Hotel Brouwer

Singel 83, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1012 VE

Price from: £91

A double room

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

I write for The Daily Telegraph, The .... Read more
#18 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Location:
4.2
4.2
Bedrooms:
3.9
3.9
Eating/drinking:
2.5
2.5
Public areas:
3.7
3.7
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
3.2
3.2
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Culture vultures, Romance

Best for On a budget - Expert review of Hotel Brouwer

This enormously atmospheric canal house is one of Amsterdam's best budget places to stay.

I've recommended the Brouwer many times over, in newspaper articles and to friends, and never had a complaint - other than its popularity means it's hard to bag a room. Much of its appeal rests with the building's pedigree: it was a sea captain's offices and living quarters back in the seventeenth century.

Location: 

Utterly convenient - a leisurely 10-minute stroll from the train station - and on a canal. There are a few prostitutes' windows a few doors along from the hotel. However, this is not the Red Light District, but an otherwise salubrious corner of town.

Bedrooms: 

Eight plain, but en suite and attractive, rooms, with bare wooden floors, beamed ceilings and a print of the Dutch artist after which they are named. All have canal views, and, unusually for cheap canal-side lodgings, they can be reached by a lift (though it's tiny). Ask for the Mondrian room, a spacious and light attic space with an ancient wooden gutter (no longer in use) running through it.

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Public areas: 

Just a breakfast room, which doubles as the reception - lovely and cosy, and decorated with old Delft tiles and fading paintings of the city.

Eating and drinking: 

Simple continental breakfasts.

Service: 

Based on the half-dozen times I've popped in over the years, it's fine, but not top drawer.

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Who stays there: 

Budget-conscious travellers who plan well ahead.

Price advice: 

The fixed, year-round rate for a double room is 99.75 euros, including city tax and breakfast. Though the price has crept up over the years, that's still very good value for Amsterdam.

Pros: 
Lovely old building
Central and canalfront location
Cheap and good value
Cons: 
Few frills
Usually need to book well ahead to get a room

More information on Hotel Brouwer:

Price from:
£91
Type:
Bed & Breakfast
Address:
Singel 83, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1012 VE

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