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“Hotel 83 - A 5 star dump.”
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Hotel 83 Amsterdam
Ranked #273 of 376 Hotels in Amsterdam
Reviewed 25 April 2011

What did I not like about, now where do we begin. Was it the unfriendly guy on the desk. That was the start. This guy was not just impolite but positively rude. We arrived at 11am to see if we could book in early, after looking for the reservation he just stated "Booking is at 2" without breaking his stare from the PC screen.

Acknowledging this we went out for a bit. Came back at 14:00 only for him to 'forget' the booking name then pretend like he had never seen us only to say "Room not ready, 14:20 or 14:30". So we sat down and awaited the room. The guy then checked in 2 more groups of people. Whilst sat there all we heard was "Next, Next, Next" not excuse me nothing, we looked up and he was looking at us. He gave us a key on the very top floor. The key had not changed hands or been handed back in so I am still at a loss as to why we waited an extra 40 mins to be booked in?? I work as a doctor and treat everyone in the same manner, this guy treated the group like we had just been scraped off his foot.

The room was clean, but exceptionally stuffy, no aircon not even a fan, 2 balcony windows which did nothing for the stifling Amsterdam air. The bells at the local church rang every day, all day during our stay as well and do the vicinity the area was very busy and loud 24/7. No iron facilities and the shower and toilet were in the same tiled area with poor draining so the area remained soaked the entire stay.

Breakfast (9-11) we got down at 10:00 to find the orange empty, no explanation of what was on order and nowhere to sit, when we suggested the dining table the chap made such an abrupt and put-out noise as if we had just said something offensive but finally let us sit down. For breakfast there was a choice of cereal muesli or cornflakes, dry bread (not toasted), some omelette (there was almost none left) and some mini frankfurters. Under the cooling tray (not plugged in and not cooled) was a selection of 'meats' at room temperature. Needless to say our group had nothing either day and had to purchase a proper breakfast locally.

The WiFi password in the laminated poster in the room was incorrect and never worked we enquired as to what it was and never got an answer so free wifi?

Overall I am positively disgusted at this attempt at a hotel and would advise anyone to give it a bodyswerve unless they like being treated like a dog and being robbed of their money. Unhelpful, impolite, stuffy and with a breakfast that is a positive breeding ground for food poisoning. If your going for a stag-do this place is a stag-DON'T

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 April 2011

Stayed here as part of a group of 4 people for a weekend...

Hotel 83 is by far the worst place I have ever stayed in throughtout my travelling experiences.

Rooms - Grotty, run down and hopelessly under furnished. No iron, no television etc. Bathroom was like something out of a 1950's hospital

Stairs - We stayed on the 3rd floor and the stairs up to them rooms actually would give you vertigo. STEEP is an understatement!!! * Group age range was from 26-29...!

Food - Breakfast consisted of stale bread, cheese, small amount of meat and fruit.

Service - Absolutely appalling... Despite receiving confirmation on 2 occassions that twin rooms had been booked and confirmed we were told we could only have double rooms on arrival...

HOTEL? Are they having a laugh? Nothing more than a glorified hostel and a poor one at that.... Absolutely terrible...

Room Tip: Do not stay here under any circumstances
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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Mageegs82
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Reviewed 3 December 2010

This Hotel exceeded expectations, we weren't expecting much for the low price we paid for our 1 night stay bed and breakfast. The location of the hotel is superb if your wanting to be in the heart of the red light district and all the pubs and bars. The rooms were basic but clean with decent beds, We had 2, twin rooms and 1 quad room, the quad had its own bathroom, the 2 twin rooms shared one, both the showers were spacious and very powerful, and the toilet areas, were clean. The staff were friendly and helpful, I got in at 3 in the morning only to discover when I went to get into bed that the sheets were filthy and covered in hair, so I went to reception and he changed the bedding straight away. The only downsides are that the stairs are very steep, especially when you've visited the many bars and coffee shops, and the breakfast was disappointing only cereal and cheese and ham and orange juice, not the right food to pull you round from your hangover. All in all this is a great hotel for a short stay in the heart of Amsterdam, I would definitely return.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Spenny_Paul
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Reviewed 26 November 2010

Stayed in the Dam plenty of times, Victoria at £120 one of the best but this was £58 and the best bed ever. Excellent location to walk round Red Light, Dam Sq and Damrak 5 minutes away......... breakfast was good eggs, sausage, ham, cheese, breads. good wake up call. Staff funny in a good way and gave a friendly wlecome. Bulldog (Middle of three over two bridges) cool bar, smoke, pool, sky sports and best ube cool music ever. Adon and Joneele best staff ever/////// back in JAN 2011

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank fillymac
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Reviewed 10 November 2010

This hotel is great value for money,You are right in the middle of the red light district "the hotel is across from the famous pink elephant of Casa Rosso",everything is about 2 mins walk at most from here.The rooms are a bit basic & the carpets worn but are clean,what do you expect for 95euro per person each for 3 nights.
We were 6 guys on a long weekend ,just here for the weed & women,And we really enjoyed it all,the room has all your basic needs like a bed, a shower, a toilet & clean towels daily , the toilet & shower is NOT SHARED apart from your room friends.You even get breakfast for your quoted price,so if your looking for a mad time in the Dam this is 100 times better than any hostel for the same price,i just wouldnt take any girl on a romantic break here but who in there right mind takes a woman to Amsterdam ,it just seems to be a fun party place for groups in my opinion,Hope you's all enjoy as much as we did.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank DutchDelights
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Reviewed 24 October 2010

I stayed for one night here in Amsterdam. I just wanted a cheap basic place to sleep in as I knew I would be spending most of my time sight-seeing.

Its in the heart of the Red Light District, and is about 10 minute walk from the train station.

The room is basic, although the carpet was in need of a clean, the bed and bathroom were very clean. There is no TV in the room, but that didn't bother me as I only used the room for sleeping and having a shower. Breakfast is again basic, but nice with meats, cheese, eggs, sausages and bread

If you just want a cheap but comfy place to stay while you go out and see all the sights, then go here.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled solo
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Thank VodkaQueenNL
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Reviewed 1 May 2010

booked the amsterdam flights only 4 weeks before, pretty late for deals on good hotels. Having seen only one review on trip advisor for hotel 83 and some pics on their website I was not sure what we would get for our 450Eur (triple room) it was basic but met our needs as we would not be in the room much.
On arrival one of the beds was broken but the owner replaced it by the evening. The nearest metro is about 5-10min walk, but we only used this to get to and from airport, the city is compact so getting around on foot/bike is not a problem. very basic but nevertheless breakfast of bread, cheese and some ham along with tea/coffee is provided

Good points: The hotel is very basic but clean and the bathroom was newly renovated, friendly and helpful staff, central location, free wi-fi
Bad points: steep stairs to get to the reception and then to the rooms, no lifts but i think this is not unique to this hotel.
Could be too loud for the light sleepers, not a family friendly hotel due to the location (right on the main road of red light district)
there is no safe in the room

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with friends
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3  Thank jmepani
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Address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 83, 1012 DC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Ranked #273 of 376 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range: £79 - £168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel 83 Amsterdam 1*
Number of rooms: 16
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