Hans Brinker Budget Hotel

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Hans Brinker Budget Hotel

Hostel address
Kerkstraat 136, 1017 Amsterdam
Tram 1, 2, 5 (stop: Keizersgracht/Leidsestraat)
Tel
(020) 622 0687
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24 hours
Price
Dorm bed €25-28.34

Twin room €81.12
Prices are in euro and are inclusive of all taxes.
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Chix
Absolute dive - avoid!
29 January 2006
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I'm not fussy about my hostels - I like a clean bed, a lock on my door and a bar to drink in if possible. This place was disgusting. I stayed in what can only be described as a broom cupboard packed solid with 3 bunk beds. The staff were awful - someone else I met claimed they arrived to find blood on their sheets at then a drunk and abusive staff member was sent to clear it up when they complained. Reception staff were rude to other people - a sarcastic "good luck" was all they got when other guests threatened to go someplace else. It seems they rely on the pure volume of people needing a bed for the night, rather than by providing any sort of good service. The hostel had about 400 beds - most of which were apparently occupied by stag dos and school trips judging by the amount of shouting and running up and down the corridors all night. The only redeeming feature was the 2 for 1 beers in the bar but not even that was worth staying for!

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Neil
pure crap
20 September 2005
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i've stayed in some pretty bad hostels but at least they were quirky and funny, if things are funny its all okay and part of the experience. unfortunately, this is a large hostel that looks like a converted community center. its institutional, lacks color and atmosphere. when its busy its the closest thing to being in a minimum security prison. crowds of angst ridden people being "processed" by staff who behave like overworked government employees. we used to get back to the hostel five minutes before falling asleep and never hung out there for more than 60 seconds, i checked out the whole place and sized it up quickly, the bar/lounge was depressing and look on the blank faces of staff and backpackers said it all! rooms where okay, clean but depressing, windows high by the ceiling like a prison. location was good, but amsterdam is small anyway. i never stuck around long enough to get the "free" breakfast. pay the extra 4 euros and stay somewhere that'll put a smile on your face. bye

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Anonymous
Sometimes good, sometimes bad
9 July 2005
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We stayed at the Hans Brinker twice with a couple of months between stays. The first time was an awful experience, excessive noise and dirty facilities and bedding the main problems. However this was in peak season and the hostel was packed. Eternal waits at check in/out and you can't prebook. Still, the hostel is in a great location and given that it is a busabout dropoff/pickup point also was handy. Staff were friendly, but too few of them and the free breakfast was good though light and bar had very cheap drinks. On our return visit a couple of months later the Brinker was not as busy (though still bustling) and the rooms, bedding and showers were spotlessly clean and the stay was one of the best we had of any Hostel in Europe. I would highly recommend that you get an upper level floor to reduce noise and not go during the peak season and you should enjoy your stay at this hostel. Otherwise, pay more and look elsewhere.

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miss42069
An alright place to stay
8 October 2004
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I stayed here for 4 nights at the end of August 2004. It was fine for me as I spent most of my time enjoying the city of Amsterdam. I just needed a cheap, clean, secure place to sleep. This fit the bill perfectly. I was surprised to find a clean bath towel along with my bed linens, a bathroom inside of my dorm room, and a small but free breakfast. This is in a good location and I had no problems being a single female. It's not the Hilton, but I would recommend it to any budget traveler.

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Kelly
This place is pretty good
17 July 2004
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We stayed at the Hans Brinker even though we had read the reviews on the net. We were pleasantly surprise, its in a great location and had a great social area to party with cheap drinks. The dorm was was in good condition and cleaned everyday. Most of the staff were friendly except one or two looke like they would rather be somewhere else. All in all though I recommend staying there

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amyuw05
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1 June 2004
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I wasn't expecting the Ritz, but I wasn't expecting this either. Let's just say my friend and had trouble falling asleep one night due to mosquitos, and then we awoke the next morning to find red spots all over our hands and feet - some on the face too. Hopefully there was no lice but I'm taking precautions. So there you have it folks -- bedbugs. That's not clean and it's certainly not worth 21 euros a night either. The staff was friendly, and the place was noisy. The location was good but the fact remains that I'm sanitizing all of my clothes and my backpack because I don't know what I've picked up from my stay at the Hans Brinker. Beware and good luck.

