The best thing about the Bridge Hotel is the location: it's outside the busy, loud touristy sections of Amsterdam, and it faces the Amstel River. It's less than a 10 minute walk to the tram or metro, though, so everywhere is accessible. And Ultrechtsestraat is only a 5 minute walk across the river, and it's a street of restaurants and shops (including several Indonesia restaurants for the required rijstaffel meal). The bed is comfortable, quiet, and the room we had was large with a view of one of the canals off the Amstel. It's an affordable hotel, and rooms with no views are even cheaper. Our room also separated the toilet from the shower in two different little rooms off of the bedroom: this was very convenient for two people. There are some flaws: it's a 3 star hotel in some respects, but in others, it is not: there is no elevator (we were on the 3rd floor---it wasn't a problem, just a little bit unnerving with luggage going up/down the narrow stairs), no air conditioning (not a problem for us since the weather was cool for July, but if it were in the 80s, you'd be hot and bitten by the gnats that come into the room with the windows open since there are no screens). The hotel service was minimal: often, towels weren't replaced (they were taken away, but not replaced), and dirty glasses weren't replaced (they were left, dirty, on the desk). When I asked for clean glasses, one of the receptionists said no since she needed them in her little lounge in case guests wanted to purchase a glass of wine. (On a previous night, however, another receptionist didn't flinch when I asked for wine glasses.) The breakfast is ok: the breads are terrible, you can't toast the raisin bread (the toaster isn't ideal), and the soft boiled eggs were always overcooked. But there is unlimited coffee, juice, yogurt and kiwis, and they were good.
Despite the flaws, though, I liked our hotel enough that I'd stay there again.
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