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“A nice and cheap hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel The Golden Bear
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kerkstraat 37, 1017GB Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Canal Ring (Grachtengordel))   |  
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Ranked #255 of 357 Hotels in Amsterdam
Courbevoie, France
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2 reviews
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“A nice and cheap hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2009

A very nice, well located, and cheap hotel, open to gay and straigth people.

Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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London
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2009

My partner and I spent four nights at the Golden Bear Hotel. We really enjoyed our stay and found the hotel staff to be very friendly and helpful. The hotel is really well located and a tram runs past the end of the street - providing great access to all of Amsterdam.
The breakfast was very enjoyable with plentiful tea and coffee, bread/toast, cheese and ham (they also serve ham & eggs on a Sunday). We had an en-suite room at the front of the building (Room 19). It was very clean and looked out over Kerkstraat. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2009

Great location, friendly and helpful staff, great atmosphere, clean, comfortable, and convenient to whatever your heart's desire. It was the perfect place to celebrate our fortieth year together. Thank you.....Dennis and George (Lipstick on Your Collar)

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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London, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2009

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.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Saigon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2009

My partner and I traveled to Amsterdam last August to attend the festival which went on for a week. We stayed at the very old and quaint Golden Bear Hotel, a gay hotel, and we were treated like one of the family. The staff and the owners couldn't do enough for us. The room was cleaned everyday and overlooked the street and the breakfast was cooked as we waited in the delightful dining room. I wasn't used to the old style staircases but soon mastered it and it became a joke with us as we climbed the stairs each night. The staff were very helpful with directions to locations and the information they had in their office was ample for our trip.

The GOLDEN BEAR a great place to stay for the gay crowd.

Gregg & Quan VIETNAM

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2009

This is a great local hotel, great location, historical building, sadly a vanishing breed. We have stayed at the Golden Bear for 30 nights over the years, and every guest we talked to liked it, and there are many repeat guests. This is Amsterdam, not Miami Beach or Club Med, so everything is unquely Dutch. The spiral stairs are typical of these old houses, and the staff will help you with your luggage if you are not sure how to get it up the stairs.. The rooms are small and neat, typical of the Netherlands, and were very well cleaned, daily. When booking, ask if your room will have a bath or is it down the hall. The staff is multinational, unique, and thoughtful, with lots of suggestions for clubs and touring. The cozy (gezellig) breakfastroom enables you to meet other guests easily. The breakfast is typical Dutch --- breads, cheese, meats, and orange juice, coffee, and tea. The owner, Theo, is readily available if you have special requests. If you want American space and facilites, or want to be waited on hand-and-foot, this is perhaps not for you. If you want a small and cozy B&B, the Golden Bear fills the bill and is ideally located on a quiet side street near busy Leidseplein. It's our home away from home in Amsterdam.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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New York, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2009

This is a simple hotel - the rooms are fairly large and the entire place is very clean. The staff is friendly and you get to meet others staying at the hotel during the breakfast (which is nothing special -- just nice). The hotel is very centrally located and near gay bars and the gay sauna. The "coffee" shop next door, The Dolphins, is lovely. The hotel is also near shops and restaurants and all tourist attractions. There is a great market 1/2 a block from the hotel that sells fresh fruit, cheese, sandwiches, wine, etc. If you aren't looking for anything super-fancy, this is the hotel for you. We have stayed here twice and look forward to coming back to The Golden Bear again!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Address: Kerkstraat 37, 1017GB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #255 of 357 Hotels in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel The Golden Bear 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is housed in two 18th century buildings, this is one of the best shopping areas with an abundance of boutiques known as the '9 straatjes', which consists of nine streets that are situated between the canals Prinsengracht and Singel. The rooms are well equipped with modern facilities to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. The hotel is located next to ‘Leidsestraat’, one of the most popular shopping streets of Amsterdam, near to all Amsterdam’s highlights such as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, Albert Cuyp Market, shops, bars, clubs and restaurants. The Kerkstraat is a quiet street, so you will be in the city centre of Amsterdam but still have a good night sleep. The hotel offers many services and facilities such as free wireless internet throughout the building, tickets to various museums and activities, a continental breakfast and free city maps. Our reception is open between 8:00- 24:00, and we will be happy to help you if you will need any additional services, facilities or information. The location is perfect to explore the city and our staff will make sure your stay in Amsterdam is one to remember. ... more   less 
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