Four years ago, I was the first person to list De Lastage on Trip Advisor and write a review. We just stayed there again and I'm happy to report that everything I wrote before still stands.
Previously we stayed in one of the three-bedroom apartments. We rented this time in the four-bedroom apartment, with a glorious penthouse view over Amsterdam and a fantastic amount of space.
Here are some notes from the original review, plus some additional observations:
--"The size of the apartment was really amazing--large bedrooms with comfortable beds (glorious comforters) and a huge living room/kitchen, all of lots of light. The building is brand new; the interior design is spare and Dutch modern. Though the De Lastage is on a busy street, the windows are so thick you never heard any street noise. We really felt at home."
--"This is not a hotel--no doorman, front desk or anything like that. But there is a large grocery store around the corner, where you can stock up on Dutch cheese, bread, etc for breakfast (and save on buying the hotel breakfast.) There is also a large wine store next to the grocery store, as well as dozens of restaurants nearby. Free laundry machines and dryers are in the basement."
--"There is a large (by European standards) fridge, internet service, coffee maker, dishwasher and plenty of plates, glasses, pots, etc."
--"The one drawback is the bathroom; the light is lousy and the sinks are ridiculously small. There was never enough space for our stuff. But that flaw was more than made up by the location. You can hardly be more central. The De Lastage is right on the edge of the old city in what used to be the Jewish quarter, so you are a few minutes' walk from Rembrandt's house, maybe 10-15 minutes walk from the Dam Square. Within two blocks walking distance, there is also a subway stop, major tram routes and even the start of the 'stop-and-go' bus that will ferry you around the older parts of the city."
Thierry, the manager, is really helpful and friendly. (One tip: If you want a toaster, simply ask him and he will buy one for the apartment. The Dutch generally don't toast their bread, but some apartments have toasters because previous occupants have asked for one.)
De Lastage has also added a helpful guide to the apartment and the surrounding area, with restaurant recommendations.
I gave De Lastage four stars before and the only reason this is not a five star review is because of the poor light and small sinks in the bathrooms. But it's really more like a 4 1/2 star review. You just can't go wrong staying here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All 29 De Lastage apartments are equipped with Hastens beds, Smeg kitchen, Flatscreen TV, DVD-player and a stereo system. High Speed Internet (cable) is price-included and telephone is an option if one wants to use one of the rooms as an "office away from the office." Also you will find all the standard household equipment as an iron, ironing board, vacuum cleaner, hairdryer, coffee machine, water cooker, microwave oven, dishwasher and of course several pans, plates and cutlery. We provide twice-a-week apartment cleaning and linen service by a certified staff under direct management. A professional laundry room has been created in the same building. Other services requested by our guests can also be taken care of. From Monday to Friday our Facility Manager will be in the office in the same apartment building to provide one with personal service for all queries which may arise. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- De Lastage Apartments Hotel Amsterdam