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“Good stay at the Anco” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Anco Hotel
Ranked #174 of 361 Hotels in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
london
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32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good stay at the Anco”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2008

Good hotel with reasonable prices... for gay lads, leathermen and skinheads... friendly, comfortable atmosphere. Central location is great if you're heading out for the night to the nearby leather clubs. Shared facilities, plenty hot water and clean, a bit dated but does the job. Didn't try breakfast though it looked fine to start your day.

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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4 Thank calzLondon
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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melbourne
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2007

great all gay male hotel
perfect location for in amsterdam for short stay
very very central

narrow hallways and steep stairs
internal windows

shared showers

when booking ask for front rooms if u want a noisy view of beatiful
church and water cannel and u can watch the red light district action all
nit

all rooms not facing front are quite and face into an internal light
where u can see str8 into other people rooms

lots of very friendly guests stay here

4 story building, higher floors get more natural light and fresh air
lower floors darker

small simple clean rooms

as well as private rooms there are two dorm rooms
4 beds full of gay tourists

the staff can be nice, helpful and friendly but in a 'dutch' way
not friendly in an american or english way

stayed here three summers 2003-04-05

  • Liked — location and the very friendly guests
  • Disliked — all good
  • Stayed June 2005, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
6 Thank danaction
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2006

Hmmm the ANCO, an interesting place here are some good and bad points about it:

Good
if you want a short walk from the central train station
if you want a short walk each evening to the leather and cruise bars
if you fancy lots of cruising with skin and leather guys
if you smoke
if you want free wireless internet access
if you like porn films in your room
if you like having your breakfast late (until 11.30am)
if you like clean and simple rooms
if you don’t care about room service
if you like a cheap place in central Amsterdam (was 65 Euros for a single room when I stayed)
if you like exclusively gay male hotels

Bad
if you like friendly staff
if you like helpful staff
if you like hotel staff to smile
if you like hotel staff to make you feel like you're welcome
if you like room service/fresh bedding, towels etc…no chance!
if you don’t smoke and dislike smoking
if you don't like being cruised and bothered all the time
if you don’t like a noisy hotel (only seems to be if you are in the front rooms, the back is less noisy but more cruisy through the windows).
if you like a nice breakfast (it’s rubbish, and the unhelpful staff are very unflexible “11.31am is it no breakfast for you matey!” – somewhat negating one of their best points which is the late accommodating breakfast)

Verdict conveniently located, adequate hotel, vile staff!

  • Liked — cheap well located hotel
  • Disliked — vile, horrible, unhelpful staff
  • Tips/Secrets — free wireless internet in your room
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
9 Thank cyclops
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2006

Such a shame that for a centrally placed gay hotel, there is a lack of welcome at the bar/front desk and rooms are poorly furnished, not clean, and smokey. For a few more Euros there a cleaner, friendlier and as central hotels that seem to want your custom.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
8 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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A TripAdvisor Member
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2005

I had a local tell me not to stay at The Anco in the days before my stay there, but I proceeded to visit the hotel anyway - and I wished I had listened to the advice I had been given. The Anco is not good, the rooms are basic, and the staff could not have been less helpful or inviting. Would it kill Will on the front desk to smile or be at least a little friendly? There is also no such thing as room service, with the bed left unmade during my entire stay. If you also like guys cruising around the hotel at all hours of the night, looking for an open door and a willing fellow guest, then this place is your idea of fun. It wasn't mine and I would never return here. It is also in the midst of the red light district, which is an awful, noisy area. For this price, you can do much better in Amsterdam. Keep shopping for somewhere better. The Anco is not terrible, but I would not call it good.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
9 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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A TripAdvisor Member
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2004

The Anco was recommended by friends. It is a very basic hotel and clean. There is only one room with private facilities. The staff are friendly. The guests are like anywhere else - it depends on the effort you put in. Mostly leather guys and skinheads go there so if that's what you're in Amsterdam for, great. It's also very close to the leather bars.

The only problem we had was with noise. As it is in the red light area, there are prostitutes all around and these attract gangs of noisy young straight guys, some in cars with music pounding. There are also lots of drug dealers. Personally I didn't feel all that safe walking back to the hotel.

In the hotel, there's a lot of movement with guys cruising each other - any room with an open door can attract attention and so be prepared for very little sleep.

Helpful?
12 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2004

Just got back from Amsterdam and a few days at the Anco. Really great experience. The hotel is friendly, clean, serves a good breakfast daily and has some hot guests. Will, the manager is one great guy! Recommend it highly.

  • Stayed March 2004
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
12 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Additional Information about Anco Hotel

Property: Anco Hotel
Address: O.Z.Voorburgwal 55, 1012 EJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District (De Wallen)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
#40 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
Anco Hotel Amsterdam

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