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The Budget Hotel Hortus provides 21 simple guest rooms in a hostel-style, "smoker friendly" and fun environment. Pleasantly placed just next to the Botanical Gardens in the former Jewish District, the Hortus’ newly renovated rooms are bright and clean.
During the Hortus' recent upgrade, the hotel dismantled their dorm room and bunk beds, renovating them into private rooms that sleep two- to six guests. Still, things remain quite simple. Furnishings are utilitarian, and each room is equipped with a small TV, safe and free Wi-Fi.
Older rooms on the attic floor are still clean, but the slightly-tattered wicker furniture and blue carpet might be a turn off. Still, the top-floor views overlook the Botanical Gardens, which is a bonus, even if the window are smaller than the newer ones.
The cheapest rooms at the Hortus share baths in the hallway, while more expensive rooms have their own private showers. Rooms that share bathrooms are still equipped with sinks in the rooms. They’re nothing to rave about, but the private baths are clean, basic and well maintained.
Downstairs, the Hortus’ lobby is decorated wall to wall with framed soccer jerseys – the owner’s personal collection dating back to the 1970s. The lobby is a wide open space, with a convenient computer desk in the corner and a communal kitchen for guests to use. There is a small courtyard in the back, and a particular stash of smoking accessories that cannabis fans can use.
The vibe is a fun one, made up of international characters and the hotel’s vivacious and friendly staff. Throw in the Hortus’ beer vending machine and you’ve got a party! Sit down, have a nice chat and puff away – all rooms allow smoking except for the lounge (which is what the courtyard is for).
Breakfast is included in the nightly rate, and the Hotel Hortus provides free coffee and tea throughout the day.
Note: The Hortus does not have an elevator and prefers cash. Credit card payments are non-refundable.
» Audrey Sykes, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
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
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Hotel Hortus neighborhood
Located 10 minutes from the center of town, quiet, green Plantagebuurt was historically a Jewish neighborhood, until the Germans turned it into a Jewish ghetto during World War II. Following the war, many of the tragically deserted homes were dismantled for firewood, and today only the synagogue and the Jewish Museum remind visitors of the neighborhood's troubled past. Plantagebuurt is, however, home to several museums (including the Rembrandt House Museum) and a zoo.