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Reviews of Heart of Amsterdam

Hostel | Oudezijds Achterburgwal 120, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012DT

79.3% Overall Rating

795 out of 928 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (30/11/2014)

Kristian Moheim thinks…

"It's location in the middel of redlight district. Old house with a charm and easy to find."

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Secure lockers
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 3.80

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

*The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorize credit cards 10 days prior to arrival. In case of declined credit card your reservation is not guaranteed The city tax will increase to 5.5% from 1st January 2013, and need to pay on arrival upon check-in. Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time 0:00 o’clock). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable. We accept groups of maximum 20 people. Reservation comes with more than 20 people, the hotel reserves right to cancel the reservation and no refund for deposit. Thus, please contact hotel first before you book for a larger group.

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79.3%

Overall Rating

795 out of 928 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Heart of Amsterdam'

Atmosphere
78.4%
Location
88.8%
Facilities
72.8%
Cleanliness
78.4%
Staff
80.8%
Value
74.4%
Safety
81.6%
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88.6%
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Customer review

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

06 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel location is very central. If you are new in amsterdam you can choose this hotel because its very close to main places such as the Dam square, red light and many coffee shops.

Disliked: The bed was not very comfortable. I stayed at the second floor of the bed and it isn't secured to fell down. There wasn't any bars to the left or the right. So if you will stay on the second floor and come to hostel drunk or high, you might fell down in the middle of the night.. The toilets was cleaned everyday but the smell of the liquid detergent was awful that every time I enter the toilet it smelled like mixture of the shit and the detergent. I think the cleaning staff should change the detergent with a lavanta flavour or smthing else. The stairs are very sloppy. If you have a heavy bag with you its a bit difficult to climb upstairs. The stairs are like a maze and very perpendicular.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Kimberly Gonzales

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

23 October 2012 Kimberly would recommend this property

Liked: Heart of Amsterdam Hostel was in a great location...right in the middle of the red light district, but still within walking distance to other sights (i.e. Anne Frank House and Heineken Brewery). I stayed in a private double room. The room was small, but it felt secure (2 safes in the room for a 5 euro fee which is refundable upon return of the safe key), and for the amount of time you actually spend inside your room in Amsterdam, this hostel was ideal.

Disliked: The lighting in the bathroom was very bad and there wasn't an outlet in the bathroom to plug in a blow dryer/curling iron etc. In fact there wasn't an outlet anywhere near a mirror so that was a bit difficult. Also, the shower is quite small. Again, these are very small dislikes.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

peter callen

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

09 October 2012 peter would recommend this property

Liked: great location. good facility

Disliked: nothing

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Ashleigh Pingel

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

09 October 2012 Ashleigh would recommend this property

Liked: Rooms were cleaned every day

Disliked: Nothing

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Visiting friends or family

27 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: one girl at the desk was absolutely lovely and extremely helpful!

Disliked: The other girl at the desk-not do friendly!

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

26 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I liked everything about it! Perfect place for a young traveller to stay!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Rebecca Long

Alone

City break
Visiting friends or family

07 September 2012 Rebecca would recommend this property

Liked: The beds were so comfortable!

Disliked: Small luggage room

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

michael williams

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

07 September 2012 michael would recommend this property

Liked: location right in middle of red light, bars coffee shops, staff excellent

Disliked: needed a light and some hooks 4 clothes in shower,

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

04 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, right in middle of everything. It's right in the RLD which may be good or bad thing for you. Beds were good locker system was real good too, I had big backpack and got it and another backpack in... Won't fit really big suitcases though, more of a vertical and deep locker. Rooms painted black and some other contrast colors to help not wake people up when they come in. It's a good place for price and you'll learn where it is fast and be ale to get back to it no problem after having several drinks.

