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Located a three-minute walk from Centraal Station in the heart of the Red Light District, the one-star Hotel Old Nickel is family-run affair offering the bare essentials and cheap prices. Add to the mix a friendly staff and lively downstairs bar, and you have yourself a solid option for those looking for a cheap sleep in the Red Light District.
The Hotel Old Nickel’s 17 guest rooms have a bit of a (clean) frat house vibe. The utilitarian furnishings show their age, but all is in order here. The sheets and plaid bedspreads are clean (if a bit rumpled), and artwork helps detract from scuffs on the walls. And the views don’t hurt either. Each room is outfitted with a set of chairs, night stand, bedside lights, small TV and phone. (Also pack earplugs, as it’s likely to get noisy.)
All rooms at the Hotel Old Nickel share facilities. Like the rooms, these are dated (and the floors could use new tiling), but clean and hygienic. The separate stalls for toilet and shower are tiled in white and refreshed daily, as are the towels.
Downstairs, the Old Nickel’s old-fashioned bar and restaurant is dark, atmospheric and paneled with wood salvaged from a 17th-century ship. It offers good, reasonably priced eats throughout the day, and (it must be said) solid drink deals (they’re big on Jagermeister).
A bacon-and-egg breakfast is served each morning in the bar (and is included in the room rate). Free Wi-Fi is also available in the bar (but does not reach to the rooms). Note that the Old Nickel does not have an elevator.
» Audrey Sykes, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
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.
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About the The Old Nickel Hotel 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.