As a Hostel and passionate travellers ourselves we understand the significance of well spend money during a trip. Especially for backpackers and low budget travellers every penny saved with accommodation, for example, can be invested in more fun in the visited city or even mean an extra destination in the travel plan. Thinking about this and in respect to you the Amstel House – together with many other hostels – would like to clarify an important detail about the Online Booking Channels, such as Hostelworld, Hostelbookers and Booking.com.
We are definitely grateful to them. Many of our guests get to us thanks to their services, which in turn makes it easier to find and book hostels online. However the price for such service is getting to high. A commission of 10% to 20% – depending on the channel – is charged over every reservation. What means the same bed/room gets in these websites more expensive. And you are the one paying for it!
How to avoid it? Simply book directly on our website! Beside the BEST PRICE GUARANTEE, you get access to more room categories and availability, special offers, photos and information. And, of course, don’t worry. You are safe by us!
Shakshouka means “a mixture” in Arabic slang. It is likely that it was first known as chakchouka, a Berber word meaning a vegetable ragout, although according to a cookbook about Jerusalem cuisine, the name is derived from the Hebrew verb leshakshek, “to shake.” This dish is very popular in North Africa (and a common Tunisian surname) and can be eaten any time of the day. The ingredients and spices vary, some add beans or artichoke hearts or crumble feta on top. We served this easy backpacker recipe with salty full fat yoghurt and some lemon hummus.
Ingredients (serves 2)
1 ts cumin
2 ts sugar
1ts cayenne powder Continue reading
Gado-gado in Indonesian literary means “mix-mix” since it is made of rich mixture of vegetables such as potatoes, string beans, bean sprouts, spinach, corn or cabbage, all mixed in a peanut sauce dressing. You can optionally add tofu or tempeh and hard-boiled eggs and top it with cassava chips. This easy backpacker recipe is ready in 20 minutes and a rich but healthy dish.
Ingredients for the satay sauce (serves 2)
2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
2 ts sambal olek (or ½ a red pepper, finely chopped)
This is one of the easiest backpacker recipes out there, since you only have to mix your ingredients together. With a little help of the oven you’ve got a lovely dish in less than 15 minutes to share amongst friends. It works well as a snack with a glass of wine, but can also be turned into a dinner, together with a simple salad.
Ingredients (serves 2)
1 camembert (250 gr)
1 clove of garlic, finely sliced
A few tips fresh rosemary Continue reading
The best part of travelling is not the sights you see but the memories you share with fellow travellers. So find our 15 tips on making new friends while travelling below.
1. Research your hostel’s fun factor before booking
Next to price and location ALWAYS check what your hostel is doing to create a fun and social atmosphere that is perfect for making friends. After all, the people you meet often make your trip unforgettable, not the bed you stayed in. At the Amstel House Berlin we prioritize this with our young enthusiast crew who love to travel themselves, facilities like our open bar and breakfast area, bike rental, our game room and by organizing many fun activities for everyone to join (see 3).
2. Stay in hostel dorm room
Once you selected the right hostel, book a dorm room. Staying in a hostel dorm is not only cheaper, it’s also the easiest way to make new friends while travelling. You’d have to do your best not to start a conversation with your roommates. At the Amstel we have plenty of dorms where we know many Berlin friendships started. Continue reading
There are loads of reasons traveling sabotages your exercise routine. Your team mates aren’t around to play soccer or basketball with. You’re surrounded by unhealthy (but yummy!) food. There’s all this other fun stuff to do, where do you find the bloody time?
So we sorted things out for you. Here are five easy travel exercising activities that you can do at any time in any place. You can actually return from your next trip fitter and healthier than when you left! Continue reading
This is one tops our list of easy backpacker recipes! You can make this one in your sleep. Let’s get started…
Ingredients (Serves 2)
Can of sardines (we used one in tomato juice)
1 can of white beans
3 tomatoes Continue reading
We thought we might help you with this packing checklist. We did an extensive survey with our guests at the Amstel House Hostel reception and this is the result: the top 25 things you want to pack in your backpack next to your clothes:
passport (valid 6 months+)
any required visas
cell phone, charger
wallet (money, credit cards, insurance cards)
flash light (or cell phone with flash light app)
first aid kit
scissors, tape, travel sewing kit, match box
daypack, laundry bag
hat / cap
water purification tablets
And as long as you are preparing, check our top 10 list of handy travel apps. Travelling solo or keen on meeting new people while travelling? See our 15 tips to make friends when arriving in a new place.
Couscous is very hostel-proof since you only need to drench it with boiling water. This easy backpacker recipe is a perfect dish for a large group of people, so if you’re going to host a dinner party just multiply the ingredients below and invite other travellers to have dinner together, like a real Moroccan family.
Ingredients (serves 2)
3 tbs of olive oil
ts of cumin/cinnamon/corinader*
3 cm of fresh ginger, g Continue reading
At the Amstel House Hostel Berlin we meet happy adventurers every day. These inspiring travellers and their amazing stories make our work more fun than fun. But every now and then we hear a story that we can’t keep to ourselves.
Meet Valerie and Tim. This Flemish couple has been travelling the globe on a daily budget of €9 for the past two years. Mixing their travel experiences with their love for the mountains they just came up with a great idea. If they have it their way an American Schoolbus will soon be converted into a fully serviced hostel bus chasing the best powder in the Alpes. They call it the ‘Nomads Bus’. And you can be on it! The Amstel House just sponsored the last bit on their Indiegogo campaign to get our name carved in the bus!
This summer, Valerie and Tim together with a team of architects and interior designers will build a dorm room with 6 bunk beds into the school bus. Time and Valerie aim to create a chalet vibe with an après ski area outside the bus and a cozy wooden hot stove. Val will be cooking the guests some delicious wholesome meals and it will definitely get cozy with a total of 25m2 living space!
The nomads bus will target winter sport lovers who enjoy adventure over luxury. Experienced skiers and snowboarders who crave something different. People who prefer riding the powder hills, meeting fellow adventurers and exploring the back country.
Tickets for riding the Nomads bus this winter are available from the website (below). You can choose your preferred time period and sector.
Tim and Val are also looking for Nomads who are willing to become a part of the Nomads family. More specifically they are looking for media nomads to film, local nomads to show the best spots of their winter habitat and skilled nomads who can help us convert the bus.
” ….their new idea could possibly be the best invention to come from the Flemish Kingdom since the Tin Tin comics, or the museum of chips…..”
– Whitelines Magazine