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TUESDAY 6 AUGUST
With our two days in Berlin ending as quickly as they came, we were back on the bus again for the longest drive of the trip - Berlin to Amsterdam. I had really enjoyed my time in Germany, so was disappointed that we couldn't stay longer. Thus is the downfall of travelling on a tour, I guess. In saying this, however, I was …
By the time we finished the Ann Frank Museum Steve and I were pretty tired as we had traveled most of the night and stood in the sun for about an hour in line! We decided to head to the hostel and that ended up being easier said then done! We got what we though we're good directions headed off and found out those were not accurate! We were looking …
Off to the Netherlands today to Amsterdam! Famous for a few different things such as windmills, Clogs, Dutch cheese and pancakes and also a few controversial things as well! We arrived in Amsterdam around 3pm to the "Hans Brinker Hostel" considered one of the WORST hostels in all of Europe (and thats how they advertise it!) and had …
Amsterdam: the land of prostitution and ganja. But not really. It was really a beautiful city, alternating canals and streets. Also, everyone rode bicycles so there's that. I even saw an elderly couple holding hands while riding their bikes SO CUTE OMG. This city wins because I got to pet the most cats here. Even our hostel had a cat. Yes.
A pleasantly surprising day today. Before the trip Amsterdam was the city I was least looking forward to coming to, mainly due to its reputation of being a red light/drug capital, but as I saw today there is a lot more to it.
Spent most of the day with Kate and Ashleigh. Left the hostel early to walk to the Anne Frank museum, just 15 minutes …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hans Brinker Budget Hotel Amsterdam
The hotel was good, not really disgusting. the beds were comfortable and clean! the bathroom was ok too, bit small tho. The hotel was right in the middle of the town so the shops were like 5 minutes away! :D I think its a great place to stay for cheapness! yay! amsterdam rocks!
cheap and cheerful, but we took pot noodles and there was no kettle in our room. one bed was broken and so was a locker! there was an interesting picture of a 80s cricket player on the wall that kept us amused for hours (sexy) oh and take you own breakfast stale bread is not recommended! other than that we loved it coz we wern't there much!
Cool place but crazy guy at reception
The brinker was a really cool place as long as you don't expect luxury.
However, the second time I went I was scared to death of this crazy guy working the front desk who virtually went crazy at anyone who requested his services.. i.e. opening the front door. Looking back it kind of made the experience more memorable.
The Hans Brinker hotel was really gross , I went there on a college trip 3 weeks back (november 2003) , me and my 3 three friends arrived in our room we had 2 bunkbeds my bunk was broken and had chewing gum all over it on the wall and the floor so at night I had to pull my mattress on the floor to sleep with all the lovely stains on the back of it and various other stains , the bathroom was tiny which I didnt mind that much cuz it isnt 5 star or anything but when I went to have a shower the water came out in one single line and took me forever to shower the drain wasnt very good because all the water leaked around the base of the shabby loo , downstairs wasnt that bad tho , the underground bit with music , drink and internet was kool it goes on until late morning and the big eating room was Ok too to read a book and have a drink as for the food I dont know but I reccomend people wanting to stay to check other places first before this , they arent joking when they say its crud .
You get what you pay for
I really enjoyed staying at the Hans Brinker. It was exactly what my friends and I were looking for, a base while we exlore this amazing city.
The rooms are slightly prison like! But the beds are comfortable and clean. I has a nice friendly communal area to sit with friends.
It is right in the centre of the city and reasonably easy to find.
Please go and stay there as it is such a laugh!
Great for hols with mates
I have stayed at this hotel/hostel twice and will be going again this year, fair enough it's not a five star but if you want cheap accomodation and clean rooms then this is the place for you.
Avoid unless you're a back-packer
This is one of Amsterdam's best known hostels. It claims to be cheap, but even then doesn't represent especially good value for money. The location is fine, but the accommodation is tatty and, in some cases, squalid. Breakfast - for which there is a charge for anything more than the basic bread and coffee - is toe-curlingly awful, served in the bar and with the the aroma of the previous night's beer inescapably in evidence. The whole experience can be unbearable if you're landed in the wrong room, surrounded by plagues of dope-smoking door-slamming teenagers. Unless you're an exuberant and youthful backpacker unconcerned about your surroundings and relaxed about noise, best avoid.
Take me back!
I satyed here on a college trip and did my research before i went. I really wasn't looking foward to staying here because of all of the bad reviews i had read, i was pleasently supprised. Don't expect the Ritz, it's a budget hotel, but the sleeping quarters aren't that bad, we shared 6 to a room on those lovely bunk beds, and although i didn't get much sleep, i'm still alive and happy! The night club downstairs, which is supposed to be the selling point of the hotle, was rubbish, but you're so near other entertainment it didn't matter. I just got back this morning and am already planning another trip here. I'm booking the double room this time!
dont b put off buy the web ste, the brinker is fine 2 stay at. fair enuff the rooms could b nicer but they r clean and the beds r not that bad. club downstairs was a bit of a let down tho
I have stayed at the Brinker 3 times and would not hesitate in staying there again. There is a lively, friendly atmosphere, the rooms are very basic but clean and the re is a great bar/restaurant area to pound a few Heineken's before hitting the city.
Close proximity to many museums and to the Leidseplein and therefore plenty of bars, clubs and coffeeshops. Easy access to tram network so no problem getting around the city.
Highly recommended for backpackers, those on a budget or those who dont want to spend their hard earned on accomodation when it could be better spent out and about in Amsterdam.