I've stayed at the bicycle hotel five times now, sometimes alone, sometimes with my traveling companion. Many of the negative comments are true but it's still my favorite place to stay when I visit Amsterdam. The staff is great, especially Gerald. It's very easy to get to from Central Station, and easy to get FROM when you need to leave to get to the airport. If you're going to rent a bike, they make it cheap and easy. The bikes are adequate and don't have a big sign on them saying "I'm a tourist on a rented bike".
About the negatives. Yes, the stairs are narrow and steep and twisty. As a former house painter, I've climbed ladders more easily. Yes, it does seem more like a hostel than a hotel. But it's really the best of both worlds--the safety and privacy of a hotel with the camaraderie of a hostel. Some of the cheap rooms are dismal. One time the only thing available was a tiny dark room with a double army-style cot (in my youth I spent three years sleeping on such cots but as soon as a better room became available, I took it.). I've stayed in rooms with shared showers. The shower was clean. I'm sure sometimes guests get them when they aren't so clean. Maybe I was lucky because I get up early. My most recent stay was in what is probably their best room, a double with its own bathroom. It was excellent. The breakfast is good. A toaster on every table. Good coffee. Free WiFi, connection was good plus they have a computer for public use.
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