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Where To Stay In Amsterdam – ClinkNOORD Hostel

Where to stay in Amsterdam - Clink Noord

No one ever goes to Amsterdam Noord“, I read someone say on Twitter while we were on our way to Amsterdam. If you’re looking for where to stay in Amsterdam, the Noord is the perfect location for getting around. Amsterdam Noord is as close to Amsterdam Centraal station than any other area of the city and a free ferry runs across the river 24 hours a day. Why no one ever ventures there, I have no idea! It was my favourite part about our whole stay.

But location wasn’t the main reason we decided to stay in the Noord. That reason was Clink Hostels. We got in touch with Clink to chat about staying over and blogging and they were keen to offer us a discount in exchange for telling you guys about their amazing home from home.

Private double room at Clink Hostels Amsterdam, with en suite bathroom and double bed

We stayed in a private double room at ClinkNOORD, which was small, but cosy and really, really clean. We even got a knock on the door one morning from maintenance because they detected the room was too warm (it wasn’t, I like it toasty)!

When deciding where to stay in Amsterdam I wouldn’t normally think of staying in a hostel as a couple, especially if you were much over 30, but Clink has everything you would get in a budget hotel – and then some. With the option of their en suite private rooms, you don’t need to overspend on a hotel room and you can dip in and out of the communal feel as you wish.

A home from home in Amsterdam at Clink Hostels

A place to work at Clink Noord, definitely in the running for best hostel in Amsterdam

On the first morning we had breakfast in the hostel, which included pastries, cereals, meats (hot and cold) eggs and cheeses. There was plenty on offer for €5.90. From 12pm the kitchen was open for guests to use to cook their own food or dinner was available from the bar.

The dorm rooms all have lockers inside to keep your valuables and there are special, smaller lockers in reception that are just big enough to fit valuables like a small laptop, passport and cash. Built into an old lab, everywhere was decorated with this fun science theme like these periodic table locker doors.

I loved the lab and science vibes at Clink Noord - all the decor was so fun, including these periodic table style lockers in reception

Clink Noord - Where to stay in Amsterdam

The staff at reception were very welcoming and friendly and I’m sure most of them were working there so they could enjoy the city too. Each staff member wore a lanyard with a number of flags on, denoting which languages they spoke, to make your trip as easy and comfortable as possible.

The staff at Clink Noord are super friendly and speak a range of different languages to suit your needs

The first thing I looked up to do in Amsterdam was to get the best views across the city and I discovered the A’dam Lookout, which just happened to be next door to the hostel. Even better, ClinkNOORD offered a discount on tickets for the 360 degree observation deck.

The free ferry got us over to the centre of Amsterdam in just two minutes and from there you could hop on a tram or wander the streets and canals of the city to your heart’s content. After a long day walking, it was great to come back to the hostel to hang out. There are a whole bunch of communal areas with sofas and comfy chairs – including areas tucked away on the staircases if you wanted some alone time.

Communal space at Clink Noord, built inside an old lab building

Private room at Clink Noord - Fun illustrated artwork on the walls

If character is a big part of your decision for where to stay in Amsterdam, then Clink is for you. I love the kooky illustrations that covered the walls in our room and the ceilings were painted bright red, adding tonnes of character to the space. Complimenting the feel of Noord, there was even an art gallery filled with amazing painted canvases by local artists, which flowed into the rest of the area that was bursting with colourful murals and street art. My favourite morning was hanging out at the NDSM, but that’s another blog post entirely!

ClinkNOORD is set along the banks of Buiksloterkanaal, a pretty canal that runs off the river IJ. It was a gorgeous setting outside the hostel, with a line up of pastel coloured bikes parked up on one side and a bridge that crossed over to a kooky park area on the other side. We wandered over to the park one afternoon to find what looked like a bunch of art students creating projects in the sunshine.

Bikes are everywhere in Amsterdam!

Where to stay in Amsterdam - Clink Noord lounge space

Amazing pizza at Clink Noord hostel in Amsterdam

On the last day we spent the afternoon up at NDSM having a beer in the sunshine and exploring the street art. To get back to the hostel it was quicker to cross the ferry back to the centre and then hop on the ferry back to Clink instead of walking. I think there’s a bus that services the Noord, but we didn’t look into it in time.

Back at the hostel we ordered pizzas and snuggled up on the giant sofas to read for a while. The pizzas were really good – so good in fact, we wished we stayed in one night for dinner instead of navigating the fast food places of Amsterdam which were hit and miss.

Zinc Bar at Clink Noord was always lively, but never overcrowded

Clink Noord has it's own bar and pizza restaurant

The Zinc bar always seemed like a go to place to hang out for a lot of Clink residents and the cocktails were super tasty. Clink have events on throughout the week and fun games and quizzes to keep you entertained. We didn’t have time to enjoy any of these during our stay, but I would definitely spend a night in the bar next time!

Happy hour at Clink Noord in Amsterdam - Cocktails are super tasty!

