The Brouwer isn't for everyone. They'd probably be the first to tell you that. My wife and I have stayed there at least a dozen times over the years and have always enjoyed ourselves. Its on the Singel canal right in the heart of Amsterdam. Many of the reviews we've read complain about the location. Red lights and racial tension. Yes there are some red light spots around and the neighbourhood is diverse. But its all mixed in with some of Amsterdam's best modern shopping and restaurants and hey that's Amsterdam. The hotel itself is old and anything but fancy. The rooms are basic. Super basic. But clean. Back in the day they had no phones no tv's. Thats changed but the overall feel is the same. Each room has a great view of the canal. When you open the old windows its really quite amazing. The bathrooms are the most basic element of all. If you're looking for the Ritz this ain't it. But it's clean and comfy. Breakfast is killer. Hard boiled egg, great coffee, juice, fresh bread, jam and cheese. A great way to start they day. We just left the Brouwer about 3 weeks ago after a 2 night stay for Queens day. We had a very odd room that we've never had before. Their quad room. Its three rooms spread over three levels. Really unique and a great layout for kids (we had our 2 and 5yr old with us) They staff is always very helpful and maybe just a bit quirky but it adds to the whole experience. They only take cash but the rooms are cheap so it's not the end of the world. The Brouwer is not for the faint of heart but it is a unique experience. One we're clearly fond of since we've stayed there so many times now. If you're looking for a great deal and don't need frills and like character you'll love the Brouwer.