This nice quiet rather small (25 rooms) hotel is in the process of being refurbished by its new owner: the toilet next to the restaurant has brand new tiles, the new beds and mattresses were just being unloaded when we arrived, the carpet in the room is clean, due to its location in a small street between the old center (oud Amstelveen) and the large new shopping center (Stadshart) - both at less than a mile from the hotel - it is very quiet, with a small stream at the back of the hotel and a small brook running in front of the hotel.
Every time you flip the room's master switch the computer connected to the television will start printing lots of lines on screen before starting the television, disregard.
They have a free parking holding 5 cars and one extra to the right, free Wifi in the lobby and restaurant, wired in room internet cost € 5,- per day.
For those who prefer a walk-in shower instead of a bathtub, room 23 Krokus downstairs near the restaurant has it, also a good (free) Wifi connection.
Breakfast is OK, although sometimes the bread was old and dry, friendly service.
The staff although not so experienced and are still learning the ropes without exception mean well and are very friendly, trying to help and accommodate you whenever they could, the only problem being no receptionist present between 00 hours and 7 hours Monday through Friday, and weekends only starting at 8 hours, so please tell the staff if you plan to be back after midnight, if they can find it they will loan you a spare key. Pushing the bell button or calling the number printed under the bell button will alarm the owner living down the same street, it seems he can unlock the door remotely but prefers not to do it that way. No early breakfast if your plane leaves early, but they'll make a breakfast package for you and leave it outside your door for you to pick up, after you paid for your room the night before leaving.
The menu at the restaurant isn't appetizing, I think you get better food either at the old center or the new shopping mall less than a mile away.
They're willing of offer you a reduced rate if you stay for longer than 3 nights.
At in all quite an OK small cozy hotel, but don't expect the level of the big international chain of hotels, the accommodating friendly staff still needs to improve on their performance.
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- Welcome to 'Alp de Veenen' and welcome at the Family Alp and hostess Maryse Verwoest. Who, together with their staff, will make you feel right at home. Like we alway say:"We have a lot going for us: Excellent Premises..., beautifully and quietly located..., all modern facilities..., just fifteen minutes from Schiphol Airport and the centre of Amsterdam.... Yet without our sincere hospitality and personal approach we would never have had so many loyal customers!" ... more less
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