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
Loved the location within one of Amsterdam's many beautiful parks. Additionally, multiple tram stops were only short walks away which made access to main tourist spots fast and effortless. The cafe and bar across from reception offered decent food and drinks at decent prices, their signature Dirty Burger was actually really good!
The bedding in the room was a bit shoddy, springs digging into the back and it was really squeaky. The pillows were noticeably old as the filling was lumpy and they were slightly stained.
In summary, this hostel was absolutely worth the money thanks to its location and affordability compared to alternatives within the city.
Liked the artsy look of this place. You can't be mad for the price when you see this. It isnt super fancy but it's relly good value fo the price. Recommended 100% for you and I know its good because I stayed 3 nights.
Rooms were brilliant, there was 3 of us in a room which had two bunk beds. Each bed had a usb port to charge phones, a nice shower. Location was great 15 minutes from dam square. Would definatley stay again
We stayed here for 3 nights, it was well located, within walking distance of the things you would normally visit in Amsterdam, very clean, good coffee, helpful and friendly staff! You do have to pay extra for the towels, but you also get your own bathroom so all in all, good!
Great stay at the Generator Hostel Amsterdam! The rooms were clean and comfortable, the staff were awesome, friendly and helpful. Breakfast was delicious, and the hostel was within walking distance to the museums