Oudezijds Voorburgwal 44, Amsterdam, Netherlands star
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Situated in the heart of the Red Light District, the one-star Hotel Vijaya offers standard, no-nonsense rooms. The scene here is decidedly basic and even a bit scruffy, but for the unfussy Cheapo looking for a central room, the Vijaya may do the trick.
Pros: Close to Central Station. Private bathrooms. Low rates. Breakfast included.
Cons: Small rooms. Worn out and needs renovating.
The 65 rooms at the Hotel Vijaya are simply furnished and decorated, with cheap flooring, basic bedding and patterned wallpaper. All are equipped with free Wi-Fi, a fan, a small cable TV and alarm clock. An iron and hair dryers are available to borrow at reception.
Don’t expect fashionable interiors and furnishings, as closet doors are rickety, some light bulbs may be burned out, and extra beds are cot-like. But rooms are tidy, and the decor mixes newly painted walls, retro furnishings and new (if cheap) nightstands.
It’s a take it or leave it situation: coat hangers are there, but mismatched. Extra bedding is around, but feels synthetic. Toiletries are included, but think blue shower gel. Hey, the basics are covered.
Happily (and somewhat surprisingly), bathrooms are private, clean and sanitary, and sport showers with fresh floor tiles and spotless corners. Even the water pressure was strong – an impressive achievement in this neighborhood.
The hotel is located in the city’s oldest neighborhood. Buildings around here have great difficulty expanding or upgrading. It’s surprising, then, that the large dining area downstairs and ample hallways give the Vijaya an open, rather spacious feel.
Like most of the hotel, the linoleum flooring and tattered carpet in the halls, stairs and dining room could use an upgrade, but guests here come more for the location and cheap rates. The lobby has a large assortment of snacks and drinks available around the clock, and reception is open 24 hours. This is a non-smoking hotel, although there is a small courtyard in the middle for smokers.
The Vijaya’s owners also manage a pair of Indian and Indonesian restaurants down the block, and they offer two-for-one deals on meals throughout the week. Note that the hotel does not have an elevator, and stairs are steep, as they are in most other old buildings in the center.
Guest Reviews in Brief
Most guests mention the hotel’s convenient location, just a stone’s throw from Amsterdam Centraal and Dam Square. Guests enjoy the free breakfast, the low rates, the free Wi Fi, and the friendly staff.
Noise, small single rooms and uncomfortable beds are the big complaints here, although the staff does what they can to help guests (from offering earplugs to changing rooms). All in all, the hotel works (and is best) for visitors on a low budget.
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Train Station: The Vijaya is less than a 10-minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station.
From the Airport: Trains to Amsterdam Centraal leave every 10 to 15 minutes.
Taxi: A cab from the airport to Hotel Vijaya will cost you about €40. From Amsterdam Centraal station it’s about €7.50, although most drivers will just tell you to walk.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Fax Machine
- Luggage Storage
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Room Service
- Snack bar
- Vending Machines
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Alarm Clock
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
- Hair Dryer
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 44
Red Light District, Amsterdam, Netherlands
About the Hotel Vijaya neighborhood
Amsterdam's (in)famous Red Light District lies within the "Old Center," a short walk from Centraal Station. True, the area is home to those notorious red windows, live sex shows and marijuana-peddling coffee shops. But well-policed, yet happy-go-lucky 'hood is hardly a dangerous free-for all—and it's home to some cool shops and many affordable hotels.