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The Bulldog Hotel
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 216-220, 1012 GJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #22 of 190 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Brilliant Bulldog”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Brilliant location, friendly and helpful staff. 5 of us stayed in the dorms, great for a base, everything is on the doorstep. Good bar and breakfast was adequate. Can smoke in the bar. Amazing price. Had a weirdo in our dorm, he didn't move from his bunk, just sat on his laptop, but he must have just loved the bulldog. Recommended to lots of friends. Wouldn't stop anywhere else

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Zurich, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We stayed as a group of 9 friends for 2 nights at Bulldog in a private dorm room. The best asset of Bulldog is the unbeatable location right in the centre of Amsterdam, only a few minutes away from main station, coffee shops, red light district etc.

Staff is super friendly and helpful and there is free delicious breakfast included. There is a coffee shop just next to the hotel and smoking is allowed in the cool lobby/bar area of Bulldog, which is also a good place to meet people. Room size is good, cleanliness is perfect and in our dorm there were two combined shower/toilet facilities available. The only thing where I think Bulldog could improve is the design/atmosphere inside the rooms.

To sum up, it's a safe bet and I would totally recommend this place. Thumbs up!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Armagh, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

just back from a weekend stay, wouldn't classify this place as a hostel more a hotel, travelled as a group of 7, had a private dorm to ourselves, room was very spacious with our own private shower and toilet. beds were very comfortable and clean, on arrival we were checked in straight away, were able to come and go as pleased, the food downstairs was lovely, lovely staff, all in all a great stay at a reasonable price, would definitely stay here again

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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95 reviews 95 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

a world famous hangout, frequented by stars. On the main RED LIGHT canal bank. Secure, comfortable & easy to locate.. enjoy your stay, the bar- lounge have some good food.. or pop to the coffee shop…be warned…gives appetite, laughing & a sense of extreme well being! roof top & street terrace gardens for high & low days. . all tastes catered to.. such a very mix of people stay here every time.. .

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Have stayed on a few occasions, our favourite place in Amsterdam, very busy over this period but we enjoyed the stay, Music in the bar can be too loud sometimes for the occasion, but overall very nice place to stay, 14 nights room cleaned bins emptied, on the occasion they was not, just ask and the staff was great, fridge did not work, unfortunately due to the Xmas time was not replaced straight away, took a few days which was not a problem, staff could not have done more. 14 day over Xmas & New Year enjoyed it that much we have already re-booked for this year.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Haz-Zebbug, Malta
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We only had a few days in Amsterdam but this hotel was the bomb! It's super cool, cosy and has a view. They also have their own coffeeshop. Although it's in the middle of the red light district it's very safe and close to attractions.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Reykjavík, Iceland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I stayed here for only one night on the 31. December and i´m so sad i did not stay longer.

I was traveling to Amsterdam for 5 nights and had already booked 4 nights in a nice 4 star hotel away from the center when i got an e-mail from the manager that they had rooms available for the 31st so i took it (best decision ever!!!)

The people working there are really friendly and speak English and will help you with most things a traveler would need.

I had a dorm room so we had other people staying there with us and that could be the only problem as i had two really loud snoring guys there sleeping. I recommend booking a room if you would like better privacy but other that the snoring the rooms are perfect (for dorm rooms)

Great bar!!!

Location could not be better as you have everything you would like to visit minutes away (walking) so you don´t have to spend money on getting to the center using public transportation.

You do feel safe as there are guys (security) working in the front to make sure only hotel guests come in, the security guys are awesome! they look scary but if you get to know them you will see that they are just as friendly as the reception staff.

If you are a young traveler(s) there should not be any other place that i would tell you to go stay unless they don´t have any availability.

I work in a Hotel and i must say that i had my doubts but after the first 10 min of my arrival i fell in love with this place.

Thank you Bulldog Hotel staff if you see this i hope to come back as soon as possible ;)

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RobertBulldog, Front Office Manager at The Bulldog Hotel, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
It was really nice having you both here and was a pleasure for me to have an opportunity to share a drink with you on new years eve. i hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Amsterdam and that you can make it back here soon for another visit. All the best in 2014
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Additional Information about The Bulldog Hotel

Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 216-220, 1012 GJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 190 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wake up in one of the highest rated hostels,located in the middle of one of the most visually stunning cities in the world! The Bulldog Hostel Amsterdam is loaded with that typical international and liberal atmosphere that makes Amsterdam so special... besides other things. You can either choose to stay in a dorm, a private room or one of our cool apartments whenever you come stumbling back from your Amsterdam adventure! We will make sure it will feel like your home away from home! ... more   less 
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