We were so sad to leave ClinkNOORD, look at our sad faces! It was honestly the most warm and welcoming place I have ever stayed that wasn’t someone’s house… and even more welcoming than some people’s homes I’ve stayed at, hah! I can’t recommend it enough, both for comfort and location.

Clink Noord - Best Places To Stay in Amsterdam

A private double room with an en suite at ClinkNOORD is priced around €80 per night, but you can grab a bunk bed in a dorm room for just €17.

Would you stay in a hostel? I’ve got to admit, this one blows my perception of hostels out of the water! My top tip for where to stay in Amsterdam, for sure!
Loves x xx

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Why Amsterdam Might Be Better Than London For Your Next Gig

Flights to Amsterdam from Doncaster Sheffield Airport

How many times does your favourite band announce a UK tour and you get all super excited only to find they’re only playing a date in London? We’ve been up and down to London so many times, grabbing the late night train after a gig or staying over to explore the city – I love London, but everything happens down there and I’m just a little bit bored of it.

When The Shins announced their tour I noticed they were playing the 6 Music Festival in Glasgow and a date in London, but then something caught my eye – they were hopping into Europe and playing a show at the Paradiso in Amsterdam… it can’t be that much harder to get to Amsterdam than to get to London from Yorkshire, right? I had a chat with my pals at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and they sent me out to Amsterdam as an experiment to see why Amsterdam might be better than London for your next gig.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Robin Hood Airport

Our flight to Amsterdam was leaving from Doncaster Sheffield airport at 3pm, so we jumped on a train to Doncaster at 12.15pm and arrived into the city half an hour later. From here we walked the three minutes from the platform to the bus station which is just through the bottom of the shopping centre to the left when you exit Doncaster train station. The X4 bus leaves from here every half an hour, it takes 22 minutes and costs £3 one way. We arrived at the airport at around 1.20pm with the perfect amount of time to check our suitcase, grab a beer and some chips and wait to board out plane.

The airport is really small, so all the facilities are within very close range. If you drive, it’s even easier to fly from here as the car park is literally outside the door of the airport, unlike similar airports where you have to park in a nearby lot and grab a shuttle bus to get your flight. Even though it’s small, DSA still has a duty free shop with a massive range of Benefit products, some fun designer sunglasses to try on while you’re killing time and a large WHSmiths to pick up a magazine if you fancy. There’s also a Subway if you’d rather another option to Wetherspoons.

Yorkshire to Amsterdam, Flights from Robin Hood Airport

The flight time to Amsterdam from Doncaster Sheffield Airport is around 45/50 minutes so there’s just enough time to enjoy a drink at your seat before the plane descends to land. Schiphol airport is the complete opposite to DSA – it’s huge!! We grabbed our bag from baggage claim and followed the signs for the train into Amsterdam.

It costs €5.50 for a single into the city and the journey was just 15/20 minutes into Amsterdam Centraal, from here we hopped on the ferry outside the exit to the station for the two minute journey to Amsterdam Noord where we had booked into ClinkNOORD, a fun hostel hotel with all the facilities you could ever need.

Amsterdam better than London for Gig

On our first night we settled into the room, looked up a tasty dinner option on Trip Advisor and headed out to explore the city. We had an accidental walk down the red light district, which is definitely interesting to see! The next morning we had breakfast at the hostel, which was just €5.90 if you book in advance, and popped next door to the A’dam Lookout for amazing 360 degree views of Amsterdam. We spent the rest of the day exploring the streets and canals and having a spot of lunch and coffee in the sunshine. We tried the popular snack Bitterballen for lunch which is really tasty. I believe it’s a fried ball of meat and roux, so not veggie friendly! I was also happy to find out that the coffee in Amsterdam is lovely and strong, unlike the excuse for coffee we get in the UK! Haha.

The Shins Live at the Paradiso Amsterdam 30th March 2017

Amsterdam better than London for Gig

After lunch and a wander, we got changed and caught the tram down to near the Paradiso. Trams are a really easy and quick way to get around the city. We had dinner at Dubbel, which is two streets across from the venue and I had an amazing butternut squash and goats cheese risotto before we wandered over to see The Shins at the Paradiso. The gig was amazing and the venue is gorgeous, set in an old church building with huge intricate windows above the stage. If you’ve never seen The Shins live, I highly recommend it!

The morning after we popped into the city to get brunch at Toastable, who offer triple layered toasties with a whole bunch of tasty fillings, perfect for soaking up your hangover! From there you could either head back home or spend a couple more days exploring Amsterdam like we did – more on that super soon!

I loved every second of our trip to Amsterdam and being in a new city definitely helped ease the post-gig blues. It was at least as easy to get to Amsterdam as it is to get to and around London – next time there will be nothing stopping me from venturing a little further to see my favourite band! Thanks to Doncaster Sheffield Airport for sending me to Amsterdam!

Flights from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Amsterdam are from £29.99
Flight time is just 50 minutes, quicker than the train to London and often cheaper too!
The airport also flies regularly to Dublin and Paris, other amazing cities to take in a gig and soak up some of the local culture as an alternative to London.

Will you try a city break for your next gig? Loves x xx

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