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“Yet another great stay at Brouwer!” 4 of 5 stars
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Singel 83, 1012 VE Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)   |  
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Ranked #91 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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“Yet another great stay at Brouwer!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

We've stayed here so many times; it's the only hotel we stay at in Amsterdam. This time we were again in the Mondrian room on the top floor during the third weekend of February. It's my favorite room as it's on the corner and has a larger bathroom than the floors below. And lots of 1/2 timbering in the room. No complaints/concerns about our stay. We'll be back in August, then again next February, etc. While Brouwer, like many hotels, has raised its prices, that's to be expected. The Netherlands is an expensive country for hotels; Brouwer's costs are fine for Holland. I'm sure you can pay less elsewhere and I know you can pay considerably more. For a reasonable cost, friendly service/personnel, and a more than adequate breakfast, stay here. If you don't, that's cool too as it makes it easier for me to book a room when I want to.

  • Stayed February 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Brouwer for two nights in the Bosch room. When we first arrived, we were somewhat skeptical. The bathroom was on a different floor from the bedroom and the floors were slanted! But after settling in we grew to appreciate the charm of our room and realized that we were getting a truly unique Amsterdam experience. The bathroom was recently renovated and nice, although the shower didn't seem to quite switch between the showerheads properly. The bedroom was very large, with a stunning view of the canals and was very well furnished. The wardrobe and bedframe were antique and charming. The staff were also friendly. In particular, the lady at the desk in the evening was extremely kind and helpfully provided restaurant recommendations. Overall I would recommend the Hotel Brouwer for anyone looking for a very different hotel experience. Perhaps not the best for someone with reduced mobility as the stairs are very steep and there are many of them, or for someone looking for a more traditional hotel. But if you are looking for something different and with character then you can't do better than the Hotel Brouwer.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We stayed at Hotel Brouwer in early January. We were a group of 6 (3 couples).

Two of our rooms were on the 3rd floor and one room was on the 2nd floor. Every room had a beautiful view and we were all able to access the free wifi without any problems. The rooms were all different and we had a very comfortable stay.

We booked a few months in advance via email from South Africa and did not need to pay anything until the day we checked out.

We only have one complaint. My parents arrived 2 days after us. Their plane from Germany arrived very early and we had informed Hotel Brouwer about this when we booked and they said it wouldn't be a problem for my parents to arrived before 9h00. When my parents arrived at the hotel, the staff informed them that their room was not ready yet, but they could store their bags in the office and wait in the lobby until we all came downstairs. Since breakfast was already being served to other guests, my dad asked the lady organising the breakfast if he could please have a cup of coffee (he was even prepared to pay for it). The lady was extremely rude and told him to go find coffee somewhere down the street (even though she had a huge flask of filter coffee nearby). As paying guests we did not expect to be treated in such a way.

The rest of the staff that we met were lovely, helpfull and very friendly! They also responded promptly to our emails, which we appreciated.

Apart from the rude lady who works at the Hotel Brouwer, we loved our stay and we would stay there again next time we are in Amsterdam.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the top floor, that was you don't hear the creaking of the floor from the r...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Built in 1652 and Converted to lodging in 1914, this cozy little hotel has location, views and a warm and friendly staff. I have stayed here many times and still enjoy coming back. The views from the rooms over the Single Canal are beautiful; love the water and the houseboats.
Breakfast is very comfortable in a well-lit breakfast room appointed with old artwork of the area. Typical light Dutch breakfast: Soft boiled egg, cheese, rolls, great coffee or tea.
This hotel has an elevator, which is great for the upper floors. Suggest top floors, since the old floors can be noisy from your neighbors. Not bad, just bring ear plugs if you are sensitive.
Location faces the Jourdan district with wonderful shops and restaurants; it is also where many professionals live. At your back is the Red Light district one block away. I guess this gives you choices' you are right on the edge of both.
I like the proximity to the main train station, only a five minute walk. Since I was working, the location was convenvient. Walking disctance from Trams and thus access to all of the region.
I will be back...

Room Tip: Bring your own Shampoo and Soap. Top floor. Try Joselitos Spanish Cafe nearby. You can avoid Red lig...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Hotel Brouwer is where we stayed for one night for our trip to Amsterdam. It's conveniently located, being just 10 mins away from the station and the Dam Square. We stayed at the Veneer room and it's overlooking the Singel Canal. The room and the hotel in general is very basic --- furnishing, amenities, etc. But you will get everything you need just the same. Our room's floor is not in lebel but being 400 years old or so, you tend to not mind it. The only complaint we have is the fact that the room is too warm if the heater is on. Oh and another thing, you have prostitute joint as neighbor. Other than those, we vey much enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We had the Mondriann room on the 3rd floor (top) with a great view of the canal and along Herenstraat. The room was large and clean, though sparsely furnished. Good sized bathroom with separate bath and shower. Access to the upper rooms is via "the smallest lift in the world", one person and one bag,but it saves climbing an amazing spiral staircase. Wi Fi is free and a good breakfast is available if required. The staff were friendly and helpful. The Central railway station, the terminus for many of the canal trips and the northern end of Damrak are about 15 minutes walk away. There are a number of good restaurants along Herenstraat and in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. We booked from Australia by email, no deposit was required. Would not hesitate staying there again.

Room Tip: If you are claustrophobic suggest you avoid the lift and stay in a bottom room.
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Delhi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Brouwer is a great 3* boutique hotel, typical Dutch in style, small & cosy. It is just 10 mins walk from the Central Station & Dam Square and has nice restaurants around it (Greendwoods is a highly recommended place for bfast & lunches).

I won't rate the hotel high on service levels, their room service/ house keeping needs definite improvement. Floors are not that clean & they don't care to change bedsheets even if you are staying for 4-5 nights. Top floor may not be the best option is you need to use internet frequently in the room.

The owner is very prompt in communication.

Please note that they do not accept credit cards.

If location is top priority for you & budget is around 70-75 Euros then I think this would be a superb option for you.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Singel 83, 1012 VE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Dam Square
Hotel Style:
#10 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
#74 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#92 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Brouwer Hotel Amsterdam

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