AMSTERDAM: Hotel Seven Bridges Open Despite Cyberattacks

In November 2009, I wrote about a sweet little hotel I'd visited while in Amsterdam. Apparently, that hotel is working to recover from the effects of a couple of unfortunate - though hopefully minor - setbacks.

First, a bit of background. When planning my trip to Amsterdam in 2009, my first choice in accommodations was the Hotel Seven Bridges (at left). I chose it because it was close to, though not in the heart of, the action at the Rembrandtplein, because other travelers reported it to be authentically Dutch, and because it fit my budget.

Unfortunately, it was booked for the nights of my trip so I chose a different hotel near the Leidseplien. During my trip, however, I visited the Hotel Seven Bridges to see what I had missed and to meet the proprietors, Günter Glaner and his partner. They were both delightful, and the hotel was even more charming in person than I would have imagined from the web site.

Shortly after I returned to the U.S., Günter contacted me and asked what he might do to counter some false, negative reviews a disgruntled former employee was posting on an Internet travel site. Most recently, Günter e-mailed me to advise that, "Hotel Seven Bridges in Amsterdam is still in business. The server of our webmaster has been attacked and all information - including our website - has been destroyed." However, the hotel itself is in fine shape and continues welcoming guests for its 11 charming guest rooms.

This hiccup is indeed unfortunate in this day and age when we depend so much on the Internet. But potential guests can still go "old school" when making reservations. Call Günter at 011-31-20-6231329 from the U.S. to inquire about rates and availability, or to make reservations.

Günter is very forthcoming about the rooms he recommends for his guests. Light sleepers, for example, should not book rooms on the canal. Though the canals in Amsterdam are not arteries of commerce like they are in Venice, the adjacent roads and biking and walking paths carry a fair bit of traffic, and even pedestrians walking home late at night from the local brown café can be loud enough to wake light sleepers.

The hotel’s main building is 300 years old, has no elevator and very steep, narrow stairs. There’s no room service, though in-room breakfast is included in the main building.

Information is available on the Seven Bridges’ web site, along with photos of each of the rooms, directions to the hotel, and other information. What the site doesn’t completely capture is property’s cozy charm; that is something you should experience for yourself.

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PHOTO OF GARDEN ROOM 5 Courtesy the Hotel Seven Bridges
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