Camping Hostel Amsterdamse Bos, Amsterdam

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The camping-site owner has stolen from my son and his 62 mates.

My son and his 60 mates has booked this camping-site for four nights. Just after the first night, all of them have been expelled by the owner, without any previous warning. The group of minors were in the street. In addition to retain the deposit in cash, he has declared he will never return the amount of money of the rest of the nights (more than 2000).

Age 47 | Spanish

Great place

It was great there, peaceful and full with bunnies near the houses. Probably i will return here sooner or later.

Fejer Ioan
Age 46 | Romania

Extreme rudeness

The location is very poor, it took more than an hour to get to the city center. Bathroom and kitchen are filthy and you have to pay extra for everything -- heating in the cold hut, hot shower, even toilet paper and matches to light gas in the kitchen. The worst thing is the owner, who apparently has serious mental problems. We got a hut infested with bugs and complained about it at the reception, so we got a new house. Still, we asked the owner about a possibility to get a discount because of that, as we were all covered with bugs bites after first night there. His response was yelling at us in a very aggressive way like someone mentally ill and insulting us, telling us that we probably brought the bugs ourselves and have drunk or smoked too much so we invented the whole story and that we could leave if we didn't like it! I have never encountered such rude behaviour in any hostel or other type of accommodation in all my life.

Age 25 | Poland

Not worth your money and time

Me and my boyfriend had 1 year last sunday and we wanted to go away for 4 nights. i thought nice price, we both work for our money we're young 18 and 21 and we love the bos so location is perfect. We came late the reception was closed, sadly they put your name and house number on the window for everyone to see and the key in your house -- lil bit weird, they could email us the house number. the beds are awful, my boyfriend said its like prison beds. But we thought whatever. So next morgning someone knocked on the door at 9 o'clock, he just wanted our id or pasport. So then we went to sleep and then we wanted to go make us ready shower and than go there. But you have to pay the shower with 1 euro so we called and he was rude calling us names. so my boyfriend want there. And it was gross -- just no hygiene. I felt dirty after my shower. So we went swimming. And the kitchen was not that nice -- could be cleaner to sticky tabels and it could be nicer a pooltable or something radio. So the next morning we went there we forgot to buy sugar in the supermarket so we went in their shop. 3 man standing there not greeting, just talking to each other. And ignoring our insistence. Its just disrespectful. In the evening our friend came over to watch football. When he wanted to go his scooter didnt want to start for one hour we tried. He lent one of our bikes, and the next evening he came back to fix it. It was raining and the most light was by his reception. So his women came home and 1 minute later he came out the door starting yelling at us for no reason. Saying the next morgning whe have to check out. But we had 2 night left. He was yelling saying he had a weird feeling about me and my boyfriend (but he didnt even one time talked to us) he said its weird we came this time of the year (i dont understand what that has to do with his guest -- we pay, whats the problem?). And he said get out so i went to our house i locked the door and he start pulling and hitting the door like a crazy person. ANd whe had candles cuz 1 its romantic and 2 its cold 40 euros per night for the heater. He said that was rule 2 we broke -- 1, no guest; 2, no candles -- but You cant read it anywhere. My boyfriend started to talk about why were here and he said i dont want to go on discussion with you. You cant reason with them. Just dont go there -- pay money to hostels with respect and hygiene. IT would be nicer if you could do things at the camping self but no you have to go some where else you pay for tv 30 euros p/n but you dont have all channels. Reasons to spent your money some where else -- disrespectful people who work there; hygiene is not that great (normally i dont care but its really gross); you have to pay the weirdest thing (shower for 6 min. Toilet paper is 50 cent for 1 roll); kitchen isn't that great either. (I saw 1 mouse -- ain't that bad but still). The nature was great, the lil bunnies running there but too much negative and resist people working there. Think twice.

Age 18 | netherlands

A madman

An owner who is a madman. Stay away, he is dangerous!

Age 66 | Holland

Awful management staff, very poorly run

I strongly advise do not stay at Camping Hostel Amsterdamse Bos in Amstelveen. The owner/manager started screaming at me and then physically assaulted me in the morning because I was a walk-in the night before and didnt make a reservation. There website says they are on call at night for checkins but no one was there when I arrived at about 10p. When I got there the posting on the reception center (that was closed) said to check in in the morning. When I got up to go check in the next morning the owner/manager( guy late 50s, brown hair thick build (and brain obviously) the manager walks in on me in the room starts screaming at me that I didnt make a reservation. I gave him 15 euros as he instructed in the room before I even got to the the reception center as he hit me in the chest(not really hard or else I would have called police but still an assault and threatened me several times and told me to leave and dont come back. Ive gone camping before in several countries and its standard to pay in the morning if there's no one there to check you in at night (even though they claim on there website that their available at night to check in and the notice on the reception center says you can check in the morning). I strongly advise DO NOT STAY AT THIS HOSTEL as the owner/manager(I asked the guy if he was the owner and he said yes and told him I was sorry for not making a reservation as it was a late night walkin and amsterdam hostels were sold out. He said he didnt care and dont come back and I told him dont hit people and learn some manners. I left after I paid him his 15 euros which was supposed to be 11 euros but I guess he added more euros because he felt like it). Unfortunately, the place and cabins aren't bad but the owner/staff assault guests and are extremely rude. Their website is not clear at all. I told him this as well that it was a misunderstanding and he just said dont come back. I think this clown has done this before with guests (as he went off on me for simply not making a reservation) when the place was half empty with no check in staff at 10pm. Also his staff person woke up a few other guests staying in the cabin and yelled at them "PASSPORTS" with no greeting or being courteous like "can you check in now with your passports." So the clowns running the place are unprofessional, frankly scumbags, do not stay there unless you like being assaulted, yelled at, and threatened for not making a reservation and being a walk-in.


