Generator Hostel Amsterdam
What We Love
- The quaint, tree-lined Oosterpark setting
- Local coffee is delivered (on bicycle) to the café every morning
- The hostel’s former life as the zoological department of the University of Amsterdam
- Rentable bikes on the property—perfect for the 30-minute ride to Dam Square
What To Know
- There is no air-conditioning.
- For larger parties, there is a suite that sleeps six
- The property belongs to an up-and-coming hospitality brand with 12 hip hostels across Europe
- Guests under 16 are not allowed
The hostel gets a graceful makeover at this former university facility housed in a century-old brick building. The previous library (the bookshelves are still intact, though they’ve been stripped of their tomes) is now a dimly lit event space, while the lecture hall has morphed into a quirky bar with one major change: instead of displaying equations, the enormous chalkboard advertises drink specials. Even the original boiler room was left behind, though the old coal furnaces were removed to make room for a late-night basement-level club complete with a dance floor. Though you’re sure to spy a few members of the backpacking brigade here, it’s really purveyors of fine design—and an irresistible deal—that are attracted to the boutique-like flair of this pleasing space.
You’ll find all the hostel hallmarks—storage containers, a basic desk-and-chair combo, a plethora of plug sockets—in the twin and quadruple rooms here, which exude a clean and minimalist Scandinavian feel save for the accent walls, which are splattered with graphic prints by local artists. Opt for a room on one of the top two floors, which have floor-to-ceiling windows that look towards leafy Oosterpark.
The sun-drenched Nescio café, named after a Dutch writer, is a consistent crowd-pleaser—and not just because it’s open until 11 p.m. Skip the self-serve continental breakfast for a benedict bagel or their spin on French toast (slathered with peanut butter and jelly). In the evenings, there’s a reliable grab-and-go pizza and sandwich selection in addition to tasty health-conscious mains like zucchini noodles laced with mint and parmesan.
Amsterdam East is the city’s latest hipster haven, where speakeasies cozy up to traditional Turkish bakeries and the hottest clubs stand beside Surinamese supermarkets. The main draw here, though, is Oosterpark, a picnic-friendly spot that also features a number of historic sculptures and monuments.
How to Get There
A great hostel for a trip with friends, secure rooms with private bathrooms and a decent enough little bar downstairs. It has a good location on the edge of a nice park and is easily accessible via public transport but is also close enough to the city centre and other attractions to walk.
great facilities in The Generator, very helpful staff, and a stunning location right at the edge of a leafy park. I had a twin room on the 3rd floor, party was going downstairs on our arrival but the soundproofing is so good that we did not hear anything.
great central locateld beautifully in a park.
Perfect stay with nice and cosy dorms.
They rent bicycles which is the best way to get around Amsterdam.
The only downside for me were the matresses which feel like plastic and very warm at night.
By far, this is the best hostel I’ve ever checked into. Comfortable, exceptionally clean, and an amazing lication in the heart of a beautiful park which is 30 minutes walk to the Dam square, and I have to mention the breakfast! You need to have your breakfast there!! It’s awesome and very good for the value of money too.
I travelled here with 4 of my friends 20th June for 2 nights, we are usually easy going and never usually have anything major to complain about.
When we arrived we put our bags in the lockers which were €6 each, think that is overpriced just to store luggage but we paid it and that was fine.
We arrived back at 1pm and got to reception and we thought we should see if our room was ready just on the off chance. The lady behind reception advised it was so we took our cases out the lockers and to back to reception to be told they are not! We’re weren’t very happy about this but it was before the check in time so fair enough we will wait till 2. As we are staying in the private apartment we were expecting some sort of kitchen. I checked with the receptionist that there would be a hob and an oven, she said yes. we then went out and brought food for dinner to cook and then we go to our room about 45 mins after they said it would be ready, we find that there’s no hob or oven, no knifes or forks, and 3 bowls between 5 people, there was not even any mugs or cups. We then went to reception to explain all of the problems we had faced so far, they were understanding and were told they’ll bring us our cups etc and as we were advised incorrectly about the hob and oven they offered us a meal on the cafe which was good of them. However one particular lady then said to my friend “it’s a hostel not a 5* hotel” which was very rude and unprofessional and not needed in this situation as all we required was basic facilities in any hostel. In the room there was sky tv which didn’t work, sofa bed which broke in the middle so it was not straight, broken light switches. We paid for the most expensive private 2 bedroom apartment and there was no balcony like other rooms, this was disappointing but hadn’t been stated on the description so wasn’t so bad. On the booking confirmation it said 6% city tax however we got charged 7% i understand this is very minor but just topped off every other problem we occurred here!
Location 3/5 - was okay but not as central as we expected, not loads to do around unless you walk about 45 mins to the centre. The bathroom was amazing and beds were comfy.