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Taipei, Taiwan
Reviewed 28 July 2015

When i first found this hostel i was a bit concerned about its location being so close to red light district, and since im a solo female traveler i wanted to be safe. It turned out that my worries were totally unnecessary. Shelter city is perfectly safe for anyone and the staffs were really helpful. Breakfast is good too especially...

Thank IngridKo
Fislisbach, Switzerland
Reviewed 17 July 2015 via mobile

I was there with a friend, and as we are christians we loved and appreciated this hostel very much! Furthermore it's not that expensive, it's near to the central station and the center of the city. The staff is very friendly and open-hearted! :)

Thank arcangel_x3
Reviewed 13 July 2015 via mobile

I really enjoyed my stay at shelter city. We were a group of four and managed to get a four bunk ensuite room to ourselves! The hotel was excellent value, came with breakfast as well as lockers. The rooms were clean and functional, but no more. Would recommend to anyone looking for cheap accommodation. However, it's worth noting this is...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 June 2015

Hostels are meant to be special, and this one opened my eyes yet again. It is founded with the mission of being a "shelter" in the red light district, run by Christians from all over the world. I met great people here and not only had the usual backpacker chats, but also lots of chatting on spiritual and faith matters....

Thank tmtexpress
Reviewed 23 June 2015

The hostel is great, it's right on the red light district so all the attractions are near. the food it's grat and you can choose from 3 options, hot food, bread our yogurt whit muesli at breakfast. it has a lot of space and an outdoor yard. all the people working are volunteers and super nice people. if you aren't...

1Thank Alexandra_Russo
United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 June 2015

This was my first time staying in a hostel and as I was traveling alone, I was quite worried. However it was a great experience. The hostel staff were all friendly and I was in a room with some great people. I stayed in a room with 4 beds however only 3 were used. The room was clean and had...

Thank rachadoodle
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 19 June 2015

I was aware that this hostel was Christian orientated, which made me slightly apprehensive. I decided to go anyway and was pleasantly surprised. Upon arrival Holly checked me in and was very friendly and welcoming, sharing a little about the staff of Shelter City and their beliefs. One is kindly invited to join the Christian activities if you so wish,...

Thank usemymojo
Reviewed 1 June 2015 via mobile

Due to a booking error we only could stay there for a night although we would have loved to stay for longer. The staff was super friendly and helped us out whenever they could. The free dinner and city tour were also absolutely great. Other than that the building was really big and spacey (which you probably won't find anywhere...

Thank Chris V
Jonkoping, Sweden
Reviewed 28 May 2015 via mobile

This was the first time I slept in a dorm, I was positively surprised, maybe it was the atmosphere in the Shelter that made me feel that, the staff were very helpful and friendly, this is a hostel that you can hang out in, and it is on Christian grounds, no alcohol is allowed, and men and women sleeps in...

1Thank Anne1991
Reviewed 26 May 2015

I was in Amsterdam for 4 days and my experience in Shelter was very good! It is a very nice hostel, with an amazing breakfast and perfect location in the city center! Friendly staff....and very clean room! So i was very happy to stay there!

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Staying in Red Light District (De Wallen)

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Friendly, clean hostel in the centre of Amsterdam. Single-sex dormitories and rooms with 4-8 beds, some with en-suite bathrooms. 24 hour reception, cafe with cheap food and drinks, free use of lockers, great garden to hang out in with giant fish-pond! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Shelter City Hostel Amsterdam

Address: Barndesteeg 21, 1012 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District (De Wallen)
Price Range: $42 - $125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 158
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“You have to bring towels and keys for the locker...”
 of 5 bubbles lucerop22, 22 May 2016 | Read review
“DO NOT choose a dorm, instead go for a private ensuite. Maybe then you'll enjoy your stay.”
 of 5 bubbles 897allisonk, 26 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Higher floors many stairs.”
 of 5 bubbles 671dianne, 20 Jan 2016 | Read review
“the room that I was really good and quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles 618fabianab, 5 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Don't exaggerate, take a smaller dorm.”
 of 5 bubbles T6742OPalexm, 1 Sep 2015 | Read review
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