We booked Het Amsterdamse Bos because it is cheap. We stayed in the backpackers cabin, which sleeps six. Our first impression upon arriving to the Het Amsterdamse Bos was that the area was very serene and quiet. In general the grounds were beautiful. It took us quite long to get there, as we had to take about an hour's bus ride from the train station in the city. Getting there was not too difficult, as it is just ten to fifteen minutes' walk from the bus stop. Or alternatively, there is a tram stop about twenty-five minutes' walk away. When booking, they usually give you instructions on how to get there, and it is relatively easy.

At check-in, the staff provides you with map of the place and also a bus timetable so that you can plan your day, which is very useful. We were in for a surprise, however, when told that we had to pay for showers! This was was not written in the description of the hostel when we first looked through it. The shower operates on a coin basis for less than ten minutes of water per coin. The shower stream is too hot for our liking and too small to have adequate water to wash your hair! But the place is very clean. The washroom is not attached, and can be rather scary to walk to since the whole place is rather dark in the night.

The common kitchen was all right, but not clean. Stains could be seen everywhere, and we did not prepare any meals in there -- think twice about using the kitchen! We did, however, see other people making a drink and eating their breakfast there. It is fully equipped, with cooking utensils and a long table and benches.

We knew that heating and linens are not available, but that didn't prepare us for the cold in the cabin during the night. It was freezing, as it was late October, and the walls are only made of wood. The cabin is quite clean, as every occupant has to clean it before he gets his deposit back at check-out. Checking out is a hassle, as you have to wait until the office is open. Checking in was all right, as they receive check-ins almost anytime, but check-outs have to be done during proper office hours. We had to wait an hour until 8:30 before they came and allowed us to hand in our keys and get back our deposit.

Besides the stress of checking out and having to wait, Het Amsterdamse Bos is a nice place, if you want a quiet weekend or a family outing. Its vast grounds allow you to have games and activities. But if you're looking for comfort and the hustle and bustle of city life, it is very far from the city.

Kong Yuen Ching

We enjoyed our time here! The cabin was great! We had a four-person, heated cabin, close to the bathrooms. It was a good location for our day trip to Amsterdam. The metro is only a twenty-fiveminute trip in to Amsterdam. We have five people in our family and for the cost and location, it was a great price. Things you should know is, bring your own Toilet Paper, soap, the showers have a fee. You can buy toilet paper, milk and other items at their little country store. You can use the internet there (for a small fee) and you can pick up little card for places you want to visit in the area, and some of the cards have discounts on then (watch for expiration dates). There are a few places close by to eat at. They do have a community kitchen with many dishes for you to use. They are planning on many upgrades which would include, new cabins, cabins with private bathrooms/showers, with internet and TV. I would recommend this campsite to folks going to the area. Steven and Katie were quite helpful and nice.

The Traveling Candee 5

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The campground is ideally situated on the verge off Amsterdam, only about 25 minutes from the fantastic city centre of Amsterdam. It's a beautiful location for a city campground: in the middle of the vivid hart of Holland and yet in a quiet, peaceful forest where you can relax or enjoy yourself by having a nice walk, or doing some swimming, biking or canoeing.

Due to some recent traffic changes we now are easily reached by metro/sneltram (subway) (see the added map). There is also a bus stop right in front of the campsite which will bring you in 3 minutes to the metro (or 15 minutes walk) or in 15 minutes to our national airport (Schiphol)

The camp ground is conveniently located for visits to Amsterdam as well as the various attractions in the surrounding area.

The beds we offer are placed in 'Camping Bungalows' (24m2). These are spacious wooden houses (26m2) with a canvas roof, with 6 beds (one with 8 beds) and a table with benches. You can rent the beds separately or the whole bungalow in one. Please note that there is no heating possibility in a camping bungalow. New in 2007 is a heated communal kitchen which can be used freely. (we just ask you to clean up!!). No fridge inside.

We also have hiker's cabins: basic, small wooden houses, suitable for two or four persons. They are equipped with either two single- or two bunk beds with pillows. Besides that, the 4-person cabins are fitted out with a small table and chairs. It is possible to get heating in the cabins (optional).

Bed linen or blankets are not supplied in the cabins, camping bungalows. or tents (sleeping bags can be rent at the reception during reception hours and please, don't go to sleep without because you'll get cold!)

The showers work with coins which you can buy (80 cents) at the reception.

Our camping site provides a shop (in summer time) where you can buy all the things you'll need during your stay. We offer also all the washing facilities you need.

Free car park on the campsite in low season!.

The camp ground is open all year!

Location and Contact


Located in the "Amsterdamse Bos" ("Amsterdam Forest"), about 30 minutes from the centre of Amsterdam.

Facilities and Amenities


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons


Bike Rental



Camping Allowed Onsite

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Airport Pickup

Entirely Non-Smoking

Luggage Storage

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: probably year

Reception Hours: april - sept. 8:30-21:00, July-Aug. 8:30 - 23:00

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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