Amsterdam’s newest hostel-hotel hybrid is a far cry from a backpackers dorm, or the university halls it once played home to.

Located in trendy Amsterdam East, adjacent to the rustic, serene Oosterpark, Generator Amsterdam is the city’s newest hotel-hostel hybrid, delivering great value, clean, modern accommodations, and the design savvy of leading luxury houses of slumber. Housed in a historic building dating from 1908 that once housed the University of Amsterdam’s science department, Generator has retained the aesthetics of the lecture halls and science labs while injecting the spaces with playful graphics and vibrant colours, to create a new generation of hostel designed for travellers looking for a unique, affordable accommodation in one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands.

Created by award-winning interior design firm DesignAgency, Generator Amsterdam offers 168 contemporary, well-lit rooms furnished with modern amenities and artistic elements. Premium Twin rooms are fitted with comfortable bedding, full-length mirrors, and en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, while each Premium Quad room features one bunk bed and two singles, ideal for families and groups of friends travelling together. For a more luxurious option, book the Sky Suite on the top floor of the hostel. Accommodating up to six guests, the generously-sized suite offers breathtaking views of the Oosterpark, two separate bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, and a relaxing lounge area – its like your own private apartment in the midst one of Amsterdam’s coolest enclaves.

Named after a famous Dutch writer, Nescio is the heart and social hub of the hostel, comprising an all-day dining café, a chic bar, and a versatile event space. Colourful and stylish, the Nescio Café serves a range of locally-inspired dishes and freshly-brewed coffee. If weather allows, dine outside on the raised veranda, an ideal spot from which to soak in amazing park views. After dusk, enjoy a beer or a refreshing cocktail at The Auditorium – formerly a lecture hall – which features tiered seating and a professor’s desk repurposed as a central bar. Alternatively, unwind in The Library, filled with orange books that pay homage to the country’s cultural colour.

A perfect base from which to embark on a city adventure, Generator Amsterdam is only a 20-minute tram ride from major attractions, including Dam Square, Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt Square.

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