I booked this appartment (Gerard Doustraat street) through booking.com. for 1300 EUR as a solo traveller (130 EUR per night). My first impression was not possitive as the appartment was dirty, the bathrom was smelly and the furniture looked like saved from the garbage but I decided to stay and focus on work ignoring the unpleasant ambience. It turned out to be the worst decision ever. The appartment was frequently visited by mice, the owner or his employees visited the place every day ignoring the wish for privacy and finally - I got bitten by bed bugs what caused a very strong allergy. Booking.com was not feeling responsible for this issue (they think they are intermediaries only and can't do anything) and the owner simply declined to have mice and bed bugs - according to him it could be a food alergy (that bites?), washing powder's allergy, bees (bitting 15 times?) or mosquitos. So I should better catch the mice and the bed bugs and bring them as proof.
So my hint is - if you have a big enemy and you want him to get attacked by bed bugs - book this appartment for him/her through booking.com!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amsterdam Apartments Alexanders is situated in one of the most central quarters in Amsterdam called 'De Pijp/Oud Zuid'. It is the Quartier Latin of Amsterdam with plenty of bars, restaurants, small shops and the daily outdoor market Albert Cuyp. It is a 5 minute walk to Museumsquare with Rijksmuseum, van Gogh museum, the 'Stedelijk'museum of Contemporary Art and the Concert hall. Also just next to the canal belt. Alexander's offers self contained accommodation in a quiet street in a building of 1886 (yes including the typical Dutch steep flights of stairs ;-) also some groundfloor apartments available). Studio's and one or two bedroom apartments come with fully equipped kitchenette. Public transport at 100 m. Bicycle rental nearby. FREE INTERNET. Amsterdam has a rich history and culture, come and discover....Enjoy! We hope to welcome you soon. Alexander ... more less