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The Bulldog Hotel
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 216-220, 1012 GJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District (De Wallen))   |  
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Ranked #23 of 201 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
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2 reviews
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“Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Beds were comfy and rooms were clean (the cleaners tidy the room but never change bed sheets, and come bursting in and put the lights on when the dorm was fast asleep at 8am). Location wise couldn't be better (but then again the touristic area of Amsterdam is only very small anyway, hard,to go wrong on the location front).

Pretty cool bar downstairs in the hostel. Breakfast was included in my rates (£28 a night, not great for an 8 bed dorm), but it was naff. Bread and cheap ham/salami, never my preferred choice first thing in the morning. Fruit juice and cold water also served, but there's a grumpy fellow (perhaps the owner) who sits by it to ensure you only use the shot glasses to fill up your fruit juice!

Some girls on reception are nice, others are particularly rude. I almost felt like butting in when she was talking to a guest spitefully. Our electric in the room broke on my last night so couldn't charge my phone. Overall very very average.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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RobertBulldog, Front Office Manager at The Bulldog Hotel, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Hello,

Thank you for the review, one of the toughest things hostels face is to satisfy the different expectations and tastes of people from many different cultures. We are certainly trying our best and we apologize if we did not meet yours. Enjoy the rest of your travels.
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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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Odenton, Maryland
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

My sister and I stayed at the Bulldog for three nights beginning a month long tour of Europe. The beds were comfortable, rooms were clean, and showers were hot. Security was great, especially after about 7pm. No entry unless you have a "hostel passport" showing you are staying there. The location was wonderful!! Two blocks off of the Red Light District, and two off of Damsquare, which has access to buses and tram lines. I would definitely book here again!!!

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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RobertBulldog, Front Office Manager at The Bulldog Hotel, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
That's what the Bulldog Hotel is all about ; providing a clean, safe environment for travelers from all over the world to come together, make new friends and enjoy our fantastic city. Glad you could be a part of it!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I did not see the Bulldog HOSTEL, maybe it is different from what showed up when I searched.
I stayed in a Dorm Room ( Co - Ed ). It was ok, and I didn't want to spend a bunch of money, so I stayed here. Be prepared for people that SNORE. It was what I expected.
You can get a private room, but pay a lot more for it.

Room Tip: All the Dorm Rooms are going to be the same.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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RobertBulldog, Front Office Manager at The Bulldog Hotel, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Thanks for the review. Just one note: all the dorms are not the same. They have different sizes, decoration and some even have a great canal view. Guests are more than welcome to ask for something specific on arrival. We are a busy hotel but always happy to try and fulfill any and all of our guests requests.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

From the moment my friend and I arrived at the bulldog, we were welcomed with friendly staff at the desk, they were very accommodating and even allowed us to have our room earlier than check in so we could make the best of our stay. The room we had was with an en suite this was cosy, clean and tidy. The bulldog is in a fantastic location with everything so close we spent most of our time walking everywhere. The bar downstairs was nice and we happily spent an evening there, the bar staff here were also very friendly as were the staff who provided breakfast and they made sure everything was constantly topped up to ensure a good simple selection. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it anyone, excellent vibe!!

  • Stayed May 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
    • 4 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, June 11, 2014
We've passed on your comments to our lovely team! Its great to know their hard work and passion is appreciated . Hopefully we will see you again soon.
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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Loved This Place ! We were a bunch of 5 friends and had taken the apartment ! Amazing apartments, very spacious with ample of light ! great beds ! Great Location, Great Staff ! Great place to meet people as well as there are mostly youngsters staying here ! The BULLDOG COFFEE is a MUST TRY !
The only two downsides were that the bathroom was very small and you have to climb alot of stairs to get to the apartment !

Room Tip: They have three buildings all within a two minute walk. So do be careful when booking multiple rooms...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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RobertBulldog, Front Office Manager at The Bulldog Hotel, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Thanks for the nice review, come back soon!
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Encantado, RS
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31 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Very well located, clean rooms, nice bar with extra cold draught heineken until 03:00AM. Nice breakfast, but nothing fancy. Stayed in private room, it was small, but clean and cozy. Staff was friendly and polite. Next time in Amsterdam, I will stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RobertBulldog, Front Office Manager at The Bulldog Hotel, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to review us. Hopefully your'e next visit is sooner rather than later . Make sure you email us and let us know you are a return guest!
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London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

my friend borrowed the Iron from the front desk. when we came down the stairs at night the same chinese guy shouted in her face! incredibly rude. She didnt know she had to bring it back withing ten minutes, the stairs took that long.Prices for the room were not competitive compared to others thinking back on nite

American guy nice on check in, breakfast nothing special. Was ok. wouldnt go back again
we shared large room between 12 of us. Bathroom stank

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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RobertBulldog, Front Office Manager at The Bulldog Hotel, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
That does seem a bit extreme and we really sorry if you had a bad experience. It certainly seems strange that using an iron would cause any sort of problem at all.

Guests are more than welcome to borrow an iron. You can leave a deposit at reception and return it when you're through. Easy!

It should be said that we have neither American or Chinese staff at the front desk though...
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Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 216-220, 1012 GJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District (De Wallen)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 201 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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