16 of the best budget places to stay in Amsterdam

Excited to be finally be able to share with you 16 of my favourite budget places to stay in Amsterdam. There’s a nice mix of budget hotels and hostels to choose from, depending on your budget. Look forward to your feedback and if you are visiting Amsterdam, do checkout my recently updated locals guide to Amsterdam & the best cheap eats in Amsterdam in the city. This post covers a mix of hostels and the best budget hotels in Amsterdam . Before we jump into my recommendations, I’ll answer a few key questions that will help you decide which hostel in Amsterdam is best for you. Note: Prices for accommodation are insane at the moment in Amsterdam, especially post pandemic. Prices tend to fluctuate from summer to winter but at the moment, rates are abnormal so keep that in mind but if you are on a tight budget, then checkout my guide to the cheapest hostels in Amsterdam.


Where is the best area to stay in Amsterdam


As a 1st time visitor to Amsterdam you will want to stay in the Amsterdam City Center or Old Centrum which is the area around Amsterdam Central Station. You will find the majority of the cheapest hostels in this area, ranging from the quite but social Ecomama to the more party friendly Flying Pig Downtown Hostel. My favourite neighbourhood in Amsterdam is De Pijp also known as the Latin Quarter that just lies to the south of the city center. Home to the fantastic Albert Cuyp market and also the Heineken Museum, this area is popular with students and creatives alike. You will find the beautiful Cocomama hostel here. If you are looking for something bit more alternative in Amsterdam but still central, I would definitely consider Amsterdam Noord which was named by Time Out as the coolest neighbourhood in Amsterdam. This former industrial area is just a short hop on the ferry across the river IJ, right behind Amsterdam Centraal Station. The excellent Clink Noord is the hostel to stay in Amsterdam Noord. 


Are hostels in Amsterdam Safe?

If you are questioning whether to stay in a hostel or hotel in Amsterdam, I would emphatically recommend hostels because Amsterdam has some of the best hostels in Europe in terms of design, in terms of character plus they are well run by great team of experienced staff and are extremely safe. All the hostels offer lockers. They will have a member of staff working 24 hours and will have security cameras installed. In terms of general tips, always travel with a padlock , don’t leave your valuables lying around and always have a comprehensive travel insurance.



1) Cocomama

Westeinde 18, 1017 ZP, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Rates: Dorms: €21- €45; Privates: €76- €150 booking via


Cocomama Hostel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Located in a less touristy but convenient part of town, near Rembrandt Square, Cocomama has a racy history. Yes, it was previously a brothel.

Housed in a century-old building, with exquisite period details, chandeliers and lofty ceilings, this hostel is stylish but cozy, welcoming and warm.

With respect to rooms, you can expect comfy bunk-beds and beds, lockers, power outlets, private showers in ensuing rooms. There are five private double rooms, each resplendent with Dutch themes (‘van Gogh’, ‘Tulips’, ‘Cow and Milk’ etc). If you’re on a budget there’s the option of the Windmill six bed dorms.

Want to know something else?

Don’t forget to make friends with Joop, the hostel’s very own resident cat.

Amenities: free Wi-Fi; organized tours, kitchen, luggage lockers.

2. Via Amsterdam!

Via Amsterdam! is unique and creatively designed budget hostel / hotel with tons of great facilities and is one of the most affordable hostels in Amsterdam at the moment. The 90’s theme, inspired by the building’s history and location within a business park, adds a fun and nostalgic touch.  The hostel is located on the border of Amsterdam and Diemen and has a metro station, Venserpolder , just a 7-minute walk away. From there it is just a 10 minute metro ride away into Amsterdam centre and 15 minutes to Amsterdam Central Station .

Via Amsterdam 8 Bed dorm

Dorms here come with integrated plugs and USB portals and numbered lockers for storage.

Via Amsterdam 4 bed dorm

The private rooms at Via Amsterdam are bright, minimalist with premium mattresses ensuring a good night’s sleep, while the bedside lamps are made from old Bakelite phones in keeping with the hostel’s retro decor.

The hostels has an onsite bar/restaurant called The Dude, a nod to Jeff Bridges’ character in the 90’s film “The Big Lebowski.’ Meals here range from hamburgers and healthy poke bowls to hot dogs and falafel salads. The hostel offers a basic but decent continental breakfast is offered for €6.50.

Price per bed: Rooms start from €35 for a bed in a 8 bed mixed dorm, €40 for a bed in a 4 bed female dorm and €100 for a private room, booking via Hostelworld.com ( Currently this is one of the cheapest and best rated hostels in Amsterdam )

3) Ecomama

Valkenburgerstraat 124, 1011 NA, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Rates: Room in the 8 bed experienced traveller’s dorm ( best dorms ever ) starts at he €27 mark or you can book their double deluxe private ensuite from €84

Ecomama is the eco-conscious, sister hostel to Cocomama. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, slap-bang next to the Waterlooplein Flea Market and the Jewish Museum, Hostel Ecomama is conveniently just 2 metro station stops away from Central Station.

