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“Wow...tiny room” 3 of 5 stars
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Damrak 34, 1012 LK Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)   |  
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Ranked #221 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Wow...tiny room”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

Stayed here in Aug '04 as part of my Olympic vacation. Never been to Europe before and my flight was set for in and out of Amsterdam cause it was the cheapest price around. Grabbed the train from the airport and it dropped me in the center of Amsterdam around 20 mins later. Arrived at Centraal and walked out and tried to orient myself as to where I was supposed to go. Luckily found a map out front and kind of just followed the crowd. A couple of minutes later found myself walking down the Damrak. Did my money exchange, walked around to see what was around, and then set out to find the hotel. Had a little bit of a hard time finding the numbers, but eventually got the hang of it...there was just so much signage to weed through.

Finally found the hotel and went up the stairs to the reception area (that was a first for me, but is fairly typical in older buildings in Europe). The reception was basic and simple and old world decor. Lots of wood. My first impression was OK...maybe the rooms are a little better. So got my key and went to the room. Wow!! I don't know how they got a bed in there. As a matter of fact the door only opened half way before it hit the bed. There was a desk which I could use while sitting on the bed. The bed was worn down but not bad enough not to sleep in, which I was able to do for a grand total of probably 3 hours. There was a big window which I needed to have open because there was no AC, just a small desk fan. Of course, that let in all the noise from the surrounding pubs and restaurants. The neighbors were also rowdy. Made a mental note to bring along ear plugs next time. There was a small sink in the room and the bathroom was a common one shared by all on the floor. It was not certainly not what I expected but definitely an experience I'll remember.

For the price, it had it's good and bad. Might even consider staying in the area, if not here, again knowing what I know now.

Room Tip: If you have any degree of claustrophobia, get the largest room you can.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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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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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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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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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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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Address: Damrak 34, 1012 LK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #221 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 26
Also Known As:
Hotel Van Gelder

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