Taking sleeper carriages from an old Zürich – Rome night train, they have certainly come up with something special.
Adventurous visitors to Amsterdam can now stay in a refurbished train for a unique hostel experience. Parked securely in a special spot next to Sloterdijk Station, the Train Lodge hostel brings a fun, new hospitality concept to the city.
The team behind the Train Lodge wanted to do something different and make a completely new type of hostel. Taking sleeper carriages from an old Zürich – Rome night train, they have certainly come up with something special. The cosy compartments provide a snug and affordable accommodation option, with both private and shared compartments on offer, with shared bathrooms and showers in the hallway. There’s a fabulous retro feel about all of the sleeper carriages with so many of their original details retained. However, modern conveniences like wifi and plug points have not been neglected – so the needs of today’s travellers are well taken care of. As with most hostels, there is also a nice communal area and a 24/7 reception.
What else could they add to this experience? Well, the Train Lodge asked us at MyHotelBike to provide them with a fleet of top quality branded Train Lodge bikes for their guests to rent. These comfortable and sturdy bikes are perfect for tourists who want to nip around the city. We’ve added the striking Train Lodge logo (in full colour) in a prominent spot, splashed on the side of every Train Lodge bike so guests are less likely to misplace their bike, and the bikes can also be a bit of promo for the hostel while they are in use.
Whereas some Dutch bikes only let you brake using the pedals, these bikes can brake from the handlebars, so they are easier and safer for tourists to use. The Train Lodge bikes also have gears (not always the case with other rental bikes) because, even though the Netherlands is quite flat, it’s nice to have a bit of extra help to get over a bridge or inclination. Just slip into first gear! At night, rather than fiddle around with putting bike lights on and off, this fleet of bikes all have a dynamo front light built-in. This means that when a bike user is pedalling it creates the energy to power the bike’s light, and it comes on automatically. There’s usually a little bit of stored energy as well after a while, so that the light should remain on, even when the bike is on a brief stop.
The buzzing Westergasfabriek complex is close by, with loads going on in its different spaces.
And from the Train Lodge, visitors to Amsterdam have plenty of places they can visit by bike. The buzzing Westergasfabriek complex is close by, with loads going on in its different spaces. As well as lively cafes and restaurants there’s an independent cinema, (Het Ketelhuis), a games centre with arcade machines (the TonTon Club), and a brewpub. Throughout the year there’s lots of festivals and special markets too.
The adjacent Westerpark is also great for chilling out in a green space or splashing about in water if it’s hot. There’s plenty of space to picnic, suitable paths for cyclists, rollerbladers and skateboarders, and several public sports facilities like tennis courts and a synthetic sports pitch.
One of Amsterdam’s best nightclubs, De School is only a ten-minute bike ride from the Train Lodge, so visitors can catch sets by top DJs and not have too far to go to lay their head at night – or in the early hours of the morning…
Though, in fact, all of the central spots of Amsterdam are within reach of the Train Hostel by bike, and luckily they have a great fleet of bikes on which their guests can explore them all, and more!
Text by Cathy Leung
Photos by Jenna Rutanen
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