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“Good enough for a couple of nights” 4 of 5 stars
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The Bridge Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Amstel 107 - 111, 1018 EM Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Plantage & the East)   |  
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Ranked #95 of 356 Hotels in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good enough for a couple of nights”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We booked 2 nights (25 and 26th July) but didn't realise we had booked a basement room so no view...still, the room was light enough from the skylight and we were far enough from the breakfast room so there wasn't a lot of noise, we weren't expecting to spend any time in the room anyway. The en-suite/wetroom was basic but ok, shower was nice and hot but a little underpowered. The bed was comfy and we had decent enough sleep. Receptionist was helpful, polite and informative. The breakfast was ok, it's a nice inclusion that you don't always get but a little lacking - standard continental spread but no pastries.

No a/c but didn't expect it - rooms had fans and although it was warm the combination of the fan and skylight kept the room cool enough for a good nights sleep

The hotel is a 5 minute walk from Rembrandt square which saves you from too much street noise and there are a couple of small local places to get a nightcap nearby.

All in all a nice hotel in a good location. I would stay here again (but ask for a room on the 2nd or 3rd floor)

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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482 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

It was a pleasant surprise when we decided to not stay in the busy heart of Amsterdam, and chose to move out to the quieter suburb of Weesperplein, The hotel was easy to find, sitting on the banks of the beautifully scenic River Amstel. we were greeted by the friendly reception, and stayed downstairs in this quaint hotel. Breakfast was provided with all tastes catered for, and my vast appetite was satisfied.
We had a bit of a problem whilst in Amsterdam in the shape of being rather ripped off and badly treated by a taxi driver, some Amsterdammers locally immediately took issue in our support, and when we got back to the hotel the shocked reception staff were immediately on our side and reported the taxi driver immediately. I say this, because on occasion, i have been abroad and things have happenned and locals and authorities seem nonchalant about what happenned, but the staff at the Bridge hotel were above and beyond when it came to looking after this, also looking after us when we had many questions about Amsterdam and its facilities.
Hartelijk dank, we zullen weer terugkomen!

Room Tip: We stayed in the basement, though the room was nice, it would have been worth a couple more euro to...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A clean, tastefully decorated boutique hotel, the Bridge Hotel is close to major tram lines and opposite the Amstel River. In general, we had a pleasant stay. Unfortunately, however, we had no view of the river and the famous "skinny bridge", as we were at the back of the hotel on the main floor. Our only window (with no screen to shield us from mosquitoes) faced a tiny square of a courtyard--in other words, a brick wall. Thus, we felt a lack of privacy. On a positive note, the room itself was spacious, and the breakfast was ample and varied.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Amsterdam is a pricy city, but this hotel was a great value. The staff was helpful and the rooms were clean. The breakfast buffet was tasty but not overly fancy. We would stay here again.

The hotel is about a 10 minute walk to the tram stops and a 20-30 minute walk from most attractions. The walk itself is gorgeous, especially at night when the bridges are lit up. There are some great cafés along the canals with affordable, local food and beer. Much better than you'd find in the touristy areas.

It's certainly nothing fancy, but it's just such a cute place. We didn't spend much time in the room since we wanted to explore all of Amsterdam, but it was a nice, clean place to come home to each night.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lansing, MI
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33 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We stayed at the Bridge Hotel for 4 nights in late May. Overall we had a very good experience at the Bridge Hotel. I very much agree with the other reviewers on their comments on the lobby space. It appears to be more of a hostel/dorm front desk area than a hotel lobby. I was also quite cluttered. I was a little concerned about our stay when checking in due to the appearance of the lobby. There were several twists, turns, and stairs to get to our room which was at the end of the hall on the third floor. It was hard to find initially, but we liked it because it was out of the way and quiet. We were relieved when we got to our room and found it large, clean, and simply furnished with a great canal view. One of the first things that I noticed about the room is that it had hard surface flooring rather than carpet. The furnishings in the room were simple but adequate. The windows open either hopper style or casement style, so you can get a little fresh air and ventilation, or leave them wide open. Our room was also supplied with a fan, so we were able to keep it at a temperature where we were comfortable. The beds were very comfortable and the pillows and comforters were of good quality. The bathroom was roomy, clean, and was sufficiently stocked with toiletries. The front desk is staffed 24 hours, and everyone we encountered there was very friendly and helpful. They always seemed genuinely glad to see you and have you at their hotel. The breakfast had a good variety of food and was always well stocked. We also stayed at another hotel on our trip to Amsterdam. In comparing the two, I would say that the Bridge Hotel has very large rooms by comparison and was a much better value. However, we did feel that the Bridge Hotel was not as centrally located as we would have liked. It is still very easy to get around using transit, but it is a little bit of a walk to restaurants, activities, etc. Overall, I thought this hotel was a great value for the price. It is a bit out of the way of many tourist activities, so be prepared to walk and/or use public transit or a bike. I would stay here again.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cornwall,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Hotel reception is accessed from street level via a steep flight of stone steps. Although most areas of the hotel have been recently and tastefully renovated, the reception and associated sitting room would appear to have been overlooked. This unfortunate first impression is swiftly corrected upon entering the main body of the building. In common with many hotels in Amsterdam there is no elevator however the traditional flights of steep stairways have been replaced in this hotel be wide, modern stairways with a more agreeable gradient. Our room (Room 10) was large and spacious with basic but adequate furnishing and a well-appointed en-suite with plentiful towels and toiletries. It was well-lit with windows that, quite literally, opened out onto a splendid view over a side-canal off the Amstel. There are no facilities in the room for hot drinks but drinks and biscuits can be obtained free of charge at any time in the sitting room where also a desk-top computer and laser printer are provided for the use of guests.
The pleasant, airy breakfast room offered adequate but fairly basic fare which included breads, preserves, eggs, cheese, meats, cereal and fruits.
Hotel staff were most helpful at all times but, in my view, the strongest asset of The Bridge is its excellent location. It was truly a pleasure to return to the tranquillity and old-world charm of this locality after a day in the city.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Amstel 107 - 111, 1018 EM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Plantage & the East
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#67 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#76 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#80 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bridge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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