Gotta say ---- wasn't too excited about this hotel prior to arrival based on some reviews, but after some searching...the price sold us. And, I'll say up front...this hotel deserves the 3.5 rating currently achieved via TripAdvisor, as I'm up for putting down a bet on very few hotels @ ~$150 (U.S.)/night getting a 3 or higher. In general, (from reading reviews and our onsite confirmation) rooms at all levels are expensive and boarder on crappy in Amsterdam.
So, on to the review...
It was our first time in Europe, so it wasn't super easy to find the place...but that's more to do with OUR lack of preparation. In any event, one of the first lessons learned in Europe was front doors (and initial appearance) are often deceiving. From the outside, and partially because of the cramped / sterile reception area....I thought we'd made a mistake. But, the room was small, tidy, and basic...other than the crazy 'loft' area for our bed. The staircase went like straight up (and I mean straight --- nearly 90 degrees) to the loft!! Quite a challenge in the middle of the night to use the toilet, but we managed. :) Another small aspect is the 'bravery' of a hotel choosing black carpet....while it might 'cover' some things...it also makes every tiny little fleck of lint visible. In short, I applaud the CC for keeping the black carpet pristine...in the hallways and our room!
The bed itself was really quite nice....one of the nicest of our trip. The bathroom was small but functional (just like the room). However, our towels had a funky odor. They were clean, but sorta left us smelling faintly like...garlic? We didn't complain, as it seemed trivial. However, it was not the nicest part of our experience in the room.
Oh, one amenity that I didn't realize was one until the end of our trip was having a hot water maker in the room for instant coffee and tea. Ours was a little grubby on the outside, but was clean enough. And, as it turns out, having a spot of tea before you leave your room in Europe is not exactly the norm. In all other hotels, we could get tea (just one cup of hot water and a bag of Lipton - yuck) for about $4 (U.S.) in the lobby. :(
At night, we did not hear any street noise, but you can hear people getting in and out of their rooms...we could hear people in other rooms around us shuffling around and whatnot, but it turned out all of our hotels in Europe had that problem...you could hear noise from the hallways and movement of other people in other rooms. But, I give this a shoulder shrug in retrospect.
The hotel is centrally located (pretty close to Central Station --- certainly walkable) and on one of the super touristy (BUSY) streets near (not in --- as some other reviews state) the Red Light District. Thus said, just a couple turns and you'll be fully exposed to some nearly-naked gals in windows...so don't be too shocked if you're trying to avoid that type of thing. (There are plenty of OTHER touristy/fun locations in Amsterdam, so choose your lodging accordingly.)
Upon arrival, the staff wasn't rude, but sorta didn't really care that we were there. As they started to check us in, the staff had side conversations with each other, took phone call(s), and generally took their sweet time getting us checked in. Oh well. The gentleman was very nice about escorting us to our room via elevator....recommended for hauling luggage most of the way to the room only...should plan to use the steep and narrow stairs for most other journeys to/from your room.
Those that complain the lift didn't get them all the way to the doorstep of their room should be aware than just about any hotel under $250-300/night in AMS is HIGHLY unlikely to have an elevator at all....just throwing that out there for the ungrateful. (We stayed two additional nights in AMS at the end of our trip in a similar accommodation without an any elevator at all....the CC spoiled us.)
Overall, this was a great stay in a 3 Star Hotel (not talkin the Ritz here...3 Stars it is). I would highly recommend to friends, but maybe not relatives (if that makes any sense)? For the price and location, I certainly would not hesitate to stay here again.
P.S. If you're into locally brewed beer, do not miss out on the brewery/restaurant (sign is shaped like a yellow and blue raindrop) that's just up the street a little ways. We spent 5 days in Belgium, and ended up liking one of their brews better than most of those in Belgium...I think the beer was called Willike...or something like that??? I know it was a Wit beer....do not miss (if you like that sorta thing). Here's to supporting your local brewers!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel CC is a city center hotel and situated on the Warmoesstraat--a short 5 minutes walk from the Amsterdam Central Station. Major tourist attractions such as the Dam Square, the Royal Palace, the Anne Frank House, Madame Tussauds, the Flower Market and the well-known Red Light District, shopping streets and a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars are within easy reach from the hotel. ... more less
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