Subject: City Hostel/Vondelpark
I am not familiar with the hostel near Vondelpark. However, some friends who recently visited me from the US stayed at a very lovely little hotel next door to Vondelpark (the breakfast room looks out on the park).

Hotel Villa Borgmann Koningslaan 48 Amsterdam tel: +31-20-6735252).

Hotel Villa Borgmann is on Tram line 2, which is good. It is in a quiet, upscale, mixed residential &office neighborhood in the Museum Quarter. I believe my friends' room was a double room, en suite &including a nice breakfast for 215 NLg/night ($87 USD/night - approximately).

Erina Amsterdam, The Netherlands