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“Great location, clean, helpful staff - would definitely stay there again.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel the Golden Bear
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kerkstraat 37, 1017GB Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #240 of 345 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Great location, clean, helpful staff - would definitely stay there again.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012 via mobile

Stayed in The Golden Bear for 3 nights & was pleasantly surprised. Lots of budget hotels to chose from all with mixed reviews so took a gamble on this one and it paid off.
Although this is a gay hotel with mostly older gay male clientele, we are a straight young couple in our 20s and we fitted in fine. Lovely location in the middle of everything, follow the tram line to Dam Sqaure takes about 10 minutes by foot or hop on a canal bus/tram and get there in 2 minutes.
We wanted to be closer to Dam Sq but were glad we chose this hotel as it was nearer all the chic shops and nice boutiques and wasn't really noisy in the nights even though there was lots going on.
Don't know why a few reviews say the staff need customer service training... David at reception was fab and drew us directions on a map. The owner was pleasent and let us leave our bags in reception after checking out, we were really happy with the service. Clean towels every day, clean rooms, shared toilets were lovely and clean. Nice basic budget hotel.
Brekkie was toast, crackers, malt loaf, ham and cheese with a large variety of spreads. In all really happy with the hotel when taking into account cost, location and cleanliness. Would definitely stay there again when I return to Amsterdam.

Tips to first time visitors of Amstetdam like we were - take sensible walking shoes!! My feet were cut to pieces because we walked everywhere, there is so much do and see. Visit the zoo, best zoo ever they have a massive variety of animals and a huge aquarium. Take a sat nav, I downloaded a Netherlands sat nav free on my iPhone off the apps store and it was a god send. All the streets look the same in Amsterdam and its really easy to get lost. Maps are confusing as its so hard to tell if your facing north! Don't be surprised by steep stairs, it's the same everywhere in Amsterdam.
Enjoy your trip x

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012 via mobile

All the reviews are pretty much correct, very conveniently located hotel which was nice and clean, great Dutch breakfast, very steep stairs and a couple of grouchy bears. But all in all if you are looking for a cheap clean central hotel and service without a smile I would recommend a stay in the golden bear

A great quick lunch can be had just round the corner, B&B Lunchroom, delicious soups/sandwiches.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

We stayed at the Hotel Golden Bear over Queens Day weekend as everything else was so expensive. Why was this so cheap? The location was amazing, right in the middle of it all. We were worried. Ok, so it's not the fanciest of places and those stairs ARE killer, but the price was right, the room was clean, and the bath and shower were just down the way. We had a room facing the back (32) so noise wasn't a problem. We did visit the front facing room occupied by two friendly Canadians and it was a bit loud. Request one at the back if you're there on a party weekend. We arrived pretty early but our room was ready. I think it was luck of the draw as some people who arrive after us couldn't get their room til 3. Breakfast was great - we could never finish it all and they serve til almost noon - they know their crowd. It was nice meeting other travelers and comparing notes. Staff was friendly though they didn't have all the answers vis a vis how much taxis might be, where to get this or that, etc. The location was wonderful and I would go back. If you want a clean room, reasonable cost (at least when we went compared to the rest of the city), and a communal breakfast, give it a try. If you want service, your own bathroom, a concierge and a bell hop, go elsewhere.

Room Tip: back rooms were dead quiet. there was a party going on all afternoon and we were able to nap.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

The hotel is rated as 1 star but I would say its probably 2. Theo was a friendly enough host but his colleague certainly wasn't. Breakfast was MASSIVE with cheese, meats and breads. The hotel is FOR SALE as I suspect Theo isn't wanting to deal with the required refurbishments. The rooms are ok but could definitely do with a little spruce up. I only paid 77 euro which is double the price of a local hostel but still worth the extra bucks! It is just down from Club Church if you want a nice bar :)

Room Tip: A lower level if you have a lot of luggage.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Recommendable. Very tiny and cosy, be aware of toilets and shower separate. Service not perfect, but hotel was fully booked.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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: Kerkstraat 37, 1017GB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #240 of 345 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel the Golden Bear 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is centrally located in Amsterdam and free WiFi access throughout the hotel. Each room here will provide you with a TV, a desk, ironing facilities and a fan. Breakfast is served in Golden Bear's colourful breakfast room. The nearest supermarket is within 350 metres and there are many restaurants and bars in the direct surroundings of the hotel. Amsterdam's main shopping street Kalverstraat is 500 metres away. ... more   less 
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