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St. Christopher's Inn - The Winston

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Hostelz.com's Review
St. Christopher's Inn - The Winston is an excellent place to stay and it is really located in the heart of Amsterdam -- the Warmoestraat. It is a great place to meet new people and to hang out, relax, or explore the city. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the breakfast is excellent.

The Location

The hostel is located where Red Light District meets "civilization." It is in an area with all kinds of different people. During the day, there are tourists and during the night there are a lot of partying people, because the hostel has its own nightclub, The Winston Kingdom, and its own bar, Belushi's. The hostel is located a ten-minute walk from the Centraal Station and supermarkets are a five-minute walk away. There are pubs and bars everywhere, as well as coffee shops. The big Amsterdam shopping street, the Kalverstraat, as well as the Dam Square, is only four minutes away. The hostel has like a small backyard where you are allowed to smoke.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Every single room is designed in a different theme by a different designer for each room, which makes every room unique. The bathrooms and bedrooms are very clean. You get fresh towels every single day and the cleaning staff does also renew your bed. The beds are pretty comfy, but the rooms are not that big and there is only a small wardrobe in every room. But every bed has its personal reading light. There is also free Wi-Fi available in the whole hostel and the hostel has some storage for luggage (those are big safe deposit boxes), where you can store your luggage, as well as your personal items.

Common Spaces

The common areas are great and you can easily meet new people. The hostel provides free computers for your own personal use in the lobby/bar, where you can also hang out and chat with people from all over the world. The lobby from St. Christopher's is Belushi's Bar. You can enter the hostel through the bar. The bar is designed in a rock-music theme and looks really great. Smoking room and billiards are available for every guest. Guests in the hostel get a discount on the food and the drinks in the bar, and we can tell you, it is really worth it! Amsterdam is a pretty pricy city and the food in Belushi's bar is just awesome, so the discount is a nice perk! Try all the burgers and the fries. Although there is no kitchen, the staff help out if you need some hot water for tea or some glasses.

The backyard smoking area is pretty awesome to chill and relax and meet new people and in contrast, there is the nightclub "Winston Kingdom" next door to the hostel. They have good music, nice people, and every night has a different theme. Try the pub crawl -- it starts every evening at 8 p.m. next to the hostel. It's worth it!

Summary

Overall, this hostel is really great for young people or backpackers who like to explore the world and meet new people. Also older people are welcome in St. Christopher's. The atmosphere is excellent and the hostel is very clean and comfy and in a really great location -- hard to find such a great place in Amsterdam.

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Great bed and location plus free breakfast. Good place, central location, free breakfast, and nice facilities. The Winston bar (the bar in the hostel) is top notch. You will see many locals go to it because its that good. It can be a little noisy at night with the rooms on street level.  , age 24, USA ()
4   Has everything you need Overall the hostel was good and had everything you needed for a comfortable stay. Our room was clean and spacious and the complimentary breakfast was decent. I regret not taking advantage of the drink/food specials there. I ate at the bar on the main floor once and the burger I had was pretty good, although overpriced. If you use the 25% discount the cost isn't too bad.  , age 27, Canadian ()
4   Great Location, Great Beds Overall for the price a better place to stay that most(hostel wise). Make sure and take advantage of drink specials and food specials and show your discount card because we forgot most of the time. The club is open late so there is always something to do and the beds are crazy comfortable for a hostel. Food is good and is 25% off. Smoking area is right out the back door, not the greatest smoke atmosphere but still good.  , age 28, USA ()
4   Great location, good food, reasonable prices only negative thing was that I got confirmation for a 5-person dorm, but they were overbooked so I had to move to a 8-person dorm.  , age 31, South Africa ()
4   Great Bed This hostel has a great bed and nice sheets to sleep in. Didn't expect this quality. Unfortunatly I was on a 8p dorm room with 2 retards making a ton of noise at 3 in the night and 8 in the morning. Also there is quite some noise in the streets. However if you are lucky you will be fine with a great breakfast, great value for money and nice bed to sleep in.  , Netherlands ()
5   Best This hostel is clean, cheap, and the staff are great! It's also in the heart of the coffee shop areas and red light district. I highly recommend this hostel to everyone.  , Canada ()
5   Great place! will definitely come back I've just returned from a 4-night at the Winston ('Deluxe Double Bed Private Ensuite'). The room was spacious enough and even had a tiny balcony (just for a smoke). We had a sofa in the room & table. The bed itself was a bit soft, but it was ok to sleep in. Blanket was big enough for 2 people to sleep in easily. The bathroom & room were clean.The entire experience was really great.I was really surprised with the breakfast: 4 / 5 choices of bread, 4 cournflakes, eggs, fruits, juice,,and more ... excellent breakfast! The location is perfect (in this cool street you have: restaurants, coffee-shops, stores), only 2 minutes walk to Dam Square (transportation to everywhere in Amsterdam) and ~8 minutes walk from Centraal Station. The hostel is secured at night (you have to show your room card upon entrance at night). There's even a elevator! which is a huge bonus in Amsterdam hotels. The noise from the pub downstairs wasn't a problem on the 5th floor. The only issue was with the fact that the door of the other room was just next to our door, and you think that when your neighbour opens his door, he actually enters your room. WI-FI available only on the reception & restaurant areas. I will definitely come back to this hostel in my next Amsterdam visit. The price, location, room & breakfast are just too good to be true in Amsterdam!  , Israel ()
5   Something for everyone Stayed here a couple of times on weekend breaks, not bad value for money when you consider you are staying slap bang in the centre of Amsterdam (which is full of coffeshops, sex shows, clubs) so, of course if you aint looking for this environment, DONT COME HERE! On another note, rooms nice size and clean, food is good, beer is good, staff have always been helpful, and the music is good also (nights can get quite busy).  , Wales(UK) ()
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