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.
Critical acclaim on the site includes:
"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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