It's difficult to write this, as the American owners were on the whole very pleasant and reminiscent of hippies from a bygone age who had stayed in Amsterdam just those twenty years too long.
Breakfast was pretty uninspiring, but adequate, again the feeling being that the same breakfast had been served for years and left the staff hugely uninspired as well as the guests. A certain air of weariness seemed to infuse the whole building and take its staff and occupants with it.
The area is first class for being central to Amsterdam, although the sudden realisation that a lady of the night occupied the front room of the next door building, accompanied by her red light and the interest she incurred throughout the night til the early hours of the morning, was a little unsettling to this single lady traveller.
Yes the rooms were noisy, both from the street outside - but what do you expect if you stay delightfully right on the bank of the Prinsengracht canal - and inside - how many times can a couple walk back and forward, closing every door imaginable in hobnail boots all night long? But the views are to die for - and judging by the nighttime activity, if you ventured outside after midnight, you might well do just that. Daytime and up to midnight are fine.
The shower and room were good - huge room for Amsterdam - fantastic views of the canal. Bath towels left quite a bit to be desired, as it seems they were as tired as the staff - and quite a bit smaller too, more like rather thin hand towels. Dear little dogs in the breakfast room cheered everything up considerably.
All in all a colourful experience which I found highly amusing, but not all that restful. Definitely a few days to dine out on when returning home and who needs boring, corporate hotels anyway? If small and quirky is your thing then the Brouwer is for you!
- Also Known As:
- Brouwer Hotel Amsterdam