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Hotel Old Quarter 2.0

Old Centre, Amsterdam, North Holland Province

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Pros

  • Convenient location in the heart of Amsterdam near the train station
  • Surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and nightlife
  • All rooms have flat-screen TVs; Family Rooms can sleep six
  • Some rooms have canal views and private, updated bathrooms
  • Cozy pub that serves breakfast and drinks
  • Daily happy hour specials at the pub
  • 24/7 reception desk
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Guest safe deposit box

Cons

  • Small rooms; some share bathrooms
  • Subpar housekeeping and maintenance
  • Rooms lack coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and irons
  • Noise travels between rooms
  • Fee for breakfast

Bottom Line

The budget Hotel Old Quarter is on the busy Warmoesstraat that runs parallel to the Red Light District. It’s a short walk to many landmarks, including the central train station. Other than location, its main attraction is the cozy, traditional Dutch bar and lounge, where a hot breakfast is served for a fee. The 50 rooms, which are spread across two buildings, come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Family Rooms can sleep up to six, and some Doubles have canal views. On the downside, rooms are small, some share bathrooms, and complaints have been made about broken TVs and lights, peeling paint, torn drapes, and dank smells. Travelers might want to check out the mid-range Hotel Luxer, whose rooms were renovated in 2012, though rates can be higher.

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Scene

 A traditional Dutch-style bar and lounge drawing both guests and locals 

The Hotel Old Quarter has a traditional, Dutch-style bar that serves as the hotel's registration desk, which makes it the center of activity. It’s a cozy, friendly spot that’s open to the public, and since the hotel sits on one of Amsterdam's busiest streets, it draws a steady stream of locals and visitors. Different seating arrangements create private nooks for drinks and conversation. Dark wood predominates the decor, offset by purple and fuchsia walls. Murals of Amsterdam scenes decorate the hotel's entrance. The bar and lounge is especially busy in the morning, when breakfast is served. The hotel draws a fair share of friends traveling together, couples, and solo travelers. 

Location

On busy Warmoesstraat in the heart of Amsterdam, within a short walk of many landmarks

Location is a big draw for this hotel that has rooms in two separate buildings across the street from each other. It’s located on the busy Warmoesstraat in the heart of Amsterdam -- adjacent to the infamous Red Light District. It’s surrounded by coffee shops, cafes, nightlife, and other hotels. It is on one of the busiest streets in the city for foot traffic, but it has few cars. The hotel is conveniently located for exploring Amsterdam's sights, with central Dam Square, pretty Nieuwmarkt, and the Waterlooplein flea market all within a five-minute walk, and it's about a 10-minute walk to the Anne Frank House. The Gray Line Amsterdam Canal Cruises about a three-minute walk away, and Holland International Canal Cruises is about a five-minute walk from the hotel. Amsterdam Centraal Station is a six-minute walk, which connects directly to Schiphol Airport in about 20 minutes.

Rooms

Smallish rooms, some with shared bathrooms; Family Rooms and canal-view rooms available

Hotel Old Quarter's 50 rooms are simplistic in style, even down to their color palette. White is the dominant color -- most walls are painted half white and half brown, blue, gray, or red, with matching drapes and carpeting in most; updated rooms have laminate wood floors. Bedding is bright white, and some beds are topped with solid-color bed runners. Furniture varies, and some of it shows signs of wear. Most rooms have wardrobes, desks, nightstands, and steel-frame chairs, but the smaller rooms have wall-mounted storage shelves. Rooms are small and cramped, with beds (in single, twin, and double sizes), taking up most of the space. Some Double Rooms offer lovely canal views, and others overlook surrounding buildings. Family Rooms that sleep up to six are available, as are adjoining rooms. Rooms that share bathrooms have small in-room sinks. Some private bathrooms have been renovated, and have decorative tile and walk-in showers with frosted-glass doors. Guests have complained about cleanliness and maintenance, specifically about broken TVs and lights, peeling paint, torn drapes, dank smells, and noise that travels between rooms. All rooms include small flat-screen TVs, USB power plugs, and free Wi-Fi.

Features

Traditional Dutch pub that serves breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and a 24/7 reception desk

As a budget hotel, Hotel Old Quarter offers some cozy features, but they're pretty low frills. The traditional Dutch bar and lounge is a cozy gathering spot -- it's full of atmosphere and offers a wide range of seating, including circular and bench-style booths decorated to resemble train carriages, complete with vintage suitcases in overhead shelves. It hosts a daily happy hour, and serves a hot breakfast (not included room rates). The pub also has TVs and dart boards. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Luggage storage is available, as is a safe deposit box. No parking is available on site, but there is public parking nearby. 

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Address

Warmoestraat 22, 1012 JD Amsterdam, Amsterdam, North Holland Province 1012 JD, The Netherlands

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