Hans Brinker - "best hotel in the world" is the "worst hotel ever"

2 June 2011

Bitterwallet - Hans Brinker hotel Amsterdam

Looking for a hostel in Amsterdam? No need to read up about the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel on TripAdvisor - the hotel's website will leave you in no doubt what to expect when you check-in:

Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, Amsterdam services and amenities include:

• A basement bar with limited light and no fresh air.
• A concrete courtyard where you can relax and enjoy whatever sunshine is able to pass the high buildings on either side on the extremely infrequent days when it’s actually sunny.
• An elevator that almost never breaks down between floors.
• A bar serving slightly watered down beer.
• Amusing witticisms and speculations about former guests’ sexual preferences scrawled on most surfaces.
• The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, Amsterdam Luxury Ambassadorial Suite (featuring the Hans Brinker’s one and only bath-tub).
• Doors that lock.

All of which goes to explain why a bed will cost you as little as £20 per night. As for Hans Brinker's TripAdvisor rating, in case you're still interested - it scores 58% overall, with reviews ranging in typical TripAdvisor style from “the best hotel in the world” to “this is the worst hotel ever”.

TOPICS:   Travel   Consumer Advice

1 comment

  • Jo
    Tha Hans Brinker hostel is hillariously overly-honest about its facilities. I quite happily stayed there on a university trip a few years ago and my experience I have to say was good. I'm one to get homesick easily and I was pretty much determined to hate the trip but it was compulsory. However, it was impossible not to enjoy my stay there. It's a real artsy-fartsy kind of place where they have an ongoing joke about being 'accidentally' eco-friendly in that they are so lacking in resources- they sell lots of merchandise in the shop with those sorts of slogans. There is a nightclub downstairs where the decoration consists of graffiti carved into the black foam-like walls. It also has stripper poles and mirrors. They have 'happy hour' at the bar every day where drinks are buy 1 get 2 free which is nice. I remember hanging out with a bunch of german students who were really cheery and friendly when I was there which was nice- a few of them were pretty hot. I think the Hans Brinker attracts a certain type of person which makes for a relaxing, chilled-out atmosphere. To be honest, I had no problems when I stayed there but if you're used to luxurious hotels it would certainly bother you. I think the way they market it prepares for you the worst so when you get there...it's not actually anywhere near as bad as you expected. I also had no problems with hot water.

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