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Durty Nellys Inn

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Hostelz.com's Review
Although Durty Nellys Inn is located in the Red Light District, it does not seem like an unsafe place to be. However, if your main purpose for going to Amsterdam is not to party, smoke, or experience the Red Light District, this is not the hostel for you.

The Location

Durty Nelly's is located within a short walk, backpack included, of the central train station in Amsterdam.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are nice and well-kept. The doors have locks that can be accessed by an electronic key. There are in-room lockers for the use of hostelers, and no one else has the key to your locker so there's no worrying about anyone in the room stealing your things. There are four- and six-person rooms at the hostel. The four-person rooms are obviously a bit more spacious than the six-person. There isn't air conditioning in the hostel. Normally, Amsterdam isn't typically a very hot city, but we stayed during a very hot and humid week and the windows and fans just didn't do it for us.

The bathrooms are cleanly and obviously well kept. The bathrooms themselves are spacious and there is plenty of space to change. There are hooks for your bathroom things as well as towels. There are housekeepers who come around during the late morning and early afternoon cleaning up left beds, so you know that the hostel is well maintained and regularly cleaned.

Common Spaces

The common space at the hostel is the bar, which is the first level of the hostel. There is a book exchange in the hostel office area, which all hostel stayers are welcome to use, thought it isn't very large. The hostel is very social and those who work there provide you with a basic guidebook of the top things to do in Amsterdam and can answer almost any question you have about the city and things to do. You are likely to meet a variety of fun travelers, however, you must keep in mind that the hostel is located inside the Red Light District, and you are therefore almost guaranteed to meet sketchy people. Also, you are guaranteed to smell weed from the street below whenever you are in your room.


The workers at the hostel are very helpful and kind, and the breakfast in the morning is excellent! Staying at the hostel also provides you with a variety of discounts throughout the city and especially at Durty Nelly's Bar and Restaurant.

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September 2012

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Basic Rooms but Exceptional Location and Staff! I arrived late in Amsterdam and made straight for Durty Nelly's as I knew they had space. My heart skipped a little when I saw how tiny the 6 bed dorm was but the beds are good, there are (noisy) lockers in the room and each one has a private shower and toilet. The category where this place really comes into its own though is the quality of the staff. They could write a textbook on customer care. I've never been so warmly and helpfully treated by staff in a hostel anywhere, never mind a big city like Amsterdam. Special thank you to Alex and Ola for their courtesy and assistance. Breakfast is included but basic and there are very good meal and drinks deals for guests. I'll deduct a point for the size of the rooms and lack of kitchen and common room but that's to change soon, I'm told ...  , Ireland ()
3  super location, nice staff. but very, very, very loud and very F**k music till 3 o'clock in the morning! but its not a real hostel, it's only a pub with dorms. Durty Nellys Inn in Amsterdam was the first hostel i stayed who the bed was made every day great! There's no room for my backpack after we check out so we have to go to the station and rent a looker -- in other hostels is this not really a problem!  , Austria ()
1  very poor hostel, even though is centrally located, the price is not worth at all any medium expectation! very poor dorms and toilets, poor cleaning, the pub downstairs is very noisy till late hours! the staff is ok. Do not recommend.  ()
4  Good clean beds, nice open rooms and no-one really has a go at you, only if you make as much mess as we did (to be honest they probably should have chucked us out) Not a place to go if you're a bit boring, we had some well boring people in our room and that made it worse!! Breakfast was ok, other food cheap, linen was changed for us every day and got some nice clean towels for the showers which weren't great but did the job!! I'd stay here again!  ()
2  I stayed 5 nights here. This hostel is really bad if you want a place to rest after a hard day. Here you'll find big noisy dorms, full of drunken people smoking in front of your face. I've even seen some people sniffing cocaine. The bar (located downstairs) and the street (the entrance to the red light district) are very noisy until 3 in the morning. So don't expect to sleep before 4 a.m. on the weekends. Also, the hostel doesn't have common areas and a kitchen. The breakfast is poor (tea or coffee, some bread, an egg and cheese). The bathroom and showers are clean, but normally there isn't hot water and the pressure is low. The best thing about this hostel is that it is excellently located, but you should know where you are going.  ()
4  I had a fine time at Durty Nelly's. It was basically clean, and even though lots of people are in each room it's certainly not bad. For people who hate weed, first of all you're in the wrong city because you know it's everywhere, but it's acceptable to smoke it in the room as long as other people are generally cool with it. You're located literally 2 minutes from the Red Light District and restaurants, shops etc. The stairs are really funky, anyone who's stayed there knows what I'm talking about, and coming up them after getting drunk is definitely an adventure. :). The bar downstairs is great. It's not super cheap but it's a fun place with darts, pool and foosball with TVs showing sports all the time.  ()
5  A great bar, great food and an excellent base to start your Dam experience. We always head for Nellys as soon as our flight lands!  ()
1  Relatively well located, but so expensive. Bathrooms are dirty, dormitories are so big and old, there is much noise, and people are consuming drugs all the time. F***ing disgusting... I would not stay here anymore.  ()

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