Nieuwe Brugsteeg 11, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Doubles from: $68 to $211
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Located a three-minute walk from Centraal Station, the one-star Hotel Old Nickel is family-run affair offering the bare essentials in a fantastic central location—at shockingly low rates by Amsterdam standards. Add to the mix a friendly staff and lively downstairs bar, and you have yourself a decent and reliable roof in the Red Light District.
Pros: Close to Centraal Station. Fun bar. Breakfast included. Friendly staff.
Cons: Rooms pick up street noise. Steep stairs (and no elevator). A bit worn and dated.
The Hotel Old Nickel’s 17 guest rooms give off the feel of a well-kept frat house (if such a thing exists). 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 (a colorful floral here, a black-and-white of Amsterdam there) helps detract from scuffs on the walls. And the picturesque views don’t hurt either.
Each room is outfitted with a set of chairs, night stand, bedside lights (for each bed), small television and phone. We should note that cold air may seep through the thin windows during winter, but the Old Nickel has ample bedding provisions. (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 seem a little stained), 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).
Yes, downstairs at the Old Nickel maintains a bit of a party feel (which underlines the frat-house vibe in the guest rooms), but rarely does it hit Red Light District high notes. The hotel staff is known to be nice and friendly—and a little bit crazy. They’re always willing to help visitors get their Amsterdam bearings, and the steady flow of regulars tells us they must be doing something right.
A bacon-and-egg breakfast is served each morning in the bar (and 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.
The Old Nickel’s sister property, the Old Quarter, is located nearby by and provides a minor (ahem) change of pace, offering a few rooms with private baths. And we’d bet that, Quarter or Nickel, you’ll be paying pennies compared to other similar options in the neighborhood.
The Hotel Old Nickel is located in Amsterdam's (in)famous Red Light District, where vice abounds, from notorious coffee shops to those red lights that lend the area its name. While this all sounds gritty (and it can be), the area is well polices, and it's also home to some cool shops other interesting attractions. It lies within the Old Center, which means the Old Nickel is a short walk from Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwmarkt, in addition to Centraal Station.
Guest reviews in brief
Guests enjoy the Old Nickel’s convenient location, lively pub (which doubles as reception) and friendly service. They acknowledge that the hotel is rather basic, but overall find it to be a solid value. Complaints about the Old Nickel are unsurprising.
Some guests gripe that the rooms are small, or that they can get noisy, neither of which is unusual in this area. Guests also dislike that the hotel has steep stairs and no elevator, another common issue in Amsterdam’s historic buildings (the Old Quarter, however, does have an elevator).
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Since the Old Nickel is less than a 10-minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal, it’s an easy base for getting around town.
From the Airport: Trains from the airport to Amsterdam Centraal leave every 10 to 15 minutes.
Taxi: A cab from the airport to Hotel Old Nickel will cost you about €40. From Amsterdam Centraal station it’s about €7.50, although most drivers will just tell you to walk.
» 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.
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About the Old Nickel 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.