Photos courtesy of Stayokay Hostel Heemskerk
32 rooms (162 beds)
4 doubles; 1 triple; 9 quads; 18 of 6 or more beds
Male, female, and mixed dorms
Beds: from 22 euros
Private room with two beds and bath is from 55 euros.
Open: all year
Heemskerk is just off the A9, about 25 km from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
Heemskerk has a train station that’s about a 25-minute walk away from the castle; better is the train station in Beverwijk, take bus 74 and get off at the Jan van Kuikweg stop.
From Amsterdam, you can also take the fast ferry to Velsen Zuid, and from there bus 74 as above.
On site: game room
Nearby: hiking; swimming; horseback riding; bicycling; canoeing; North Holland Dune Reserve
Now there is no longer any excuse that castle hotels are too expensive. Hostels may not be for everybody, but they are inexpensive, and what better way to bunk down for the night than crossing over a moat on a drawbridge?
If you’re not used to hostel life, know that you’ll be sleeping in a dormitory room with strangers. Sometimes it’s with members of the opposite sex, but that rarely poses a problem. At this hostel, some of the dorm rooms are of the same gender. If you are a group or a family, it’s possible to reserve an entire room for a little more privacy. There is also one double room with an en suite bathroom. Grab it, if it’s available.
Sheets are provided, but not towels. You’ll need to bring your own.
Some hostels have kitchens where you can do your own cooking, but this one does not. A plus, however, is that a very good breakfast comes with the bed price. It’s served in an original castle room on long tables.
The grounds are worth strolling around. You’ll find a fruit orchard, rose garden, and a vegetable and herb garden.
There’s also free parking and free Wi-Fi.
Architectural wow factor on the outside.