Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... repetition of several bridges begging to be photographed. The canal houses, remnants from post war times, when a population explosion saw them brought in as temporary accommodation, now a permanent part of the city's character, with many beautifully painted and adorned with colourful floral window boxes. Carefully maintained and regularly inspected, they now command high prices for their inner city location ...
... too, although had no idea when making the booking that the hotel was located on the street known for gay leather clubs (I promise it was a coincidence).
Since it was still afternoon I thought I'd go and do some exploring. I took a sightseeing map I'd made before leaving home, and headed off through the streets. It's strange how, every time I walk past a coffee house, there's a strong, sweet smell coming from it. I guess it must be the cakes and Dutch pancakes ...
... of either that would have us feeling 2nd best. We perused a menu or 2, and saw a place that was mildly busy...packed could take a while, empty would indicate a reason for not being populated. And it was just what we wanted. House beer was Grolsch, and takes very different to the bottled version at home...mild and far less hoppy. A mixed plate to start containing fried cheese (imagine mini spring roll, but with a warm, dairy centre) and a few other ...
... which really came to life in there. We decided to take the red bus tour to central station because of course sitting on the top of an open top bus is always fun!! From central station we took a canal cruise. We sauntered down the canals exploring Amsterdam's waterways. It's amazing how they used dams to create Amsterdam. We passed the beautiful church named after the patron saint of seafarers St. Nicholas which they say protects the harbor. We also had to have ...
... bars and nightclubs for those without children!). We had a family room which had three tier bunks on one side and two on the other. Surprisingly comfortable. The girls highlight was the extensive buffet meal on the Friday night and we all got to go to the movies. The girls saw Turbo and Richard and I went to the Cinema beside to see We're the Millers. Can't remember the last time ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.