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“Great Hostel,”
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The Bulldog Hotel
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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great Hostel,”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We stayed in a private room and travelled as 2 couples.

The hostel is in a fantastic location, right on the red light district.

We paid a bit extra for a room overlooking the canal and it didn't disappoint.

Great size, great bathroom, comfy bed, great breakfast, great common area and bar.

If you want to be in the thick of the action, with friendly and helpful staff and great rooms, then stay here. We heard great things about it prior to coming and it certainly lived up to the hype. Great value for money.

Room Tip: We had a room on the top floor, which was quiet. The private room overlooking the canal is great val...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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RobertBulldog, Front Office Manager at The Bulldog Hotel, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Living up to the variety of guest expectations is one of our most difficult tasks. I couldnt be happier that we met yours. See you again soon!
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

This was my first time to Amsterdam and i was travelling with 10 friends. I heard The Bulldog was good through friends that had stayed here and i wasn't disappointed.
The staff were excellent, there was always service with a smile and they were happy to help with directions/recommendations to different places in Amsterdam.
The location is perfect, you are in the red light district and 30 seconds walk from the main square and roughly 10 minutes walk to the main train station.
The rooms and other facilities were clean and well maintained.
The atmosphere in the lounge is great and theres also a rooftop terrace which is perfect when there is nice weather.

Overall the group loved The Bulldog and all agreed we will be back again soon.
Thanks for a great stay!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2014

Stayed here with a bunch of lads for a night on our way back to the UK. The place is decent enough, its clean, pretty basic, got everything you would need and is pretty cheap compared to other places in Amsterdam. Location is pretty good too, close to most areas and the staff are always friendly. Bar downstairs is very cheap compared to other bars in the area and has a fair amount of atmosphere. I wouldn't recommend this place for anyone looking for a relaxing quiet place to stay, only really good for a young couple or for a group of friends in Amsterdam doing a bit of sightseeing and seeing the nightlife. I've been back a few times and will no doubt be back in future.

Room Tip: If possible probably best to go for a private dorm. Due to the nature of Amsterdam and the location...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Marsascala, Malta
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34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2014

I went twice to this Hotel which is more of a hostel than a hotel, but i love the fact that you have a chill area where you can rent out jenga and other games. As well as bar which doubles as the breakfast area in the morning. The staff are very friendly and helpful and took the time to explain to us how to get to certain places.

The rooms where clean and the first time we had 2 bathrooms in a 12 bed dorm.

Room Tip: Note all 12 bed dorms have 2 bathrooms. On our second visit we have a toilet and a separate shower.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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RobertBulldog, Public Relations Manager at The Bulldog Hotel, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Next time your back, ask for me at reception! Jenga challenge! its on....
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Perth, Australia
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Stayed in a 12 bed dorm which was extremely spacious with 2 clean and modern bathrooms. Located in the red light district, there is always something going on either at the hotel or nearby. Very nice bar in the lobby with very cheap happy hour drinks and great atmosphere!! Definitely recommend the Bulldog to solo travellers or small groups as its extremely easy to meet people. Will definitely stay at The Bulldog when I am in Amsterdam next!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2014

I've visited Amsterdam almost 10 times in the past 10 years and always at this hotel.

I started in the dorms, then began staying in the private rooms and now for our last 5 visits my husband and I have stayed in the apartments.

We always stay here because the location is amazing, it is safe, clean, comfortable, fun, great facilities (free WiFi, hotel lounge, roof terrace, 24hours reception and security) but most of all because the staff are so friendly (most of them have been there since our first visit 10 years ago so it must be a fun place to work too!

This time round especially we were treated like family and even received an email after thanking us for our visit!

If you want somewhere fun and safe, that doesnt take itself too seriously, with as much or as little luxury as you want, then stay here. We always will.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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RobertBulldog, Front Office Manager at The Bulldog Hotel, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Thank you so much :) It really is reviews like this that makes it not even seem like work some days -its a pleasure.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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87 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2014

I was surprised when I got there....it's very much like a hotel! And there's an elevator!! (you'll appreciate it once you've stayed at different hostels and had to carry luggage 2, 3 or 4+ floors up!).
I stayed in an 8-bed dorm which was spacious, had nice mattresses and big lockers. The wc was separated from the shower,which was a plus. Pretty clean as well.
There's no kitchen and no lounge so it's hard to meet people, but there's a bar on the ground floor, where you can have a drink, smoke and that's also where they serve breakfast (which is pretty good). There's an energy bar next door for goodies ;)
The location is perfect, right in the red light district but also close to Dam Square, Centraal Station and within walking distance to pretty much everything (Amsterdam is quite a small city).

Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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RobertBulldog, Front Office Manager at The Bulldog Hotel, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Thanks for the kind review.. That elevator has saved over packed and drunken guests too many times to count!
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Property: The Bulldog Hotel
Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 220, 1012 GJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District (De Wallen)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 234 Speciality Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wake up in one of the highest rated hostels,located in the middle of one of the most visually stunning cities in the world! The Bulldog Hostel Amsterdam is loaded with that typical international and liberal atmosphere that makes Amsterdam so special... besides other things. Choose to stay in a dorm, private room or in our cool private suite whenever you come stumbling back from your Amsterdam adventure! We will make sure it will feel like your home away from home! ... more   less 
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