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
Stayed here for a team meeting in Amsterdam. Good place to stay, 7 mins walk to Tram station and near a lake where you can peacefully take a walk or jog. Breakfast is average with not much option and little crowded. Rooms are clean.
Really good stay in a great location. Easy access to tram. Located in a beautiful park, the food was good.
Only downside was the shower water splashes everywhere onto the floor etc and the sink drain the water out slowly.
I would recommend it definitely!
GENERATOR Amsterdam is an arena where things are always happening. Bunked-bed IKEA-interior like or by yourself, sleep is a delicious decision, decision, decision! Sleep to the sound of the city and wake up watching the sunrise smiling at your window (from the Second Floor). To congregate and cuisine-taste? Go down to the Kitchen Hall that will transport you all back to the stylish Sorority House Days sans the mean girls. The Breakfast Selection: Bagel/Sandwich with Egg Benedicts or Surinamese Rice Noodle for Late Lunch is impossibly yum, yum, yum.
As Amsterdam is also the arena for all local: try
1) Butter Beer
2) Bike Rental is GENERATOR-recommended, EURO15 for whole-day, by leaving your Credit Card Details at the Counter (people lose bikes everyday in this city—careful!)
3) Super Secret Locker in a bunker that transports you to a world of 007 and all (i.e. inserting own password, store your most precious i.e. Passport and MacBook)
Remember to BYOB—Bring Your Own Box of: towel, toothpaste + toothbrush, soap + shampoo (What? You’ve never had a sleepover before? Very well, each will cost you an extra EURO5)
Front Desks are friendly and fun—most will shout out “Welcome” and/or “Hi” whenever they see you. GENERATOR is indeed an arena to make memories and new fantastic friends—yet perhaps the Millennial Mix-up can be made less? Front Desks are friendly and fun—most will shout out “Welcome” and/or “Hi” whenever they see you. On the Second Day of our stay, we decided to extend. We received the Key Cards—walked up to the new room, only to walk in on people sleeping and startled by our presence. We went down back to the Front Desk: disturbed and annoyed. Apologies were not offered. Avoiding eye-contact was what the Girl (blonde, gray varsity t-shirt) and the Boy (bearded) did. In the end, problem was responsibly solved.
Generated to be built in the image of its inhabitants: GENERATOR Amsterdam is the visual dictionary that defines a generation—Millennial. In-motion perpetually, GENERATOR Amsterdam—in translating the word “Millennial”, make Music, Digital Art, Fashion, and Film forever at one stop sleep-and-all-things-awesome. These beautiful people (Front Desks) speak terrific English, yet blunders are not beautiful, people.
I was not meant to take this trip alone but did. I was very satisfied by my stay at the Generator and will be back. The standards were very high! For a very busy hostel there was never a problem with noise and I slept like a lamb.
I had an excellent experience with Generator Hostel. I initially booked myself into a shared room but decided to switch to a private room, and they handled it with no problems. The room was clean and basic but modern. The free wifi was excellent, as was the location. My only suggestion would be to think carefully before booking the breakfast. It was very nice and could be good value for money, but I don't eat a huge amount so for me it was probably a bit too expensive. Apart from that, I would definitely recommend it to other single travellers and I would definitely stay there again.