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“A song comes into mind ...” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Hortus
Ranked #236 of 362 Hotels in Amsterdam
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“A song comes into mind ...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2011

We stayed here as a large group, taking over 4 rooms, so ideal for a large group willing to share. The beds were surprisingly comfortable and the rooms warm. The stairs are alarmingly steep but saying that after a couple of days, you get used to them, even like us upto the third floor! The staff were pleasant and helpful, even getting out the kettle and teabags when we all piled in too late for the coffee machine (which was actually pretty decent coffee). The breakfast was a help yourself to toast, cereal, cheese and eggs affair.
The shower temperature was a bit random. You had a shower in the room and the toilets were on the landing - these were very small rooms with air fresheners but not always very fragrant!
The other guests could be noisy but that is to be expected in a hostel type room, turns out the neighbours were from the same town as us (evening all!) - so we know what you got up to and who you are!
On occassions, you got the whiff of wacky bacy being smoked in other rooms but then that goes for most of Amsterdam too.
The downside to this hotel, was the extra guest - we had left some "cookies" out and during the night, we could hear rustling and then we clocked a mouse! ..... I saw a mouse! Where? There on the stair! Where on the stair? Right there! A little mouse with clogs on, Well I declare! Going clip-clippety-clop on the stair, Oh yeah - I'm still seeing the funny side of this - to be fair, we saw no signs of mouse before this incident or after.
So all in all, if you are looking for a cheap place to stay with a large group, this would fit the bill. Just don't leave food out or you won't get the song out of your head.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Warsaw, Poland
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31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2011

Ok the stairs are narrow and neverending, but it's Amsterdam. The toilet door smashed a hundred times a night, but it's a cheap hotel. Gipsum wall divideng space into super tiny rooms, but's the guests are happy to stay not in the suburb. BUT a nonstop party taking place at night at each floor is too much for those not taking part in it. Screaming, braking glass, running down the stairs... An absolute disgrace! How can you call the place a hotel, even a hostel if you simply can't close an eye at 3 am? Guess what a receptionist said while we complained about the noise. She said that "people are allowed to make parties in their rooms and Amsterdam is a party town". Avoid at any costs!

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Burbank, California
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72 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2011

That being said, this place is a bargain. It used to be a hostel, so expect to share a room if you don't make reservations.

If you're an American, this place is probably not for you.

The staff is friendly and a walk from whatever you want to see in the center of Amsterdam. You can walk to the Centraal (train station) if you're not lazy, especially if you enjoy the canals.

Did I mention its small? If it matters, then don't stay here. Personally, I'd rather be out and about if I'm in a great town like A'dam. You can hang out and talk to visitors from all over Europe in the lobby area.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DarkHeineken
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Cologne, Germany
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2011

I'd like to apologise in advance for the possibly excessive use of upper-case letters.

My sister and I stayed here for 3 nights. It was SO AWFUL and uncomfortable, there was nothing we could do but cry with hysterical laughter. It was like we were in a situation comedy. First of all, the infamous stairs - they're ridiculous and treacherous. Can I suggest singing "Climb Every Mountain" as you ascend, it adds to the adventure.

We had a twin room with a sloping ceiling (under the roof) - meaning, you CAN'T STAND UP STRAIGHT! The walls were literally prison walls - white concrete with no pictures. The curtains were threadbare and had holes burnt through them. The linen, and the room itself, was clean, but the mattresses were so thin you could FEEL THE FRAME BENEATH!

All of this I could handle - unbelievably, I've stayed in worse - but what really got to me was the noise. I don't think I slept a wink the first night. You can hear people BLOWING THEIR NOSES in the next room. You can hear people USING THE HALLWAY TOILET. Every person coming and going throughout the night and morning was accompanied by a loud BANG as the door slammed behind them.

On a positive note, the people who run the place were lovely to us, helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank gjeva
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edinburgh
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2011

myself and a male friend stayed here a couple of nights ago for just one night. I had requested a twin room however we were given a double. seeing as it was for one night we could cope with this. we paid for the room then climbed the neverending stairs to the room at the top. There was barely enough room to swing a cat and it was in a bad state of repair. we both felt uneasy about staying here so we left our bags and left for the day.
when we arrived back we decided to sleep in our clothes as we were both convinced these horrible beds would have bed bugs. $50 for this room is really daylight robbery. I strongly advise to never ever stay here at hotel hortus. it really is a disgrace!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ketch1973
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2011

Basic but Clean, Close to tram, walking distance from supermarket and cafes. Friendly staff, smoking rooms! (weed friendly :D). A good place for a short stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank DonMegan
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2011

the hotel was clean, and just what we were looking for.
however on getting to the hotel we noticed we had two single beds, instead of the double we asked for. when my boyfriend asked one of the hotel employees, totally deadpan, he answered 'you just push them together and get a single bed'.

other than this slight hiccup everything was lovely. breakfast was simple bread, cereal, coffee etc. they had plenty of information in the reception, and most of the staff were lovely and welcoming.
would come back again, provided we get a double bed!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank betasatan
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Property: Hotel Hortus
Address: Plantage Parkln. 8, 1018 SR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Plantage & the East , Binnenstad
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#33 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Hortus 1*
Number of rooms: 33
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