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We went to the "Free Community Christiania". It is basically a hippie commune in Christianhavn, a neighborhood of Copenhagen. They consider themselves separate from the Danish government and follow their own law. You are not allowed to take pictures there or run, because running makes people panic. We walked in under a stone archway and it was like a whole other world from Copenhagen. I felt like I was in an abandoned ghost town, except ...
... much hope for her future - I will read The Diary of Anne Frank again now I have been at her hiding house. She died 1 month before liberation - thinking her parents and sister had perished. Her dad was in the infirmary at Auschwitz and survived. He found her diaries and had them published.
After such a sad exhibition we went and found a great restaurant on a canal and cheered ourselves up with food and wine. Another very ...
... one contiki group. That is what my night consisted of.. Watching them try to break the very unacheiavable record and of course help them a little. Of course the record wasn't broken so all the sore heads on the bus today were for nothing! I was up pretty early this morning so decided to go for a walk along the river and around the town, St Goar is famous for having the worlds largest freestanding cooko clock. It's actually not as big as I thought it would ...
... so I couldn't take a picture of it, but it was a huge extravagant estate of the Thyssen-Krupp family that used to control the huge Krupp empire. Krupp is a steel company in Germany that is also infamous for using slave labor during WWII and the CEO being convicted of war crimes. Nonetheless, we were given a private tour of the place (no less than 140 rooms in the mansion). We had hors d'oeuvre and got a picture ...
Contiki time!!! So we have departed from London for the short journey to the white cliffs of Dover, before we caught a ferry to in France. The journey was quite fun getting to know Sara and Rui (our Portuguese stallion driver and our Canadian beauty tour manager) and also everyone on the tour. Not the best time for me on the ferry ride, I really don't like going on ships, and as I was a little hungover I did get quite nauseous during the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Brouwer Amsterdam
A great hotel at any price
Excellent hotel. Clean, cozy, comfortable rooms in a good location at an unbeatable price. The owner is very friendly and offered great advice about getting around and seeing the sights. Tasty traditional Dutch breakfast.
We stayed there as poor graduate students, but we will definitely return even now that we can afford to spend more on a hotel.
Charming, Great Views, Great Area
Stayed @ Hotel Brouwer May 04, and loved it.
It's a charming little hotel. Rooms are small. Our top floor room was called Escher & overlooked a beautiful canal, the location is excellent, close to metro, resturants, cafes & coffee shops. With only 8 rooms its quiet & cosy and staff are friendly, delicious breakfasts downstairs.
We stayed for two nights in June, 2004. We had a room separate from the rest in the house. It was very odd. It had a bed in a closet like structure, as well as a dining room table in the room. The stair cases were extremely tight with your luggage. Nothing special...
We stayed in the Van Gogh room for two nights, which allowed for a continually interesting view of the street below. This in and of itself was worth the price of our stay, since the hotel is on the Singel canal, a poetic location to see the surrounding environs. The room was very clean, but the dining area and kitchen needed a bit of a scrub. This charmed us up to a point until we noticed a mouse walking slowly along the hallway adjacent to the dining room. This may or may not disturb future visitors to the hotel, but when we found hair in our morning serving of cheese, our opinions were confirmed. A fine place, otherwise, with a great elevator lift to get you quickly to your floor. If you're not too picky about culinary hygiene and mousey companionship, this hotel serves its purpose for the money.
We stayed at the Brouwer for two nights. The location cannot be beat. It is very centrally located, we walked everywhere. We never did take one of the trams, as it was usually faster to walk! Overlooking the Singel canal was wonderful and very pretty. The walls are a little thin, which I believe is typical of the canal houses. We did not see any red light areas nearby. We did eat at a couple of fantastic restaurants nearby. The staff is friendly, but not overly helpful. Breakfast is good, especially the bread. I would definitely stay there again.
A gem of a hotel
We stayed here in November 2003 after reading the review in the Telegraph. What a good choice! The room was very individual with a view over the Singel Canal. Very pretty at night. It has some 'red lights' nearby but in Amsterdam this isn't a problem. Breakfast was ok but no choice. Owners were lovely and very helpful. If you want a light lunch try Greenwoods down the road a little way. Also, if you like improvised comedy then visit Boom Chicago on the Leidesplein - make sure you get a copy of their magazine before buying your ticket - there is usually a money off voucher.
I can't say enough about this place ... really terrific. Quaint, affordable, clean, perfect location and friendly, helpful service. It definitely went way beyond my expectations of "budget" travel in Europe.
Outstanding experience at the Brouwer
A wonderful Bed and Breakfast in a very convenient location. Have spent one week there and we are returning for this New Year Holiday. An outstanding value - must be booked far in advance.
Classic Canal House
We spent two days in early July at the Hotel Brouwer. It was simple, clean and friendly. A charming, classic canal house. The location is great. An easy walk from the station, but away from the noise of the Dam.
There is a bit of a red light section on this street and in the alley behind the hotel. This adds to the street noise on the week end. This is Amsterdam!
Definately would visit here again. Great value.
Hotel Brouwer - Book Early!
A gem of a canal house hotel on Singel - only 8 rooms, all restored to their 17th Century simplicity with lovely views and private bathrooms. Nice breakfasts too. I've stayed in quite a few hotels around the City, some supposedly with higher star ratings than this one but I don't think it can be beaten for value for money, location and comfort. Only drawback is that it seems to be permanently full, so if you do need to plan ahead if you'd like to stay there. ...