Amsterdam Hostel Uptown, Amsterdam

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8 Hidden Gemz for Amsterdam (by Hostelgeeks)

8 Hidden Gemz for Amsterdam (by Hostelgeeks)

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Amsterdam Hostel Uptown is a basic hostel with a limited free breakfast and shoddy layout, but it is in a prime location. Be warned, they don't accept cards.

The friendliness of staff depends upon which staff member you meet. Our experience with Andy was uninspired, despite him doing his job well; his energy is low and he is not overly friendly and is certainly not a people person at all. However, Helen is the complete opposite. She is shy but friendly and when you get to know her she opens up and converses more.

The Location

The location is the best thing about the hostel, as it's within walking distance of many tourist attractions like Rijkmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Heineken Experience, and Bulldog Coffee Shop.

Rooms and Bathrooms

They have bunk beds with no ladder to the top bunk, which means you have to use the end of the bed frame or a frame from another of the bunk beds to help hoist you up. They give you bed linen when you arrive, and you make up the bed yourself. If you're arriving late at night, doing this with the light off can prove frustratingly difficult. The shape of their pillows are large and bumpy, making sleep not overly comfortable.

A positive element is that each room has a private bathroom. They have an open-plan bathroom, meaning that shower water covers most of the floor, making going to the toilet and using the sink a wetter experience then it should be. The light from the bathroom stopped working on the last day of our stay, so guests would have to use the light from their phone at night. As we left the following day, it's impossible to know when it was fixed.

Getting to the bedroom on the third floor can be rather precarious, as there is no lift -- only a steep, winding staircase. This is not ideal, and is a future hazard, especially at night when the lighting is atrociously dim. It really is an accident waiting to happen.

Common Spaces

This is a limited hostel. There is no common area, other than the breakfast room, which is at another hostel a three-minute walk away. This hostel has no kitchen, only a tiny reception with a small luggage room and a toilet. The positive about the breakfast room is that you can stay there if you want to meet other guests and they are not too regimental with the free breakfast. They don't remove the bread from beneath your nose at breakfast's finishing time. The breakfast itself is very limited -- bread, jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread, and tea and coffee. That’s it; it’s not the healthiest start to the day, but it’s free and it’s up to you to decide whether you want it.


It is a low-cost hostel for a good reason -- you really get what you pay for with this cramped and rudimentary hostel.
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Amsterdam Hostel Uptown, Amsterdam
Amsterdam Hostel Uptown, Amsterdam
Amsterdam Hostel Uptown, Amsterdam
Amsterdam Hostel Uptown, Amsterdam
Amsterdam Hostel Uptown, Amsterdam
robwynn Staff Reviewer
Published on Dec 5, 2019

Location and Contact


• Take a train to Amsterdam Central Station. There is one train every 15 minutes from 6 AM to 1 AM. One way trip will cost about 4 euro.
• The journey will take about 20-30 min.
• Exit Amsterdam Central Station into the main square where you will find the tram stand.
• Take the tram # 1, 2 or 5 to Leidseplein, get off at the 7th stop, Leidsesquare, turn right and you see the Burger King. Walk in that street and keep walking straight till you see the coffeeshop rookies . Amsterdam Hostel Uptown is on your left hand side, on Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 147.
• Get off the Euro lines Bus, buy a tram ticket and take tram number 12. Ask the tram driver to let you know when you get to the Museum Square stop.
• Get off the tram at the Museum Square and then take tram # 5 heading Leidseplein.
• Exit at the Leidseplein stop and walk towards Burger King. Take Korte Leidsedwarsstraat and you see Amsterdam Hostel Uptown on number 147.
• Walk towards Schiphol Plaza and walk out into the square, here you will find the main Taxi/Bus stand.
• Take the bus number 370 or 197 and get off at the Leidseplein stop (Leidsesquare).
• Walk into the Leidseplein Square and follow the tram tracks for about 50m until the Burger King, and then turn right at the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 147 you see Amsterdam Hostel Uptown.



Address: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 147, Centrum, Amsterdam (Zaandam), North Holland, Netherlands

Distance to city center: 1.27 km

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Website Amsterdam Hostel Uptown Amsterdam
Phone Number: 0031 204208014
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Reception Hours: 24 Hours

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