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Anonymous
Perfect for the humble, budget-minded traveler
20 February 2004
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We stayed at the Brinker mid-January of 2004. After having read some of the reviews on other sites I was more than a little apprehensive. We had a double private room and were delighted and relieved to find it clean and comfortable. We had room 420, on the fourth floor of course. Very small room, bathroom and lockers. The staff could have been more frienldy, but, as an Amercian backpacker in my mid-twenties I certainly encountered less helpful hotel staff during my two week travels. We found the location to be fine as Amsterdam is a very small city...quite easily managed on foot. 20 minute walk to the Anne Frank House, 10 minute walk to the museums. There is a bar/restaurant on the first floor, decent, free breakfast and cheap beers in the evenings. The club in the basement seemed to be abandoned other than my traveling companion and the five british guys that were staying across the hall from us. The free internet service in the basement club was very helpful although we had to wait a few minutes for a machine. We ran into no noise issue, although, by the time we fell asleep I doubt we would have heard a tain going through our room. I have stayed at many hostels throughout Europe and am a memeber of YHI and I can honestly say that this was one of the more pleasant experiences I had. True, it is large but was not full when we visited so it did not pose a problem. I would certainly recommend this to any budget-minded traveler with reasonable expectations for a clean place to stay. When I return to Amsterdam I will have no qualms about staying at the Brinker. A few words to the wise...don't be late for check out as the staff will get a little unruley, bring luggage locks as your packs will not fit in the lockers and treat the staff will a little patience and respect and you will find yourself downing beers with them in the bar until the wee hours of the morning. :O) Enjoy your travels...

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Anonymous
Rank!!
8 February 2004
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This is probably the worst hostel I have ever stayed in! I'm usually not too fussy about the hostels I stay in - just need a place to crash for the night - but the Hans Brinker was disgusting. The place smelled of vomit, the shower water was brown and smelly, the windows didn't open and the air con didn't work! There were six of us crammed into a tiny room with bunk beds that were squeaky and ready to collapse. I ended up with bruises all over my legs from climbing up to the top bunk as there was no ladder. The lockers are too small for most packs and can be picked with a paper clip. I found the place really noisy - both from outside noise and constant door-slamming and partying in the rooms. The only good thing about this hostel is the location...

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Anonymous
Decent enough
31 January 2004
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This hostel is really huge and crowded, but we had a private room and facilities which made it bearable. It was clean, though a bit cramped, and the lockers weren't big enough to hold our backpacks. The breakfast was just bread and jams, but you could buy whatever else you wanted, they also served cheap food during the day. However, the staff was rude and cynical, which is a big downside, and the common room doesn't even open until the late evening. Not a very central location, but safe anyway. An okay place (only to sleep at) for a reasonable price.

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Anonymous
cheap, clean, food better than 2* in paris
30 January 2004
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much better than we expected after reviews we had read. Not too noisy. beds narrow - no guard rails - but comfortable. food cheap and quite tasty. floors mopped daily. could not open windows as they were bolted shut!

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kiwi@niu.edu
Not filthy but noisy
2 January 2004
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I stayed at the Hans Brinker in June. It was heavy with the smell of marijuana which means a little educating of your children (I took a 10 year-old). Rooms were not filthy, storage was not secure, so pack light, or live in one outfit and a waist pouch since the museums make you check backpacks which takes time. If you get a room on the first floor the slamming doors will drive you insane!! Also street noise. Fine if you plan on using the place for sleeping only. Location was great for many sites within walking distance. If you come to Amsterdam by car-parking is horrible and very expensive. Breakfast was O.K. and we got to turn our key in and then eat which was nice of them. Nobody really paid attention when we came and left- no key check. Overall a big OK but NOT great. I would maybe stay there again-because of the price and I didn't bring back any bugs.

