The Bulldog Amsterdam Hostel Review and Information

This legendary hostel is exactly what you expect from it! The big dorms may not be the most comfortable, but the people you meet here make up for that. If you're looking for a fun time, chilling out in the smoking lounge or partying nearby, you're in the right spot. - Magda
Overall Rating
Beds Starting At $31.52

What sets them apart?

The Bulldog is one of the most famous and classic hostels in Amsterdam. It's long standing reputation as a party hostel with a chill vibe continues, and guests rave about the mellow atmosphere and the laid back vibe.

Hostel Personality

  • Party Hostel
  • Community Atmosphere

Who's staying here?

This is a party hostel and guests come to Amsterdam to smoke, drink, and generally have a good time. It's a young party crowd, but the hostel does have strict rules about no stag or hen parties.
  • Solo Travelers
  • Party Goers
  • Young Backpackers
  • Gap Year Travelers
  • Small Groups (<8)

Insider Tip

If you don't like the smell of smoke, this may not be the best hostel for you.

The Bulldog

The Bulldog has a long standing reputation as one of the best party hostels in Amsterdam. It's the place to go to drink, smoke, and generally have a good time. The associated coffee shop is a popular place to hang out and there's always a crowd here, given its strong reputation.

With a big reputation comes big expectations. Most guests say the hostel lives up to its name, but some guests feel there are better deals and experiences found elsewhere in Amsterdam. This hostel is a classic though, so for many it's a not to be missed part of the Amsterdam experience.

The Facilities

Dorm Bed $31.52
This hostel has dorms that sleep between 8 and 12 people. There are both mixed and female only rooms available. The rooms are brightly colored and the beds are basic but comfortable. Security lockers are provided but bring your own padlock. All of the dorms also have ensuite bathrooms and both bed linens and towels are provided.
Private Rooms
Private Room $59.20
For guests who like their privacy and have a little bit more money to spend, there are private double, twin, triple and quad rooms. There's also a four person private suite with it's own living space and a small kitchen.
The bathroom layout is a bit annoying at this hostel. There's no divider between the shower and the toilet, so things get wet. The bathrooms could also stand to be cleaned more regularly.
The Lounge Bar is the place most guests go to hang out and drink or smoke. The place has a social but chill vibe, and it's easy to meet people from all over the world. It's a popular bar and there are always people hanging around, so you can expect the party to last late into the night.
Common Areas
Head to the rooftop terrace if you need a breath of fresh air. You can enjoy the impressive views of Oude Kerk and all of the charm that Amsterdam has to offer.

The Location

The Red Light District
What's Nearby?
This hostel is located right in the heart of Amsterdam right by The Red Light District. There's an attached coffeeshop with plenty of other places to explore nearby. If you're looking to experience everything that Amsterdam has to offer, just hop on a bike and travel like a local. Most of the city's top attractions are just a short walk or bike ride away.
Nearby Transportation
Once you arrive at the hostel, there's really no need for public transportation, as everything is easily accessible on foot or by bike. If you're arriving by train, Centraal Station is less than a 15 minute walk away.


This is a party hostel where guests mostly enjoy drinking and smoking in a chill environment. There are daily walking tours and boat tours available, so inquire about the schedule when you arrive.
  • Local Walking Tours
  • On-site Parties


This hostel has a wide variety of amenities available including laundry facilities, luggage storage, and an elevator to reach your rooms. There's even free towels provided, which is unusual, and a free breakfast served every morning. The building is also very secure with keycard access and 24 hours reception service.
  • Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast (Free)
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Bike Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • 24h Reception
  • Security Lockers
  • Pool Tables / Foosball Tables
  • Vending Machines
  • Towels
  • City Maps
  • Book Exchange
  • Hair Dryers
  • Microwave
  • Board Games
  • Plug Adaptors
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Movies
  • Reading Light
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Keycard Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Housekeeping
  • Bed Linens


The staff here are laid back and fun. They're available 24 hours a day to help with any questions or concerns you might have. This hostel is run by locals, so there's an insiders perspective which adds a lot of value to the experience.

Heads Up

This is a hostel that prioritizing partying. Many guests felt that the rooms needed to be cleaned more frequently and the smell of smoke permeates the building.

The Bulldog

Beds From $31.52
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