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
Actually the facility is located in a park. Very good noise isolation from the outside sounds of the people in the park. Only 15-20 minutes walking time away from the city center. Near by (outside the park) are puplic's transportation stops (buses and trams).
Small rooms, far from the centre and bad experience in payment; they charged an amount in advance, and they charged later the total amount, apart from the previous one (bigger amount than needed)and apart from Booking.
Buffet breakfast 7.50€, good beds, beautiful common areas and surrounding park, modern facilities. Towels, locks, and other things have an extra cost.
Overall it was fine. But I expected more since I stayed at a Generator in the past. This one has an event hall which made it very loud my whole stay. Also had a "club" inside that was very loud. If you want to get good sleep, ask for a room away from the entrance. I wasn't feeling the vibe of this place also...was definitely a party hostel with students smoking weed everywhere and playing their personal speakers loud. Room was clean but shower looked to have mold in it.
No refrigerator for budget travellers to store or even make food. You have to buy food there for a hefty overpriced amount. Generator: just stop trying to make the hostel so yuppity and high class. People stay at hostels for the cheap price and to meet other travelers.
My 1st solo holiday and the generator hostel experience was amazing
I will be coming back for sure Thank you
The staff were pleasant and it was nice for a change to be around people the same age as me for a change. My only concern was that the prices were alot haha but I had a brilliant time non the less. The rooms were so clean secure and comfy
I have never in my life experience something so bad.
First of all, this is not an usual hostel. It tries to be a "design hostel" (it's not) and it offers pretty expensive double rooms with their own bathroom. First impression was immediately not the best. No windows that could be open, very dirty floors, curtains with white stains (?), bathroom with rests of something on the walls, very used bed clothing...needless to say that we had to make our own cleaning before accommodating in a 110€/night room. Still OK, we could live with it and the staff had so far done a very good impression, and the space outside was quite nice.
Then comes Saturday night and we wake up in the middle of the night with a fire alarm to evacuate the building (positive point: fire alarm is working!). So we quickly prepare ourselves to the negative temperatures outside and leave the room to go to the reception. There we find the reception completely full with people in their pyjamas that as us were confused and trying to understand what was going on. The hostel personal was completely confused, wouldn't talk with us: one was trying to turn of the alarm and other two were looking for toilet paper (that obviously was the highest priority in the moment). After some 10 min they decided to tell us that it was a false alarm because someone was smoking in the "private party" they had in the basement. We go back to our room and from that moment on, the people in the private party also decide to turn the sound so loud that we could feel the reverberation on the 2nd floor. Impossible to sleep. After waiting for one hour we go to the reception and ask them to do something about it to what we were told "it's a private party we can't do anything". Well we were their private clients but that didn't seem to matter. They gave us some ear plugs that obviously didn't help with that amount of noise. We asked if we could move to the 3rd floor to which they simply said "no". They ended up agreeing that they would talk with the people at the party. Back in the room and half an hour later even louder than before. We called the reception and asked them to really do something to which they responded "You need to come to the reception". We explained we were already there, we were in bed and would like to sleep, and that they should do something since we were their clients. Answer: "I don't like your tone" and turn off the phone. Incredible! At 3 am, after having talked directly with them, after offering no option, this is their professional answer. We just said that they couldn't keep answering with "humhum" and "ok" and not do anything. No apology on the next day, nothing. Needless to say that the party continued till at least 4 am. I'm pregnant and a at least half good night of sleep would have been appreciated, but this is how these people treat their clients. Never again! Stay away from this place if you want to enjoy your stay in Amsterdam!