What you see is what you get…
Just don’t look too closely.

Welcome to Hans Brinker, quite honestly not the best but definitely the most memorable hotel in Amsterdam. At the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel you get what you pay for, and because you don’t pay much you won’t get: a swimming pool, room service, pick-up service, honeymoon-suites, a gym, tiny bottles of shampoo, a spa-bath or bellboys in silly hats. What you will get is: cheap rooms, a restaurant, a bar, a club, 24-hour reception and 500 beds all conveniently located smack bang in the hot-blooded, fast pumping heart of Amsterdam.

The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel is nestled between the iconic canals of Amsterdam; an easy 10 minute walk to the famous red-light district and a 5 minute walk to the entertainment area around Leidseplein and the iconic museums at Museumplein.

Reaching the hotel by public transport is easy: take tram 1, 2 or 5 from Amsterdam Central Station and exit approximately 10 minutes later at tram-stop Keizersgracht.

The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel is equipped to accommodate individuals, backpackers and groups (students, scholars, overly enthusiastic sports, etc.). The hotel offers single, twin, triple rooms and dorms that sleep up to 8 people. Each room has a private bathroom and closets where you can stash your personal belongings.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the spacious common area. There is a bar and an underground club, which is open every night till late (yes, all days ending in Y). Free WIFI-access is available in the common areas for social media junkies and people who need to access “Find My iPhone”.
Hans Brinker knows Amsterdam like the back of our bike saddle and we can hook you up with tickets to lots of Amster-dam-awesome activities & attractions, public transport tickets, bike rental, boat tours and a ton of other great deals.



Now with less furniture,
more room for group hugs
and floor wrestling.


The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel welcomes groups of all shapes and sizes; students, sports teams and any other kind of pack related activities. Only bachelor parties will have a hard time entering our property; we don’t accept them in our hotel. Hans Brinker offers dorms and individual rooms (perfect for supervisors/ teachers and responsible adults for example). Hans Brinker can also arrange group deals for meals, drinks, club-nights, tours and tickets.

For groups who are looking for some evening fun but don’t want to go too far we offer club-nights in our very own basement club. This is the perfect place to drink and dance the night away without having to worry about navigating your way home in the wee small hours. For questions, group-rates (with a minimum of 25 people) and reservations, please send an e-mail to


We are here. Your bag will be here.
You will probably be somewhere else.


Just like a limo
but even bigger.

Take bus 170 or 172 from Amsterdam Central, get out at Leidseplein and then walk 7 minutes to Kerkstraat. Look for the big yellow sign ‘HOTEL’ and you’ve found us.

A really long
limo on rails.

From Amsterdam Central Station take tram 1, 2 or 5. Get out at stop Keizersgracht. Take the first street left (Kerkstraat). After 100 metres you will see the big yellow sign ‘HOTEL’. That’s it!


An even longer
limo on rails.

You can take the train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station (€ 4,10 2nd class, one way). From Amsterdam Central Station take tram 1, 2 or 5. Get out at  stop Keizersgracht. Take the first street left (Kerkstraat). After 100 metres you will see the big yellow sign ‘HOTEL’. That’s it! 

The shortest yet most expensive limo.

Take a ride more expensive than your entire stay. Direct your budget chauffeur to Kerkstraat 136-138 (€35-45 departing from Schiphol Airport).




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The best of the worst


Average tips about an amazing city.

  • brinker tips for spring in amsterdam


    Spring has arrived in Amsterdam! Days are getting longer, dresses become shorter, and once in a while you might even spot a glimpse of the sun. Reason to celebrate. Since Amsterdam knows how to celebrate its stuff, you can imagine that it is the perfect place to be to embrace springtime. Festivals and flowers all over the place this April!

    Since you might not want to spend your entire stay in Amsterdam within the safe walls of the Hans Brinker (who would?!) we’ve listed the best stuff for you going on in April (or what’s left of it. We’re doing you a favor, don’t expect us to do it on time):

    If there is one thing that you should see in Amsterdam beside coffeeshops, it’s flowers. Especially tulips. Well, April is just the month for that, as Amsterdam hosts its very own tulip festival. Check the site to see where you can admire Hollands’ most famous flowers, get your free guide and go tulip hunting through Amsterdam!

