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.
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.
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.