Amstel Top 10 Berlin

Amstel 10 years to 10 berölin2015 is a special year for the Amstel House. Exactly 10 years ago we started our journey. It seems like yesterday that our investors Bart and Peter got fascinated by a yellow house in the middle of Berlin during a bike ride. Amused by its façade in art nouveau style the two Hollander dreamed right way of turning it into a vivid and welcoming hostel. Soon after they met Alex, a Berliner full of will to make that happens. The Amstel House was born. 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

GET A ROOM, Its Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's day in Berlin, get a room for two at the Amstel HouseTo celebrate the most reddish day of the year the Amstel House Hostel has prepared the bed for you. Share this blog post in facebook with #getaroom #loveweekend #berlin #amstelhouse and get 10% discount in a Twin room ensuite for two nights. But be fast! The offer is only valid until the end March. After sharing, send as a message through facebook.

To get you in the mood we’ve listed our favourite Berlin romantic spots: 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

Berlinale 2015

Berlinale 2015It’s time for the cinema lovers: the Berlinale 2015 it about to come! Between the 5th and the 15th of February one of the most important festivals of the film industry, the 65th Internationale Filmfestspiel Berlin, will be screening over 400 films, a great view of what’s going on in the worlds cinematic. Some of the highlights of this year’s competition are Nobody Wants the Night by Isabel Coixet starring Juliette Binoche, the Knight of Cups with Natalie Portman and Everything Will be Fine of German Director Win Wenders and performance of Charlotte Gainsbourg and James Franco. Continue reading

Easy backpackers recipes – Pappa al pomodoro

easy backpacker recipes Pappa al pomodoro

The Italians also call this pappa al pomodoro dish ‘ a poor man’s meal’, but is very rich in flavour! It’s gentle for your budget though and super easy and can be prepared in only 15 minutes. Nonetheless, in the Italian kitchen the ruling thought is ’cuocere al fuoco lento’, which translates: the longer you let the sauce shimmer, the better the taste.


INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
1 Can diced tomatoes (400g)
250 gr. Cherry tomatoes
2 Big slices of stale bread Continue reading