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Hotel Brouwer
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

We had a great time when we stayed for 5 nights several months ago. All of the staff were incredibly nice and very helpful and accommodating of our toddler. The breakfast is really great and definitely worth the money. We stayed in a double room on the top floor. The bathroom was huge and it had great views. The only downer was that there wasn't wifi access on the top floor. The have a very small elevator you can take to the top floors which is very convenient when traveling with a little one.

The bonus was a surprise visit from President Clinton while we were there. Apparently he stayed there at some point in the 70's and was in town and wanted to reminisce. Sadly, we were napping and missed seeing him (ack!). But, they have the photos to prove it. Our *almost* meeting of Bill Clinton added to our trip.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank jso25
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

If you want a true Dutch experience with great views of the Singel Canal, this is the place for you. We stayed on the 1st floor (which appeared to actually be the 3rd floor to us) in the Rembrandt room, which was a corner room with windows on two sides. The canal house was built in 1652, so expect steep narrow spiral stairs, sloping wooden floors, "wet" bathroom, lots of character. There is a small lift to take your luggage up (one person at a time), but the house may pose mobility issues for elderly or handicapped. You are in the heart of Amsterdam, which apparently never sleeps, so there is considerable noise from the street until late hours. No frills, so do not expect luxury, but if you want a quirky Dutch canal house experience, go ahead and give it a try!

Room Tip: Walking distance to central train station, but if you have a good bit of luggage, I would recommended paying the $10 for a cab. Easily walkable, but a chore pulling the luggage over the cobblestone streets while dodging the bicycles.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Aint_Life_Great
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

My new husband and i stayed at Hotel Brouwer for 5 nights as part of our honeymoon trip.

We agree that the Hotel is more of a B&B, however understood this when booking. Hotel Brouwer does not have the plushness and modernity of a good hotel, but does have the quaintness and character of a true local home - and for this, we believe it was very good.
As to some other points that may be on one's checklist:
- Communication with owners/managers: scant. Indeed upon booking we started getting concerned, but communication was better once there;
- Location: great, though one should be careful to judge how close or far it is from the station on the basis of the luggage needed to pull over cobblestones;
- Breakfast: adequate and consistent, we would say 'moderate';
- Wifi: questionable in our room (Van Gogh);
- Bathroom: we specifically asked for a bath when booking and were allocated a shower room which was far from modern, but clean;
- Room: old but comfortable for a short stay. Lack of space/pristine cleanliness meant living out of our suitcases;
- Bed: Disappointing. Being our honeymoon, we specifically asked for a double bed, which request was also ignored without excuse/feedback - the hotel was only minimally occupied most of the time we were there.
- Lift: available, however it was out of order 2 days out of 5.

Overall, we did not regret our choice but would look for somewhere more comfortable next time we're in Amsterdam on a romantic holiday. One point that is most disappointing is the lack of communication and ignorance of specific requests. We do believe, however that it would be perfectly adequate for most occasions.

Room Tip: Requests for specific rooms/bathrooms/beds not necessarily respected
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank tastee
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

After reading the reviews on T/A we booked the Hotel Brouwer online & received an immediate confirmation. Surprised they did not accept credit cards, only cash, as a card would have ensured the booking was retained, which it was anyway. I reconfirmed a month before our stay & received another confirmation. On arrival late morning, we were greeted with a very friendly & pleasant lady who pointed us to the room (Mondriaan 3rd floor with a great view over the canal, as I understand all rooms have). She also gave us local information which was helpful - all staff we met were likewise. The reception/breakfast room & bedroom were full of "atmosphere", even to the ceiling beams & gently sloping floor - the place is 400 years old after all! We loved it. The wardrobe was, well, unusual, unique perhaps, certainly quaint, set into the wall with a sloping back. The room was quite large & comfortable, certainly for just the two nights we stayed, & the wi-fi worked well after moving around to find the best reception. The bathroom was big with separate shower & tub, but the shower would be better with a hob to retain the water & prevent it spilling across the floor. Lighting was a bit dim & towels somewhat small & thin. The one-person one-bag lift was a squeeze but preferable to lugging heavy suitcases up the narrow stairs. Breakfast was typical Euro style & quite adequate, good coffee. It was disappointing there were no tea/coffee facilities in the room so we had to go out to find some takeaway to bring back - we were later told we could have made our own once the kitchen was opened. The thing we liked most was the location, very central & within easy walking to the main sights. It is a good tourist hotel at a reasonable price & we would be happy to stay there again.







Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
5  Thank Robert M
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

We have stayed at the Hotel Bouwer many times. It is a characteristic 1600's hotel with uneven floors and plenty of charm. This may not be everyone's "cup of tea", but we love it.

I like the fact that instead of raising the room rates, they now charge 7€ per person (plus 5% tax) for breakfast. That works for us because we rarely ate breakfast when it was included with the rate since it is not served until 8:30 am. We like to start our sight seeing before then. The breakfast is well worth the price and I wish it were served earlier so we could partake.

This last visit, there was a picture of Ellen, who usually serves breakfast, Jorge, one of the staff, and President Clinton. It turns out he stayed at the Brouwer in the late 1960's when he was a student in England. He stopped by - unannounced - with his security entourage several months ago. Reportedly, he was very friendly and eager to see the room he had stayed in. His visit was very exciting for the staff.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank luvroma2
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