    Haven’t  seen enough flowers yet after the tulip-hunt? You can enjoy some more at the Springsnow festival. Don’t worry, you don’t actually have to look for snow in April. From the 21st of April, you can admire dry snow in Amsterdam, as the blossom is falling from the trees. The festival entails a trail of 8km which you can enjoy walking or by bike, leading you past the most beautiful flower trees of Amsterdam. Find more info here.

    One last flowery tip then: visit the Bloemencorso in Haarlem on the 25th of April. It’s like a carnival, but with flowers. Floats passing through the streets are made out of flowers. They pass through the whole of North Holland, the province of Amsterdam, and arrive in Haarlem at night. If you like flowers (we do) this is a not-to-miss event!



    Now we do love festivals in Holland. Apart from the above named flower festivals, we have other festivals to offer as well. Good to visit if you’re not that nature-spirited. From the 8th to 18th of April for example, there is the Imagine Film Festival, displaying movies which will definitely trigger your fantasy. Perfect for a rainy day!

    You can’t come to Amsterdam without enjoying a good party here. We do have festivals for that as well. Go for example to SOTU (April 14-20), a festival for underground music. Line-up and details can be found here.

    Another excellent idea (our favorite!): try which beer you like the best at the Spring Beer Festival on the 19th of April! What better way to celebrate spring than to try the most delicious blond beers in an old church, right next to one of Amsterdam’s famous canals…

    Last but not least: if you like a good party, you cannot miss out on Kingsday. It seems unlikely you’ve never heard of it, but if that’s the case, here’s what Kingsday is in a nutshell:

    Amsterdam upside down, Lots of beer, Lots of orange, Lots of boats, Lots of music, Lots of madness.

    Oh yeah, and something with the birthday of a king.

    As you see, you really cannot make up any excuses for not coming to Amsterdam this April. We have flowers, festivals and madness going on. Oh and we didn’t even tell you this: since a couple of weeks Brinker is hosting Jamming Tuedays! Every Tuesday you can pick up the instruments and play with the other guests in the great acoustics of our basements. Don’t forget to bring your instruments and See You Soon!



  • Hans Brinker’s top things to do this February in Amsterdam

    February: a month mostly associated with cold weather and sitting inside the house. But you really shouldn’t stay inside! February is a great month to explore Amsterdam. There are many reasons to leave our cozy hostel and explore the Dutch capital, even if you have to affront a bit of cold and rain. Therefore we want to share our top things to do this February in Amsterdam with you!

    Of course, Valentine day is almost here, so we will share some romantic tips (if you hate the romantic crap, scroll down for a more general to-do list):

    – What better way to spend Valentine’s day in Amsterdam, than on a romantic boat? Take a trip on the Love Boat and see the pretty city passing by while enjoying a 4 course dinner with your lover.
    – Nice to do on Valentine’s day, or any other day: see a movie at Tuschinski. This beautifully decorated theatre makes whatever movie you’re watching extra special.
    – Feel like you should do something more crazy on Valentine’s in Amsterdam? Get married for a day! Get yourself in a dress & suite, get a ceremony, and get many pictures. Best part: after 24 hours there are no strings attached at all. Available in different languages.

    ice skating by roman bood

    If you don’t have a lover to cuddle up to or want to stay away from all things romantic, there’s still loads to do. Here are our favorite things to do this February in Amsterdam:
    – Visit the festival 24H Oost; a great way to explore Amsterdam like a local! On the 14th and 15th of February, you can explore everything that makes the east side of Amsterdam such a unique and wonderful place. Eat, drink, follow workshops, listen to music and walk around this lively area. Check out the program here.
    – If you’re up for a good party, go to the Wonderland Festival on Saturday the 14th. 16 Ours long of partying in an old factory, in an atmosphere that tries to resemble Alice’s (yes, the one of Wonderland) world.
    – After a night of partying you might want to do something cultural, but probably nothing too heavy. The Tropenmuseum is perfect for this. If you thought selfies are a new phenomenon, they’ll prove you wrong. At the exhibition ‘Look at Me’ selfies from the 19th century till now, from all over the world, are shown.
    – Spring isn’t far away, but we still have a whole month of cold to enjoy. No better way to enjoy it, than to try your ice-skating moves at the Museumplein! Don’t forget to bring your camera to take some epic pictures with the Iamsterdam-sign in the background. Find more info here.
    – Afterwards, warm up with a nice cup of hot chocolate, next to a fireplace. For example at Hanneke’s Boom, which you can find right next to the Central Station.
    – Dutch food is truly comfort food, which is best eaten in wintertime. Don’t leave Amsterdam without trying one of the Dutch mash-specialties for a good price at ‘t Stamppotje.

