Hotel Brouwer

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Address: Singel 83, Amsterdam, 1012 VE, The Netherlands

Star rating:

4.1

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
4.2
90%
Eating/drinking
2.5
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.2
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
3.9
90%
Public areas
3.7
90%

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.

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.

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.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Romance

Pros & Cons

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