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Reviews of Heart of Amsterdam

Hostel | Oudezijds Achterburgwal 120, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012DT

79.3% Overall Rating

778 out of 908 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (21/01/2014)

"Great location right in the middle of the Red Light District, fairly clean, comfortable beds"

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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 4.15

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

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79.3%

Overall Rating

778 out of 908 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Heart of Amsterdam'

Atmosphere
80.0%
Location
87.2%
Facilities
72.0%
Cleanliness
76.8%
Staff
81.6%
Value
77.6%
Safety
80.0%
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Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 20% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

02 April 2012

Liked: You are right in the red light next to all the action.

Disliked: You put down a 5 dollar deposit for a locker key and the guy working hands me a flimsy piece of paper for it and never tells me to keep it. Then days later I return the key and they say it isn't possible to give me my five euros because I don't have that little receipt! The guy working was very unhelpful about it. I returned the key so as far as I'm concerned they owe me 5 euros.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

22 March 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location and cheap.

Disliked: Terrible energy.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

City break

08 March 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good value for your money

Disliked: Nothing really

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

29 February 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: i really liked the atmosphere of the hostel and the interior design of the rooms. The location is perfect cause it's close to everything u need to see and to experience.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Rafal Staleski

Alone

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

24 February 2012 Rafal would recommend this property

Liked: its location, facilities and services (all basic needs fulfilled- secure lockers, no curfew, breakfasts), very good relation between price and offer/location

Disliked: Some minor things not working (door lock in toilet, fluorescent light in bathroom) - but my fault I forgot to raise it at reception. I cannot say I didn't like it but it would be nice to have breakfasts served in separate room (maybe they are just preparing it in the basement ?).

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

adam nicholson

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

24 February 2012 adam would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel is located in the middle of the red light district. The beds were clean and the staff were very helpful. I really liked this hostel, just the bathroom let it down.

Disliked: The toilet and shower were located together in a VERY small place. It is difficult to dress in that space. Maybe some more time cleaning the bathroom is needed as it always smelt bad. But hey, it's Amsterdam so maybe that was the room mates making a mess every night.

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

Alex Hammonds

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Romantic getaway

21 February 2012 Alex would recommend this property

Liked: great loaction- in red light and close to central train station

Disliked: n/a

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

14 February 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Really great location, right in the red light district. Walking distance from Dam square and almost all attractions

Disliked: breakfast not included in rate even though the hotel website made it sound like it was. The assignment of beds in the shared rooms was not really enforced, so there were people in our beds when we arrived. Not a huge deal we just took the open ones, however it was a little confusing at first.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

11 February 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Fantastic location! Easy to find. Beds were really nice with lovely duvets. Towels provided. Nice lockers. Clean and relatively quiet.

Disliked: No real common area to hang out. If you want to use your laptop, you have to do so in the lobby and the wifi is hit and miss. Also, they're undergoing a lot of construction so you wake up around 8am to pounding and drills.

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

Kira Odling

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

03 February 2012 Kira would recommend this property

Liked: I highly recommend this place for anyone backpacking. The location is great, right in central Amsterdam, close to all the tourist attractions. The inside is very modern and the bedrooms and bathrooms were cleaned everyday which was brilliant.

Disliked: It is a little hard to find the first time if you are coming from the train station, but that's mainly because the street signs are a bit whack!

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Tim Stollberg

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife

30 January 2012 Tim would recommend this property

Liked: I stayed there with 7 Friends and we all enjoyed the stay really much, because the hostel was so Central!When we came in we were surprised how nice the location looked like! Also the room was very clean and exciting, because of its unic appearance (Clockwork Orange was the theme). Also it was very quiet up there and we felt very safety! Everyone was surprised how comfortable it was to lay on the beds there, which also were clean and big enough!

Disliked: The shower looked quiet bad, because it was a bit dirty.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

JEAT LIANG TANG

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

29 January 2012 JEAT LIANG would recommend this property

Liked: it is beside or in the red light district. but the hostel is nice, meet really nice people there.

Disliked: no really a safe place cause it is beside the red light district but things has pro and cons. a lot of pimp and people trying to sell drugs to you.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 20% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

23 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Awesome location right in the red light district with walking distance to all tourist attractions

Disliked: Very unfriendly and unhelpful staff

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Georgina Smith

Alone

Shopping
Visiting friends or family

19 January 2012

Liked: Aside from the minor novelty of the movie themed rooms, the only other real highlight was the shelf in each bunk bed. This had a light and power point built in so was very convenient. Oh also free linen and towel was nice.

Disliked: The shared bathroom was awful. It stank even after cleaning and there was a thick layer of mould all over the shower walls. They clearly had not been cleaned in months. Also, there is no elevator, and the stairs are typical of Dutch buildings - skinny and steep. Getting to your 3rd or 4th floor room (and back out again) is a nightmare, especially with luggage. This is a hostel up to the standard of 10 years ago, but now travellers know they can expect cleanliness and functionality for their money, so the Heart of Amsterdam failed there.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife

11 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The rooms are nice. You have your own reading light and plug. The location is perfect if you're looking to party in the Red Light District. Really good hostel. I would recommend it.

Disliked: The Breakfast is not included in the rate.

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

Shaye Carman

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

06 January 2012 Shaye would recommend this property

Liked: The Location was fantastic!!! Close to almost everything a traveller would want and/or need in Amsterdam

Disliked: The bathroom was very dirty and had cob webs everywhere despite apparently getting 'cleaned' daily! There was also very little common area in which to socialise with other travelers

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Vera Keller

With friends / other travellers

City break
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

02 January 2012 Vera would recommend this property

Liked: Close to sightseeings, friendly staff, hot showers and clean beds

Disliked: Only one restroom/shower for each room - meaning for 10 people. There are no windows neither in the bedroom nor in the bathroom.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

22 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Most importantly the location and then has to be it's price. Also coupled with Helpful & cheerful staff makes it a ideal place for a tourist looking for a economical place.

Disliked: Atmosphere could be pepped up a little bit & incorporate some more activities

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife

20 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Helpful staff, very clean rooms, excellent bathroom facilities, tolerate even the most massive of lads.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

16 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location & decoration & comfort & cleanness

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 40%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

16 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I have the weirdest boner right now.

Disliked: The fact that it gave me the weirdest boner.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

13 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was located just at the start of the red light district. Very central but also very safe.

Disliked: There wasn't much opportunity to interact with other travellers except in your room.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 20% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Alexander Vorobev

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

11 December 2011 Alexander would recommend this property

Liked: Very convenient location, it is opened all day and night, for Amsterdam it is important!

Disliked: Process of repair, small space in lobby

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

Abhijit Sen

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

07 December 2011 Abhijit would recommend this property

Liked: Awesome location, right in the middle of the red light district. And nice rooms, with cupboards, headspace and charging points for each of the beds ! We booked the hostel a week ago and got a good deal (15 Euros .. trust me it's a good deal in Amsterdam). The decor is good too, with themed rooms. All in all, a very nice experience !

Disliked: Abhijit left no negative feedback.

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

Nicole Raine

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

25 November 2011 Nicole would recommend this property

Liked: THe LOCATION!! Right in the heart of the red light district with everything within walking/riding distance. The staff were very helpful in pointing you in the right direction, and the rooms were large with ensuite, lockers, clean linen and even a TV! Best place to stay in Amsterdam!!

Disliked: There is a very vocal duck in the canal, Lol! Absolutely nothing to dislike ;-)