    Enjoy February foaks! And let us know which of our tips you’ve enjoyed most…


  • Midwinter magic in a midlife crisis


    After 45 years of Hans Brinker Hotel, It’s time for the next step in the relationship from Hans Brinker with our guests. Hans Brinker is not just a hotel, you know. It’s a way of life. And it’s time that the world gets to know Hans Brinker like it should be known. The party palace in Amsterdam, the worst and therefor the best thing that has happened to Amsterdam tourists, a grimy place filled with stories and sleep deprivation, happiness and hangovers, puke and pillow fights. So let us tell you something about Hans:


    Hans Brinker has turned 45 years old, this year. The time the midlife crisis kicks in. We can look back on a very productive year where so many things have changed. To experience our second youth and feel young again, we made some major changes. We hired new staff, got a new bar and partied like teenagers. We drank so many Heinekens that we could barely walk, and fell asleep in the club in the basement. But besides all the partying, we worked very hard. We travelled to Lisbon to get our sister company up and running, made it fit right in the Lisbon life, without losing it’s true Brinker identity.


    But we’re still not ready to grow up, no. Fortunately for us, there are still many parties to catch up on. Let’s start by mentioning the best party in the worst hotel to start 2016 with.







    New Year’s Eve has always been epic in our hotel, and this year will be no different. We stocked our basement with many bottles of champagne, so that will probably be enough to host some crazy party people.


    Besides that, New Year’s in the Netherlands is something you won’t find easy to forget. Every person in Holland can, and will buy fireworks. Streets are filled with people lighting them, while drinking champagne. What could possibly go wrong? All we know is that Amsterdam is one of the best places in the world to celebrate NYE, and Brinker is the best place in Amsterdam to celebrate NYE.  Not to mention the cheapest.


    Once 2016 is wildly heralded; it’s time for some New Year’s resolutions.  As you all know, Hans Brinker can host amazing parties: We’re brutally honest, cheerful and generous. So our resolution is that 2016 will be an even better year when it comes to partying. In Amsterdam and in Lisbon! Keep an eye on this website for more info on that.


    So if you have any party plans, questions or thank-you-notes: don’t hesitate to contact us on social media! Use the #Brinkerstyle, and we will automatically wake up from our hangover nap to answer your question, or party with you in the basement. 2016 will be wild ladies and gentlemen; don’t forget to celebrate it in Brinkerstyle!



  • autumn is coming

    autumn is coming

    Okay, it might be raining non-stop for two weeks now in Amsterdam, but we’re not ready to give up summer! Not yet! Because there are still so many cool things coming up these next months. Have you checked out the festival of lights? It’s every year in November, and if you go on a canal tour during this evenent, it’s a-ma-zing! Ever been boating underneath an illuminated bridge? Nah, I didn’t think so.

    But before we talk about November, let’s give a round of applause for the month October. You might think that all the festivals in Amsterdam are being held during summer, but the biggest anual dance event is actually in October. ‘Cause you know, rain doesn’t matter when you’re dancing the night away.

    It’s the talk of the town: Amsterdam Dance Event. And we will continue bickering about where to go during these three days, because there are so many options! From October 14th until the 17th, more than 2000 artists are coming to turn the shit up in this city. I’m just gonna drop some names right here: David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, and soooooo many more, it’s insane. We’ve got our schedule planned out from day to day already. Starting at Hans Brinker’s Happy Hour ofcourse.

    Speaking of the Hans Brinker bar: have you checked it out already? It’s brand new! There’s more room to dance, jump, run, play beerpong, or do other crazy stuff.

    Now we think about it, we really can’t wait for the next period of time in the Hans Brinker Hotel. We’re going to party like it’s nobody’s business. Care to join? 

