Food poisoning, lost limbs and mental breakdowns are just some of the added "extras" you're warned about at the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel in Amsterdam, the self-proclaimed worst hotel in the world.
Its reverse-psychology advertising campaign includes slogans such as "It can't get any worse. But we'll do our best", and its website triumphs: "It's a cheap, dirty, cold, poorly lit youth hostel in Amsterdam.... It has been disappointing travellers for 40 years. Boasting levels of comfort comparable to a minimum-security prison"
The hotel, which claims to be a "cheap, dirty cold" youth hostel offering "mediocre, cheap accommodation" says it has "spectacularly un-spacious suites, each of which does not feature a flat screen TV, a double bed or free access to our non-existent swimming pool an spa area."
Anyone in search of eco-friendly hotels in the city would do well to choose it, as it saves a bundle on washing. There aren't any towels; instead, guests are advised to use the curtains to dry off. And the fact that the lift is permanently broken means that lots of energy is saved there, too.
"What can I say? It was cheap. But not that cheap. I mean, a bus shelter offers the same facilities."
– Charlotte, Texas.
"What is that smell? I demand to know what that smell is."
- Lisa, Oklahoma.
Amazingly, it looks like this "honest" approach works. The hotel says business is booming, with a high percentage of the hotel's 511 beds in 127 rooms occupied year-round...
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