Here in Amsterdam, I think I may have finally found the worst hostel in the World. I certainly can’t be wrong, because even the owners agree.
“The best cheap youth hostel I’ve stayed in since my sentence was suspended.”
– Michael, New York.
“What can I say? It was cheap. But not that cheap. I mean, a bus shelter offers the same facilities.”
– Charlotte, Texas.
These advertising (possibly) geniuses somehow do a good business by promoting their own hostel as the worst in the world. I didn’t stay at Hans Brinker youth Hostel here in Amsterdam, but I was so amused by their self degrading rhetoric on their posters and website, that I had to share.Photos from Hans Brinker Hostel Website
From their website:
Welcome to the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, Amsterdam.
The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel has been proudly disappointing travellers for forty years. Boasting levels of comfort comparable to a minimum-security prison, the Hans Brinker also offers some plumbing and an intermittently open canteen serving a wide range of dishes based on runny eggs.
Other Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, Amsterdam services and amenities include:
– A basement bar with limited light and no fresh air.
– A concrete courtyard where you can relax and enjoy whatever sunshine is able to pass the high buildings on either side on the extremely infrequent days when it’s actually sunny.
– An elevator that almost never breaks down between floors.
– A bar serving slightly watered down beer.
– Amusing witticisms and speculations about former guests’ sexual preferences scrawled on most surfaces.
– The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, Amsterdam Luxury Ambassadorial Suite (featuring the Hans Brinker’s one and only bath-tub).
– Doors that lock.
Apparently this crazy advertising is working with budget travelers and students, and they are flocking in to experience Hans Brinker. When they advertise this way, I suppose no one can be surprised about anything. I will leave you with with this final word from the Hans Brinker website about their Eco friendly side:
“The Bans Brinker budget hotel has been helping the planet, unintentionally, since 1970. yes, here is a hotel where the light bulbs don’t work. a hotel whose showers have less hot water then is standard. where the elevator stays out of order for days. and whose vacuum cleaner’s buttons are rarely switched on. we have towels that need washing on a much higher heat. We advise guests to use the curtains to dry off, instead of a towel.”
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