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Review | Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg! Stayokay Hostel!

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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 due to my budget. To get a cheaper hostel in Amsterdam, unless I wanted to share a 12 dorm room, which I didn’t, I realised I’d have to stay a bit further out of the centre of Amsterdam.

I’d heard good things about Stayokay Hostels 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 at all, infact, exploring the local area of Zeeburg in Amsterdam was something I really enjoyed too! I really recommend Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Hostel to you and here’s why!

Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Review

Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Review
Keep Reading for my full Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Review!

To look up availability and book Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Hostel, click here! 

Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Review

The Positives to Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg


The hostel is a big hostel (in fact it’s a former school dating from around 1900s!) 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!


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!


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!

To look up availability and book Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Hostel, click here! 

The Negatives of Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg


My only negative was the breakfast. It costs extra at €6.50 and I really didn’t think it was great. Breakfast ends at 10:00 am but when I went down at 8:30 am a lot of it appeared to have gone and wasn’t being replenished. Generally its a mix of a few bowls of cereal, plain yoghurt, 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 Review
Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Review

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 at Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Hostel?

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 Review

How to get to Stayokay Zeeburg Hostel from Central Amsterdam.

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.

To look up availability and book Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Hostel, click here! 

Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Review

Things to do in Zeeburg, Amsterdam.

Luckily I knew someone (via Twitter & Blogging) who lives in Zeeburg 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 a 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.

Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Review, drovers dog
Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Review, 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 along 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 every day except Sunday (which was when I went).

Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Review, 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.

Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Review, de gooyer windmill

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

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I worked with Stayokay Zeeburg on a press stay but all thoughts and opinions are my own.