The Bridge Hotel
Amstel 107-111, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1018 EM, The Netherlands
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."
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
• 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.
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
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
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.
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a wonderful hotel
I have stayed at this hotel on three seperate occasions. It is a very clean and freindly establishment. Our last visit was in march 2005. We have stayed in amstel view rooms and canal view rooms and in the skinny bridge apartment. All are comfortable and have a great view. The cleaning staff don't bother you early like some hotels and breakfast is always good.
Plenty of coffee in a big pot with lots of other items. Anyone who has experienced a european breakfast will appreciate this. The staff is very friendly and they remember you. It is kinda like visiting friends. Location is excellent, a short walk to the metro and good proximity to a grocery store. You really can't go wrong here.
Nice people, clean adequate accommodations
Prior to a river cruise at the end of March, 2oo5, we booked 1 night at the Bridge and 3 nights at the end of the cruise. It's convenient by tram 9 from Central Station, just get off at Waterloopin and walk next to the river Amstel for about 600 meters. It's an ok walk with not a lot of luggage--we had a backpack and a suitcase that is on rollers that fits in the overhead of an a/c each.
Everything is up or down--there's no elevator and our room was on the ground floor. The rooms are neat and clean and the included breakfast buffet is very good. All the personnel are nice and helpful. I especially found Noonja in the breakfast area and Nancy at the front desk to be helpful as she helped me find an attraction I didn't think I'd need--a doctor. My bike "threw" me and I had to have several stitches. She was efficient and helpful and within 2 hours of the incident I had seen a doctor and was ready to painfully continue my sightseeing.
The room rates for this hotel are extremely reasonable and I would not hesitate to stay here again. It's close to Rembrantplein and loads of shopping and restaurants as well as the floating flower market; however, everything is extremely accessible by tram. Fred and Selma, Punta Gorda, FL
Bridge Hotel a big hit with us
Just returned for a stay at The Bridge Hotel along with 5 members of my family. We stayed in the 4th floor Skinny Bridge Studio apartment (4) and a small room on the first floor (2). Wanted an affordable place to sleep as well as a spacious place for kids to hang out. Got everything we expected or wanted and more. Price was the best I could find relative to our needs. Hotel was neat and clean everywhere. My wife is a stickler for this and it passed all her expectations for spic'n'span. Location is a 10E cab ride from central station. Easy to walk from this hotel to most places you care to visit. The hotel has two larger apartments we looked at, just to compare the studio apartment to them, but we liked the studio apartment overlooking the Skinny Bridge. Website of hotel did not make claims it could not back up. Only possible negative was the steep stairs, but this is Amsterdam after all, and not relavant to my kids or my physical condition. But the best of all was the staff. . cheerful, helpful, informed, just the kind of people we could trust. We have visited Amsterdam before and will again. I cannot see staying any other place than the Bridge Hotel unless it is booked already.
A great hotel .......
We stayed at The Bridge Hotel mid April for a weekend. It is a lovely hotel - very clean, simply furnished and great value for money. The staff were friendly and even remembered your room number without being prompted! The breakfast is buffet style - breads, ham, cheese, cereals, fruit etc and there is plenty of it so you won't go hungry. We stayed in a deluxe room with an Amstel view which is well worth the upgrade - it was spacious and had great views.
The hotel is in a really nice area of Amsterdam, right near to the Skinny Bridge so it's very peaceful compared with staying anywhere near Dam Square! The tram stop is a pleasant 5 minute walk away and the trams are frequent. There are lots of great restaurants a 5-10 minute walk away just over the Skinny Bridge and the Indonesian restaurant next door is highly recommended!!
Got to like the Bridge
Just got back from staying 3 nights at the Bridge hotel. The location is the best thing about the hotel. The hotel is a 2 or 3 star but is kept very clean. The breakfast is very good. But what makes it a good place is the staff--very helpful and friendly. Watch out though if you cant climb stairs--the upper floors are up a very steep stairway! Would stay there again
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Address: Amstel 107-111, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1018 EM, The Netherlands