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“Excellent location for a red light vacation” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Ben
1.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Beursstraat 21, 1012 JT Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District (De Wallen))   |  
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Ranked #302 of 356 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Excellent location for a red light vacation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

The Hotel Ben is a must for those on a budget looking for city centre accomodation. 5 Mins from Central Station makes this the ideal base to explore the delights of Amsterdaqm ... as long as you are not fussy. Points to note: 1) I had a room at the top - I didn't count all the steps but once I left the room I was out for the day - it was steep! 2) The rooms are very basic and finding a spare electricty socket was quite a hunt 3) Bedding was clean if a little old 4) Bathroom was a tight fit but clean. 5) the reception staff are very friendly and made you feel welcome. Overall, for a lads weekend this is perfect other than the steep climb of the steps. I will return to Hotel Ben later this year, it is worth the money when you are paying the low prices.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

As a reasonably experienced Amsterdam traveller (5 trips), I do know that hotel luxury can be hard to come by, especially when the purse strings are tight.

I also know that a 2-night weekend (Fri/Sat) stay in a (very) central en-suite double room, for 65-euro per night, is a VERY good deal.

Nevertheless, I was still a little taken aback by Hotel Ben.

I’ll start with the GOOD points first:

1) Price – as above.

2) Location, location, location! – Superb – Although situated on Buersstraat, Hotel Ben is basically ‘off’ the top end of Damrak, perhaps the busiest street in central Amsterdam. Therefore, not only is Hotel Ben quite literally a 1-min walk to the Red Light district, it’s also less than 5 mins walk to Centraal Station, Dam Square, etc., and 10 mins walk to the slightly more tranquil Singel area. Another 5 mins walk on top of that lands you in the popular Leidseplein.

3) The bathroom was nice (more on the room itself later), a clean and functional en-suite area, featuring a reasonably powerful shower, with good water temperature control.

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Now for the bad…

1) The beds – we booked a double room as advertised, but got two single beds pushed together. I’ve seen this before, with varying degrees of success, but this just didn’t ‘work’ on this occasion. The beds kept coming apart, and this problem added to the already unusual layout of the room, which left a ridiculous amount of space (around 9 inches) to walk (shuffle sideways) up the side of the bed.

2) The bedding – in a hotel of this type, I do NOT expect a duck-down duvet and satin sheets! However, I expected slightly more than a very tatty, old and itchy blanket, that a 1990s Romanian orphanage would have turned their nose up at. Although it appeared to be clean, it was evidently very old and threadbare.

3) The noise – I’m no party-pooper, and understand that a central, cheap hotel is going to be full of rowdy parties on a weekend. This is no problem to me at all. But ironically, it wasn’t other guests that disturbed our sleep, it was the maintenance man in the room just below us, who appeared to be hammering and sawing well into the wee hours of the morning!

4) The mice – enough said, I now realise why the hotel keeps cats resident!

5) The building works – the hotel is currently (as at January 2014) decked out in scaffolding on the whole of its frontage. Although this didn’t affect us in any major way, it’s still an eyesore, which is saying something in a city as tatty as Amsterdam. That said, the hotel does appear to be suffering from catastrophic subsidence, so perhaps the works were urgent!

6) The lack of plug sockets – we tore the room apart, and found literally nowhere to charge our phones, plug in my hairdryer, etc., apart from a lone bizarrely-placed (too high up to be useful) socket. This led to me perching dangerously on a stool to blowdry my hair, and left us having to dangle our phones freely down the wall, the socket being too high up for the handsets to rest safely on the floor. This, and the general layout of the room – and the whole hotel – smacked of desperation on the part of the proprietors, who had clearly crammed a sleepable room into every available inch of the hotel. Funnily, the room was actually a decent size, but the space was used appallingly.

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I can’t stress enough how much I already KNEW that Hotel Ben would be on the downmarket side, but there’s no excuse for some of these bad points, even when the price is rock-bottom.

I would HIGHLY recommend Hotel Ben ONLY to those who are staying 1-2 nights and literally want a place to store their belongings, rest their head, and bathe. To this end, it’s perfect for backpackers, passing travellers, groups of friends, and so on – but highly unsuitable for romantic couples in particular! :)

Room Tip: **Not ALL of the rooms are situated atop steep stairs - ours was only a few steps up, in one of the...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Right in the center.good value.clean bathroom (inside the room).don t ask for more,what you pay,you get.anyway in Amsterdam you only need the room just for a sleep and a shower ,you gonna be out the most of the day.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Island of Malta, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

If you're looking for luxury and fanciness then this is NOT the place for you. On the other hand, it suited our needs perfectly... centrally located and cheap. Friendly staff, we had a problem with the flushing, and the handyman fixed it straight away, and extra friendly house cat, which is adorable. The only downside was that we had to ask for our towels to be changed, as this was not done everyday.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Amsterdam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

On arriving the room was quite high up. As hotel was fully booked on the Sunday we where offered too move if we felt was too many stairs. (My dad suffered a heart attack the previous year). Moved the next day. Very helpful at reception to provide directions etc. The hotel is very basic but clean, if you don't plan on staying in your room then this is ideal. You pay what u get for. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Friendly staff who helped us with how to get to places and the hotel is moments away from the heart of the Red Light district. you can work off the beer by carrying out a fitness routine by walking up the stairs - 70+ to our room at the top and all at 45 degree angle steep; always a laugh when drunk. Walls are paper thin but you get a room for cheap so can't really complain. Make note of this as everything can be heard from opening a crisp packet to quiet talking.

If you can sleep through the other hotel residents then all you have to do then is sleep through the cathedral bells playing from 8am - 11pm. All in all I went there to get drunk and unwind and the hotel was good enough for us.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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London
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37 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We stayed in this hostel last weekend for one night during a fleeting visit weekend visit to Amsterdam and it was perfect, exactly what we were looking for.

This accommodation is a hostel and there a definitely no frills but for a short stay in the city it's perfect considering you don't spend much time in your room anyway. We stayed in a family room with four twins beds and a private bathroom. It was clean and spacious and extremely good value for money - some of our friends were staying elsewhere in less centrally located hostels without a private bathroom and they were paying over double!

This hostel is ideally located right in the hub of the city and just 5 minutes walk from the train station.

The staff were really friendly and helpful. We arrived before checkout and they managed to sort our room out for us early so we could get in. They also let us store our luggage there on the last day so we didn't have to carry it around all day.

Would definitely stay here again for any trip to Amsterdam.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Beursstraat 21, 1012 JT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Ranked #302 of 356 Hotels in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Ben 1*
Number of rooms: 25
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