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Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam
Reviewed 3 October 2012

We stayed in this hostel in April 2012 on a Topdeck tour of Europe. I'd read other reviews of the hostel before we got there, so was a bit nervous. Unfortunately most of the reviews I'd read were completely true. The rooms were like prison cells, with rickety old beds and metal lockers that didn't close properly. Walking down the hallways was like walking through an abandoned old hospital. I could have forgiven the barren, echoing rooms if they'd been super clean, but they weren't. The shared bathroom was the kind that you wear thongs in just to wash your hands. Luckily the bed sheets were clean (or so they looked). The breakfast was minimal and gross. The only saving factor was that it was within walking distance to the main tourist attractions in Amsterdam, very close to a bike hire store and down the street from a cafe that makes potent brownies. I would recommend that, if you have a choice, go somewhere else!

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

Hostel room itself was decent but bathroom was terrible. Tiny with a leaky shower which flooded the floor when you showered. Location is not too bad, a quick walk to the tram and you can go anywhere in Amsterdam or walk to the centre if you like. Would recommend for young travellers.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

just all you need: perfect location, near transportation, restaurantes, stores, sights and pubs.
clean bedrooms, nice undergound pub and regular pub inside the hostel.
and the place is a lot better than the advertisement. what else can you ask for? ;)

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2012

Hilarious posters, fun staff, liberal and happy place. Mainly for teenagers/students who hasn't got much cash, had a great stay though, one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. Good location sas well.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Jess T
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

Yes it is very basic but you get what you pay for. Everything was clean and our room was big enough. Short walking distance from the central train station and close to many bars/cafes/coffeeshops. Receptionists where also helpful. Breakfast was bread with jam or chocolate spread. Would go again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

Stayed for 2 nights in the hostel, I thought it was a great budget place to stay, fairly central, close to restaurants, café's & museums and it had everything you'd need, even it's own underground nightclub.
Didn't spend any time in the nightclub as it was full of 16 year old's, it felt a bit wrong, but the stairwell leading down the the nightclub was really interesting.
If you're planning on a trip to Amsterdam I recommend staying here, it's cheap and why pay more on a hotel when you wont be spending all that much time there

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Had a great time and this was the perfect accommodation for our 18-30's type holiday.

Good location, walking distance to most bars and cafes, close to museums and other interesting sites + the big nightclubs.

No issues with cleanliness or hygiene, just simple easy lodging.

Casual bar is good, the nightclub kinda dirty.

If you stay here be sure to check out the dolphin bar just down the road.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam

Address: Kerkstraat 136 /138, 1017 GR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #44 of 242 Speciality Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range: £23 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam 2.5*
Number of rooms: 500
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hans Brinker, the cheapest, the worst, the best..No swimming pool, no roomservice, no pick-up service, no bridal-suite, no gym, no spa,no bellboy but cheap rooms, a restaurant, a nice bar, a club, 24 hour reception and 500 beds. The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel is the famous budget hotel in the city centre Amsterdam. It's located between the canals with a 2 minute walk to the famous entertainment area Leidseplein and a 5 minute walk to the museums at Museumplein. Public transport is nearby the hotel: you can take the tram to every direction in Amsterdam within a 2 minute walk. From Amsterdam Central Station take tramline 1, 2 or 5 to the hotel (in approximately 10 minutes at stop Keizersgracht). This budget hotel can accommodate individuals, backpackers and groups (students, scholars etc.). The hotel has single, double and triple rooms and dorms up to 8 persons. Each room has a private bathroom and lockers for personal belongings. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the spacious common area. There is a bar and an underground club, which is open every night till late. Free WIFI-access is available in the common areas. For the best stay in Amsterdam Hans Brinker provides tickets for many activities, bike rental, boat tours and other great deals. ... more   less 
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