Have stayed here twice. Location:a few minutes walk to the Leidseplein, with lots of shops, bars, concert halls, tourism office with shorter lines than the one at the train station, and the main entertainment district. Very convenient to tram and bus. A 10 minute walk to Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum, and Heineken Experience. No red light type stuff in this area so it is more family friendly, also. Front desk staff could not be more helpful, Hans especially is a peach of a guy. A small but tall place, lots of steep, narrow steps. If you don't like steps, request the first floor and you will only have one flight. Reception area has funky but fun room that serves as breakfast room (buffet with breads, egg, cheeses, jams, etc. served on the pool table), a cute little bar for guests only, and has musical instruments on the walls, which you are allowed to play. Most rooms sport brand new bathrooms, yes the rooms are basic and functional but with musical decor: the lampshades are drum-heads, the chairs are equipment trunks. My room was clean, functional, modern-ish, and absolutely fine considering the price. A good place for younger people. I brought my students here twice as it is an excellent price, staff is very helpful, it is clean, near museums and nightlife, and it's a bit different and unique. You can't walk with bags from train station, you'd want the tram 1, 2, or 5). And, you have to ask at the desk for a hair dryer, which is no big deal. Oh, the water from the shower may get on the floor as there is little threshold between them, however this can happen in fancier places as well. The automatic bathroom light kept cutting off during my shower, but I reported it and they said it would be adjusted. Not a big deal during the day but at night it would be problematic. Overall I would recommend the Backstage to cost conscious travelers who don't mind stairs, and appreciate a place that is a bit unique.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The BackStage Hotel Amsterdam is a small hotel next to the venues Paradiso and Melkweg, next to the Leidseplein. All rooms offer LCD TV, Alarmclock radio, I-pod dock, Free WIFI and FlightCase Furniture. The hotel is staffed 24/7. We do not have an elevator. Specialties for musicians on the road. @ the bar you'll find a pool table and instruments which you can play on. ... more less
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