Hotel Old Quarter
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As someon else said ask to see the room before booking as the one we were offered were very small. The new room we were given was in the front of the building, Very noisey and there was a biulding site door. DONT STAY HERE, unless you have low standards.
ps bar maid is agreat dancer!
Ask to see the room before you pay...
We stayed there for 3 nights in mid-October and the location was good if you want to be right at the edge of the Red Light District. The rooms aren't very nice with the toilet, sink and shower all in the same tiled room. Some rooms also have the sink right in the middle of the bedroom area. If you are booked in a room with 2 single beds, it's a misrepresentation as they are cots. The continental breakfast was excellent and the staff were all pleasant.
Just got back from 4 nights at the Hotel Old quarter. First 2 nights we had a double room. Room was very small. If you stretched your arms out you could touch both walls at the same time. The shared restroom/showers were clean and always open for use. The last 2 nights we had a triple to accomodate a friend who came to visit. The room was much bigger and located in the front so you had a full view of the street action. The location of the hotel is great and you can get to everything very quick. The only down side were the beds. They are really military cot type beds. Not very comfortable. However the location made up for the aweful beds. Staff were friendly most of the time. We did get attitude one evening but it was funny and we just laughed about it. There are many coffee shops and sex shops on the street outside the door. There are many gay leather bars on the street. And the red light district is just a block away. Over all, if your not pickey, this is a good place to stay and party.
Good Time Had
Just got back last night, stayed for 3 nights and had a great time. Very friendly and helpful staff, lovely food and very good value, Would stay again.
We stayed at the Old Quarter for our first 2 nites of a 6-nites Christmas week trip 12/03. We had discovered and enjoyed their wonderful bar and the pints of Murphey's Stout on a number of previous trips, and noticed people checking in who looked like they had their act together. So we thought it might be worth a try after examining their Web-site. I personally think that it is the best place I've stayed in A'dam, on my 2-star budget. I found the rooms and shared facilities to be clean and more than adequate. The lift is a nice feature. Its location on Warmoesstraat is fun in itself, and handy for exploring all around the Centrum, Red Light District, and handy to Centraal Station for day trips by train and cheap airport transportation, or to catch the many trams that can take you to other sites in A'dam. Super security - they buzz you back into the hotel area. Hotel is "smoker friendly," but not allowed in the restaurant or bar. There is a fantastic coffeeshop, Hunter's Bar, right next door, and other big-name coffeeshops such as Grey Area, Greenhouse Centrum, Abraxas, and Dampkring, and many more are all in easy walking distance. The free breakfast is a full-American that you have to come down and order, rather than the buffet Dutch-style hotel breakfast. It wasn't anything special, but served the purpose. We had gotten a super deal from British Airways for our last four nites at a more upscale place near the Rembrandtplein, but I have decided that the Old Quarter is my new home from now on, in jolly old A'dam. Also I did not encounter any discourteous staff there. I love the place.
The staff are terrible, very unfriendly especially the woman with the blonde hair.
Single rooms are very basic, ugly and not at all modern and the beds are incredibly soft, like sleeping on a sponge. Breakfast was also of poor quailty. Very disappointed with this hotel
Prices are ok but would highly recommend looking elsewhere for a budget hotel, just too many problems encountered here.
Arrived early morning and was greeted by a rather frosty staff member. Although polite, did not seem very welcoming. The bar area was fab as were the rest of the staff, however, on arriving at our 'luxury' room (I quote the advertisement), we found it to be very disappointing. The walls were marked with food splashes and squashed mosquitoes, the bedspread burnt by cigarettes, the bed linen, although laundered, stank of fag reek also. I think the word luxury got lost in translation somewhere. A pleasant enough hotel if you do not have high expectations. I think possibly the fact that the room we booked had a view of the canal justified calling it luxury. The reason we booked the luxury room was because we are no longer back packers and like a bit more of home comfort. The room felt grubby!
stayed here may 25 for 3 nights, we had a great time, room and shared facilities were clean
staff very friendly and helpful, the included breakfast of bacon eggs, loads of loverly bread and jam, tea and coffee was smashing!! a great start to each day.
good position just on the edge of the "district" a couple of minutes walk from the station.
would recommend (if you are not too posh that is.)
Highly Recommend this Hotel
We (3 blokes on a jolly), stayed at this Hotel for 3 nights, May 2004. The staf were friendly and helpful, the locality was excellent for all that Amsterdam has to offer, security was 'the best', rooms are a bit frugal, first class shower though.
This was my forth visit to Amsterdam, having also worked in the south of Holland 20 years ago.
The next time I stay in Amsterdam, I will stay at this Hotel.
When you go, give my love to the staff and give 'Omhelzingen en kussen' to the manageress Justine.
Not so friendly
My wife and I were there last week for a night stay. The room was simple and clean. However, I did have some bad experiences with 2 of the hotel stuff. When we arrived the hotel around 12 noon to check-in, the hotel lady (in her 40's) was unfriendly and made us feel unwelcome.
She made us wait and talked to us without any eye contact. We checked out the next day and left our backpacks in their store room for a few hours. When we returned to pick them up and met another hotel lady (also in her 40's), first, she pretended she never noticed us. Then she asked us to wait.... in the end, we managed to get another stuff's attention for the key. Other than these 2 ladies in Hotel Old Quarter, we the Dutch people we met were friendly and helpful :)