1. 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! 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.

    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…


    Tips for February in Amsterdam

    Ice Skating at the Museumplein. Photography by Roman Boed

  2. director’s blog January 2015

    Dear and beloved Brinker-customer,


    It is good to speak to you again. After my latest post, informing you about how we’re becoming the most likeable hotel in Amsterdam – what do I say, in the world! – I thought I would give you some space to absorb the message of this new path the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel has chosen. By now, I assume, you are ready for a new update.

    We’re well on our way to become the most likeable hotel. We already have over 30.000 likes on Facebook! Even though I am extremely proud of this fact, things can always be better. Even the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel has New Year’s Resolutions (although we made them up at the end of January):

    1. We’ll renovate our bar. That way, young travelers will have even more space in our hostel to socialize and enjoy each other’s company. With the help of a delightful beer or other beverage, of course. The bartenders won’t change of attitude, though.
    2. The Hans Brinker Hotel will go global. That’s right – we will start a pan-continental family of hotels. Starting with one new property in the far south of Europe: Portugal. But you don’t have to worry, the Hans Brinker Hostel Lisbon will preserve Hans Brinker Amsterdam’s strongest selling points: dormitories, beer, unhelpful receptionists and surly porters. In fact, key points of differentiation will be limited to the staff’s sexier accents and nicer tans, and an increased chance of sunburn. Soon we will give you more updates about this fabulous new step in Brinker’s History.
    3. We’ve hired an intern. We’re not exactly sure yet what he’s good for, but it always looks nice to have an intern. For now, he’ll mostly occupy himself writing this blog, from next week on. Therefore you might find some change in the writing style you’ve become so comfortable with – I’m sorry about that. Please let me know if he’s really messing it up.

    I hope you lovely Brinker addicts are still enjoying this new year. I also hope you have made big plans to visit Amsterdam in 2015, and that we may welcome you soon; I prefer to talk to people in person instead of writing to them. Ask for me at reception,

    Lots of Likes,


  3. director’s blog september



    After years of hanging on to our solid reputation of being the ‘worst’ hotel in the world, we are now trying to become the most ‘likeable’ hotel in the world. We found out that being a savage budget hotel is no reason for people not to like us. So this year, we are doing our absolute best to become as likable as we possibly can.


    “How” you ask? By asking people to come and like our improbably awful food, service and door guy… and marvel at how our toilets flush (or don’t). What’s not to like? Therefore we have made sticker which you can use when you really like something or when you think it’s appropriate to share it with us. Please use #hansbrinker and share it at our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter! Don’t forget to watch our new videos and…..LIKE them!


    We like you,



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