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“Noisy and Overrated” 1 of 5 stars
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Miauw Suites
Hartenstraat 34, 1016 CC Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #93 of 189 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
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“Noisy and Overrated”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

I stayed here with my partner in October 2012 to celebrate my birthday and meet up with my cousin who studies in Amsterdam. We were looking for somewhere cosy and special in a central location and came across Miauw Suites on TripAdvisor. We also looked at their own website which promises luxurious and modern accommodation, so we booked the White Suite via booking.com at €295 per night for four nights. A total of €1180 was not cheap but this was a special trip.

The Suites are in an old building on a corner in an 18th century canal house. We climbed the steep wooden stairs to our suite. Initial impressions were good and we had a lovely view of the Keizersgracht canal. You have to pay the full amount for your stay on arrival, which isn’t the usual practice in hotels and B&Bs, and then you’re left to your own devices.

However, this place is all about style over practicality. Miauw Suites isn’t a hotel. There’s no reception or concierge. No is breakfast provided, not even a welcome pack.

Unfortunately the flat above is rented out to a long-term tenant who works from home. And you’ll hear him stomping about on the wooden floors above at all times of the day and night. On most nights he went out at 11pm and would return in the early hours. One night he decided to play music so loud that my partner had to get out of bed at 3am and ask him to turn the volume down.

The wooden stairs are also noisy and you’ll hear every resident’s comings and goings. The main door to each suite is partially glazed in frosted glass. Unfortunately this is also the door that takes you directly into the bedroom. When someone turns the lights on the stairs, your bedroom is flooded with light. These lights aren’t on a timer so will stay on all night unless you get out of bed to turn them off, which we had to do every night – sometimes several times including in the early hours. As there are no curtains or blinds on the doors you’ll be woken several times each night.

If you do get any sleep you’re certain to woken by the refuse men emptying the bottle bank outside the building at 7am every morning.

We experienced four sleepless nights and were so tired by the end of our stay that we were struggling to stay awake in the early evening.

The ensuite wet-room has no natural light. The water pressure is low so the shower is very weak. Water goes everywhere even wetting the toilet paper. There’s a squeegee provided to try to dry the floor but it takes hours to dry.

In the kitchen, dining and lounge area you’ll find a mixture of old and tatty furniture that your granny would be proud to have owned. It’s not comfortable and an old CRT TV sits on the floor. The curtains don’t draw fully and the sash windows don’t close properly.

The kitchen is not adequately equipped to self-cater. There is a four-ring hob, kettle, microwave and coffee machine. However there is no oven or toaster so your cooking options are limited.

We complained to the owner Analik, and she met with us on the day of our departure. She offered us a stay in her cheaper Souterrain (basement) Suite as recompense, but we were expected to fund all the other components of another trip to Amsterdam. We declined her offer but after three weeks of emails she offered €145 (the price of their cheapest room) as a goodwill gesture, which we have accepted.

However I cannot recommend staying here. There are plenty of other options in Amsterdam, e.g. the five-star Pulitzer Hotel is nearby and is cheaper too!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I stayed in the "black room". The room design was very trendy with all new amenities. Room comes with an iMac and plenty of space to enjoy. The bed was extremely comfortable for European standards. very private feel to the establishment as there is no front desk or services, which we enjoyed. Location was superb with plenty of shopping and the main square within walking distance. We would definitely stay here again.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

according to Steve Jobs, in an interview in Wired magazine a few years ago. Some people think design is about something looks, but Jobs reckoned that deep down design is about how it works.

And that I'm afraid was the problem with our stay in the Black Room.

The room itself was too small for the large and very comfortable bed. Less than a metre each side of the bed meant there was no room for a bedside table or lamp. Black walls/floor and grey curtains were striking, as were the slate tiles in the bathroom but lack of adequate task lighting made it hard to put on make-up or read a book...but the piles of hip hotel guides on top of the closet, which also serves as a bed head, are all about looking at pretty pictures rather than reading the text.

The wetroom was stylish and compact but suffered from poor drainage - they supply a mop but you end up using your towels on the floor to avoid getting wet feet.

