Our first night in Amsterdam we had to spend in a hostel, since our DeKey Shortstay apartment wasn’t available until the night after. I’ve somehow become a Gold Card customer at Hostelworld, which turned up the cheapest, high-rated hostel in central Amsterdam: TRUELOVE GUESTHOUSE & ANTIEK. The ground floor is full of weird old stuff, and if you drag your 26 kg suitcase up two narrow flights of stairs there’s a huge living room, fully furnished with books in the shelves (including three Pratchett’s, and Erotica Universalis, whatever that is…), an odd assortment of pictures on the walls, tiny plastic gnomes hidden in the decorative Genuine Dutch Clogs®, and a Hand crawling on the wall. Recommended.
(As long as you’re not too put off by having red Christmas lights (ahem) hanging in your loft bedroom.)