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“Excellent location, all the rest poor to average” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Vijaya
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 44, 1012 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)   |  
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Ranked #255 of 345 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Excellent location, all the rest poor to average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Travelled in June 2014, as a group of five friends. First I want to say few words about location, which is really great. From Amsterdam's central train station, which is most popular way to reach the city centre from the airport, you'll have approximately 10 minutes walk, and that's really great even if you have some heavy bags with you. Hotel is settled in the middle of red light district, right next to the one of the canals. Red light district is usually really noisy, but our room was turned opposite of the street, and despite of poor view, at least we had a peaceful stay, when we were at the hotel of course. Furthermore, Dam square is also within about 10 minutes walk, Rembrandt square is 20 minutes walk away. There's nice caffe bar right next to the hotel, one of the few (if not the only) canal cruise station except from those located beside Central station is also 5 minutes walk away... Within 10 minutes walk you'll also find great varieta of fast foods, restaurants, bakeries etc.
Few words about hotel. We had a room for five people, which was really poor, but at least everything was clean, and judging by the smell of varikina when we entered the room, everything was disinfected also :) Wardrobe doors are not in great condition, so it took some effort to open and close it. In the bathroom there's a toilet seat, shower and a sink. There was enough room for all five of us and our bags. The bad thing in the hotel are steep stairs, which are unavoidable if you want to reach the room, and that can be problem, especially if you're woman carryng the bags (i am male, so didn't have this problem). But I'm sure that the staff will help you then. In the middle of the hotel there's an open smoking area, where you can smoke everything.
Breakfast is ok, if you're not too picky, there's a bread, cheese, salami, cereals, coffee and boiled eggs. Breakfast is served till 10, but try to come at least till 9:15, if you don't want to push with other guests.
Staff is friendly, in the hotel you can also buy some cheap wine, beer, toiletries, juices, water etc.
I would recommend the hotel for a group of people looking for fun in Amsterdam, definitely not for a romantic stay or stay with the kids.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Stayed here and the location is perfect for a lads stag do break away. In the middle of the canal ring with plenty to do in walking distance. The bar next door was great for a drink in the sun. Breakfast was basic but filled a hole.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Well, we travel to Amsterdam quite a lot and were attracted to this hotel by a photo which showed it overlooking a canal - thought it would be quaint and romantic. In reality this is a very shabby, down at heel joint in the red light district of Amsterdam. All the furnishings were worn and it desperately needed a full redecoration and refurbishment. Our room did overlook the pretty canal. However, the room was a very strange shape - you entered into a dark corridor with a barely adequate bathroom off. The bed was situated in a very crampt space under the window (with the lovely view). The bed was on the floor and to get in bed or look out the window you had to clamber over it as there was so little room. The whole corridor/room thingy layout had only one light bulb. It was like being in a detention centre (not that I have been in one). The winding staircase up to the room was cluttered with old rubbishy stuff that probably constituted a fire hazard. Downstairs was the dining room. Again this was shabby and quite worn out. The breakfast of breads, cheeses, ham etc was very, very basic. The juice was a horrible, sweet, bright orange liquid. There was an inner courtyard area where various stoners puffed maniacally on their spliffs. Ashtrays overflowing and all quite sordid and depressing.
My advice after this experience - get a hotel a bit further out, the museum district has some nice ones and cheaper. If you want to partake of the delights of naughty Amsterdam, just catch a tram to where you want to go. Avoid this quite nasty doss-hole.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Flushed the loo and it came up through the shower plug hole. Toilet flush broken, lights in room didn't work - noisy. Some moron was hammering and using an electric drill all night. Staff OK but it really was bad, I've seen cardboard boxes bigger than my room. Needless to say I didn't use the shower - god alone knows what was in the pipework. No lift, steep stairs, like a rabbit warren, I dread to think what would have happened in event of fire.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

First of all we orderd a quad room with single beds, we got a double with bunkbeds. Although we didnt mind as the room we stayed in (32) was spacious and overlooking the canal. Its a maze to get to your room, especially when we had been drinking. The hotel staff where alright, although they did knock a few times telling us to be quiet. The breckfast was bogstandard except the toaster wernt working. The location of the hotel is ideal as its only 2 min walks to everywhere. Its very noisy in this hotel which i dont mind, untill 7 oclock in tge morning when cafe trinity gets the power jet wash out and clean there windows. We used it as an excuse to wake and bake!! The staff were friendly, had great english knowledge, the room was clean, the beds comfortable. I will be booking to stay in this hotel again when we are next over in june. Like i said you get what you pay for

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

10 - 15 walk from the train station.
No lifts/elevators in this hotel so pack lightly! Many different staircases so remember where your room is - I got lost a few times looking for my room. The room overlooking the canal. Small room with a comfy bed and small portable TV. The shower was opposite the room - water pressure was abysmal - just a trickle of cold water - so showering was a challenge. As dusk comes you'll see all the red lights slowly turn on - POW - you find you're in the middle of the Amsterdam's famous Red Light district. Bugger.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 44, 1012 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #255 of 345 Hotels in Amsterdam
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Number of rooms: 30
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