You do get a canal view if you stand in the large window. And this is a great location. But it is also surprisingly noisy (seems to be on the late night route back from the Dam Square area), to the extent that we couldn't sleep with the windows open. In summer that would be a nightmare without air conditioning. The painted floor boards look great but seem less attractive when the inhabitants of the room above return in the small hours...and don't realise that the hall lights are not on a timer switch and shine straight through the frosted glass bedroom door.

We didn't expect a hotel and we didn't mind about the steep stairs. But at the end of the day, anyone from a design background knows function matters as least as much as form. At €195 a night, Miauw was definitely not the cat's whiskers.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012 via mobile

I would recommend this place to anyone traveling to Amsterdam. It is situated in the most beautiful part of the city and has a great vibe! Great design, loves the bathroom and analik the owner was very easy to contact etc

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012 via mobile

Its hard to identify Miauw Miauw as a hotel if not looking for it. It is a typical storefront off a corner street in the Jordaan. Lots of nice shops and restaurants near by. It is 1 block south of the Westerkerk church and the Anne Frank House. It sits right off of the Keizer canal, one of the main ring canals. It is very centrally located but not amongst the tourist masses. Though it did get a little loud on Friday night of Easter weekend.

We stayed in the Black room with a view of the street and partial view of the canal. The room was tastefully decorated but a little tight. Pretty standard for many European hotel rooms and not surprising being in a Canal House. It was a single room with a wet bathroom made of stlish black tile. As typical for canal houses the stairs are very steep and winding. We had a nice experience with the staff. They are very friendly and accommodating. There is not a typical front desk presence per se but they were available for any help checking in and getting info on local restaurants. While there they were putting the finishing touches on the Blue Room. We got a peak. This one looks even nicer. It is the corner apartment and has 2 rooms.

Stayed April 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

I must admit that our 2-night stay at Miauw was unplanned. A little back story:
My husband and I arrived in Amsterdam on New Year's Day, 2012 and discovered that the "highly rated" B&B we had booked two months prior was a complete and utter disaster. (long story, different review) After enduring one very dreadful night, I remembered that we had brought along an older (July, 2007) New York Times article of "36-hours in Amsterdam". Miauw was one of the suggested places to stay, so I immediately called and reached Analik. THANKFULLY, some guests had just checked out and Analik invited us to come on over - even though it was barely mid-morning and not even close to check-in time.

Analik greeted us warmly when we arrived and took us up the two flights of stairs to view the apartment, which was still being cleaned after the previous guests. Even in an untidy state (seriously, how can people be such slobs?) we could see that the space was fantastic! At this point we realized how hungry we were and asked Analik for a coffee/breakfast recommendation. She suggested Screaming Beans, which was just around the corner. Great choice - good food and excellent coffee.

Returning to the suite an hour or two later, it was as if we had walked in to a magazine spread! I won't repeat everything that other reviewers have rightly mentioned about how comfortable and well-appointed the space is, but I do wish to highlight a few things that made the White Suite so special:
1) The fantastic views from the windows - day or night.
2) Heated floors - these were absolutely wonderful to come back to after walking about in the cold and rain, and helped make the apartment incredibly cozy.
3) Location - so, so close to wonderful restaurants, bars, and excellent shopping ranging from unique boutiques to vintage.
4) Analik - even though we had just two days to experience Amsterdam, she listened to us when we described our interests and offered spot-on tips and suggestions.

Like others, we were sad to leave Miauw Suites and Amsterdam - but we do hope to return one day.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

Miauw is one of the most beautiful holiday experiences we have ever had.
Every detail has been thought of in the rooms. We stayed in the White Suite and loved the design, the views and the location. Super comfortable king size bed bed, spacious gorgeous living room with gorgeous big windows and views of the Keizersgracht, and a full working kitchen with a table big enough for us to host a small, home cooked dinner party for 5 of our local friends on the last night. The White Suite was always impecaably clean, and also has great details like a Bang & Olufsen TV, and lovely Ren bath products. We stayed just before Chistmas and the room temperature was always perfect, heat easily and quickly adjusted.
There is an Albert Heijn (supermarket) literally 3 mins away, a great coffee bar just next door (Screaming Beans) and so many wonderful restaurants and bars to choose from. Analik is thoughtful enough to leave a few essentials in the kitchen like tea, sugar, olive oil etc so that you dont need to buy these things if, like us, you take full advantage of being able to cook your own meals in the gorgeous smeg kitchen!

