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.
- 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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