If one embraces who and what they are, then no one can use it as a weapon against them. Nigh invariably hotels and hostels around the world want to advertise how good they are, there is at least hostel that goes for the reverse psychology (bye-bye to hurting bad reviews). By many accounts, the hostel really does live up to what it claims. It is not particularly comfortable and sometimes rather dirty.

The young crowd it draws also tends to be the noisy type keen to party all night and enjoy much of the worst of the Sin City of Europe. The hostel is a short walk from the famous Red Light district which only further fuels its reputation. See here for 10 unforgettable things to do in Amsterdam (not all the Red Light District).


About Hans Brinker

Straight up the Hans Brinker declares:

"....quite honestly not the best, but definitely the most memorable hostel in Amsterdam...you get what you pay for. And because you don’t pay much you won’t get any of the following things: a swimming pool, room service, honeymoon suites, a gym, tiny bottles of shampoo, a spa-bath, or bellboys in silly hats."

They offer single rooms, twin rooms, and dorm rooms (with 8 person occupancy). They say they will never be average (always below) and they offer the level of comfort about equal to a minimum-security prison. The hostel boasts that its elevator normally doesn't break down and the door's lock locks.

If one is keen to contact them, their email addresses are equally humorous, their email addresses include Imlost@hans-brinker.com and Whyisitsohot@hans-brinker.com.

  • Where: Walking Distance From Amsterdam's Red Light District

The one thing the hostel has going for it is its location. It is only a short walk from the famed (or infamous) Red-Light district in Amsterdam. Owing to its prized location, it actually ranks among the more expensive hostels in the world.

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It has proclaimed itself as “The Worst Hotel in the World”. So they even recommend would-be guests nicer places to stay in the city - according to the BBC (these recommendations seem to have been removed from their website).

They have recommendations like the Hotel de L'Europe and the Intercontinental Hotel - more luxury accommodations. They list out 16 recommendations to say in the famous Dutch Capital of Amsterdam. Coming in last in their recommendations are:

11: A Sleeping Bag On The Side Of The Motorway

14: And Abandoned Mine Shaft

15: Hans Brinker

16: An Unmarked Grave

The hostel is relatively cheap for this expensive part of the city and it manages to be fully booked for most of the year. It caters to students and backpackers up for a cheap party in Amsterdam and a vibrant hostel spirit in the Red Light District (often the main draw of hostels is their hostel spirit). It turns out they are one of the places one should stay in Amsterdam.


They list out the facilities that they offer. They have breakfast, air conditioning, free WiFi, a bar, and an underground bar. They go on to state they also have bathrooms, running water, electricity, and a partially nice view. While the reception desk is always there (so it's a 24-hour reception), the staff manning it are on 8-hour shifts, so they may not be there. They also promise unhappy wake-up calls.

It seems that there are survival bunkers in South Dakota that are more luxurious and have many more facilities than this hostel!

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Six Bed Dorm Room

  • Cost: 25.00 Euros (Excluding Breakfast) & 30.00 Euros (Including Breakfast)

Four Bed Dorm Room

  • Cost: 32.50 Euros (Excluding Breakfast) & 37.50 Euros (Including Breakfast)

Deluxe Twin Room

  • Cost: 105.00 Euros (Excluding Breakfast) & 115.00 Euros (Including Breakfast)

Note: Even The "Worst Hotel In The World" Has a Deluxe Room

They also have a Single Room and a "Grown Up Room".

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The Red Light District

Amsterdam prides itself on being progressive and liberal. The Red-Light District showcases their values that everyone is only human and wishes to engage in various adult activities. This is not a district well suited for families but it's one that draws people from all around in a similar way that Las Vegas does (without the massive casinos and opulence of Vegas).

Adult-themed things that may be illegal in other countries are open and accepted there. There are 300 windows with red neon lights highlighting those working there. Amsterdam has three different Red Light Districts but the most famous and attractive is the one down the street from Hans Brinker in the city center.




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