My husband and I stayed here in early January, 2013. It was our first trip to Amsterdam. The hotel was clean and modern. The view over the canal was gorgeous. Staff were friendly and helpful, they even upgraded us to a larger room at no charge. Location was great. It was easy to catch the tram, a canal boat tour, or a bus tour. Lots of food, bars, etc. in walking distance. Oh, and the cats sleeping on the steps were cute and charming. We cannot say enough good stuff about our stay. Highly recommend.