Tuesday 20th November 2012
World's worst hotel revealed
Hans Brinker Budget Hostel itself claims to be the 'world's worst hotel'
We've all stayed in some shoddy places on our gap year but this hotel is pushing to be the world's worst hotel.
Amsterdam's Hans Brinker Budget Hostel has all the charm of a detention centre. The funny thing is guests love it (to a degree).
From grotty rooms without a view to dirty bathrooms with no hot water, the owners are happy to admit it is probably the worst hotel around.
A lengthy disclaimer on its website reads: "Those wishing to stay do so at their own risk and will not hold the hotel liable for food poisoning, mental breakdowns, terminal illness, lost limbs, radiation poisoning, certain diseases associated with the 18th century, plague, etc."
Advertising slogans include: "It can't get any worse. But we'll do our best", and "Improve your immune system, stay at Hans Brinker."
While other hotel chains claim that "luxury comes as standard" the Hans Brinker excitedly tells customers "Now with beds in every room."
It's a policy that seems to be working with backpackers.
"They love our humour and sarcasmand they have diminished their expectations to less than nothing," said manager Tijmen Receveur.
Reviews on hotel comparison websites make alarming reading.
"I'd read other reviews of the hostel before we got there, so was a bit nervous. Unfortunately most of the reviews I'd read were completely true," writes a guest.
"The rooms were like prison cells, with rickety old beds and metal lockers that didn't close properly."
Others were more positive. "Hans Brinker is a fun-filled hostel with great facilities, friendly staff and a great location," wrote another.
"You will not be disappointed."
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If you're looking for a hostel for your gap year then head over to our hostel and accommodation section to see if you can find something you like.
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