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“Perfect Amsterdam Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Singel 83, 1012 VE Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)   |  
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Ranked #81 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Perfect Amsterdam Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Well located, historic rooms overlooking the Singel Canal, amusing lift almost room for 2! Comfortable beds, good simple set breakfast, just wait it just keeps coming! What more could you want! Oh yes it was cheap too.
Recommended.

Room Tip: Top floor overlooking the canal
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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  • 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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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We spent three nights in the Mondrian room last weekend in mid-February. We were on the top floor with wonderful views of the Singel canal. The room is very large and very clean. As always, all staff/personnel were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was fine with breads, extra belegen sharp cheese, boiled egg, and coffee/tea. As I’ve said before, this is the only place we’ll stay in Amsterdam. We’ll be back next year!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

If you want all the usual complimentary: body lotions, shower caps or tray of drink making accessories then this hotel is not for you. But if you want to be in a lovely old Dutch house, with exposed wooden floorboards and querky old furniture, and yes the elevator is tiny but fits 2 people (who know each other well), Wifi connection, even on the 3rd (top) floor - then you will be delighted with this little hotel.
Hotel Brouwer is just a 10 minute walk from the station, in an area surrounded by canals, cobbled streets, and OK yes, Ladies from the "Oldest profession in the World" can be seen in their colourful windows not too far away, but this is Amsterdam! It does not detract at all from the charm of this location.
Other reviewers mentioned not being able to pay with plastic, but we knew ahead of time that cash was preferred, so no problem at all.
We would certainly stay at this hotel again and maybe might not have all breakfasts with them as they get a little monotonous as we stayed 5 nights; there are plenty of good eateries in the area as an alternative.

Room Tip: The top rooms are quieter, as the night-life can be noisy.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

If you are looking for something small, authentically Dutch, with genuine people, old and wooden, comfortable large rooms and bathrooms, this is it! We stayed 21-25 January in two double rooms on the fourth floor (loft), with incredible views overlooking two canals. Breakfast was on the ground floor an old room with little tables overlooking the Singel canal. Fascinating, extremely good value. Can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: Top floor with lift (in the roof), view of canals incredible, day and night. Total silence.
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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

It's a wonderful canal house turned into a hotel.
Very cosy, big rooms, delicious breakfast and pleasant staff.
Very well located, near main spots in Amsterdam.
Definitely recommended.
Our room was in the 3rd floor, very quiet and the best view ever.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Had the Rembrandt Room on the 1st floor this November at 92 euro. Delightfully unmodernized. Simple, clean and spacious. Convenient location on the Singel and nice view onto the canal. Breakfast ok - a nice pot of French-press coffee. Friendly atmosphere. Felt close to the culture here.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

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!

Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Hotel Brouwer

Address: Singel 83, 1012 VE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Dam Square
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
#62 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#85 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Brouwer Hotel Amsterdam

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