I stayed at the the Quentin Arrive in April '06 as a group of 7 guys and girls on a weekend break from work over 4 days.
The hotel itself was very easy to find and the female member of staff who booked us in was very friendly and helpful, her male counterpart wasn't quite such a joy to deal with and seemed to get annoyed by even the simplest query!
We had three rooms between us, 2 triples and a double. The triple I stayed in was exactly as the "accomodation" page of the hotels website shows. Three single beds, a sink, a TV and not much else. The windows were huge and the room was bright and would be quite nice if they spent a bit of money on paint and carpet. The beds were grotty and the carpets and furniture were in dire need of attention. The room was served by a communal shower and toilet that were both pretty grimey. The room itself was fairly insecure and it was a lengthy process just to get the door locked!! There are no safe facilities in the room and the reception offered no similar service either. There was an interesting array of stains around the room which I imagine was supposed to be "decor" but became an interesting conversation piece anyway.
The other triple, on the 2nd floor I believe, had bunk beds and a single and was small and dingy with little light or air. The double wasn't as bad and had a small rickety balcony which only Evil Knievil would dare to climb out onto.
The hotel is well situated and is a short jaunt from the central rail station if you can avoid the psychotic cyclists that will make every effort to mow down anyone with a suitcase! While I don't paint a horrifically bad picture of the place that's probably because I only spent 12 hours in the actual hotel during our stay and the time I was there was spent asleep.
This is by far the scabbiest hotel I've ever stayed in, but it's also by far the cheapest. It's certainly in hostel territory rather than hotel. I would not recommend that lone travellers stay there as the rooms are so insecure and I doubt the staff would be very sympathetic/helpful if you got robbed.
In summary the Quentin Arrive is a flea-pit of a hostel but the overwhelming factor is that they are very cheap and conveniently located. This combination clearly works as they are consistently well booked, I doubt many of those booking are repeat visitors though. If you are going to Amsterdam to enjoy the nightlife and won't be spending long in the room, don't mind showering in a grubby shower with no locks on the door and you have good travel insurance then your search for a hotel is over. Otherwise I'm sure you can find cleaner places for the same money, or safer for slightly more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is housed in a beautiful 19th century building, in the middle of a 650-year-old street. The rooms are well equipped with modern facilities to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. The hotel is located close to the Central Station, near to all Amsterdam's highlights such as the Royal Palace, Dam square, Red Light District, shops, bars, clubs and restaurants. You will have a variety of restaurants, bars and cafes right outside the hotel door. 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 always open (24/7) 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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- Also Known As:
- Quentin Arrive Amsterdam
- Quentin Arrive Hotel Amsterdam