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“Excellent location, efficient, fine!” 4 of 5 stars
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Floris France Hotel Amsterdam
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Oudezijds Kolk 11, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)   |  
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Ranked #263 of 340 hotels in Amsterdam
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Excellent location, efficient, fine!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

After checking through some of the comments posted about this hotel, the actual Floris France came as a surprise.

It has it's weaknesses - many of the rooms don't have access to outside windows (which I imagine is normal for the tightly packed canal front standard buildings in this city), the furniture was fairly basic etc. but it is so convenient for the city, central station, the red light district that the negatives barely mattered.

The hotel is well presented from the outside with a nicely styled lobby - the front desk was staffed at all times and the reception was friendly (in that slightly direct Dutch way - a combo of German efficiency tempered with their famed liberal attitude and healthy command of sarcasm).

The bathroom was clean and fairly up to date. The wardrobe had hangers. The beds were fine - I slept ok (in the few hours I spent in the room between dashing hither and thither between sites and hedonistic experiences!) Our room was just off the lobby, but the walls were substantial enough for the noise not to disturb us and it isn't a huge hotel so there isn't that much traffic.

The breakfast (part of the deal, served at Molly's bar next door) was the typical Dutch spread of eggs, bacon, cold meats with cereals and fruit. Plenty for all, as much as you wanted plus coffee and juice.

I wouldn't recommend it for honeymoons - or any trip when staying around the hotel for a prolonged amount of time is a possibility. It functions as a well presented, basic, convenient base for Amsterdam, especially for larger groups wanting to explore the more colourful side of the city.

Andrew

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Very basic hotel, dated. Reminded me of dorms. The room had old furniture, bathroom needed to be replaced. Windows were at the top of the walls so you couldn't see out. The only good thing about the hotel is it is in a central location close to Central Station and attractions. Breakfast was in the pub next door however the food was good. Think this would be a good hotel if you were backpacking round Amsterdam, not for families.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Oudezijds Kolk! Just tell the taxi-driver that confidently in your best Dutch accent and you'll reach your destination in no time. About 20 mins from Schipol airport on a lazy Sunday morning. Fare is about 45 Euro. (Alternatively just show the driver your hotel booking) Located just on the tip of the redlight district, but you don't need to bother about it as there are plenty of other things to see and do. Many restaurants around, on medieval cobblestone streets, so no cars. Just be careful though, as the footpaths melt into the cycle paths, and those melt into the roadway! Good hotel - 3 star, free WiFi internet that you can access both int he lobby and in your room, that works. Good bathroom, fairly recently renovated (in the European time frame). Room is small, but big enough for 2 single beds pushed next to each other). Relatively clean. Inspect the towels first though - may have stains or the occasional strand of hair. They replace the bath towels daily and are generous with the bathroom tissue. Bring your own tolietries or make do with the public pool style shampoo/soap dispensers. Reception staff helpful. Ask them to help make a taxi booking if you need one. But be prepared for the taxi to be late, especially if it is rush hour. "A bird in hand is worth two in the bush", is the taxi-drivers' motto. The restaurant is the Irish pub next door (Molly Malone's), which serves a decent pint and also doubles as the breakfast place (breakfast included in the room price) from 7am to 10am.

Room Tip: Ask for the attic (4th floor). Avoid the basement of course.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This place is one to be avoided. You definitely do not want want to stay here, especially if you have a family with children. I made the mistake of renting rooms before looking at the Tripadvisor page. There were lots of small, curly, black hairs in the sink and it had the smell of urine attempted to be masked by cleaning disinfectant.
Each night was a nightmare as I lay down and began itching. I woke up in the night and found a small little black flea in bed as we slept. I decided not to tell my girls as they would freak out.
We reserved a room with windows. We got windows alright, small and high above the bed, and one was foggy and the other had a beautiful view of the pipes and the wall.
We should have checked out, but we were stuck as we wanted to keep our weekend, and there was no where else to go at the last minute.

Room Tip: No Fitness Center. Stay away from this place if you want to enjoy your trip to Amsterdam.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The best thing in this hotel is definitely his location that's very near to all the attractions like Red-Light District, Coffee Shops, Museums, etc and it's very near of the public transports.
Regarding the bad aspects you can expect a very noisy hotel (noise from outside and inside), with a very poor acoustic isolation. The rooms are a little expensive regarding their quality.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

we could not have asked for a better hotel. friendly staff, all English speaking, wonderful atmosphere. the hotel is fantastically situated close to the canal boats, train, tram, and all the tours. We plan to return to Amsterdam for holiday and will be staying at France hotel. and the breakfast nest door in the Irish pub is fantastic, one could not ask for more. thank you so much

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Additional Information about Floris France Hotel Amsterdam

Address: Oudezijds Kolk 11, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #263 of 340 hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Floris France Hotel Amsterdam 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
France Hotel is located on a quiet canal street and yet only 200 meters from Amsterdam Central Station. The hotel has an adjoining restaurant and Irish pub. The rooms have air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom. A breakfast buffet is served daily in the restaurant and pub. When weather is nice, guests can sit on the small, waterside terrace. During the day, guests can get snacks and drinks from the vending machines in the lobby. The internet computer can be used against a small fee. From France Hotel, you can take a 10-minute walk to Dam Square and go shopping in the Kalverstraat. The Red Light District is a 5-minute walk away. Trams 5, 16 and 24 at the station offer direct access to the Museum Square. ... more   less 
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