Singel 83, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Doubles from: $104 to $140
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
When we walked into the charming Hotel Brouwer, we felt as if we were stepping into a Vermeer painting. Housed in a handsome 17th-century home in a super central spot along the Singel Canal, the one-star hotel drips with old-world details, including faded ceramic walls, a well-worn spiral staircase (watch your head!), and enough wooden furnishings to keep an army of church ladies busy for a year.
Upstairs, the Brouwer’s 10 rooms—each of which is named after a Dutch Master painter—are of various shapes and configurations (this place is old, after all), but all are tastefully decorated with antique chairs and heavy desks. In some rooms, beams cross the ceiling. Notably, all rooms look out to the Singel canal.
Rooms are equipped with modern amenities, including a telephone, TV and free Wi-Fi. Amazingly (for an old Amsterdam hotel), some rooms can be accessed by a small elevator (ask ahead when reserving if this is important).
The private bathrooms are large, with cool oval mirrors. About half have showers, while the others have bathtubs.
The historic building that houses the Hotel Brouwer has functioned as a hotel since the end of the 19th century. And the management here doesn’t change often—it’s been run by current owner Willem Boegem’s family for the past 100 years or so! Given the long ride, the Brouwer is used to welcoming back travelers generations after their last stay. (Check out the photo of one of these famous returning visitors in the lobby—Bill Clinton, who spent time here while studying at Oxford. He didn’t stay here on his return, but he did stop by to say hi to the old place.)
Breakfast is included in the room rate and served around wooden tables in the lobby. Note that the hotel accepts cash only.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
About the Hotel Brouwer neighborhood
The Old Center is home to many of Amsterdam's main tourist attractions, with the notable exception of the most important museums (located south in the Museumplein). The Red Light District, Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwmarkt, and a seemingly endless supply of "coffeeshops" keep the area packed with eager—and often gawking—tourists.