Only a short walk from the Central Station, this legendary Amsterdam hostel is one of the few of its genre that specialises in walk-in business, so as long as you show up before evening there’s a good chance you’ll get a bed here even on a weekend. Those not accustomed to hostel culture might be a little overwhelmed by the grungy reception cellar manned by staff who are helpful to all except the few who dare to smoke ganja there. ‘Please respect my lungs!’ she chastised. Rooms are often located in a nearby building with stairs so steep you’d think the Hillary Step was at the top. Rooms are basic with bunk beds, but each dorm has its own washroom. Unfortunately, there was no hot water when we stayed there. Perhaps it just takes a really long time to reach the third floor.