On the other hand, if you require all of the New World conveniences of an American hotel, you're better off someplace else. I booked a weekend at The Golden Bear at the last minute, when my Dutch friend became seriously ill and unable to host me at his flat. The bed was comfortable, the room was clean, and the decor was cheerful.
I've read the complaints about the stairs, and find them laughable. Anybody who has spent any amount of time in Amsterdam homes and canal buildings understands that steep stairs are a way of life. Ditto on the breakfast: it's a Dutch breakfast. If you want an English breakfast, there are plenty to be found in England. If you need an American breakfast, stay at the Mariott.
The Golden Bear is a well-located,hospitable establishment run by courteous staff.
- 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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