A stunning feature of this modern, eco-conscious hostel is its wide, open communal spaces whether it be the sitting area (loaded with magazines), the café (awesome coffee and baked goods), or the teepee (featuring classic and contemporary movie shows) you can always find a welcoming nook of the hostel to call your own.

What makes Ecomama, truly stand apart from the rest is its impressive focus on sustainable living and green credentials.

Ecomama is a stylish, budget friendly hostel but the choice of seven different types of rooms means that it can accommodate every type of discerning traveller. From the 8-bed luxurious dorm for ‘experienced travellers’, to the girly ‘Ladies only dorm’ (free nail polish, glossy magazines and hairdryer), to the Double Deluxe, the flashpacker’s dream retreat for that romantic weekend, Ecomama has you covered.

Amenities: kitchen, bikes for hire, book exchange, large luggage lockers, linen and soap included, free Wi-Fi.

4) ClinkNOORD Amsterdam

Badhuiskade 3, 1031 KV Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rates: 4-6 person mixed dorms start at €24, whilst a bed in the 4 and 10 girls-only dorm starts from €25 a night; private ensuite from €80 per night booking via

This is the first Clink hostel to be opened outside the UK after two backpacker hostels opened in London. It is located in the lush, green Amsterdam NOORD area, located on the other side of the River IJ. It is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Central Station and the Red Light District and if you don’t mind the short ferry journey (24 hour ferry service via the ‘Buiksloteregveer’) to NOORD, then you have a peaceful, green neighborhood to call your own.

ClinkNoord is a sizable hostel with over 750 beds. The dorm rooms, sleeping from six to sixteen people, are comfortable and each bed comes equipped with a plug USB port and overhead light. The private rooms have ensuite bathrooms.

The hostel has exceptional facilities including a library, restored stained glass windows from the 1920’s, the atrium and the in-house ZincBar, with a delicious and affordable menu. Expect the Dutch classic Bitterballen (meatballs covered in breadcrumbs, doused with mustard), the Clink Burger with chunky chips and their stone baked delicious pizzas. There’s a buffet breakfast for €6.90 or just grab a baked treat and coffee for €3.50 from the Catalyst Café.

Amenities: library, free Wi-Fi, in-house bar, affordable café, self-catering kitchen, luggage lockers.


5. Hostelle- Amsterdam’s first female only hostel

Hostelle is Amsterdam’s first female only hostel with the primary aim of creating a safe yet fun space for female solo travellers and groups to enjoy Amsterdam. The hostel is located in Zuidoost district which is home to people from all parts of the world and this reflects in the diverse range of places to eat here. So if you are foodie, this neighbourhood is perfect. The hostel is a 15 minute metro ride away from Central Station. The hostel itself as a homey down to eatyn atmosphere. Staff are super friendly and helpful, You have a choice of shared dorms ranging from 4, 8 and 10 bed dorms. Every bed in the dorm comes with its own shelf and a free locker for guests to store their valuables. Linen is included in the room price and a reading light is supplied upon request to guests. 

Amenities: 24 Hour Reception, Self Catering facilities, Bicycle Hire, Laundry Facilities, Luggage Storage & Towels for hire

Price per bed: Dorms from €18 booked via Hostelworld

6) Generator Amsterdam

Mauritskade 57, Oost, 1092 AD Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rates: A bed in a 4-bed mixed dorm starts at €17, a premium double room can be acquired for €85, a twin room with private bath from €67 booked via

Generator Amsterdam
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Generator Amsterdam is a brand new hostel found in the east of Amsterdam near De Pijp. The hostel itself, a former zoological building in Oosterpark, with a convenient location near to the tram stops and only a couple of tram stops away from Central Station.

The former lecture hall has been reincarnated into a lounge and bar. The modern design contrasts well with the beauty of the old building.

There are a number of room types to choose from: the quadruple room with 2 single and 2 bunk beds, the twin room with ensuite bath, the premium twin room, a bed in a 4-Bed Mixed Dorm, premium double or quadruple room.

There’s a great games room for evening entertainment and a well designed, shared lounge with TV, which is very welcoming.

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, bike hire, bed linen, 24 hour front desk, breakfast, lunch and dinner available on the property.

