Quentin Golden Bear Formerly: Golden Bear Hotel / Hotel Unique

 
60% love it
  10
Straight-owned hotel with a gay history
The site of Amsterdam's first ever gay hotel, dating from the early 1950s. However, on 1 October 2013 the Golden Bear changed hands dramatically and is now part of the small non-gay Quentin Hotels chain, which owns four Amsterdam outlets and three in Berlin. In 2016 and 2017 the hotel experienced a physical reinvention with a conversion of its 17 rooms from budget to full-blown modern. Prices are still relatively cheap, and the location is gay-convenient. Adjacent to Leidse Square.

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    • wizbang_fl
      wizbang_fl Over a year ago
      Hates it

      When we checked-in I knew something was off
      We had made our booking months in advance because we loved this little hotel. Even with the spiral staircase with 5" high steps that are only 2" to 3" deep and the staircase is 3' wide. We learned how to carry bags up and down the stairs over our 2 prior stays. This time I noted it seemed off. Then it hit me. Everything that said "gay" had been removed. Even the staff was no longer the same friendly group. It was ok, but ask for suggestions and the staff had a look of "I don know" or "be gone" I can only guess the prior owners decided to get out of the biz because they could do it indefinitely. It definitely isn't "gay friendly" more a "gay? we'll put up with you" hotel. I will not go back .

    • Taurus1989
      Taurus1989 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Bad place to stay
      Staff are very rude!!!!!! Not helpful at all. I go to amsterdam a lot but I would never stay at this hotel again.

    • ctrever23
      ctrever23 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Gay History but a BAD present
      This is not a gay hotel anymore. BEWARE of the many reports of rip-offs and poor service. The location may be good, but that is about it. The stairs are dangerous as well.

    • joey1978
      joey1978 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Very bead choice!!
      well, i booked the room based on the reviews on here! however, very very disappointed ! to start. the room all the way up stairs , and its really hard to take your bag up stairs, its hard to go up stairs with out the bags, as well. no elevator . the room, very small, witch i booked the bigger room or the called that SUITE ! wireless internet !! what is that? you got it going one min, then its off for the all day. and when you call the front desk, they say , it is what it is. i am like , what? i ask before i booked the room, because i needed to work as well. bottom line, very very not recommended !

    • garsny
      garsny Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Nice stay.
      We had a great time at this hotel.The staff was wonderful,and helpful.Breakfast was good, and very dutch.The location was very central.It was a little noisy at night.

    • christiaanscott
      christiaanscott Over a year ago
      Loves it

      great place!
      Lovely hotel, friendly team. The room is amazing - much better standard than the 4* I stayed in prior to this hotel. Breakfast is lovely - fresh produce a bonus! The beds are comfortable and the en-suite bathroom is clean and well equipped. Worth the price and will stay here again with no hesitation.

    • jcanada
      jcanada Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great 1 Star B
      I stayed on the room on the lower level. It was spacious with a sink and safe in the room. I find the beds soft and the pillows thin. Shower and toilet just up the stairs outside the room. Affordable. 15-20 minute walk from Central station. Warning-if you bring a lot of luggage-the stairs to the upper floors are steeply inclined almost like a ladder-no joke. Breakfast is nice light plate of breads, meats, jellies with coffee/tea juice. Friendly staff. Close to Thermos if you like Saunas.

    • seumasw
      seumasw Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Good value for price
      Centrally located and reasonably priced, has all the amenities, friendly staff.

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