I booked this little boutique hotel based on rates (accommodations are expensive in Amsterdam) and good reviews on Trip Advisor: couldn't have been happier. It's located right on the Amstel River in a quiet neighborhood within easy walking distance of restaurants, transportation, pubs and many attractions. Because of that killer location beside the river and a small canal, I anted up for one of the larger rooms with a balcony that gave us a great view of the famous Skinny Bridge and Amstel barge and boat traffic.
It's not fancy: no minibars, in-rooms safes, tea/coffee equipment, flat screen TVs (although all rooms have TV) or even carpeting, and metal lockers serve as closets but it was spotless, spacious, quiet and altogether comfortable for the price.
• A very decent breakfast buffet is included in the rate. Items included cold meats, cereal (GREAT granola!), pastries, 3 types of bread to toast, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, coffee, juice, etc. I had fun trying out vlokken: chocolate flakes pressed into buttered bread.
• Guest safety is insured by entry doors that are always locked: you press a buzzer to be let in, and leave your room key with the desk when you go out. Reception is staffed 24/7 so early birds and night owls can come and go as they please. Free use of a safe deposit box is also available at the desk, and you can check out hairdryers for the length of your stay.
• Wide variety of rooms from twins to triples to a couple of apartments, and they'll provide baby cots for free.
• Casual but pleasant lounge off the reception with newspapers and bar supplies for a drink: good for group gatherings
• Bike rental
• Friendly and accommodating staff. Have a question? Just ask.
• A fun little local pub just 1/2 block away, and just a few more blocks to a market and self-serve laundry.
• Free Wifi
Downsides (although none for us):
• Not a good choice for persons with mobile disabilities. There is no lift (common for small hotels of this type) and if you're staying on a upper floor, you'll be hauling bags up some flights of stairs. There are also steps at the entrance. Do ask if you need assistance with luggage.
• Depending on your preferences, rooms should be chosen carefully as they have a number on a basement floor with skylights but no windows, and a couple which open directly onto the reception area.
• Furnishings are serviceable but a bit battered and worn
(2015 update: more recent photos indicate replacement some furnishings)
• No parking
• One funny quirk: the Dutch are some of the tallest people in the world and the bathroom mirror was hung so high that 5'2" me could only see the top half of my head even on tiptoe. :)
All-in-all, great choice and highly recommended unless you MUST have a posh hotel with all the goodies. DO spring for a canal-view room with balcony if you can swing it. Rates can swing depending on season and big events in the city so best to check the website for pricing during your particular dates.
An amstel hideaway
Would definitely recommend this hotel if you are looking for clean, spacious and modern rooms and friendly service
Unique Quality: Great room for the price - suitable for both business and pleasure travelling
The staff at reception are incredibly helpful.
Also, because it is down Amstel, it is much quieter than other Amsterdam hotels that I have stayed in but still only 20-25 minutes by foor from Central station
Just returned from three nights at The Bridge Hotel. It was a wonderful experience! For 109 euros a night, we had a canal side room in a quiet residential neighborhood. We felt like we were experiencing the "real" Amsterdam, not the neon-lit, crowded city center. Major attractions and many restaurants were just a short walk away! (A nice Indonesian restaurant is right next door.) The Bridge Hotel had very comfortable beds and bed linens. The bathroom had an actual shower, with great water pressure. The TV even got a variety of English language stations. Breakfast was included, and was quite expansive - cold cereals, yogurt, meats/cheeses, breads, and even hardboiled eggs. The service was superb. The desk clerk answered all of our curious questions about Amsterdam and the Netherlands cheerfully. All in all, it was a great hotel at a reasonable price!
Unique Quality: The hotel has canal views on two sides. The service was wonderful. Breakfast was expansive.
Directions: Near Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge)
Next to Carre Theater
Good Value Accommodation
We stayed here in July and would definitely stay here again. We had a triple room and we had a good amount of space. The hotel was clean and comfortable and in a quiet, safe location.
The included breakfast was OK, but not really to our tastes. The staff were friendly and helpful.
On the Amstel
Great little hotel... only 36 rooms. Excellent 24 hour front desk, terrific breakfast, and ALL taxes included in the price!
Perfect location on the Amstel River, beside the Carre Theatre, and moments from the Rembrandtplein and Waterlooplein!
Unique Quality: Perfect view from my room of the Niewe Prinsengracht and the Amstel... the six-foot windows open completely, and you are sitting a few feet above the passers-by!
Directions: Take the trams to either the Rembrantplein or Waterlooplein, and look for the river... go direction south, and you can't miss it!
Just past the famous "Skinny Bridge" otherwise known as the "Magere Brug."