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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Hoksbergen Amsterdam
Spent 4 nights here in early jan with the rooms being pretty much what was expected. They are small (but no smaller than similarly priced hotels in amsterdam) but clean wth a nice touch of having a wall mounted flat screen tv and not something hanging out of the corner taking up valuable space. Views are great if you get a canal side room, a little duller but nonetheless interesting over the Spui on the other side. Breakfast was ok though nothing special, it's served to you at the table and not help yourself which is a bit stingy. It consists of the standard, ham cheese boiled egg and bread with coffee, tea and the 1 glass of oj which was supplemented but the bottle that we took down with us, the guy didn't seem to mind (that we noticed) Overall having stayed in several hotels in this price range over the years i found the Hoksbergen to be up there with the better ones.
p.s It's all stairs, no lift. So if you have mobility problems then this is not the place for you.
Although the rooms were small the central, picturesque location of this hotel more than made up for this. The staff were friendly and extremely helpful throughout our stay. The self-service breakfast was fine and we felt that this hotel represented excellent value for money.
Friendly and helpful staff
My week stay in Hotel Hoksbergen was wonderful due to the perfect location and friendly and helpful staff. If they didn't know things themselves they would look on the internet as long as it took to find what we were looking for. Also the breakfast-buffet is a treat. Rooms are not too big, but surely neatly and clean.
Couldn't wait to leave
The plus factors of a good location and canal view didn't compensate for the poor quality of this hotel. To be fair, it wasn't expensive in comparison to other hotels in Amsterdam but even so, was not worth the money.
I would only recommend this hotel to people who are doped out of their heads. They will feel right at home. The bed spread was covered in tiny little holes and there were magic mushrooms growing in the window box (attic room). The climb up the stairs wasn't a huge problem but the smokey smell was.
The room was dirty and there were bottles under the bed from previous guests. Carpets throughout the hotel grubby and dull.
Bathroom is painfully small in the attic room .... you need to be a contortionist to get on and off the toilet. Did not have the most pleasant smell either.
Breakfast room is acceptable. Breakfast is edible and adequate.
Would never stay in this hotel again or recommend it to anyone with even slightly normal standards.
Was not overly impressed parts of Amsterdam either .... Dam Square was very disappointing and very grey and dirty. Van Gogh museum was the main redeeming factor of the whole experience.
Excellent location, rude host
we stayed at the hotel 2 nights in September.
The biggest plus for this hotel is the location. Central and with good transportation. The rest is very average.
One of the owners was very rude and arrogant. Thankfully, we only had to encounter him once during our stay. Rooms are small, but there is some closet space. The size did not bother us at all.
Important to know that there is no elevator and the winding stairs are steep and narrow(expected for a canal house, but still a problem if you have a heavy luggage or any disability)
Breakfast is limited and not a buffet style. They give you a tiny glass of o.j. a basket with bread and cold toasts, a plate with a few slices of ham(stale and tasteless) and cheese and a boiled egg.
Wonderful and kind hosts..clean and cozy!
I loved the location and the front desk was so kind to let my son and myself leave a suitcase behind while we traveled for a week outside holland. They were very friendly, and went out of their way to make our stay comfortable, and helpful on answering any questions we had. It was may favorite small hotel we stayed at while in Europe!
Close to shops but tiny, tiny, rooms
i've stayed in many hotel rooms over the years but i dont think i've ever stayed in smaller rooms than can be found at the hoksbergen. plus points:-convenience and closeness to city centre. rooms were warm,and relatively quiet at night except for some street noise.
minus points:- tiny rooms,especially the wc in which you had to be double jointed to sit on the loo(no joking, it was a side saddle job) i just don't know what you would do if you were a 'large person'-the distance from the double bed to the wall was about 24inches which made movement in the room very difficult.
breakfast was pleasant enough but we witnessed a classic own goal from the owners when a request for an extra small glass of orange juice was refused unless an additional payment was paid. We saw this happen several times to other people as well-unbelievable really in this day and age and when you consider the price of the rooms(90 eur's per night) it was pathetically mean...thought about buying a carton of orange juice and taking it into breakfast but just couldn't be bothered.
overall impression a not very friendly hotel (the orange juice gaffe left a really nasty taste) ....no small talk, just a bill at the end.
Great location-good prices
we stayed for 6 nights(got a good discount for the length of the stay!). Rooms were slightly small but more than adequate, the canal view was fab, as were the big breakfasts in the morning. friendly staff helped us to find where we wanted to go, and it was in the perfect location for eveything.
Close, Clean, Comfy, and Curious
Two adults stayed here for one night 30 March 03 and were VERY happy. 1. Location is perfect! (mid-way between train station and museums and off the "beaten track" for some quiet).2. As lovers of history, we enjoyed this original canal house built in the 16- or 1700s. 3. VERY clean, breakfast is not FULL to what Americans are accustomed but is good and filling (breads, cheese, coffee, tea, egg).4. Upon checkout, they are VERY willing to keep your bags at no additional cost for later pickup.CONCERN - If you have problems with stairs (legs, etc.), this may NOT be the place for you. The stairs are all VERY steep and I do not recall any rooms on the bottom level nor do I remember a lift. We were on the top level and in the back and slept like angels.
Good bet for low $$
Stayed one week in the Hotel Hoksbergen November 2002. The best part of staying there: we saved our Euros for the great restaurants and events. The least desirable part of staying there: if your room is rear facing (not facing the canal) it is very noisy on Friday and Saturday nights when the street noise from Spui lasts well up to 4-5 am.
All in all, we do recommend this place. The room was very small but certainly adequate. The hosts are great in all ways, the staff are friendly and accommodating, and they serve plenty of breakfast. Yes, the rooms are very modest, nothing fancy, but we only spent our sleeping hours there since we were out all day long enjoying all that Amsterdam has to offer. Oh, and the location is EXCELLENT.
If you don't need luxury give this place a try.
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... peaceful park in the middle of a busy city. Something that has amazed me most about here is how accepting, chilled out and relaxed everything is. You can walk down a strip of road with prostitute houses and then come across a church next door or a hat shop. No one is judged and everything is so laid back and accepted for what it is. The life style in Amsterdam seems a world away from England. Everyone, and I mean everyone in Amsterdam seems to be about 6ft tall and riding a bike. ...
... 1600, so we booked in for the next day.
After the cheese shop we went for a looooong walk all around town and through the red light district, which was quite the experience. It's strange to see a huge church and kindergarten in the middle of all these sex shops. I also felt a little awkward walking past the ladies in the windows, especially when eye contact was made, but luckily it was still fairly early in the evening so the windows ...
... up the two flights of narrow, steep stairs. They don't waste any room by having ample staircases in these houses. We were expecting a nice appartment, because it had very good reviews, and looked lovely on the website, and we certainly weren't disappointed. Apart from the very smart furnishings and decor, it is spotlessly clean, there was a bottle of Lindeman's wine on the table, a big bowl of fresh fruit, a vase with ten lovely apricot rosebuds on the coffee table, ...
... in electrical outlets so it was actually quite nice and they kept us well fed and very decent We were taken aback by the gentleman behind us when the lady was in his seat by the window and she said do you want the seat and he said yes I do and she said I am a bathroom person so it was an issue there was a little confrontation which was interesting because he was quite rude to ...
... her story as you go. If you haven't read this book go and get it right away or at least rent the movie. Her story is one worth knowing.
The entire time I was in the museum I fought back tears. Everyone was silent basically as we read her words, saw the artifacts, walked through the rooms where she lived and watched the videos shown of real footage....people being taken away in trains....Auschwitz....her friend and dad sharing their stories.....
At the end ...