Maybe I am biased or somehow understood this immeditately beacuse I am Dutch, and originally from Amsterdam and know the area well -but I honestly I don't know how anyone could have gone to their website and thought that they were getting a full service hotel experience, they make it pretty clear that you are getting a very exclusive apartment!
As far as other comments about showers being small and stairs being steep- you're in the Netherlands! Stay at home or in a big chain hotel if you don't want to experience or cant handle the quirks that make Amsterdam so special and quaint as a city (tall and not very wide houses!)

My husband and I will only stay here from now on when we come visit and honestly cannot wait to return!

Room Tip: We only saw the White Suite, highly recommend it for incredible value for money and amazing views
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Hartenstraat 34, 1016 CC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #93 of 189 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Miauw Suites Amsterdam is an evolving b&b boutique hotel, presented through two beautiful buildings in Amsterdam Centre. Conveniently situated in the "9 straatjes", a Soho-like area of 9 small streets housing quirky restaurants and shops. Directly between the charming Amsterdam canals. Quickly becoming the most wanted shopping district in Amsterdam. Miauw Suites has three suites located on the 2nd floor, 1st floor and the Souterrain. The Green Suite and the Souterrain Suite have kitchens and separate bedrooms. The Blue Suite is the most classical looking suite with an en-suite bathroom. For more info: Green Suite, Souterrain Suite, Blue Suite. In some cases we also have a standard room available: Black Room. To make a reservation: Please click here to fill in our contact form to make a reservation or request info. Miauw Green Suite This Second floor suite is with it's 60m2 our most spacious apartment with the most excellent view on King's Canal. The bedroom includes a king-size bed with a small office desk and a 17 inch iMac. It has a large separate living room with lounge area that allows for a 3 meter long sofa and a fully equipped kitchen. Ideal to relax, work or have meetings at the kitchen table. The bathroom comes with a rain-shower, towels, bathrobes and natural bath products. The living room working desk features an17 inch iMac computer with Television and free wifi. Cleaning service daily. Miauw Green Suite pricing (Second Floor): Rack Rate 2014 = EUR 245,00 per night (incl. 6% VAT & 5,5% Tourist Tax) - 2 Nights minimum stay - Due to availability Miauw Souterrain Suite Our Souterrain Suite is approx. 50M2 and gives you the feeling of having your own apartment with direct access to the Amsterdam Canal's. Just a few steps down from ground level, you land on a charming patio to enter the Souterrain Suite.. It has a large separate living room with lounge area and a B&O Television that allows for a 3 meter long sofa and a fully equipped kitchen. Ideal to relax, work or have meetings at the kitchen table. The bedroom includes a king-size bed and a small office desk with a 15 inch iMac/Television and free wifi. The bathroom comes with a rain-shower, towels, bathrobes and natural bath products. Cleaning service daily. Miauw Souterrain Suite pricing (Lower Floor): Rack Rate 2014 = EUR 195,00 per night (incl. 6% VAT & 5,5% Tourist Tax) - 2 Nights minimum stay - Due to availability Miauw Blue Suite Our smallest suite is approx. 32 M2 and has all of the features of an Amsterdam Canal House. It's wooden walls, classical ceiling and picture perfect view on the King's Canal makes it our most charming suite available. Situated on the first floor it includes a king-size bed, a bathroom, cozy living room and a working desk. The bathroom comes with a rain-shower, towels, bathrobes and natural bath products. The working desk includes an 15 inch iMac computer with Television and free wifi. Cleaning service daily. No kitchen included, but the Blue Suite comes with a small Fridge with coffee, tea and a water cooker. Miauw Blue Suite pricing (First Floor): Rack Rate 2014 = EUR 165,00 per night (incl. 6% VAT & 5,5% Tourist Tax) - 2 Nights minimum stay - Due to availability Miauw Black Room (*On request only) ... more   less 
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