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“Better off sleeping in the street.” 1 of 5 stars
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Hans Brinker Budget Hotel
1.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Kerkstraat 136 - 138, 1017 GR Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #91 of 174 Specialty lodging in Amsterdam
Blaxland, Australia
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“Better off sleeping in the street.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Worst hostel I've ever stayed in, staff are rude, rooms are dingy, there was a horrible smell wafting from the bathroom, the bathrooms are disgusting, the shower is barley a shower with the tiny trickle that comes out, the only plus is the location.

Stayed here on a top deck tour, lucky it was only two nights. I know this place seems to pride itself on how poor it is, but I would honestly never recommend it.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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HansBrinkerAms, Manager at Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Hi,

Too bad you did't enjoy your stay at our hotel. We are a basic hotel, but our bedrooms and bathrooms get cleaned every day and towels get changed daily as well. It is possible when you share a room with other people they can get the place messy after cleaning.

Greetings,

Hans Brinker
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Haha hope you like the irony of their publicity here !

That's what got me intrigued at first. Oh, and the cheap price also. So I didn't expect much of it, just a bed, in the center of the city ; the location was my priority.

What a surprise ..

The place is awesome !! Ok, the room and the bed are not so amazing, but once you fell asleep you dont even care, right ?!

They have a great bar, and great restaurant. Cool staff. And you meet a lot of nice people there. Really good vibe, well, as I experienced it. My review is probably not a good recommandation for any princesses who care for comfort and sterile environment. For me, everything was all right. But I know some would say the contrary ..

Had a great time there !! I recommend for everyone who want to party in Amsterdam and meet people for all around the world.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HansBrinkerAms, Manager at Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Hi,

What a great review, totally our tone of voice :)!! Please check our new 'upgrade' campaign if you are in for a laugh!

See you again soon?!

Greetings,

Hans Brinker
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

The hostel is in a fantastic location, walking distance from the red light district and many other attractions and on the same street is a great bike tour company. There's a bar downstairs which has a great atmosphere and the breakfast is very good. While the rooms are nothing special they are very clean and the beds are quite comfortable. A great place to meet people.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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HansBrinkerAms, Manager at Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Hi!

Thanks for your great message! You have described us exactly the way we are: basic, but really cool!

Please remember us for your next visit to Amsterdam!

Greetings,

Hans Brinker
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The stay here was exactly what is says on the box. "Budget hotel". You get a bed, a small bathroom and a locker. That's it. The bar down stairs seemed good but we didn't stay there long. The adverts are very funny and I bought their book about the history of the hotel. The staff were very nice, allowing me to leave my heavy bag in their secure luggage room after I checked out so I wouldn't have to lug it around all day before my flight.

Note, NO laundry service. Laundromat 2 minutes down road.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HansBrinkerAms, Manager at Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Hi!

Thanks for your nice review! We are in fact a really basic hostel, but we have everything you need for a great stay in Amsterdam: a nice bar, restaurant, club, luggage room, wifi (at the bar and club), free breakfast, ensuite bathrooms and ofcourse the best location in the middle of Amsterdam!

We hope to see you and your friends again soon!

Greetings,

Hans Brinker
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Booked last minute and saved 15 euro over anything else in the same vicinity. The shower was unusable (like a dripping facet), doors didn't cancel any sound out, no ladders for top bunks, place was ugly and felt rundown, front desk made me wait 20 minutes to check in because of a shift change, the list goes on.

BUT, the breakfast was good (and free), location was good, rooms fairly clean, included towel and sheets, and a new towel each day. And for €22 (vs €40 for other hostels), I would definitely stay again if just looking for a bed.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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HansBrinkerAms, Manager at Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Hi,

Thanks for your review! Indeed we are one of the cheapest hostels in town, especially including our free continental breakfast!

See you again soon?

Greetings,

Hans Brinker
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

I had a great time staying here, I was travelling alone and the bar made it easy to meet people, the beds were sufficient and the showers were the best hostel showers I have had, free breakfast was also probably the best I have seen at a hostel... On the downside the music from the club was hear almost every night really late (usually this wasn't an issue for me because I was out late anyway) and one time someone threw up in our bathroom and it didn't get cleaned for the entire time I was there, lack of wifi in the rooms was annoying but probably lead to me making friends so in the end not a bad thing. If you are looking for a chilled out time in Amsterdam don't stay here but if you are up for partying every night and things being slightly dirtier than usual this is the hostel for you. Plus being one of the cheapest in Amsterdam it made for an enjoyable stay. Happy hour was also awesome.

Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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HansBrinkerAms, Manager at Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Hi!

We are one of the cheapest hostels in the centre of Amsterdam! Did you get a nice and cheap meal from our restaurant as well? Indeed we are not a really quite hostel, but we are the place to be for the best time in Amsterdam if you are looking for fun!

Greetings,

Hans Brinker
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Hans brinker is in a great spot very close to the shopping street and main action of Amsterdam. It is not as 'terrible' as their marketing suggests, rather an average hostel with all of the necessary facilities.
We recommend the mikes bikes tours down the street.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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HansBrinkerAms, Manager at Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Hi Rachel!

Thanks for your review! Indeed we are located in the middle of Amsterdam, just around the corner of the famous Prinsengracht and entertainment area Leidseplein.

We hope to welcome you again soon!

Greetings,

Hans Brinker
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Address: Kerkstraat 136 - 138, 1017 GR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #91 of 174 Specialty lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Hans Brinker Budget Hotel 1*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hans Brinker, the cheapest, the worst, the best..no swimming pool, no roomservice, no pick-up service, no bridal-suite, no gym, no spa,no bellboy but cheap rooms, a restaurant, a nice bar, a club, 24 hour reception and 500 beds. The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel is the famous budget hotel in the city centre Amsterdam. It’s located between the canals with a 2 minute walk to the famous entertainment area Leidseplein and a 5 minute walk to the museums at Museumplein. Public transport is nearby the hotel: you can take the tram to every direction in Amsterdam within a 2 minute walk. From Amsterdam Central Station take tramline 1, 2 or 5 to the hotel (in approximately 10 minutes at stop Keizersgracht). This budget hotel can accommodate individuals, backpackers and groups (students, scholars etc.). The hotel has single, double and triple rooms and dorms up to 8 persons. Each room has a private bathroom and lockers for personal belongings. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the spacious common area. There is a bar and an underground club, which is open every night till late. Free WIFI-access is available in the common areas. For the best stay in Amsterdam Hans Brinker provides tickets for many activities, bike rental, boat tours and other great deals. ... more   less 
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