7) The Social Hub Hotel Amsterdam City

Wibautstraat 129, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rates: Rooms starts from €73.60 for a single private ensuite or €87 for a double private ensuite room booking via

The Student Hotel Amsterdam City
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The Social Hub Hotel Amsterdam City opened with the idea of being a meeting place of short-term /long-term scholars and visitors. The hope was to create a common ground for the cross-cultural exchange of these two communities.

Rather than provide a dreary academic environment, The Student Hotel in Amsterdam is surprisingly upbeat and has a bright cheery design. The main lobby seats a host of students/visitors who are browsing their laptops from comfortable desks. Everything from the black and white wallpaper in the reception area to the retro black and white notice board, to the quirky designer lobby stands testimony to the hotel’s emphasis on creating a welcoming environment.

Rooms are comfortable and spacious with designer furniture and the beds are comfortable. Each room is equipped with hot functional showers and also a desk for late-night studying.

The Social Hub Hotel Amsterdam City has an excellent central location, a few tram stops away from Central Station. Willen Riyslaan tram stop is right outside the hotel.

Amenities: Free library, bike hire, free gym, affordable diner, games room, free Wi-Fi.


8) Student Hotel Amsterdam West

Jan van Galenstraat 335, 1061 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Rates: Standard Plus Room for €64.80, Executive Room from €69.30, Superior Room from 69.30 and Suite from €78.30 booking via Booking.com

The Social Hub Hotel Amsterdam West is located 25 minutes away from Central Station by tram. Take Tram 13 and get off after 13 stops. As mentioned before the Social Hub Hotel Amsterdam West represents a brand catering to the needs of the savvy world traveller and also the student looking for long-term stay. The location at Amsterdam West is described as a ‘cozy-contemporary hotel campus’. As regards long term stay its possible to book accommodation here from 2 weeks to a year!

The hotel has a huge bike depot at its doorstep: very convenient for exploring the city on two wheels. The hotel has a relaxed, fun vibe. Enjoy spontaneous barbecues, a friendly game of ping pong, or chit chat with fellow hotel dwellers in the bar-restaurant area called The Kitchen. Plenty of room to study too.

There are a few room choices to select from if you’re a traveller: Standard Plus Room, Executive Room, Superior Room or Suite. The Standard Plus Room has an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a double bed. The Executive Room has the same conveniences with a larger size room. The Superior a Room in addition features an extra-large king bed. The Suite is the ‘piece de resistance’ with a private kitchenette in addition.


9) Volkshotel

Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Rates: Double rooms can be found at around the €79 mark and rooms sleeping 4 persons from €139. The Miss Petite room comes in at the €59 mark booking via Booking.com

Volkshotel is located in the hip and emerging neighborhood of Amsterdam East. It’s near the bustling market near Waterloo Square and the Amstel River. Approach the hotel via the Wibautstraat Metro stop. To reach the hotel by taxi from Central Station expect to pay €15-€20.

The hotel premises were once a newspaper’s headquarters. The hotel is home to 172 rooms of different sizes. Choose from rooms quirkily named Miss Petite, Sir Standard, Sir Standard’s Sister, Ms. Big, Mrs. Massive and Madam Miva. The design of the hotel is very nice and tasteful. There are provisions for free Wi-Fi and a safe. Opt for a yoga session at the hotel or get sporty with Volks Sport, get a nice haircut or a relaxing massage. There’s a sauna and hot tub too!

The hotel runs its own personal boat tours on their 100 year old mahogany hunting boat that takes in the sights of riverside East Amsterdam.

Enjoy a late night cocktail or two at Canvas the hotel’s on site restaurant/bar. There’s even a rooftop terrace to enjoy the sights of Amsterdam.

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10) Hotel not Hotel

Piri Reïsplein 34, 1057 KH Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Rates: Stay in the ‘Secret Bookcase M’ room, sleeping two, starting from €63; the ‘Crisis Free Zone’ with double bed and shared bathroom from €58 per night booked via Booking.com

Hotel not Hotel resembles a hip boutique hotel. It’s quirky, cool and the design is fascinating. The hotel’s emphasis is on design. The rooms and the common areas are really quite stunning. The majority of the rooms have been designed by individuals from the Eindhoven Design Academy – a collaborative called Collaboration-O. With names such as ‘Amsterdam Tram Cart’, ‘Crisis Free Zone’, ‘Crow’s Nest’, ‘Secret Bookcase XL’,’Fading Colors’ and more, each of them is a delight.

The hotel is located on Piri Reis Square, which is walking distance from the tram No 17 stop.

Would you believe that the bar connected with the hotel is called ‘Kevin Bacon’? Named after the famous actor the bar is described as ‘ zero pretention, it always delivers, and it makes sure everybody has a good time.’

This is a place to grab a quick breakfast in the morning or a cocktail at night before treating yourself to a delicious Thai food dinner. Enjoy the ambience of the terrace too on warm days.

