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Hotel Torenzicht
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 93, 1012 DD Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)   |  
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Ranked #208 of 343 hotels in Amsterdam
Baltimore, Maryland
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“It depends on what you seek”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

As a frequent traveler to Amsterdam, sometimes it is for business, and sometimes it is for fun. As a 40-something white collar businessman, I have grown particularly fond of the Renaissance Amsterdam, which in my mind is the greatest hotel in Amsterdam. However, my review of the Hotel Torenzicht is surprisingly positive, with caveats.

2 of my old college roommates and I decided we needed to check off a bucket list item and go to the Cannabis Cup. Pretty funny really, 3 middle aged white guys from the east coast of the USA making this trek. It was a blast. I ran logisitcs, and decided it would be fun to switch up on the hotel scene.

I did some research online, and found the Torenzicht. I found most of the reviews to be pretty accurate.

It is cheap, it is no frills, and is a great investment, if you are visiting Amsterdam to party. I think if you are visiting for any other reason, you will be annoyed with this place, but if you are visiting to have a good party time, and you are budget conscious, this is a great option.

The hotel is smack dab in the midst of the redlight, right on one of the old canals. The building itself is actually an old canal house. The front desk doubles as the hotel bar, so you check in at the bar.

Old dutch houses are famous for having stairs that are much closer to being ladders. It's not just this hotel, it is common in all the old canal buildings. Be prepared. The other reviewers have mentioned it, but you really need to be prepared. You will be "scaling" the stairs, and with luggage it can be quite difficult or exerting. If you have a physical infirmity or are obese, the stairs can be a challenge, so ask for a room on the lowest floor.

The rooms. Most of them lack private bath and toilet, a very common thing in old european hotels. You have shared facilities on each floor. They are clean, and easy to get into from your room. You do have a sink in your room.

One room has its own private toilet and shower, the quad room (four beds). This is the room me and my mates reserved. A toilet, and a shower, all to ourselves, it was nice.

The rooms are SUPER basic. A bed, a sink, and thats about it. It is simply a place to crash, and store your stuff, while you go out and party, sightsee, eat, smoke, whatever.

The staff are great. Friendly, and engaging. The bar that doubles as the hotel front desk is really well done, has big screen TV, etc. Late at night, the bar closes to the public, but remains open to hotel guests. It is a 24-7 bar. This is quite useful, especially for Americans. In Amsterdam, the time differences from America are 6 hours from the eastern time zone. So, 3am in Amsterdam is 9pm to the body clock of an American from the east coast. Think about that. You still want to party, you are wide awake, and many places are shut. You can ham it up at your very good hotel bar until sunrise. Furthermore, they allow you to smoke weed at the bar. Cigarettes too, but I don't smoke those things. This is pretty unusual to be able to do this in Amsterdam hotel bars. You can only smoke once it is closed to the public though (late night). However, at the end of a long night of silliness, to come back to your hotel bar, have a drink and a laugh with your friends and the bartender, and smoke a spliff? Its super cool.

They include a breakfast buffet in the basement dining room, it comes with the reservation. The food is certainly edible, if not fancy or memorable. Eggs, bacon, toast, stuff like that. I actually got up once in time to take advantage of it, and it was pretty decent. Nothing spectacular, but quite decent.

This is a fun hotel, a great base of operations for a party week or weekend. You can really enjoy it. However, if you find yourself accustomed to finer things, and unlikely to enjoy a foray into something a bit different from American standards, you will probably not like it. If you want room service, and cable TV, and elevators, go elsewhere. If you want to party hard and have a hotel that will serve you well for location, etc, go here. It is LOUD at night, earplugs are not a bad idea to bring along. You are in party central of Amsterdam.

Oh, it is a pretty easy walk from the central station, which is where you will arrive on train from the airport.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

This is a no frills hotel right in the middle of the red light district. Luckily, we got a first floor room, (the website makes note of steep, winding stairs ) with the shared restroom right next door. The room was a bit drab, but the shared restroom was quite clean. It had an odd shower, which we didn't use. The reception for this place is in the bar. The bartender is quite nice and friendly. I might have felt uncomfortable if I were a solo female traveler, due to its locale ( and I didn't see any other women staying there). If you are looking to be right in the middle of the action in Amsterdam, and you do not want to stay in a hostel, this is a decent budget option. There is an included breakfast, but we had an early train, so we didn't take advantage of it and cannot comment on the quality.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Very clean accommodation and fantastic breakfast served. Friendly staff and great security in monitoring entrance into our room. Of course being located right in the heart of the red light district, it's understandable to not get a good nights sleep, due to the noise out on the streets.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 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 June 19, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is unbelievable value for money. A five minute walk from the train station and it is right in the centre of Amsterdam . The rooms are basic but very clean. The bar downstairs is open 24 hours but only for guests and the breakfast was lovely. Staff were also very helpful.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

hotel basic but it was clean and had everything u need staff very friendly it is in the middle of the red light district so is a bit busy and noisy we have stayed in a few places in amsterdam this was one of the better experiences would deff stay here again

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Limerick
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

This Hotel is very nice & clean rooms for the price.I have stayed here a few times now.The Hotel is right in the centre of the red light district so its close to everything in the centre of Amsterdam.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Amsterdam
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

it was not clean except the linen , one staff member for whole hotel.! the location is good but it is very noisy 24/7! there was no telephones and all bathrooms were shared!! it was unhygienic!!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 93, 1012 DD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District
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