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Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

This was an okay stay. The reception staff were friendly. The breakfast was actually pretty nice, and they also give you a free hot drink. The rooms were extremely small. I was staying in a room with four beds and felt very cramped. There were hardl places to store my luggage. Otherwise this hostel did the job but was nothing...

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Reviewed 30 June 2016

I stayed in a 20 person female dorm. There were limited outlets in the room although the hostel does offer a free charging station at the front desk but they were always full. Our room was on the ground floor and security was not great. Once in through the front door, there are no locks on dorm rooms so anyone...

Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

There are positives and negatives to this place. Firstly, it is true to its description. If you are looking for a drug and alcohol free Christian hostel, then this is the place for you. The hostel offers church services and bible studies. The hostel is clean and also very well located (in the red light district). The breakfast is really...

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Gunnison, Colorado
Reviewed 8 June 2016

Amsterdam was our second stop on a 3 week backpacking trip. We walked into the Shelter to a secure door and kind smiling faces of the front desk staff. They were relaxed which is very important when dealing with stressed travelers. They introduced themselves and checked us in without a single problem. We also had train tickets delivered to them...

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County Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 3 June 2016

I stayed here with three friends and the volunteers here kind of pushed a bit of Christianity on you but it was the cleaner that we found odd! When he came to clean the room, we weren't ready so he waited outside and we spoke to him for a minute before we left and when we got back some of...

1Thank Cong L
Lima, Peru
Reviewed 22 May 2016

Close to Central Station, friendly reception and delicius breakfast...The hostel located in center of Amsterdam near to markets, amazing canals, museums, tourist places.. You can walk around the city and enjoy their arquitecture...

Thank Lucero P
Regina, Canada
Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

This hostel is in a great location, has great security, amazing free breakfast in the morning, staff were excellent and facilities were very clean! The hostel is within walking distance of most attractions, and of the central train station. They offer a wide range of activities for those who practice religion, but anyone can stay there and feel comfortable.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Reviewed 17 May 2016

Staying at a Christian hostel can be a strategic decision. If you want to reserve eight hours of sleep time, and want to stay away from some of the crazier aspects of the city, staying at Shelter makes sense. For the record, I am not a Christian, and I did violate their substance-free policy, but I still found the hostel...

2Thank Lyra B
Memphis, Tennessee
Reviewed 24 April 2016

This was a very nice hostel for four retired gentlemen. The room was ensuite and very adequate for our purpose of sleep, shower, and tour. The hostel itself is very quiet and safe. The staff was very nice and professional, and they are all volunteers. Registration was entertaining and quick with special thanks to Mara and Jana. There was a...

1Thank Ronald T
West Des Moines, Iowa
Reviewed 2 April 2016

Awful stay here, was such a downer on my time in Amsterdam, would not return under any circumstances or recommend. The single pro: It's well located near the train station and within easy walking distance to a lot of attractions, including the red light district which actually begins at the end of this street, but it never felt unsafe to...

1Thank Meghan M

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Staying in Red Light District (De Wallen)

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Friendly, clean hostel in the centre of Amsterdam. Single-sex dormitories and rooms with 4-8 beds, some with en-suite bathrooms. 24 hour reception, cafe with cheap food and drinks, free use of lockers, great garden to hang out in with giant fish-pond! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Shelter City Hostel Amsterdam

Address: Barndesteeg 21, 1012 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District (De Wallen)
Price Range: €28 - €76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 158
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“You have to bring towels and keys for the locker...”
 of 5 bubbles lucerop22, 22 May 2016 | Read review
“DO NOT choose a dorm, instead go for a private ensuite. Maybe then you'll enjoy your stay.”
 of 5 bubbles 897allisonk, 26 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Higher floors many stairs.”
 of 5 bubbles 671dianne, 20 Jan 2016 | Read review
“the room that I was really good and quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles 618fabianab, 5 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Don't exaggerate, take a smaller dorm.”
 of 5 bubbles T6742OPalexm, 1 Sep 2015 | Read review
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