Hotel not Hotel
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11) Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

Oostelijke Handelskade 34, 1019 BN, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Rates: Budget twin room with shared bathroom can start as cheap as €53 a night and go upto €120 a night booked via Booking.com 

The Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy is more than a place to stay, it’s an institution in its own right. Housed in a historic building, 2 km from Amsterdam Central Station, it is described as ‘created as a home for travelers of all stripes we believe in sharing cultural luggage-yours and ours’. The hotel hosts regular cultural events that are a delight to attend. There are 4 open platforms, multiple meeting spaces to host these events.

The rooms in the hotel range from 1-5 stars with regards to facilities. This ensures that the hotel caters to every budget.

Expect a large restaurant and a big south facing terrace, bike rentals at reception, stored luggage facilities, free Wi-Fi, wheelchair access for certain rooms, a library and the possibility to cater to small domestic pets.

The Lloyd Cultural Hotel and Embassy
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12) CityHub Amsterdam

Bellamystraat 3, 1053 BE Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Rates: The price of a night’s stay in a Hub starts from €53 booked via

CityHub Amsterdam
From €53

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CityHub Amsterdam is located near the Ten Katestraat street market. From Central Station avail of tram 17 and get off at the seventh stop at Ten Katestraat.

The novel feature of the CityHub in Amsterdam, are their innovative and minimalistic design of ‘Hubs’ or small cabins for stay. The Hubs have free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning, pre-made beds, changeable ambient lighting, rain showers, separate male and female bathrooms and complimentary towels. For €10 you can have breakfast in the ‘Breakfast Club’ across the street. CityHub Amsterdam has a number of hosts who will be happy to guide you during your stay.


13) Citiez Hotel Amsterdam

Osdorpplein 372A, 1068 EV Amsterdam, Netherlands

This compact design hotel is located in the Osdorpplein shopping centre ( 25 minute ride from Central Station ) where you will find all the mainstream fashion labels plus the brand new food court WestMarket. Tram 17 takes you directly to the central station. Staff are super friendly and helpful. Rooms are on the compact side but its clean and decent for a good nights sleep. There is an all day cafe onsite but also plenty of cheap options nearby for breakfast. 

Room rates start from €80 via booking.com

14. Durty Nelly’s Inn

A short walk from Central Station in the heart of Amsterdam’s historic city centre, Durty Nelly’s Inn is a cheap, clean hostel with a great vibe, thanks to their legendary Durty Nelly’s pub downstairs. So if you are looking for cheap, cold beer ( Happy hour! ) and somewhere to meet people, this is the place. The hostel also organises a decent püb crawl plus their capsule style dorms are clean, cozy and offer you privacy. 

Rates start from €45 for a bed in a mixed dorm and €60 for a capsule bed via Booking.com

15. Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam

Kerkstraat 136-138, 1017 GR Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam

Hans Brinker markets themselves as apparently ‘the worst hotel in the world’ but delivers the basics for an ideal cheap break in Amsterdam. This is a hostel for party animals and enjoys a great location (majority of the galleries and libraries are located at a five-minute walk from the hostel ) near Leidseplein, the city’s dynamic hangout spot. The beds are clean but basic, there is a complimentary breakfast plus Happy Hour between 5 and 6pm where you can enjoy some of the cheapest beers in town. The other star feature is their underground club which stays open till wee hours in the morning.

Price Per Bed: Starts from €23.50/night Book Via Booking.com or  Hostelworld.com

Amenities: Free Breakfast, free Linen including towels and free WiFi

16. Stayokay Amsterdam Oost ( Zeeburg )

One of the advantages of staying at the brand new Stayokay Amsterdam Oost ( Zeeburg ) is the fab location in the upcoming Amsterdam Oost, an ethnically diverse district, famed for its wide streets lined by stunning 19th-century buildings. There is a bunch of cool bars and local breweries like Brouwerij ‘t IJ ( beside a windmill ) where you can sample fab organic blonde & dark beer. There is also the excellent Tropenmuseum if you would like to enjoy some art plus the famous Artis zoo is just a 10 minute ride from the hostel. The city centre is a 15-minute bike ride from the city.

Located in an old 20th-century schoolhouse, the recently renovated hostel features a good mix of shared and private room, all very spacious with an ensuite facilities. There is a bar and cafe onsite called the 5th which is a popular draw for both locals and tourists. There is a daily breakfast buffet for €7 which includes freshly squeezed juice.

Price per bed: Starts from €20 per night in a dorm booked via Booking.com Hostelworld.com

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, bed linen, a launderette, bike shelter, tourist info and electronic door locks, lockers, and safes.




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