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Anonymous
Safe and clean ;
8 November 2003
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I think this is one of the best hostel in Amsterdam; a bit far from red district, but close to Museums... Hot showers, clean, safe ( expect maybe the luggage store ) ! a place where you can meet people

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Lucy
Over-priced and impersonal
3 October 2003
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This is a really big, impersonal hostel. Front desk staff were friendly but in short supply, leading to a long check in time. We stayed in the middle of summer and the rooms were stifflingly hot and the windows small. Also the street noise carried up to the rooms (especially when people were leaving the nightclub downstairs). The breakfast included was very basic, if you wanted any extras (ie. juice) you could purchase these at expensive prices. Overall the hostel was over-priced and impersonal.

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Anonymous
If you want cheap and cheerful this is your place
22 September 2003
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Well not that cheerful. The staff ARE rude and miserable as some people have said. Otherwise the place is just about clean enough, has drinks (inc Heiniken) and cigs machines in the foyer which is open 24 hours and a basic bar which isnt bad for a swift one before you head out somewhere more interesting. Its very near the Liedsplein which is lively and well worth a look and has good tram links to Central Station. 9 of us stayed on a stag weekend and although it was a 25 minute walk to the Bulldog coffeeshop in the centre of the red light district if you are on a budget im sure you could do a lot worse than this place.

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Anonymous
good place to stay!
7 August 2003
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I've been to hans Brinker twice now, compared to other hostels its luxury, the staff are helpful, the rooms although basic are cleaned everyday and all have shower and toilets, for the price you pay u get a bargain, if ur visiting amsterdam mainly for a good smoke, the hans brinker is relaxed enough for you to wander in and out, although there is a doorman where keys have to be shown before u enter the building, for your own safety. defentily a good place to stay meet others and relax, without paying loads!

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Anonymous
Nice hostel
29 July 2003
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After reading some of the reviews on this site I was pretty reluctant to come to Hans Brinker. There turned out to be no need at all. Apart from being filled with really noisy German schoolchildren, the hostel was pretty good. The rooms were clean and secure (although there were signs everywhere warning of theft so there must be a big problem), there were no problems getting a bed at short notice and the breakfast was really good. The location wasnt too bad either. Overall, I had a good experience here, nothing to worry about at all.

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Anonymous
Good location, awful rooms
22 July 2003
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Staff were not friendly. Room and bathroom were VERY smelly and hot. Eaten alive by mozzies. However, well placed, good bar where it is easy to meet people and good breakfast. There are better places to stay for same cost.

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Oli Richards
Happy Hour!!!!!!
21 July 2003
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This was the better out of the two hostels we stayed in, in amsterdam. It sells itself as a 'no frills' hostel and their not wrong. However the 4 bed dorms are good value for money - they have lockers and the bathrooms are prety nice. The bar has incredibly cheap beer around happy hour and there is a nightclub in the basement. The in house restaurant is also prety good. However this isnt the kind of place you would want to stay if you want early nights and lots of sleep, there is no curfew and there are always people wandering the halls - we didnt mind though! We'd deffinately go back.

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Anonymous
college smoking trip
24 June 2003
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I stayed in the hans brinker and found it to be a very clean, cheap hostel. The beds are very comfortable but your room has the general appearance of a prison cell. But that doesn't matter because you are in AMSTERDAM and there is no need to spend a lot of time in your room. There is an excellent coffee shop at the bottom of the street called Global chillage. Liedsesplain is only round the corner, so is the reiks museum and the van gogh. Vondel park is only a 15minute walk. It is about 20 mins from dam square walking and the tram is at the bottom of kerkstratt. There are plenty of fast food outlets within 5 miniutes. All in all a perfect location and a perfect cheap holiday. Almost forget, there is a nightclub in the basement.

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The Brendanator
Great Location, Cheap Heineken
19 June 2003
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I recently satyed in The Hans Brinker on a Goegraphy Fieldtrip to The Dam. Myself and my friends found the location perfect, just round the corner from the busy and lively Leidesplein. The beds aren't the most comfortable and the walls are a little thin, but hey that's what you should expect from a hostel. On the positive side, the in-house bar had the cheapest pints of Heineken that I could find ($3) in the whole of Amsterdam.

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