Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam, Amsterdam

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Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam Reviews

Clean enough, centrally located, but can be loud at night.

The beds and rooms are clean although a bit sterile in decoration. Lockers are provided with keys. Free breakfast that's actually good. Basement has a dance floor and ground floor has a bar. Located very close to everything downtown.

Age 22 | USA


so noisy, and i dont know who was the intellectual in the hostel and came up with the "great" idea of not putting stairs at the bunk beds. Also it was dirty and the staff were not nice at all. once more again, totally awful.

Age 24 | Spain

Ok for the price

Small rooms, not in the best conditions. Top beds have no stairs to climb. It's good if you want to party hard, but not recommendable if you're looking for a quiet place.

Age 31 | Argentina

Clean and organized

Very Satisfying stay. clean, organized with a nice bar and club downstairs. Location is good, breakfast is better than expected. Had some inconvenience by the staff but not as bad as they say.

Burakhan Gedik
Age 23 | Turkey

Not as bas as advertised

Good -- Bed, Sheets and towels, Crowd, Underground pub, Breakfast was really good. Bad -- Washroom (there is no divider between shower and toilet so gets pretty wet and messy). Overall good.

Age 26 | india

Great stay in Amsterdam

Great hostel for a weekend / vacation in Amsterdam! Very friendly staff, great bar and club, good food, nice bed and clean bathroom. location = the best!

Age 24 | German

Not that bad

Interesting marketing strategy advertising itself as the worst hostel in the world, but its actually not that bad. Its actually quite clean, but everything just looks really old, the sheets in particular. They have one socket for each bed which is quite good. I only stayed one night but i wouldnt wanna stay any longer as well.

Age 21 | Hong Kong

Hans Brinker Budget Hotel is basically a nice, chilled out place to start and end any day in Amsterdam. It is run by a handful of international staff members, who are very nice and helpful.

The Location

Amsterdam's streets promise any walk to be a great experience, so the one-and-a-half kilometers it'll take you to get from the hostel to the city center is not a problem, as it would be in most cities. There are other options of travel for more budgeted travelers such as the tram system, that will take you to most hot spots in the city for a few Euros. There is a tram stop five minutes from the hostel. Another option is renting a bike from the different rentals around town (there is also a good bike rental two doors from the hostel). As for nightlife, most of the surrounding streets host endless pubs and eating establishment of all sorts. This is especially true for the southern streets and the main streets connecting the southern area to the city center.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are pretty simple with different numbers of beds in the different rooms. Each bedroom has a toilet and shower room attached to it. The quality of the showers are questionable, but they do normally work.

The rooms have lockers for each bed, so when you receive a key, the letter on it points to what locker you are assigned. In comparison to other hostels, the beds are not as good, you may wake up to a new day in Amsterdam with a nice back pain.

Common Spaces

The ground floor of the hostel consists of different common spaces, such as the lobby desk that doubles as an information desk, a luggage storage room, the main lounge doubling as the eating area, and the bar. There is also the basement area that has the internet room and a second small lounge. Although all these common areas sound very promising, you couldn't really describe the hostel as a very social one -- everyone pretty much keeps to themselves.

The is a smoking outside area inside the hostel -- a patio of sorts for all the morning smokers -- but never try taking your cup of coffee out with you just to keep tensions low with the staff. There are no kitchens for personal cooking, but the hostel kitchen offers meals for a normal price -- but why eat in when you're surrounded by Amsterdam?


In short, this is a very good money for value hostel, and promises a very pleasant stay and a good and happy feeling for the duration of your stay. We would happily recommend it to anyone.

Britian (uk)

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Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam Reviews from the Web

It is a good place in the city center. Not the cheapest one but good for one or two nights.


The place is well organized, clean and has decently priced food/drink. This Hostel is a great place for large groups, as there is lots of space in the bar/courtyard area. It is less ideal for individual travelers as they can get lost in the groups.


Overall good stay! Bar had cheap drinks, good location, bikes to rent across the street!


Ideal location, very near to the scenic canals and with plenty of little shops, cafes and restaurants nearby ! Everything is within walking distance. It was a very noisy hostel, people knocking on random doors and running around in the early hours etc. My room was right beside the outdoor seating where people stayed until very late. The breakfast was extremely basic, somewhat lacking in fruit / veg, not really worth it. Into the most sociable hostel as there werent many organised activities.


Amazing location and helpful staff- it felt very secure. But on the website it mentions you get free breakfast and this isnt the case it costs 7,50.


Hans Brinker hostel has an amazing location, its a short walk away from most things in the city. I loved the pub and courtyard area - great vibe and very friendly staff. I wish there was locker security in the rooms, but apart from that, it was clean, spacious and a perfect place for meeting fellow travellers :)


This is a decent hostel, with nice enough facilities. Bathrooms inside the room are a little small.

They don't really organise any social events etc which means it can be a little harder to meet people. Would say the atmosphere was lacking a little because of that. But would still recommend


The only good thing is the location; room is really tiny, no place to even open luggages; no security at all at the luggage storage; the bar is open just for a few hours a day;


Staff was nice, good location very near to city centre. Would go again


The hostel is very well located. They also verify that you have a bracelet before you go into the hostel late at night. What we didn't like was the room. It was hot all the time, we didn't have lockers in the room, the bunk beds didn't have a curtain for privacy. When we asked for lockers they told us they could give us a small space for valuables and that they had to keep the key. Tho is understandable, it wasn't convenient for us.


