Amsterdam: Ecomama Hostel
Get There: From Central Station get the Metro to Waterlooplein, then its a straight walk down Valkenburgerstraat to number 124
Cost: 8 Bed mixed dorm from $30 AU
Free Breaky: No, but there’s a fridge with an honesty box with endless amounts of munchies for only 1 euro each
Free WiFi: Yes
A safe and easy distance away from the temptations of the Red Light District is Amsterdam’s first “eco” hostel. From reading into the name, I’d thought I would be staying in some sort of vegan commune. Evidently, Ecomama was far from it. The owners started this quirky hobo oasis after the success of their boutique hostel Cocomama, which is housed in a building that was once the largest brothel in Amsterdam.
Although Ecomama lacks in sexy historic authenticity, it more than makes up for it with a recycled urban vibe that is evident in every corner of the hostel. The reception desk, which is constructed from unused novels, is hidden behind a cute little café full of uni students sipping on espresso-macchiatos.
Upon being greeted, I was given an extremely comprehensive list of insider knowledge to the city along with side of some friendly banter then walked directly to the door of my room to settle in. The staff are the perfect mix of friendly and know-when-you-need-your-own-space.
Every single hallway, dorm room and common area has a unique vibe, from the giant tee-pee in the common room for chilling when you’re blazed off your face to the coat rack in the bedrooms made from re-used rope. The communal kitchen is put together with restored appliances from way before anyone reading this was born, and the best feature? An honesty box above a little fridge which you can put one euro into for Dutch munchies. When you’re so flattened into your mattress and can’t think of anything worse than braving the world outside to satisfy that stoner pang in the bottom of your gut, just pop down to the kitchen for a quick fix!
The hostel is a bit above the average hobo’s price range, but well worth the extra 5-10 euro for the experience. You’ll have somewhere safe and cosy to hide if you’re wigging out from something you bought from the red light district, with none of those lads on tour running into your room at 3am yelling “BEER BONGS!”, and you’ll also be able to flick your hair whilst feeling like you’ve done something good by staying at an eco-friendly hostel.