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Quentin Arrive Hotel
Ranked #291 of 362 Hotels in Amsterdam
London, England
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Well at least it's cheap!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2006

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.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Concerns about contracting diphtheria from the linen
  • Tips/Secrets — Travel light and good luck!
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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
      Service
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Wichita, KS
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2006

The only redeeming quality of this hotel was its location. You could also sleep on the street and have a good location. It was dirty, staff was discourteous and incomptetent, no security, maitenance was basically none. There was exposed wiring, windows that wouldn't shut, no curtain to draw over the window, and a teeny tiny staircase that would have prevented escape in the event of a fire. Photos on venere.com are deceiving. The room looks nothing like the photo posted

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2006

I would only recommend this hotel if this was the last available place in the whole of the Netherlands and you had little money.

Where shall i start?

The Bathroom - shower head repeatedly came off, toilet didn't flush properly, no plugs in either bath or sink and there was a hole in the ceiling through which i'm sure i saw things move past.

The Bed - it was ok.

The Rest of the Room - dirty carpet, some type of sandy stuff on the floor, no hangers in the cupboard, curtains half hanging of the railings, door was impossible to lock.

The surrounding area - to be honest this isn't a fault of the hotel, but it does get very noisy from passing traffic or general people, it is relatively central with a decent amount of shops nearbye.

Further - the steps were a 'mare to go up and down on.

In conclusion - if the hotel was improved in several small ways like a fresh lick of paint, some new carpet etc i would possibly consider it again, it just needs a bit of investment which it clearly hasn't got.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 2 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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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2006

Ok, so we started by lugging my friends case (consisting of a months worth of fashion for a four day break!) up, what we named the Stairs Of Death. Sooo narrow, steep, dangerous after a few etc. But it was abudget we were on so, hey ho. Until the last night of our stay, when i awoke at5am to said friend standing up in her bed, screaming about the noise from the bin..me thinking she was freaking out on the hash cakes. Switched the light on to discover a mouse...AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Amsterdam can definately be done on a budget, and a great city but will definately fork out a little extra next time for a vermin free hotel..i advise you do the same.

  • Stayed February 2005
    • 2 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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2 Thank Stmc_27
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Aberdeen Scotland
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2006

I had prebooked and stayed on the first floor. the whole place had an air of terminal decline, rooms were filthy with stains gathered into some sort of art work. I had to share toilet facilities which were the worst id ever encountered. To say they were grotty is an understatement with human waste scattered everywhere eg body hair blocking the drains.

I lost count of the number of holes in walls I spotted I can only surmise they rely on their customers to be so stoned that they simply arent bothered.

Yes it is a central location that is the only thing it has to offer,personally if you have a choice avoid this flea bitten hotel like the plague.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Redlak
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A TripAdvisor Member
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2006

I stayed in this hotel in December 2005.

While I was sleeping a someone with a knife slipped the lock on my room door and stole my jacket, wallet, mobile phone and camera. The knife was on the floor of my room when I woke up. I lost almost £1000 worth of property.Amsterdam police were very helpful. The thief must have been a guest or a member of the hotel staff since this was after midnight when the hotel was locked.

The hotel could not have cared less.

First they ignored four emails, then they claimed that they say on their webiste that there are no security facilities- this is not true.


DO NOT USE THIS HOTEL, YOU WILL BE ROBBED AND THE HOTEL DON'T CARE.

Stayed December 2005
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2006

I booked this hotel and then read reviews of it, so I had prepared myself for the worse. After a bit of a struggle finding the place (due to our stupidity rather than it being hard to find) I was surprised by the room. One good thing about all these negative reviews is that they make it hard for the place to be below your expectations. The room was clean, on-suite (wasn't expecting that) very light and even had a balcony with inclusive beer (left behind by previous guests). The central heating worked great for a winter stay, the room was always cosy. TV in the room with music channels including lots of dutch hip hop (interesting). It's in a great location walking distance from loads of great coffee shops and easy access to trams and centraal station. Only downside would be the steep stairs, but you get use to this pretty quickly. We were on the third floor and pretty soon the climb seemed normal.

Stayed December 2005
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Property: Quentin Arrive Hotel
Address: Haarlemmerstraat 65, 1013 EL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #291 of 362 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Quentin Arrive Hotel 1*
Number of rooms: 34
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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