Checking into: Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Hostel & Exploring Zeeburg.

Checking into: Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Hostel & Exploring Zeeburg.

Accommodation in Amsterdam is competitive! Especially accommodation for backpackers, travellers and those not wanting to pay high hotel costs. When it came to looking into accommodation for my weekend in Amsterdam my options for Central Amsterdam were quite limited, even booking a month out for a November visit. I saw some hostels that were a bit further out of the centre and this looked like the best option unless I wanted to stay in a 12 bed mixed dorm.. which I didn’t!.

I’d heard good things about the Stayokay hostel chain so decided to book a bed in their Zeeburg property in a 6 bed female dorm and I was so pleased with my decision! The hostel is clean, quiet and friendly. It’s in a great neighbourhood and it’s really not far from the Centre of Amsterdam!

{{If you’re visiting Amsterdam on budget check out my post- How Much Money I Spent during a Weekend in Amsterdam on a Budget!}}

stayokay amsterdam zeeburg hostel outside

stayokay amsterdam zeeburg hostel reception

If that’s not enough to convince you that Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Hostel is a great place to stay in Amsterdam, here is a bit more information:

The Positives:

Quietness – as I said above the hostel was quiet! It’s a big hostel (in fact it’s a former school dating from around 1900’s!) and of course it depends who is staying there but the hostel definitely doesn’t attract or seem to encourage too much of a crazy, party vibe and I could tell that it generally attracts the right crowd. Although there is a bar downstairs, it’s well away from the bedrooms and on the 2nd floor I couldn’t hear anything.

Comfort & Cleanliness – My room and bathroom were really clean. My bed was comfy as were the quilt and bedding! There’s a handy light and charging socket by each bed which makes the world of difference!

Safety – The rooms have lockers (you need your own padlock) and the main door, as well as the doors to each floor have card readers on them so you can only get onto your floor which is nice and helps make you feel a bit safer. After I checked out I left my bag in their luggage room and they gave me a ticket to put on my bag and another to take with me so they could match them up when I picked up my luggage. I really like this and my valuables felt totally safe!

Amenities – There is a bar, cafe and restaurant on site so if you want some drinks before you head out or don’t want to leave the hostel to get any food then you’re covered. It’s possible to book tours and buy transport cards from reception to save you the hassle in the centre and they even share the building with a theatre and cinema so all in all they are well catered for travellers.

Friendly Staff – I only interacted with the receptionists and a lady behind the bar but all of them were lovely and helpful which always makes a huge difference!

Great Local Neighbourhood – Zeeburg is an up and coming neighbourhood in Eastern Amsterdam, it’s really close to the centre but it feels so much more calm and local. Make sure you spend a bit of time exploring the area, I’ve detailed below how I spent half a day in Zeeburg so that will give you some ideas!

 

The Negatives:

Breakfast – my only negative was the breakfast. It costs extra at €6.50 and I really didn’t think it was great. Breakfast ends at 10:00am but when I went down at 8:30am a lot of it appeared to have gone and wasn’t being replenished. Generally its a mix of a few cereals, plain yogurt, bread (with no toaster), cheese, meats and salads. There are plenty of cafes around Zeeburg and amazing brunch options in Amsterdam so I would save your money and eat out to be honest.

stayokay amsterdam zeeburg hostel inside

stayokay amsterdam zeeburg hostel dormitory room

stayokay amsterdam zeeburg hostel dormitory room

Who is Stayokay Zeeburg Hostel good for?

It’s good for people like myself who were travelling solo and wanted to enjoy Amsterdam during the day but chill at night.

It’s good for people wanting a good nights sleep.

It’s good for groups due to the size of the building and rooms on offer.

It’s good for people who want to explore a more local side to Amsterdam (more on that below!).

It’s good for people who like staying in a clean hostel! And who doesn’t want that??

 

What rooms are available?

The biggest dormitory is an 8 bed, the smallest is a 4 bed. There are mixed dorms, female dorms and a male dorm. (Which is a nice touch as female dorms have become very common now but not male dorms aren’t so common.) All dorms have an ensuite bathroom.

There are also various private rooms available for 2, 4, 5, or 6 people.

 

How much does it cost to stay there?

The prices vary quite a bit depending on the time of year, the day of the week and how far out you book.

Friday and Saturday are the most expensive with prices from around €43.00 – €47.00 a night. The prices drop dramatically Sunday-Thursday to between €13.00 – €25.00, depending on the room type. Sunday is the cheapest night to stay so keep this in mind if you’re on a budget!

stayokay amsterdam zeeburg hostel

How do you get there?

I found the train to be the best way to get from Central Amsterdam to the hostel. It’s one stop, takes roughly 8-10 minutes and is about €3.30 one way and €5.60 for a return. The station is Amsterdam Muiderpoort and from there it’s a 10 minute, easy walk to the hostel.

If you’re coming from the airport, take the train into Amsterdam Central, get off and then get the train to Amsterdam Muiderpoort, usually from the same platform – 11a. Buy a ticket from the airport train station to Amsterdam Muiderpoort and it will cost just €5.20 each way.

There is also a bus and tram that goes into the centre of Amsterdam too.

stayokay amsterdam zee burg hostel train ticket

What is there to do in the area?

Luckily I knew someone (via Twitter & Blogging) who lives in the area so on my last day in Amsterdam with only a few hours free before I had to head to the airport we met up and explored what Zeeburg had to offer on bike.

We went for brunch as Drovers Dog, an Australian brunch chain within Amsterdam which was so good! I’d definitely recommend this place and it’s just a few minutes from the hostel.

zeeburg drovers dog

zeeburg drovers dog

Then we headed down Javastraat which is a street just a few blocks up from the hostel. It’s full of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. I would definitely recommend walking a long here.

Along Javastraat, I was told by my friend that you’ll more like than likely come across Dappermarkt, a huge street market selling all sorts. It’s on 9:00-5:00 everyday except Sunday (which was when I went).

Javastraat zeeburg

We then cycled to De Gooyer Windmill which is the tallest wooden windmill in the Netherlands. It also has a pub under it which produces organic beers.

zeeburg de gooyer windmill

 

To view the hostel or check out the other Stayokay locations check out their website here!

TO BOOK: Head on over to hostelworld.com!

 

If you need any tips on hostel life, these posts may help you out:

Tip’s on Staying in Hostels if you’re an Introvert!

Tips on How to Survive Hostel Life.

 

To see what else I got up to in The Netherlands check out my posts:

How Much Money I Spent during a Weekend in Amsterdam on a Budget!

How I Spent One Day Exploring Amsterdam Solo!

6 Feel Good Things to do in The Hague!

How to Spend a Day in Den Bosch Shopping, Eating and Exploring.

 

Disclaimer- After I booked my accommodation with Stayokay Zeeburg Amsterdam Hostel myself they said they would like to collaborate with me, therefore my stay was complimentary. However my thoughts and opinions remain the same and I’m genuinely glad I chose to stay there in the first place.

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