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“Four years later, still a great value” 4 of 5 stars
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Valkenburgerstraat 188A, 1011 NC Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Binnenstad)   |  
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Ranked #48 of 174 Specialty lodging in Amsterdam
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“Four years later, still a great value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

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.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

the apartment was spacious, new and clean and in an excellent location a short walk from Rembrandtplein. the television was flat-panel and wall-mounted and comedy central played south park and tosh.0 while we were having a few beers before checking out the nightlife. the dishwasher and refrigerator were also top-notch. the large windows looking out to the street also added to the ambiance. each of our bedrooms also had a small balcony. being close to the albert heijn supermarket and the ING atms there is definitely helpful as well.

thierry, the manager, has his act together and was a great help.

i would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

De Lastage is located right in the middle of the city. We stayed in a spacious two bedroom apartments. It was a pleasurable comfortable stay. Neat, clean with a great kitchen. A very warm and helpful young lady Amy, took us around the apartment explaining all and giving advice on places we could visit. Good wardrobes to store your clothes in and a decent sized bathroom with a fairly roomy shower area Albert Heine THE BEST supermarket of the Netherlands was round the corner, trams below, a ten minute walk to the central station and the famous streets Kalverstraat, different pleins - Rembrandt plein, Leidseplein, all walking distance. An interesting very interesting flea market always on and a flower market add to the local flavour.
Central but quiet so you don't get too disturbed by the noise on the road. Our apartment got a little view a lovely rooftop garden in one of the buildings opposite and a canal flowing through a little beyond - very pretty.
However if you are not Europeans be warned the place gets pretty empty on Saturday afternoons and Sundays with no one 'manning" the reception cubicle below though they do provide a telephone number to ring the person should there be an emergency or you are locked out. Also on arrival if you see no one there it could be that the person in charge is out showing around other just-arrived guests and you have to wait till she returns. This happened to us and it was a bit alarming as it was a long wait! Some system should be set up to help guests and not get them all anxious as other parts of the world do have another sense and sensibility of hospitality. Advice: do write to them before hand and leave your arrival time and details politely requesting them to help out.
For the rest - a very happy experience!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We booked 2 apartments for a group of 12 people. The apartments are perfect for large goups, plenty of space and modern appliances. They are located 2 mins away from a tram station but a walk in to the centre does not take long along the canals.

A large supermarket is just around the corner, 5 minute walk to Rembrandt square. The showers are great, using a rain shower type. Staff are helpful and friendly.

All in all an excellent experience, would definitely use these again if booking with a larger group of people.

I marked sleep quality down due to there unfortunately being a building site next door when we stayed, they began drilling very early in morning including Saturdays, I was woken several times during my stay and could not get back to sleep. Of course the building will eventually be finished.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We stayed in a three bedroom apartment at De Lastage for four nights in late October, it was warm, very clean, extremely spacious and nicely decorated with good quality kitchen equipment, TV etc. Even though we faced a busy main road the apartment was quiet due to the double glazing.
It's in a very handy location with a good supermarket just round the corner and within half an hour's walk from all the major sites of Amsterdam. Serge met us and showed us around the apartment. Additional information was supplied in a well produced brochure which was current and comprehensive with information about everything you might need to know for your stay.
The only thing that we lacked was a dustpan and brush.......

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

Right where do I start! It has all be ace! From the beginning lol!
Thierry, the manager, right from the get go had been very informative on any details, information, queries I had, responding to me pretty instantly via email.
It was my 26th birthday! and i had booked a weekend break away for a group of 6, stopping at this very swanky, modern pad. The accommodation was warm, safe, quiet and a great location for the main city centre/red light district etc.
I had initially booked the apartment after viewing positive reviews online & had to make sure I contributed towards positive feedback about the Apartments too. Only a few improvements to be made I'm afraid :-s, very minor. There was not enough mirrors in the apartment, only 4 in total :-( which included none! in the bedrooms! When getting all glammed up to go out ;-). Also only one bathroom & toilet shared between 6people? An Ensuite would have been perfect!. There was a empty room/rooms which lead on from one of the bedrooms which would have been great if this was used as one, however the empty space gave us suspicions into it being some crazy! Sex room! Or better still a walk in woardrobe lol! Last but not least, it would have been good if the Apartment was provided with just a few basic complementary items such as tea/coffee etc for those just arriving and knackered from travelling! and at least having washing up liquid! there is a supermarket not too far away though, which was deffo! handy. Overall i would most definitely return and recommend others to stay here. Brilliant place!, brilliant city! Thanks for accommodating us De Lastage and making my birthday memorable :-).

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

stayed 5 nights in a two bedroom apartment because 1 bedroom is not available.
so roomy and comfortable since i have a little toddle.
very clean and modern furnishing.
close to many places with huge supermarket on the same block.
if i really have to complain, i would hope the bed sheets and towels are clean with fresh smells, it does not feel so cleaned and has some smells but does not bother me because overall it was an excellent stayed and i would definitely stay here again

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Valkenburgerstraat 188A, 1011 NC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Binnenstad
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Ranked #48 of 174 Specialty lodging in Amsterdam
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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 
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