Plantageparklaan 8, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Doubles from: $50 to $75
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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.
Pros: Guest kitchen. Free Wi-Fi. Newly renovated rooms. Breakfast included.
Cons: Steep stairs. Cash only (or non-refundable credit card payment).
The Hortus recently went through an upgrade, dismantling their dorm room and bunk beds, and creating a cluster of rooms suitable for two guests. They added new wooden floors and freshly remodeled rooms that sleep up to six guests.
Still, the Hortus remains a simple place. Furnishings are utilitarian, and each room is equipped with a small TV, a cushioned stool, safe and free Wi-Fi. The large prints of city settings and nature close-ups add a nice modern touch.
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.
Rooms that share bathrooms are still equipped with sinks in the rooms, and as of 2012 the tubs have been replaced with standard showers both in the halls and some private rooms. They’re nothing to rave about, but the baths are clean, basic and well maintained.
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 open, 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.
Guest Reviews in Brief
All in all, guests like the location, they like the deal, and they like the friendly hostel-like vibe within a hotel-like setting. Finding the place can be tricky at first, but being on the alley nestled next to the Botanical Gardens has its peaceful perks, too.
The stairs are narrow, and it’s not easy for everyone to hike up three flights of stairs throughout their stay. Oh, and if you’re turned off by a “smoker friendly” atmosphere, this certainly isn’t your place.
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Trams: Tram 9 from Amsterdam Centraal stops at Plantage Kerklaan, and from there it’s one block north (towards Botanical Gardens) on the left side of the street. Or a 20 minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal.
From the Airport: Trains to Amsterdam Centraal leave every 10 to 15 minutes.
Taxi: A cab from the airport to Hortus will cost you about €50. From Amsterdam Centraal station it’s about €10.
» 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.