Doubles from: $51 to $224
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Located a five minute walk from both Central Station and Dam Square, the one-star Hotel Internationaal boasts a loud and central location on Warmoesstraat, one of the Red Light District's most popular bar-lined streets. The hotel is cheap, it’s clean, and it’s ideal for young visitors looking for a fun time.
First, a disclaimer: This hotel isn’t for guests demanding boutique style or a quiet night's rest. Rather, it's geared toward those who need an easy, affordable place to stay and want to sleep near (or above!) the bars of the Red Light District. That's you? Great! Keep reading...
The hotel offers eight budget rooms with free Wi-Fi, a fan, alarm clock and small TV. Rooms allow smoking, and all come with sets of ear plugs (the good, squishy foam kind). Rooms facing the street have nice views of 16th-century buildings (and will be louder), while rooms in the back are slightly more quiet.
Two double rooms offer private baths, while the six others share facilities. Rooms without private bath are equipped with a sink with soap, a few chairs, water glasses, a locker and basic beds. The decor in these shared rooms is that of a dorm room, with starchy carpet, sea foam green walls and chipped, clunky bed frames. Still, doors operate with keycard locks and the building is safe.
Triples and quads are cramped, but clean, basic, and with no surprises.
As its building dates back to the 1600s, the Hotel Internationaal has a lot of character. Its reception and breakfast area is a pub, and has been so since sailor and whalers made it their regular watering hole a century ago. Its nautical trinkets, frosty square window panes, wooden décor and Chesterfield walls create a personal (and party!) atmosphere for guests and regulars.
Breakfast is offered for €7.50 and is the basic continental offering of breads, spreads and hot drinks.
Note: As is the case with most hotels in Amsterdam, the Internationaal does not have an elevator, but does have steep stairs.
About this listing: EuroCheapo's editors have researched the Hotel Internationaal and have included it in our Amsterdam guide based on its location, room rates, services offered, and user reviews.
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Hotel Internationaal neighborhood
Amsterdam's (in)famous Red Light District lies within the Old Center, and is a short walk from the city's Centraal Station. True, the area is home to those notorious red windows, live sex shows and marijuana-peddling coffee shops, but it's hardly a dangerous free-for all. A heavy police presence and corner cameras keep the area safe.
As night falls, the narrow streets become increasingly crowded (and increasingly noisy) with roving gangs of happy-go-lucky tourists out for a fun night. Perhaps ironically, the Red Light District also boasts some traditional attractions, such as the Oude Kerk (The Old Church) and some cool shops.