The Bulldog

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The Bulldog

Hostel address
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 220, 1012 GJ Amsterdam
Metro Centraal Station, Nieuwmarkt
Tel
(020) 620 38 22
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24 hours
Price
Dorm bed €27-35

Single room €76.50-105

Double/twin room €90-139

Prices include breakfast
Prices are in euro and are inclusive of all taxes.
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Age restriction
no children
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User Reviews (10)

Anonymous
Great time and a good location
10 November 2005
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Me and my girlfriend stayed at the Bulldog for 2 nights in the last week of October, the staff seemed friendly and were willing to help us with all we asked. The rooms were in good shape, we had a locker at each bunk site. The showers were warm , and on the clean side. The security card was checked every time we entered the hostel , which made for even more peace of mind. The breakfast arrangment was a good one too, good meats,cheeses, bread and coffee/tea/juice. The only thing that i did not care for was that it seemed that half the computers for internet use were broke most the time. Not a big deal, just had to wait a little longer. Met some great friendly people during our stay there. Thanks to the Bulldog for a great time in Amsterdam. Iwould definitely stay there again.

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Anonymous
stay somewhere else
3 November 2005
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if you are a a solo female traveller, dont stay here, unless you like the concept of random men on the street grabbing you and hassling you..centrally located it maybe, but its really dodgy. granted, the hostel itself is really clean, top security and great bathrooms and good breakfast. BUT the staff were rude, unless you were a member of the opposite staff. people who stay here are too caught up in their own thing, or too high to care to make friends. its one of the biggest hostels in europe, and therefore has no atmosphere and is way too overpriced for what you get.

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Rose
Clean, safe and Central!
7 March 2005
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I spent a few nights in the Bulldog in mid January this year. I walked into a spotless room, with an ensuite and lockers for each bed. It doesn't have huge personality, but then again, I think that is defined by the people you happen to room with! It is really central in the Red Light District, and whether you want to do drugs or not, it's a really cool place to stay!

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jaypandolfo
Stay here, but be forwarned
8 January 2005
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If you are going to Amsterdam, and either plan on doing drugs or don't mind if the majority of everyone else around you is, then do yourself a favour and stay at the Bulldog. The facilities are first rate: comfy beds, lockers and one of the best hostel showers in Europe. The staff was really nice and helpful. The place is really easy to find, and extremely central (right on the edge of the red light district). It's no more than a 10 minute walk from the train station. Compared to other hostels in Amsterdam, it's cheap: I met people in the city who were paying 23-25 Euros per night; me and my friend ended up paying less than 20 (thanks to our ISIC cards) even though we arrived right in the middle of Cannabis Cup. And finally, there's so many interesting people staying at this hostel, everyone from university students to 60 year old old-school potheads; there's never a shortage of people to smoke or party with. There's no reason not to stay at the Bulldog. I defy you to find a better hostel in Amsterdam.

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Craig Cerny
Would never stay anywhere else!
14 October 2004
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I go to Amsterdam a LOT! Once or twice a month, to be precise. And there is not another place that I would even consider staying while there! I LOVE it there! The rooms are always impeccably cleaned and maintained, the bar in the lounge is well-stocked and very well-tended, and the staff is friendly and helpful --- if a bit crazy! The whole Amsterdam experience is enhanced by staying at the Bulldog. Now, I don't go to Amsterdam to sleep, but it's nice to know, once I've had enough of what I went there for, that I'll be able to sleep comfortably and securely! The security there is first-rate . . . if you are not a guest, you don't get in, plain and simple! And please, don't be one of those people who mumble and grumble; if you have a problem, the staff of miracle-workers will fix it for ya! In summary, it's simply the best! Try it . . . you'll LOVE it!

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mjimenez
GREAT location, friendly staff, exceptionally clean
27 September 2004
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I ended up getting stuck in Amsterdam after I missed a connecting train, and was lucky enough to stumble across The Bulldog. The location is great, as it is only a block from the RedLight, and is walking distance from the central Amsterdam train station. The staff was very friendly. The hostel can be a bit intimidating for single travellers though as the bar downstairs isn't the best most comfortable place to walk into alone. I would stay there again if I was in Amsterdam.

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sayleen
Nice decor, clean, and great location, but high price
22 July 2004
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I stayed at the Bulldog in June, and had to pay 24 euros, which was much more than I had paid for other hostels I visited in Europe. It was clean, and the decor was nice, but I don't think it was worth it for that price. The hostel is located on the outskirts of the Red Light District, but surprisingly, the rooms were not too loud. Breakfast was until 10am, which was kind of early, but the breakfast had a good variety (consisting of coffee, milk, tea, juice, deli meats, bread, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, etc). The rooms are not safe to put anything valuable (i.e. passport). Someone in my room got hers stolen. The room I stayed in had its own toilet and shower. The restroom ran out of toilet paper though, and it never got refilled, the two nights that I was there. Other than that, it was one of the better hostels that I stayed in. A coffeeshop is just right next door, and the staff was helpful and English-friendly.

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schuylercampbell
anti-social, but otherwise perfect
20 May 2004
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This place is the nicest hostel I have ever stayed in, but it was also impersonal, quiet, 100% full of Americans/Canadians, and frankly just way too nice for dingy travelers like me. The coffeeshop sells premium products, but it is far too loud and certainly not one of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam. As for the restaurant, a lot of prostitutes hang out there waiting for shady Americans to hire them. The red light district is literally a hundred feet away, which makes for an interesting post-coffeeshop walk (always full of middle-aged Germans haggling with minority hookers). Great place if you want security and a FANTASTIC bathroom, but I think there are more colorful spots to hang out in.

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Erin
well I will say it was very clean
24 March 2004
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-This place was clean... -You had to put your key in the light to turn it on. This was annoying- I'm sure my roommates were real pleased with me when it took me five (loud) minutes rummaging around in the dark looking for my key at 5am so I could pee. -They didn't ask me if I wanted a co-ed dorm. (I wouldn't have cared...) But then they put me in (a women) in a room with 7 men. I didn't realize it right away because the men sort of drizzled in one and two at a time, but when I woke up and saw it was just me I was kind of disturbed. I mean, that just isn't a good idea. Five men and three women would have been another story. -shower curtains!?!? -overpriced internet -the bar really wasn't set up to meet people. It was too loud and felt more like a normal restaurant/bar than a social hostel. -not too friendly front desk. -very touristy feeling In general I thought this hostel was over-priced and impersonal. And they should not have put one woman in a room with seven men.

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Mish
Amazing
2 March 2004
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This would have to be one of the best hostels I have ever stayed at. Wonderfully clean, friendly staff, comfy beds, breakfast, no curfew, and good security. It's also not right on the Red Light district dodgey strip, not to mention the cutey on the front desk! I thought the coffee was brilliant! The shower things isn't that big a deal - although a chair in there or something to put your clothes on would be handy. And I had no problems with the reservation. Also, I'm not a 'smoker' and found this hostel good as there is no smoking in the rooms, - plus the idiots who sit on the couch (in the bar) staring at the wall for hours on end - provided reinforcement that they wasted their time in Amsterdam. There is so much more to this brilliant city. And this is a brilliant hostel - worth every euro! I wouldn't recommend anywhere else. General Amsterdam advice - all the "show's" are complete tourist traps/rip offs. You will get done!

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