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Ohmkar
Langebrugsteeg 2, 1012 GB Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)   |  
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Ranked #269 of 306 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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“Unclean”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

This hotel was really dirty, and much too expensive considering how unclean it was (hairs, mould, toilet not cleaned) . We could not stay here and asked for our money back. The only good thing is the location. I would definitely advise against booking this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    1.5 of 5 stars
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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

130 a night for this poor excuse of a room was way too much when I was able to find hotels nearby for just 30-40 euros more. We found stains on the sheets and after much discussion the owner reluctantly agreed to change them. The carpet felt dirty and we weren't even comfortable enough to walk around the room without our shoes on. At least the bathroom was somewhat clean. The location is good, however, since it's close to a lot of thing it was actually quite noisy and was difficult to fall asleep at night. There were people around until at least 2-3 in the morning outside talking and laughing.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bunclody, Wexford, Ireland.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

when we got to Amsterdam the first thing we did was go to the guest house to drop off our bags. we located the guest house (its above a gift shop, you have to walk in through the shop to get to the stairs).
we asked about our reservation, and the guy told us the room would be ready in ten mins. we left our bags there, and headed out to get lunch.
when we came back, the shop assistant took payment for the entire stay, and then walked us up a tight staircase (tight even by amsterdam's standards) to a kitchen, then up a metal spiral staircase which was wet and slippery. when we reached the top, we stood clear of the stairs and he opened a sliding door to the attic (another neck-breaking stairs) and said the key is on the couch, then left to attend the counter at the shop.

The room was an attic with a dirty carpet, two beds pushed together to make a double, a pane of glass as a door to the toilet/shower room and an old fridge, along with a cigarette-burned couch and two chairs. the couch had someone's hair on it. there was spare linen in the wardrobe (obviously a storage area right in the room). the guard rail on the stairs felt like it would break if we leaned a bag against it.

the bathroom was disgusting. the shower curtain was black mouldy at the bottom, there was dried pee behind the toilet (it doesn't sit tight to the wall because of the steep roof) and the whole place seemed really unclean.

my girlfriend was so distraught at the prospect of staying there we headed out to a internet café and booked somewhere else to stay entirely. he charged us both one nights stay each when we tried to get our money back. in his defence, he did ask what we didn't like about the room, and didn't get mad or offended at all.

Room Tip: A tip? don't book this dive! (also, view the room before you hand over any money.)
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Coleraine, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

We booked this guest house online but were told when we arrived it was booked out. They would not give our deposit back !!!! seedy looking and obviously to be avoided.......

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

good for young travellers who don't want to spend money but enjoy the city because the location is very good. cleanliness is not good at all (our sheet were dirty),no towel,a lot of narrow stairs to get in the room could be a problem for someone.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012 via mobile

The guesthouse is in a great location in the city centre however it issituated above a souvenir shop?! Quite odd I thought. The room we stayed in was on the top floor and to get there you have to climb up an extremely narrow, filthy staircase . The room itself wasn't even a bedroom ! It was a loft space with a bed in it ! No towels, dirty, cold and quite frankly disgusting. Don't get me wrong If this cost 5-10 euros a night you would be fairly happy but for 130 euros a night it is a rip off/ joke.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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LukewarmCatastrophe
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71 reviews 71 reviews
62 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

This was my third trip to Amsterdam and I was only too aware of what an expensive city it is, accomodation-wise and how even the "budget" options i.e hostels are also costly for what you get and often don't represent good value for money, especially when travelling as a couple which we were.

We scoured a variety of hotel/hostel booking sites and came up with the Ohmkar guest house but could find very little information on it and knew we would be taking a risk, especially as it was apparent that this was accomodation situated unusually above a gift shop.

As time was running out and we desperately needed somewhere for 3 nights at short notice, we decided to go for it, as the price worked out at around £45 per night which was significantly better value than any hotel or hostel we could find with the same/similar facilities.

The guest house was situated in the heart of Amsterdam, in a small side street, just off Rokin, so it was relatively quiet despite the prime location. The directions provided by the owner and with the help of Google Maps made it easy to find, and as we expected, we checked in by entering the front door of the gift shop!

We turned up at about 7pm in the evening, despite telling the owner it would be closer to lunch time/early afternoon. The gift shop was still open and as the lady behind the counter was alone, she asked if we would mind browsing the gift shop until the last few customers left the shop. Just 10 minutes later, a smiling gentlemen arrived who introduced himself as Robert and shook our hand and led us through a secret door behind the walls of the gift shop displays.

There was a clasically Dutch steep staircase immediately behind the door. Robert took my partners case which was extremely polite of him and we followed him up the 3 sets of stairs all the way to our room in the attic.

It was clear straight away that this was very basic accomodation. The room was literally a double bed (or two singles pushed together), a fridge, and two very worn red chairs which we had no intentions of sitting on. We were handed our key (which was needed to lock the sliding door at the foot of the staircase leading to our room) and then left to explore our room.

There was no television (no problem as we rarely watch it anyway and we really did only need somewhere to store our bags for the night, sleep and shower).

The bedsheets were very clean (a few small, dark stains on the sheet, but not dirt and nothing to worry about). This was one of the things I was most pleased about as you hear all kinds of things about bedbugs/mice etc in Amsterdam and I'm pleased to report there were none in this guesthouse!

The bathroom was also of a reasonable/acceptable standard. The toilet seat was a little loose to the point of completely sliding off - nothing a quick tighten/changing of bolts couldn't fix I'm sure - more to the point, it was completely clean, so we were hapy about that.

The shower was a little dated, but pumped out plenty of hot water and was of a good pressure. In the 3 days we were there, there was only one occasion when the shower went cold and this only lasted for a minute or so - barely worth mentioning. What is worth mentioning is the shower curtain. Looked fairly clean and new for the most part, but was completely stained in a shade of brown/terracotta at the bottom by a good foot or so, almost like someone's fake tan had washed off. Can't decide whether it was mould/mildew or what, but if so, I've never seen mould that colour before! Again, it didn't affect the quality of the overall shower experience as no physical contact needed to be made with the shower curtain, but for people who are sticklers for absolute cleanliness, be aware.

The room itself around the exterior was very dusty and unloved. The window ledges had thick dust and I did spot one cobweb in one of the corners of the room. Basically, it's a very old, dated room with probably no plans for a refurb. You literally get what you pay for which is a comfy bed for the night and somewhere safe to store your belongings while you go out on the town.

We had 3 perfectly uninterrupted night's sleep (there is no housekeeping done during your stay) and due to the amazing location, all nearby tourist hotspots and bars/cafes are within stumbling distance (no breakfast is served here either).

Robert, was more than accomodating. We returned after 3am most nights and one short ring of the doorbell had him racing to let us in within 2 minutes. We noticed upon arrival that there were no towels in our room. We advised him of this and the next morning, I popped down and he had 2 waiting for us (they were literally the size of hand towels, so you may want to consider bringing your own, but they worked for us).

I would definitely consider staying here again as I trust the accomodation and the owners, the location is great and it was perfect for our needs. If the management invested just a small amount of time/money in cleaning up the dust and fixing up the tired fixtures and fittings, it really could be a marvellous little best-kept secret, but even if left the way it is, it's unarguably brilliant value for central Amsterdam and I would not hesitate in recommending it to others.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Langebrugsteeg 2, 1012 GB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District
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Ranked #269 of 306 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
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