Surrounding Area

The Shelter City is very centrally located right in the middle of the oldest part of Amsterdam, an easy 7-minute walk from Central Station and close to Dam Square, Madame Tussaud's, Rembrandt's House and most museums.
The hostel is 50 metres from 'Nieuwmarkt' a lively square with street markets held every week. The old Jewish Quarter leads of the square eastward. Nieuwmarkt is flanked to the west by the Red Light District and Amsterdam's small China town.


The hostel provides clean and comfortable accommodation for a low budget price. You will get so much more than just a good night’s sleep at an affordable price. The hostel not only provides excellent facilities, but also has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. All of our international staff speak English and will be pleased to help you. The hostel has a courtyard and a great café where you can get something to eat or drink, relax and meet people from all over the world, or use the Internet.


The Shelter City has single-sex rooms with 4 to 8 beds and single-sex dorms with 12 to 20 beds. The larger dorms are divided into smaller sections to provide the privacy you’d like. Our budget price includes breakfast, hot showers, and locker. Starting at 16 euros, these are the best-value beds in town.


You'll find many restaurants, cafe and shops just ouside the hostel.

Policies & Restrictions

The Shelter City is an alcohol and drug free hostel.

Other Information

The Shelter City hostels and its sister hostel the Shelter Jordan (also in the Amsterdam city center) are part of the Amsterdam Best City hostels. These ABC hostels are among the best in Amsterdam: highest ratings; recommended by the Dutch Tourist Board; clean, safe and great value for money.


From Central Station
Take metro 51, 53 or 54 (underground) from Central Station (one travelzone). Get off at the first stop, called Nieuwmarkt. Cross the square into Barndesteeg. The Shelter City is at number 21.

Or go by foot (a 15 minutes walk)
From the Central Station’s main entrance, walk towards Damrak (direction city center). Immediately after the bridge turn left unto Prins Hendrikkade. Cross the street into Zeedijk. At the end of Zeedijk you enter a square called Nieuwmarkt (castle in the middle). Take the 3rd street on your right, called Barndesteeg. The Shelter City is at number 21.

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