I brought my boyfriend here for his birthday. We were greeted by a very friendly chap that threw in a little something extra for his birthday which was a really lovely gesture to make, completely didn't expect it at all!
I booked the private room and absolutely loved the recycled band kit they had used; snare drum for the light fixture, flight case bedside table and a drummers stool at the dressing table - we felt right at home!! The bed was a twin pushed together which made for a lot of awkwardness as a couple but then, we do acknowledge this hotel is aimed at bands passing through so were able to dismiss our issue immediately. Although I do admit it is a shame they didn't appear to have a double bedroom when I booked as I I know that bands on tour have brought their other half along in the past!!
It was clean and friendly and their local knowledge was really good - they even saved us a few quid by directing us to the correct bus back to Amsterdam Centraal!
There's a coffee shop in the same block of buildings and loads of little places to eat within a 10 minute walk. Melkweg is literally around the corner as is the bulldog. It's a fantastic location if you want to be out of the really expensive Damsquare/redlight area (which is 10 mins on the tram).
The only real improvement I could really make to this hotel is to the booking procedure and info on their website.
*An acknowledgement email would be useful (Although I did email to confirm the booking - to which I received a prompt reply)
* The option to "pay now" or on check in would be a nice touch
* Info on HOW to get to the hotel by by public transport including tram line/bus numbers from Amsterdam Centraal would be really helpful
A really pleasant stay and we are already planning a return visit in the summer!
- 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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