Bali Hot Spots

bali holiday tipsOur marketing dream team is visiting Bali in a few weeks for ‘inspiration’ so they collected some Bali hot spots from staff, friends and guests from all over the world…. And off course the Amstel House is always happy to share … 

Not the real Bali / Indonesia and more touristy by the day but still nice for a couple of days (and sooo much nicer than party tourist ghetto Kuta!). Seminyak has nice shops, clubs and restaurants.

Potatoe head: Nice food and drinks, at the beach. Pricey and touristy but cool place and nice swimming pool at the beach front.
Kudeta bar: right at the beach. Like Potatoe Head, pricey and touristy but still a good vibe and great music for a Friday night drinks or lunch with friends.
La Plancha (at Double 6): local hangout, great for after beach drinks and beach parties
Batu Bolong: perfect little down to earth beach club to wind down with some corona’s after surfing
Echo Beach: great for surfing and lunch / drinks Continue reading

ibiza hot spots

Ibiza travel tips

Hippies to celebrities. Sun worshippers to clubbers. Ibiza is a favourite holiday destination for many. The list of local hot spots is endless but here are some of our favourite Ibiza hot spots.


La Paloma: Yummiest affordable homemade food and good vibes. Pray they serve the chocolate lava cake when you go there! Continue reading

meet the staff // Janin

Janine Amstel House Hostel Berlin


Meet the staff of the Amstel House as they share their secret Berlin hot spots and off the beaten track travel tips with you. And their secret super powers. And their celebrity crush… This month’s staff member featured is one of our most cheerful colleagues, Janin!

I am like a boomerang- I leave and after a while I return. You could almost say that the world is my home and my backpack ‘Jack’ is my closest friend. We have been ‘Globetrotters’ for the last five years, but at some point we came back home after our adventures. It is very important for me to laugh and to be crazy about the little things, that people and the world have to offer. I like painting, creating things, spoiling myself and cycling, feeling the wind, my pulse racing and singing along to music. This makes me feel free 😀

1. What do you love about Berlin?
The multicultural, the east-west tradition and the fact that it is a green city. Continue reading

10 best travel apps

10 best apps for travelersAround a year ago we created a list with 10 genius travel apps for you. They are still genius but we thought we’d add a new list if 10 best travel apps we found to make your travels easier, cheaper or simply more fun. With the Amstel House free wifi you can start exploring these awesome apps from the moment you arrive at the Amstel House Hostel Berlin!

1. Happy Hour Radar
Never miss a good food or drink deal in your proximity with this app. Happy Hour Radar is for Germany, but there are Happy Hour apps for the US and many other countries available in the app store.

2. PackPoint
No more packing stress. Enter your destination, the length of your trip and what activities your trip will include and PackPoint will create a personal packing check list. It even takes the weather forecast into account!

3. Trover
It’s been called “the baby of Instagram and Trip Advisor”. The Trover app encourages users to upload their pics and tag them to their geo location providing recommendations and tips for that spot. Use it as your own log book, create a bucket list or simply inspire others! Continue reading

meet the staff // caro

Amstel House Caro

I work at the Amstel House Hostel since October 2012. It’s been great working here. Currently, I study hotel and tourism management two days a week and the rest of the week I work at the Amstel House reception and back office. I also love to follow my passion: dancing, doing handicrafts or experiencing culture. I’ve been dancing my whole life and can’t see another way of relaxing. The great pleasure I get when I’m knitting, painting or building something with my own hands I just can’t express in words. However, my roommates (all three of them) seem to like all of my creative work since my craziness has taken over our whole apartment!! 

1. What do you love about Berlin?
I love to live in Berlin because there is just so much to see. And it never ends. I love to ride my bike and discover all the secret little places Continue reading

packing light tips

lessons in packing light

Less is more they say, but as much as we’ve travelled, we always end up over packing. How many times have you come home with an overweight suitcase and only worn half of it? Chances are you’re arriving in Berlin with one of the budget airlines that charge you for bringing anything but hand luggage so we thought we’d share our tips for packing light with you. And yes boys, you could learn a thing or two as well! For 10 travel tips for girls, go here. If you need a complete packing list for backbackers, go hereContinue reading

Shopping in Berlin

Where to shop in Berlin

© visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, Berlin attracts different types of people. Famous for its naughty and creative way, here there’s place for every taste, expected the well behaved. As a trend launcher – not only in the music and art industry, but also in lifestyle and fashion – it is big mode polo.

For those looking for a changed in wardrobe, here are some tips from Amstel House on where to go to buy what. Continue reading

10 tips for female travelers

tips for female travelersLast week’s post on best buys for backpackers triggered our female staff members – keen travelers themselves – to create a top 10 list for all girl travelers out there. Don’t worry boys, there are some tips that you can use as well (might wanna skip #8 …) but you will have your own list in the near future!

1. Hooded pillow
This is the closest you’ll get to travel perfection. Nap like a boss with a brand new invention; the Travel Hoodiepillow®!

2. Noise-cancelling headphones
Mute the snoring neighbour, the chatty lady on the other side and the crying kids. If you travel a lot, these are definitely worth your money! Continue reading

5 best buys for backpackers

5 smartest gadgets for backpackersAt the Amstel House our super friendly (and smoking hot!) staff are here to help you with anything from planning your trip to hot spot tips in Berlin to cooking up the best burger BBQ in town. When it comes to packing tips, we’ve already created this handy packing checklist for you, but we recently conducted an extensive survey with our smart guests at the Amstel House bar and these are their top 5 best buys for backpackers tips: Continue reading