We go way back! The Nederlandse Jeugdherberg Centrale (NJHC) was founded in 1929. In these days, youth (both from and outside the city) emancipated and were looking for adventure throughout the country. What was it like to experience culture and nature at a different location in the country?
Long live youth (hostels)
The NJHC offered these youngsters a simple and responsible location to stay and meet others. No matter your life philosophy, origin or social class, at NJHC they were all united.
Throughout the years, these locations were developed into modern hostels. From a great diversity of national and international guests, to private or shared rooms with a bathroom to a professional kitchen. Little by little, NJHC transformed into Stayokay...
Did you know that, at the height of the NJHC, there were no less than 70 youth hostels in the Netherlands? This was back in 1935. Nowadays, you can find Stayokay hostels at 'only' 20 locations.
Some of these have been around for ages, others are brand new. Many of the hostels have been completely renovated. This way we opt for comfort, atmospheric living rooms and endeavour to better the environment. However, the NJHC vibe will always be part of our identity.