Disliked: The water pressure was great for people with a lot of hair, but the bathroom gets the uncleanliness award... It smelt like old rotting socks, and there was gunk and mold between shower door that needed to be cleaned for months. Couldn't get rid of smell, toilet is first thing you walk over before the sink and shower so that was awkward and be floor always got wet so bring shower shoes. This was the only bad thing, and the fact that you had to walk past several prostitute windows on your way back to the hostel. It's in the RLD, which may not be bad thing, but just know your 2 walls are live porno venues. Good hostel for a couple nights but if I stayed longer I'd start to feel sleazy. Other guests were great there though,, and wifi worked despite us being on the 3rd floor corner! Ps no elevator which is most places in Amsterdam.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Rui Almeida

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

01 September 2012 Rui would recommend this property

Liked: The location, people firendly, educated, they change the towels and clean everyday, no problems to sleep there!

Disliked: they need to change the laptops with all the keyboard!

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Benjamin Lawson

With friends / other travellers

City break

28 August 2012 Benjamin would recommend this property

Liked: Location, literally as the names states!

Disliked: Current building work scaffolding / netting obscuring the canal views!

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

24 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the location is absolutely prime, right in the middle of the red light district, which quickly felt like home after walking around for a while, everything you need was really close. Rooms are nicely themed. Staff are great. Beds are comfortable enough. Very reasonable price. GO FOR IT!

Disliked: only downside is the humidity and lack of air con. There was one fan which did very little but just sweat it out and sleep on top of the duvet, it's not the hilton.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

City break

21 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Looked nice

Disliked: A bit hot. Breakfast was taken away before the appointed time

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

21 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: a nice small place, good to associate with other travellers. good value for money. awesome location

Disliked: no lift so the 3rd & 4th floors aren't fun to get to

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

20 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, great bathroom, luggage room,

Disliked: an elevator and air conditioner would be great...

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Callum Stones

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals

15 August 2012 Callum would recommend this property

Liked: good location and decent rooms

Disliked: bedding a bit iffy - mould on one of the duvet covers!

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Cristobal Melkonian

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

07 August 2012 Cristobal would recommend this property

Liked: The location is amazing! It´s actually in the center of the famous Red Light District. Each bed has his own locker (very save) and they chage bed sheets and towels every day. The best of all that the cleaning it´s done in the afeternoon when no one is in the dorm, so you won´t be disturbed in the morning after a crazy party night in Amsterdam.

Disliked: Cristobal left no negative feedback.

37.1%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 20%

David Warmerdam

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

27 July 2012

Liked: LOCATION

Disliked: RUN DOWN PLACE STAFF NOT FREINDLY NOR HELPFULL

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals

10 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean and good location. Friendly staff.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

04 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: The water was not running and the staff couldn't handle it quickly and properly..

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

City break

24 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It's easy to find, is cleaned each morning, doesn't really have a communal atmosphere but when all you're after is a cheap bed for the night... It's right at the top of one of the main Red Light District streets so is quite noisy at night but nothing ear plugs don't resolve. It's perfectly good though and if I were to go back to Amsterdam for a weekend, I'd stay here again.

Disliked: Only one key to the dorm is a bit weird - I was first in so had the key but one of the staff members must have locked the door meaning I had to get up to let the others into the room. Seems a strange system.

45.7%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 20%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

18 June 2012

Liked: It is in a reasonable location in the Red light district - quite a good area to go out. Beds fine.

Disliked: All painted black and was incredibly dark! Massively overpriced when I stayed - (saturday night 49euros for an unpleasant 6 bed dorm) I would not stay here again.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

10 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location is convenient, right at the red light street and 15 minutes' walk to train station.

Disliked: Dark, narrow stair and staff not very friendly and unhelpful.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Andrew Mackay

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife

07 June 2012 Andrew would recommend this property

Liked: Nice comfy beds, very clean room had private bathroom with great shower. Visited on a stag wknd, hostel perfect location just a 2 minute walk to dam square. Plenty places for breakfast if the continental isn't for you, still looked good.

Disliked: Andrew left no negative feedback.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Satu VAHTERISTO

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

29 May 2012 Satu would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: Hard to climb to the top bed :D