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Hotel De Gerstekorrel
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All reviewsno liftdam squarered light districtcentral locationgreat locationsteep stairsdoor stepfriendly receptionthird floorcontinental breakfastbeds were very comfortabletop floorwet roomnoisy at nightwould stay here againstaying at this hotelanne franks house
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Reviewed 5 November 2010

Hotel was clean and comfortable, Breakfast poor, a lot to be desired. This was neither a continental nor a substantial breakfast. ie a carton of fruit juice, 1 bread roll, a small pack of cheese, a small carton of jam, a small cup of hot water and powdered milk. each( not what I would call a continental breakfast, by any means ( and I have had many). And to top that no dining room ( in a hotel), very disappointing. M&D Craig Sunderland UK.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 October 2010

This hotel is in an excellent location, which to me is very important for a city break. It is literally a few steps away from Dam Square and all the major streets of Amsterdam can easily be walked to.

The staff are friendly and reception is 24 hours. There are limited items for sale in reception (small fridge of soft drinks and a coffee machine) and there is no restaurant so breakfast is served to your room, however we didn't have the breakfast. I think the best thing to do is to pop into a local Albert Heijn store (they're like Tesco metro/express) and get some supplies for the room.

Our room was on the 4th floor which isn't for the faint hearted! There are lots of stairs and they get steeper and steeper! It wasn't a problem for us but if you do have any problems with stairs perhaps you should request a room on a lower floor when booking. Our twin room was clean and nicely decorated, it was small but there was plenty of room to walk around the beds and had an ample wardrobe for a city break, two bedside cabinets, a desk and a TV. I found the bed too soft and the pillows were too big but thats just my preferences. The bathroom was small and didn't have anywhere to put anything but the water was hot and it was clean. We didn't have any problems with noise but we didn't get in until quite late and perhaps it is better to be on a high floor away from the street noise.

Best thing was the location and worst thing was the stairs but once you go to a few places in Amsterdam you'll know that steep stairs are very common!

I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank Martyn1979
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Reviewed 9 August 2010

I visit Amsterdam quite often for both business and pleasure. When I’m paying, I tend to stay in the budget end of hotels. These can be a shock to the system as real estate in Amsterdam is at a VERY high premium. Therefore, if you are booking a budget hotel, you need to expect that the room will be much smaller than you expected. However, this doesn’t explain the filthy condition of some of these places. That said, the Gerstekorral offers the best balance I have found in almost 20 years of visiting Amsterdam between price & facilities. The rooms are small and basic but always clean and the staff are always helpful. There is no AC but a fan is provided. The rooms can therefore get stuffy in the summer, but if you are in Amsterdam, you should be out enjoying the city during those warm hours. The other major benefit of this hotel is it’s location, just off Dam Square. However, this does mean that it can be noisy. Again, during those noisy hours, you should be out creating some noise of your own. My only real gripe with this hotel is the lack of a safe in the rooms. There is a safe at reception that you can use, but a personal safe in the room would be so much better. In my opinion, this is the best central hotel for the price. Mostly the other budget hotels are grotty stink holes by comparison.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

We are a family of four that stayed for four nights in June. We spend our time sightseeing so we look for clean and comfortable hotels to spend the night and this place delivers.
Pros
Location - right off Dam Square and near the tram lines, 10 minute walk from the Centraal train station.. Plenty of food choices nearby.
Staff - all spoke good English and they were very helpful with our requests, getting information etc.
Rooms - big enough and included enough place for stuff.
Cons
Busy location so plan for some noise during the night, especially if you need the window open for ventilation - we keep ear plugs handy so it was not a problem for us.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 July 2010

This could be a nice hotel considering the central position next to Dam square. Unfortunately it lacks air conditioning and/or proper ventilation, so that rooms and corridors in the afternoon tend to get filled up with a strong kitchen smell due to all the restaurants next door. That strong smell will make your stay unpleasant.

  • Stayed: June 2010
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Thank fabmc
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