Very good location.
Good value for money.
Typical small Amsterdam hotel.
Very steep (typical) stair case
I used to visit Amsterdam up to eight times a year. When I lucked into 'The Old Nickel', it became my base whenever I visited.
Now, my trips are less frequent and I usually stay at the sister hotel, 'The Old Quarter'. This time, there was no room at the inn, so it was back to 'The Old Nickel'. Imagine my delight when I walked in to see that the reception had been updated and refurbished.
Rooms are fairly basic, with shared facilities, but I don't go on holiday to stare at the decor of my room. There is a TV and they've introduced wi-fi in the rooms.
At breakfast, I was greeted by two familiar faces, who've worked there since before I started going in 1991.
Breakfast - always very welcome - was a little different; the fried eggs had a slice of ham and a slice of cheese on top, along with the three slices of bread with butter and jam and tea or coffee.
So, friendly, welcoming with a perfectly adequate breakfast to set you up in the morning and a very sympathetic refurb. All for €55 - hard to beat in Amsterdam.
Hotel is super close to the train station. Really fast to get here from the airport. Convieant to red light district. Best part was we came early in the week when bars close at 1. The hotel bar stayed open till 3! Great selection of beers including Dutch and Belgium raritities on tap. Simple room but well worth the money for single guys or a cool couple.
Old Nickel is just a stone's throw away from the Amsterdam Central station, the red light district and the Amsterdam Central shopping belt. It is a bar on the ground floor with rooms for rent. The location is excellent.
As in all the buildings around Amsterdam Central, do not expect modern big rooms as these buildings are built around 17th century. So you can expect tight rooms, shared bathrooms, steep stairs and no lift... you get the picture. If you prefer a more modern building, I think there is an Ibis Hotel very near the train station. But in my opinion, to get a feel of Amsterdam Central, one should stay in one of these small inns and hostels.
The room we got is small, as expected, with a shared bathroom. But apparently, we are the only guests on the top floor so we have the bathroom to ourselves. They made up the room everyday. Cleanliness and hygiene is top notch.
The staff were friendly and warm, especially Ellen, who received us. For soccer lovers, I think the bar have a huge projector for guests to watch soccer during matchdays.
There is a peculiar rule. I assume the nightlife in Amsterdam Central is thriving, so the management has laid some ground rule that between 1am to 4am the place will be closed but guests can ring the bell to enter. Anything after 4am, you will have to sleep outside until 7am when the place is open for breakfast.
There is wifi at the bar (ground floor) for free. Simply ask for the password.
Not a bad place to stay in Amsterdam.