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Hotel The Golden Bear
Ranked #296 of 368 Hotels in Amsterdam
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

First of all i must start by thanking the guys for lovely warm welcome and their vast knowledge. The location of this Hotel in the centre was perfect.

For an Amsterdam City Centre Hotel the rates where very reasonable and our room was spotless. We had a deluxe double which was nicely sized and the added fridge was a bonus.

Yes there are quite a lot of steep stairs but this Amsterdam!!!! Stairs are the norm!!!!

Thank you very much for our stay - we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we will be seeing you again at the beginning of June!!! Sam + Karl (Room 17 07-10/03/2014)

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gent, Oost-vlaanderen, Belgium
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

We had a new room with our own bathroom (we thought it would be shared so that was nice). It was very modern and clean. The people of the hotel were also very friendly and helpful. The location was perfect. The only minus was that the window could not be opened.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, England
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

I've stayed at the good old Golden Bear more times than I could possibly count. I have many, many fond memories over the years of this venerable Dutch institution, with its quirky staircases and Old World charm.

Sadly, the Golden Bear has been purchased by a chain. The new owners are in the process of "updating" the rooms; the result is modern, corporate, and characterless. Gone are the Old World charm and the gay Amsterdam tradition. Breakfast is also history.

All things must change. Time to move on. I'm thankful for all the memories.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

People were helpful and polite, but there were problems with the room (it was cold, and the sheets were unclean). However, it was changed promptly when I complained and the new room was quite satisfactory..






  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Stayed here last week for 2 nights to a hotel i found easily enough with directions on my first visit to amsterdam, it's more a gay friendly hotel as i noticed females were staying.

However the receptionist was kind in giving me maps and guides and advice.

Hotel is very very clean and the shower is fine. TV is excellent in room with BBC channels.
Wifi connection is fine.

Only minus points are that it is a 20 mins walk from the main gay areas however it is right by club church, or you can get a tram down and the staircases are very narrow, steep and hard with luggage especially coming down.

I would stay here again, although i would prefer sumwhere more central

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Property: Hotel The Golden Bear
Address: Kerkstraat 37, 1017 GB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #296 of 368 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel The Golden Bear 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is housed in two 18th century buildings, this is one of the best shopping areas with an abundance of boutiques known as the '9 straatjes', which consists of nine streets that are situated between the canals Prinsengracht and Singel. The rooms are well equipped with modern facilities to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. The hotel is located next to ‘Leidsestraat’, one of the most popular shopping streets of Amsterdam, near to all Amsterdam’s highlights such as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, Albert Cuyp Market, shops, bars, clubs and restaurants. The Kerkstraat is a quiet street, so you will be in the city centre of Amsterdam but still have a good night sleep. 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 open between 8:00- 24:00, 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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