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“One word - Perfect!” 5 of 5 stars
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Van Gelder Hotel
Damrak 34, Amsterdam 1012 LK , The Netherlands (Red Light District)   |  
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Ranked #218 of 343 hotels in Amsterdam
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“One word - Perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012 via mobile

I knew this hotel was going to be of a decent standard, as friends of mine had stayed here and enjoyed its many benefits. It's location is perfect I must say, a little noisy towards the end of the day but that's expected, and the windows do a good job of blocking out all the hustle and bussle. It's very close to all tourist attractions, cafes (weed kind), restaurants, shops, tour guides, etc. Everything is within walking distance, but if u are the kind who prefers to let others do the work for you, then I suggest the taxi bikes. You read it right it, a little carriage thing with a cover over it powered by sheer leg power :D It's great fun, and allows you to see Amsterdam from a different perspective; Amsterdam is incredibly busy on the streets so be alert all the time. Tourists stand out like a saw thumb!

The owners were very nice and welcoming, with very attractive rates. I paid €100 for 2 nights for 2 people, you do the math! The room was perfect size for our intentions ;) The room was cleaned twice to a good standard, as well as clearing up our mess! The communal shower and toilet was sufficient, and served it's purpose.

All in all, this hotel offers what I consider to be substantial benefits over many other hotels.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011 via mobile

My partner and I stayed at this hotel in august 2011. We were very surprised with the location of the hotel as it was 5 mins walk from the main train station and in the heart of the city! It was also close enough for us to visit some of the main attractions without any headaches. Room was clean and service was good. A nice place to do what you need to do without staying there too long.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011 via mobile

The hotel is located right in the heart of the action on the Damrak and a very short walk from the Red Light District. The neighborhood is loud but that is to be expected. One thing North Americans might find a little weird is that you leave your key at the hotel when you leave your room. The staff were helpful, and would tell you where to find the information if they didn't know. Another heads up, the stairs are incredibly steep, almost like climbing a ladder... 4 sets of them if you are staying on the top floor and you have to drag your bags all the way up.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

This hotel is basic and clean. The staff are helpful and efficient.
A tip is to bring ear plugs because music and loud speech occurs outside all night.
There is smoking at this hotel

Room Tip: Ask for a room that does not face Damrak. Stairs are narrow so get on the second or third floor.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights and it was an excellent location.
Our room wasn't nothing special but it was big enough and the en-suite was also a good size.
I think Room 10 is probably the best room in hotel as it has 3 windows looking out over the hustle and bustle of street where trams run up and down. Good for people watching with a carry out if you are on a budget. No noise disturbance as the people start going about their daily business.
Very central to everything.
Staff were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2011, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mellieha, Malta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2010

Hotel is situated right in the hustle and bustle. Food and entertainment all around!

I was at the SIbos event during the week and was staying at a premium hotel before switching to accommodate my own pocket. And you do pay for what you get! I shouldve booked earlier!

Now, if you have large bags you may have to negotiate some crazy stairs which are in the back of the hotel.

Attendants are nice and friendly.

In my view, this is a great hotel if you are one of the weed smokers or out to get mildly wrecked. Definately not for the couples that want a peaceful sleep! The street in the back will keep you up or interfere with your sleep with the drunken bafoons shouting. Windows are not great.

The first thing I noticed is the pungent smell of weed, eearrgh

You may be woken up by the stoned giggling residents in the next room or rooms above... The stink of smoke is horrible.

The smoke alarm is covered with plastic. Given people can smoke whatever they like in their rooms the fire hazard is greatly increased. hmmm, safe.

There appears to be a mouse problem or at least there was...Mouse poison may be found in the wardrobe area.

You may experience a sewage smell after rainfall, I believe this is normal. Just run the shower for 5 mins and the smell disappears. Something to do with the stangnant drainage water.

The shower doesnt look upto much but is quite ok.

Bed is really soft, probably broken. Very uncomfortable.

Hoovers get turned on at 8.30am!!!

All in all, this place is fine if you are drunk or too stoned to care. If you are in Amsterdam to party and/or smoke.. then this will be suitable for you.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2010

I stayed at this hotel for one night in April due to the volcano ash cloud which delayed all the flights in that period.
The hotel we had stayed in until that time tripled the prices over night as a result of the high demand for rooms in that period of time, with everyone stuck on the ground for what seemed then an indefinite period. We searched for a cheaper alternative, for one more night, as we were short on cash, having in mind that the following morning we had to take the bus back home, which was an extra cost.
We went to Damrak Street, from hotel to hotel asking for the price for one room, and we found the cheapest room here, EUR60 for a shared facilities room (the hotel had rooms with private bathrooms too, but they were more expensive).
We didn’t have breakfast, as we were leaving very early in the morning.
The conditions were very basic, and the furniture rather old, but the room was clean enough and so were the shared toilet and shower. There was rat trap in the room, but fortunately it was empty :). However, I haven’t seen a more expensive room, with private bathroom, it is possible that it looks better than the one we stayed in, I don’t know.
The stairs were narrow and pretty hard to climb, especially with luggage. There is no elevator.
The staff was polite and helpful.
Overall we put aside the drawbacks of this hotel bearing in mind the fact that it was the cheapest we could find in a time when all hotels increased their rates. For the moment, it was the solution to our problem.
I would recommend this hotel for someone constrained by the budget; it is somehow an alternative to a hostel. It is OK if you just want to have roof above your head.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Damrak 34, Amsterdam 1012 LK , The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District
Hotel Style:
#33 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Hotel Van Gelder

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