Satisfaction Very Good
Value Score No Data
Good For Solo
Great location and decoration
I stayed just one night in a single private ensuite. The room was very clean with the view of the garden - a bit noisy in the night.
Breakfast included - very good. Staff was nice.
Great location - 5-10mins walk to the Central station.
Unique Quality: Rooms and corridors uniquely painted
The nicest hotel in Amsterdam
This is a very cute Amsterdam's Inn :) It's the only hotel in Amsterdam which has specially designed art-rooms: every room presents a different theme painted on the walls, and in some cases there's a different bed, according to the theme!
But not only the rooms, the Winston Hotel offers a Lounge, or the popular Club Winston International, where live music go on every night of the week.
Members of the staff are very nice! Breakfast is included, then you can have lunch or dinner at the Lounge: prices are very cheap and meals very good!
Bedised, you can smoke in your room if you let the window open ;)
You can chose between a private room with the bathroom inside, a private room with shared bathroom or a dormitory.
Unique Quality: Art-painted rooms! Every room has an its own theme!
Directions: Near the Central Station:
Hostel near the Red Light District
At first we weren't very impressed with this hostel, mainly because we didn't like the dorm we were in. However, on our last day the group of people we'd so far been sharing with left. With all their mess gone, and the staff able to get in and give the place a good clean, we realised that it was actually a very nice dorm! In general, we didn't spend a lot of time at the hostel anyway, it was just somewhere for us to leave our stuff and come home to sleep in. It's certainly not the best hostel I've ever stayed in, but there wasn't anything particularly bad about either. Rooms are all en-suite, although there aren't any additional communal bathrooms, which can result in a queue for the showers in the morning. The rooms were spacious with plenty of room to leave your stuff and there was also a table and chairs. One major downside, was that there were no lockers to keep valuable in. Breakfast is included, and is pretty nice, considering it's free! There's 24 reception and no curfew, and the location is really good - about half way between the Red Light District and Dam Square. There's also a bar and nightclub, although we never ventured inside.
Directions: From Central station, walk down Damrak Ave, then take the first left onto Oudebrugsteeg, then second right onto Warmoesstraat. Winston International is about 150m down on the left.
This hotel/hostel is very central to the the centre of Amsterdam .
About 5 minutes from train station.
You have various size rooms but , I found it good value for money and safe.
Unique Quality: Some rooms done out as art rooms.
Right next door to a very good nightclub.
Directions: Straight out of Centraal station, 1st turning on the left off Damrak, 2nd turning right and there it is.
Good for tourists
I stayed at the Winston upon recommendation of some locals who advised of it's proximity to Amsterdam's nightlife.
Indeed, it was one block from the Red Light District. You could walk out the lobby and within one block find yourself amidst the seductive doorways of the Red Light District, in three minutes you found yourself in Dam Square, and in 7 in Centraal Station. Winston Hotel is good for a tourist who is not traveling on business and doesn't mind simple, raw accomodations.
I use the word "raw" for a reason. As in raw materials. Rooms don't come equipped with private phones, so you have to use the pay phone in the lobby which is 2 euros for a 5 minute call to a local cell phone. Nor do rooms come automatically with a remote for the TV's, but with 20 euro deposit, they will give you a remote. If you don't have an adapter for the electric outlets, a 10 euro deposit will fetch you one.
Beyond these limitations however, the stay was enjoyable. The staff was ALWAYS friendly and willing to help with navigating the streets of Amsterdam as well as assist in answering any other questions. I can't say one bad thing about the service I received in the 7 nights I was there.
I know others may disagree, but my room was clean and served me well for my purpose in Amsterdam. I wasn't there to spend time in the hotel like I would in a beach resort in Mexico, I was there to spend time exploring the canals, the cobblestone streets, and sidewalk cafes of Amsterdam.
Winston also includes a breakfast from 8-10 am sharp every morning. Don't show up 10 minutes after 10 though, I said "sharp" and they don't hesistate to close the doors to the buffet right at 10. Corn flakes, rolls, individually wrapped liverwurst, various jellies, butter, cheeses, salami's, coffee, orange juice, and brown hard boiled eggs were served every morning--all you can eat too.
I'd say the primary clientelle was between 20-30 years old, but there were plenty of older 50's and 40's spotted too.
See Winston Hotel pics for more info.
Unique Quality: Damrak is to Amsterdam what Broaway is to Times Square. This hotel is one block from Damrak and one block from the Red Light District but still SAFE for the solitary traveler.
