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“The Dirtiest, scummiest, Funniest hostel in the world!” 2 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 #95 of 176 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“The Dirtiest, scummiest, Funniest hostel in the world!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Get one thing straight before you come here its a crap hole!
as long as you are happy with that go out in Amsterdam get battered and enjoy your stay!
Rooms are dirty, everyone's pretty drunk and the breakfast was pretty grim as well.
Stayed for one fantastic night haha
there's a nightclub underneath as well which is pretty rare as everything seems to shut up around 2.
you kind of get the feel your in prison if not army barracks.

Room Tip: its a Hostel so try to book with 8 people so you don`st end up with strangers in your room.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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HansBrinkerAms, Manager at Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Hi!

Thanks for your comment. Our rooms get cleaned every day (including change of towels and bed linen), but when you share a room with other guests, they can get the place messy after cleaning. Our breakfast includes freshly made pancakes, fruits, cereals, coffee, tea, breads & spreads and more, so actually our breakfast is really great!

Did you stay for a drink during Happy Hour at the bar?

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
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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Im going to be honest when it comes to hotels i can be really snobby and like things to be quality but this hotel was nothing like i ever stop in but i loved it! I had read some really bad reviews before the trip but when i got there i was really impressed. If you are looking for a basic room for the night then this is the place! The drinks are so cheap and so is the food! The bed got made for the 3 nights we were there and i couldn't fault anything except the bathroom could of been a bit bigger but the shower was really nice! The beds are comfy and the staff are really friendly! If your a bit snobby and really think that this isn't for you, take it from me! Its central to everything and there is a bike rental for 24hr next door! You must come here!

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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HansBrinkerAms, Manager at Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Hi!

Thanks for your great review! You have described our hotel exactly the way we are! We hope to see you again soon at our hotel!

Greetings,

Hans Brinker
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The Hans Brinker is a hotel that you visit with extremely low expectations. For little £ is is going to be basic.

The room I stayed in was absolutely fine! Clean and comfortable, (minus the pancake pillow).

The Breakfast was rubbish - so find somewhere to eat out. There is a nice breakfast place on the same street.

Staff - seemed pleasant.

Shower towels are tinny - but manageable.

Overal, good value for money, business student atmosphere, clean and decent place to rest whilst visiting Amsterdam.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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HansBrinkerAms, Manager at Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Hi!

Thanks for your review and great to read you've had a great stay at our hotel!

Ou breakfast though includes freshly made pancakes, fruits, cereals, yoghurt, bread and spreads, coffee, tea and more.

We hope to welcome you again soon at our hotel!

Greetings,

Hans Brinker
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

It's a nice hostel, clean, staff are nice and courteous. Only gripe is it is quite far from town centre but that's ok as Amsterdam is a lovely city to wall about...the breakfast room bit at the hostel is cool too. Generally good and would recommend ...their marketing is also entirely hilarious!

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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HansBrinkerAms, Manager at Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Hi!

You've obviously visited the wrong places as our hotel is right in the middle of Amsterdam city center. We are located 3 min walking distance away from entertainment area Leidseplein and Museumplein as we are located between the famous canals!

Great to read you would recommend us and we hope seeing you again soon!!

Greetings,

Hans Brinker
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

The hostel was just what I expected, nothing special but clean. The staff are helpful. The rooms are very basic and we shared with two girls we did not know in an en-suite room. It's in a good location and the breakfast is adequate. The wifi was good in the hotel reception but was not available in rooms. They advertise as the sort hostel in the world, this is basically so if you complain they can say 'I told you so.' Would stay again.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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HansBrinkerAms, Manager at Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Hi!

Thanks for letting us know you've had a great stay at our hotel!

Hope to see you again soon!

Greetings,

Hans Brinker
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Chennai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Everything is good. You got a clean room and bed, toilets and big bar.
You get cheap and best.
You got free wifi but you get that only in the bar. Though they say dont attend to your compliants they do. They also give you a free cloak room to store your bags on the day when you check out as the check out very early and if you want roam the city a while you can put your bags in there for free and go.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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HansBrinkerAms, Manager at Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Hi!

Thanks for your comment! Great to read you've had a nice stay at our hotel! Did you also got a drink at our underground club?

Greetings,

Hans Brinker
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Hans Brinker advertises itself as the 'worst hotel ever', which honestly is kind of endearing and kitschy but it is still overpriced for what is offered.

I went with a few other college students for a weekend trip to Amsterdam. When we arrived, the staff greeted us nicely. Overall, I have no complaints about the hostel staff who seemed to be generally nice. We booked separately, but the staff placed us in a room with 6 beds (mixed), which was nice because we all got to stay together. No one else was booked into that room for the rest of our stay, which was also nice.

That's pretty much where the good stops. The rooms were very dirty (even for a college student used to grimy dorm life conditions). We found many ticks and other insects. The bathroom has a shower with a curtain but when showering water spills all over the bathroom, making it difficult to use it for anything. The toilet was very unclean, and the basin was the same. Overall, the room was pretty disgusting. Also, the lockers provided weren't sturdy, and I probably could have pulled a locked one open without a key had I wanted to.

Breakfast was really not breakfast at all. There were slices of bread and cheese and some mixed fruit. The one toaster they had to toast bread didn't work very well.

Although I only paid about 50 euros for two nights, I expected not to have to sleep in such terrible, unsanitary conditions. Would absolutely NOT recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 1 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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HansBrinkerAms, Manager at Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Hi,

First of all, our rooms get cleaned every day, including change of bed linen. The rooms may be basic, but they are clean. Of course after cleaning your fellow roommates can get the place dirty when you share a room with other people. Second, I can assure you we do not have ticks or other insects in our rooms.

Our breakfast includes not only bread and spreads, we also serve freshly made pancakes, cereals, coffee, tea and eggs.

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 #95 of 176 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Hans Brinker Budget Hotel 1*
Number of rooms: 500
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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