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  • celebrate summer in amsterdam with brinker’s favorite festivals

    It’s summer time in Amsterdam! Besides sun (we hope), ice popsicles, sun cream and many terraces this means: Festival time!! In total there will be 300 festivals in just Amsterdam this year, so you might feel the pressure of choosing which ones to visit best. We just helped you out a little bit (because sometimes we do like to do that) and listed our favorites below:

    July 19th: Vunzige Deuntjes (Dirty Tunes) Festival

    Festival with a dirty mix of dancehall, hip-hop, house and disco, with plenty of raw and funky sounds to choose from. At Diemerbos.

    July 17th to 19th: Food Truck Festival 

    Eat all you can at this temporary big open air restaurant at the Amstelpark, created by putting many food trucks together.

    July 25th to August 2nd: Gay Pride

    Probably Hollands best known festival (beside Kingsday) World Wide. A lot of pink, a lot of boats, a lot of fun. And gay rights, of course.

    dance valley

    August 1st: Dance Valley

    For the last 20 years the first weekend of August is known as: Dance Valley! As one of the oldest Outdoor Dance festivals in the Netherlands Dance Valley transforms the Velsen Valley in Spaarnwoude in to a true festival experience with the variety of dance styles.

    August 7th to 9th: Why Not Festival

    A beautiful city garden. Bodies in the grass. Art against a blue sky. Dancing until the sun rises again. The Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam Noord forms the stage for contemporary dance performances, art installations, live music, short films, artist-talks, workshops, pop-up performances and parties.

    August 8: Loveland

    One of the biggest dance events held in Holland. Held in beautiful surroundings on a peninsula jutting out into the Sloterplas (lake), the event traditionally features 6 main stages hosting dozens of international stars and the freshest names from the local scene.

    August 14 to 23: Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival)

    Grachtenfestival Amsterdam (‘Canal Festival’) is an annual festival of classical music held at special locations around the centre of Amsterdam. Over a period of ten days, the Grachtenfestival provides a stage for young musical talent, choosing an appropriate and often historical setting for each musical event on or beside Amsterdam’s numerous waterways.

    August 19 to 23: Sail

    Sail Amsterdam is one of the biggest attractions in Amsterdam, cruising into the city every five years; an entire flotilla of tall ships and many other special boats and vessels sail along the River IJ before docking near the city centre.

    We wish you a great summer! 

    This list was made with the help of 



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Pancakes, bread and spreads, fruit, coffee, tea, yoghurt, muesli, boiled egg, milk and more.

Tasty fish and chips.

A great source of carbohydrates. In other words; a quality alcohol sponge.

Mexican style tortilla wrap with sweet pepper and kidney beans (chicken or vegetarian).

Heineken beer, wine, softdrinks, cocktails, mixers and shots.

Try our Asian style noodles with marinated chicken, vegetables and 5 spices and soy sauce.

The Famous Brinker Burger with fries and a salad (also vegetarian and XL available).

Chicken Wings, Nachos, Bitterballen, Brinker mix platter, Tapas and more.



A visit to Amsterdam and the Brinker is a lot like climbing Everest, trekking through the Amazon, using Indian public toilets or camping in the Australian outback; your chance of survival is greatly enhanced if you come prepared. With that in mind and the experiences of previous guests we have prepared a list of handy essentials we suggest you bring along on your adventure to the erotic jungles of Amsterdam.


• Earplugs (drunk people snore in surround sound)
• A bag full of breadcrumbs (so you can find your way home
• Oversized novelty sunglasses
• A toothbrush
• Tea bags (No we don’t have PG tips)
• A fake mustache (or a real one would also be ok)
• Spare underpants (This item of clothing is surprisingly easy to lose)
• A toothbrush (we put it on there twice so you don’t forget)
• Condoms
• A light sabre

• A list of pick up lines
• An app that translates above pick-up lines into various languages
• Socks
• Vitamins (not disco vitamins, actual life preserving vitamins)
• Those dissolvable tablets that claim to cure a hangover
• Comfortable shoes (ladies from Britain, this one is for you)
• Deodorant (your roomies will thank you for it)
• An oversized novelty cup
• A magic marker
• That weird hand cleaning jelly (can also be used to clean other body parts)