On the other hand, if you require all of the New World conveniences of an American hotel, you're better off someplace else. I booked a weekend at The Golden Bear at the last minute, when my Dutch friend became seriously ill and unable to host me at his flat. The bed was comfortable, the room was clean, and the decor was cheerful.
I've read the complaints about the stairs, and find them laughable. Anybody who has spent any amount of time in Amsterdam homes and canal buildings understands that steep stairs are a way of life. Ditto on the breakfast: it's a Dutch breakfast. If you want an English breakfast, there are plenty to be found in England. If you need an American breakfast, stay at the Mariott.
The Golden Bear is a well-located,hospitable establishment run by courteous staff.
- 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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