Directions: Between Damrak and the Red Light District
Very strange place
When we visited Amsterdam, I had previously booked a room in Winston Hotel via internet. It's located in a border street of the "Red Light District". When we arrived, we parked our rented car in front of the hotel, thin street, forbidden place. Result: penalty.
The rooms are all different, painted by modern artists. The services and cleaning aren't good, the breakfast is OK, no excellent. The hotel has a Bar too (Winston International), where every night plays a band. We didn't even like the people that had chosen the hotel, so it hasn't been a very good experience.
Unique Quality: May be location.
Directions: Warmoesstraat 123-129
great location, service, atmosphere...etc
easy to find, very close to central station, and on a very colorful street. staff was friendly, everything was clean, and fresh towels every day. room was completely cool...this retro-funky-60's gold and orange wall paper and along with 2 beds, had a couch and the balcony was perfect. we were on the top floor. had our own shower/toilet, and the balcony wasn't only for our room but stretched out across all the rooms on that level - perfect for meeting people if the setting is right. open all night. has it's own bar/club. and they serve breakfast from 8 - 10 every day. same meal eveyday, but i'm not picky :) food is food.
Unique Quality: all rooms are different and unique. makes for a special experience.
Directions: will provide better address when upload pictures!
Two star acommodation in the city centre
I found the website for this hotel and booked it about six months in advance as there seemed to be no rooms available anywhere else for the time we wanted to go. I then read several reviews about the place and wondered if I had done the right thing. The main complaint was the noise - not from the street but from the hotel guests and from the church bells at the nearby Grote Kerk. Some people complained that the 'art' rooms were not artsy enough and that the staff were too stoned to be helpful.
Well, our experience wasn't that bad. The room was clean although very scruffy around the edges, the staff were pleasant enough and we did not have a problem with the other guests.
There were some dodgey looking characters along Warmoesstraat and we were offered drugs several times. We just ignored them and kept an eye on the potential pickpocketers and were fine.
If you want to stay in the city centre (and you can't get anymore central than this) and are on a budget, you might want to look into this hotel.
Unique Quality: It is located on the main 'party' street in Amsterdam, although, if you are not a party-goer, don't let that put you off. Our decent sized room (505) on the fifth floor had a view out over the Red Light District and a double bed. The reception is open 24 hours and you cannot gain access to the guestrooms without contacting the staff, which makes it relatively safe.
Breakfast was included in the price and consisted of cereals, cheese, boiled eggs, meat, rolls, juice, coffee and tea.
Directions: Five minutes from Centraal Station, on the edge of the Red Light District.
Winston Art Hotel
Unique Quality: The Winston is located smack in the middle of downtown Amsterdam, close to the Dam square and the redlights. It caters to a younger crowd looking for that little something extra in a hotel and has had a selection of its rooms designed by local Dutch designers and artists. From what I've heard and seen, the rooms are fun but you do need to reserve these re-done rooms well ahead of your stay. IMHO, it's worth the effort.
This is a great place to stay.
It's very central and great value.
A single room is Euro 60
A twin/double is Euro 80 (Euro 40 each)
A four bedded room is euro 113 (Euro 38 each) for three or Euro 126 (Euro 32 each) for four.
The room price includes breakfast.
Absolutely great value!
It's a little more expensive in high season.
Unique Quality: Located right in the centre of Amsterdam between the shopping streets and the Red Light District
This is a fine place to stay.
No frills, but the rooms are comfortable and warm.
Breakfast is fine.
The bar is open late so if you want one more (or two or three??) before you retire you can get it, and in a very lively bar at that.
Price is great, especially if you share with 2 or 3 mates.
If you want to stay here over a weekend, book well in advance.
Do not expect to arrive on a Thursday or Friday and get accommodation for the weekend.
Directions: The Warmoesstraat is very central. It runs parallel to the Damrak on the landing stage side. 5 minutes from Central Station
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has anyone stayed at the Winston hotel in Amsterdam?
RE: Winston Hotel
I stayed there a couple of years ago. Its no 4/* hotel, it's a little bit grubby but I really liked it and would stay again. Some of the rooms are better than others, if you check the website you could specify which room you want as there are pictures on there.
It's very central, close to the train station etc.
RE: RE: Winston Hotel
hi thx sazza
I had a feeling it wasn't going to be 4*! Sounds interesting and central though.
RE: RE: Winston Hotel
Yes, its cool, also having read your other post its just down the road from a gay club called the Cockring!
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