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Van Gelder Hotel
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Reviewed 3 March 2012

I knew this hotel was going to be of a decent standard, as friends of mine had stayed here and enjoyed its many benefits. It's location is perfect I must say, a little noisy towards the end of the day but that's expected, and the windows do a good job of blocking out all the hustle and bussle. It's very close to all tourist attractions, cafes (weed kind), restaurants, shops, tour guides, etc. Everything is within walking distance, but if u are the kind who prefers to let others do the work for you, then I suggest the taxi bikes. You read it right it, a little carriage thing with a cover over it powered by sheer leg power :D It's great fun, and allows you to see Amsterdam from a different perspective; Amsterdam is incredibly busy on the streets so be alert all the time. Tourists stand out like a saw thumb!

The owners were very nice and welcoming, with very attractive rates. I paid €100 for 2 nights for 2 people, you do the math! The room was perfect size for our intentions ;) The room was cleaned twice to a good standard, as well as clearing up our mess! The communal shower and toilet was sufficient, and served it's purpose.

All in all, this hotel offers what I consider to be substantial benefits over many other hotels.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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1  Thank ccfc2011
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

My partner and I stayed at this hotel in august 2011. We were very surprised with the location of the hotel as it was 5 mins walk from the main train station and in the heart of the city! It was also close enough for us to visit some of the main attractions without any headaches. Room was clean and service was good. A nice place to do what you need to do without staying there too long.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Thank Angela2501
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

The hotel is located right in the heart of the action on the Damrak and a very short walk from the Red Light District. The neighborhood is loud but that is to be expected. One thing North Americans might find a little weird is that you leave your key at the hotel when you leave your room. The staff were helpful, and would tell you where to find the information if they didn't know. Another heads up, the stairs are incredibly steep, almost like climbing a ladder... 4 sets of them if you are staying on the top floor and you have to drag your bags all the way up.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Thank bshubert
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

This hotel is basic and clean. The staff are helpful and efficient.
A tip is to bring ear plugs because music and loud speech occurs outside all night.
There is smoking at this hotel

Room Tip: Ask for a room that does not face Damrak. Stairs are narrow so get on the second or third floor.
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank cewinggray
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Reviewed 1 April 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights and it was an excellent location.
Our room wasn't nothing special but it was big enough and the en-suite was also a good size.
I think Room 10 is probably the best room in hotel as it has 3 windows looking out over the hustle and bustle of street where trams run up and down. Good for people watching with a carry out if you are on a budget. No noise disturbance as the people start going about their daily business.
Very central to everything.
Staff were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Myra
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