This place is amazing! It was so much fun to stay here with my friends during our backpacking trip this summer. Not only was it in a great location, but also had a great staff and a super fun atmosphere. This place is a hub for fellow travelers making there way through Amsterdam and it really shows. Honestly my only complaint is that the bar closes too early! And even then, it is open until midnight and the staff take keeping the area quiet for sleepers very seriously. Definitely would recommend


The place was really nice and while the rooms were a bit simple the good location and cheap drinks made up for it


My friend and I booked 3 nights here but only stayed for 1. We were on the first part of our trip and extremely tired - I would say this place is better if youre looking to party rather then sleep. The vibe in the common area seemed good. However, people were talking loudly in the halls, joking around, and banging on room doors until about 4am - even after staff members asked them to stop. Also, the rooms were unbearably hot - I know they offer fans but Im not sure a fan would have done much in that kind


No electronic lockers. Small bathroom, Cheap bunk beds.


Room was unbelievably hot. Much warmer than outside at all times. Locker is secure but some are smaller than others. Friendly staff.


Biiig party hostel, nobody was even in bed when we stumbled in at 2am. Place smelt dodgy also. If you want a party then this place is great for you but if you just want to get your head down then its not.


Prime location and friendly staff. The rooms are bare bones. Have to ware a hostel wrist band to get in at night.. The location is what youre paying for.


Overall, its okay but its not the best Ive stayed at. It felt a little suffocating at night because the weather was so hot and the overall aesthetics of the place was not my vibe


First of all the staffs were helpful as we were placed in different rooms initially. There was an attached toilet in our room but the toilet seat was broken and the room is quite small which is convenient to the price. There is tram in close proximity otherwise you need to walk a lot to the main train station. . In terms of security they have a wristband to check whoever is staying but anyone after checking out can still comeback with it, beside that the 1st floor room corridor very dark, shady!


Worth the money on weekends, since it doesn't hike up the price too much compared to other hostels. Very good atmosphere and generally a good place. However, bag drop area is a zoo, anyone could walk off with any bag they chose.



Are you looking for an interesting stay in Amsterdam? The Hans Brinker Hostel is your place to go. We are famous for what we don’t offer, instead of what we do. We have no bellboys, no swimming pool, no sauna, no minibars, no room service, no televisions, no airco. No luxury. So why would you come to us? Because we offer a great atmosphere, cheap beds, basic accommodation, free breakfast and lots of fun in the centre of Amsterdam!

You can find us at the Kerkstraat, a cozy street in Amsterdam, just around the corner of the lively Leidseplein (the hotspot of Amsterdam’s nightlife). We’re also located at a five-minute walk from the Museumplein (where many museums are situated) and the Vondelpark (best place to relax in summer). You can find many bars, restaurants and clubs around our hostel, so you’ll never have to walk far or catch a taxi!

But you don’t need to get out of the Hans Brinker Hostel to have a good time. We have a big, funky-designed bar with a happy hour from 5-6pm and of course you can use our free WiFi throughout the building. After spending a fun evening at our bar, you can go downstairs to our underground club, which stays open till 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning (sadly, currently closed due to COVID).

About the rooms: we have private rooms as well as dorms. The beds in the dorms differ from 4 up to 8 beds in one room. Our rooms are basic but provide the necessary function of sleep and comfort. There are lockers for each person to stuff your personal belongings into. You can also buy padlocks from our friendly receptionists if needed. Each bedroom has its own bathroom including toilet and shower. The quality of the showers are questionable, but they do work.

A stay with us includes breakfast (please make sure you book the rate including breakfast), a (small) towel, linen and free WiFi. Our reception is open 24 hours a day.

To make the most out of your stay in Amsterdam, we provide tickets for many activities & attractions, like the Heineken Experience, a free walking tour, boat tours and a pub crawl. We also provide practical tickets: you can get your public transport tickets with us and hop right on a tram. Tram stops are at three-minute walking distance from the hostel and the trams lead you straight to the Central Station. Coming from the Central Station take tram line 2, or 12 to the hostel; hop off after approximately 10 minutes, at tram stop Keizersgracht. You can also take the metro number 52 and get off at station Vijzelgracht.

In short: we’re a good money-for-value hostel. If you want to have a fun time in Amsterdam and only use your bed to have a (short) night sleep and meet many people, this is the place for you! If you want to sleep a lot, maybe not so much.

Please read our Things To Note below before booking. For dorms, there's a maximum age of 35. Children under 16 are not allowed. For New Year's we have a different policy.

Check-in time during week days: 1 pm.
Check-in time during weekends: 2 pm.

Taxes not included - city tax 7.00 % per person per night. City Tax is to be paid upon check-in.
From 01/01/ 2020: 7% of the net overnight rate per night plus €3,00 per person per night and should be paid upon arrival.

Location and Contact


Very close to the Leidseplein square, Amsterdam's main entertainment area.



Address: Kerkstraat 136-138, Centrum, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

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Phone Number: +31 (0)20 622 0687
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller




Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Pub Crawls

Safe Deposit Box



Board Games

Credit Card Payments




Hot Showers

Lounge Area


Swimming Pool

Walking Tours

Wheelchair Accessible

Curfew: No Curfew

Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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