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Hostelz.com's Review
Hans Brinker Budget Hotel is basically a nice, chilled out place to start and end any day in Amsterdam. It is run by a handful of international staff members, who are very nice and helpful.

The Location

Amsterdam's streets promise any walk to be a great experience, so the one-and-a-half kilometers it'll take you to get from the hostel to the city center is not a problem, as it would be in most cities. There are other options of travel for more budgeted travelers such as the tram system, that will take you to most hot spots in the city for a few Euros. There is a tram stop five minutes from the hostel. Another option is renting a bike from the different rentals around town (there is also a good bike rental two doors from the hostel). As for nightlife, most of the surrounding streets host endless pubs and eating establishment of all sorts. This is especially true for the southern streets and the main streets connecting the southern area to the city center.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are pretty simple with different numbers of beds in the different rooms. Each bedroom has a toilet and shower room attached to it. The quality of the showers are questionable, but they do normally work.
The rooms have lockers for each bed, so when you receive a key, the letter on it points to what locker you are assigned. In comparison to other hostels, the beds are not as good, you may wake up to a new day in Amsterdam with a nice back pain.

Common Spaces

The ground floor of the hostel consists of different common spaces, such as the lobby desk that doubles as an information desk, a luggage storage room, the main lounge doubling as the eating area, and the bar. There is also the basement area that has the internet room and a second small lounge. Although all these common areas sound very promising, you couldn't really describe the hostel as a very social one -- everyone pretty much keeps to themselves.

The is a smoking outside area inside the hostel -- a patio of sorts for all the morning smokers -- but never try taking your cup of coffee out with you just to keep tensions low with the staff. There are no kitchens for personal cooking, but the hostel kitchen offers meals for a normal price -- but why eat in when you're surrounded by Amsterdam?

Summary

In short, this is a very good money for value hostel, and promises a very pleasant stay and a good and happy feeling for the duration of your stay. We would happily recommend it to anyone.

by Jake
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
September 2007

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Clean and organized Very Satisfying stay. clean, organized with a nice bar and club downstairs. Location is good, breakfast is better than expected. Had some inconvenience by the staff but not as bad as they say.  , age 23, Turkey ()
3   Not as bas as advertised Good -- Bed, Sheets and towels, Crowd, Underground pub, Breakfast was really good. Bad -- Washroom (there is no divider between shower and toilet so gets pretty wet and messy). Overall good.  , age 26, india ()
5   Great stay in Amsterdam Great hostel for a weekend / vacation in Amsterdam! Very friendly staff, great bar and club, good food, nice bed and clean bathroom. location = the best!  , age 24, German ()
3   Not that bad Interesting marketing strategy advertising itself as the worst hostel in the world, but its actually not that bad. Its actually quite clean, but everything just looks really old, the sheets in particular. They have one socket for each bed which is quite good. I only stayed one night but i wouldnt wanna stay any longer as well.  , age 21, Hong Kong ()
4   Good! we didn't stay here long, but it was fine. the beds were comfy, with clean linen and a good pillow/blanket. each bed has its own locker, and your bathroom is in you room, which is big enough for you to have a shower and not have all your clothes get wet. we didn't eat their food, but it was really cheap. they had two bars, though they weren't pumping or something (it was 11 p.m. on a sunday though). it's in a good place, near the keizersgracht, which is pretty central. we found the rembrandtplein easily, where you can get good cheap italian. the chick at reception was a rude bitch, though not really to us, but she wouldn't take any sh*t fmom you! overall, i would recommend this place, it was fine. bit rundown, but its pretty big, lotsa people, vending machines downstairs.  , australia ()
5  Even though we felt really dirty and nothing was safe, everything was falling apart, we stank of weed, and the food was generally disgusting, we would totally recommend it to anyone of all ages, children included. It was proper awesome. Brilliant nightclub and have never wanted to go back to such a dirty place so much. Cannot wait to revisit and to stay for longer. Our friend loved it so much she got a job there. We loved it!  ()
1  The worst hostel ever! I normally don't need more that a bed and a shower but the cleaning staff here took the cake! we arranged a late check out yet the cleaning staff on both days burst into your room (even though its locked). On the last day they yelled and swore, threw our things in the bin, stole anything lying around, tried to stop us getting changed in privacy, burst in on you in the bathroom. We were not even aggressive and asked for ten minutes to get dressed but apparently this equals asking someone to give you a kidney. never stay there!  ()
4  Hans Brinker is a really fun hostel with a pretty decent club downstairs that could be a lot of fun if it were busy. It's in a great location for night life, it's just a bit of a trek to the train station! The beds were clean, so were the bathrooms, the staff were friendly, and breakfast was really good! Definitely recommend staying there!  ()
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