutch are kind of brutally honest, I am brutally honest. Anyway, I didn’t come across any rude people though one of the receptionists did make a joke which would come of as rude to others, but I recognized it as a joke and we both laughed it off.
So from the five staff members I’ve come across none of them were actually rude. I even observed some of them, how they talked to other guests and nope no rudeness.
I had a dorm on the red floor. The red floor is -you’ve guessed it- predominantly red. You also have the yellow, the green and the blue floor. So in the primary colours and one secondary colour.
Doesn’t that scream modernism to you?, because it did to me!
The room was beautiful and extremely clean, I don’t deal with gross hostel rooms. The beds were sturdy and the mattresses were hard, but I honestly didn’t mind that, because I don’t like to sink in my bed. Though the pillows could be less stone-ish.
The hostel offers two completely free fast WiFi connections, free breakfast which was okay and simple, free lockers but don’t forget your padlock, free towels and a book swap. I absolutely adore book swaps. You could make use of a small kitchenette which is basically a desk. They offer more than you’d expect in the price.
- Overall experience
I give the overall experience a 7/10, the higher points are giving to the amazing ambiance of the building is beyond amazing. The entire museum is filed with art. I’ve chosen the stairs over the elevator several times, because I wanted to smother completely succumb myself with the art. The weaker points go to the nearly non-existent atmosphere.
Some important information:
A bed in a mixed 12 people dorm can start as low as 14 euros a day, but that depends on when you actually book your room, try to do it well in advance. A double private room is 105 euros.
Phone number: (+31) 20 705 94 00
Email Adress: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Wiltzanghlaan 60
1061 HC Amsterdam West
I did receive a complimentary stay, but I remained brutally honest, because lying would make no sense and would go entirely against the purpose of this blog. So I quote ‘all opinions remain my own’
Well that was it for now, comment, like share, follow and I wish you an awesome and wayfaring life.
An outcast wayfarer