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“Fantastic stay. Excellent service. Funky rooms!” 5 of 5 stars
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Fantastic stay. Excellent service. Funky rooms!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

ROOMS: We were situated in room 21, which is on level 2. The hotel is rated number one on trip advisor and I can see why. The place is funky and awesome. Our room was spacious, and had a very funky, Amsterdam feel. There was a old barbers chair as a lounge seat, and vintage cupboards. Nicely decorated with a ladder in the room, and some paintings. There is enough space to use as a workdesk, which is next to the floor to ceiling oil heater which can heat the room quite quickly. Our room was a canal room, with a view onto the beautiful canal, and this is a great room to be in. The bathroom is smallish, and perfectly adequate for daily use. (We moved for our last night due to availability to a level 1 room, and this had a proper shower, not a bath/shower). The bed is comfy and large, and has a large mosquito net above. Apparently mosquitos are a problem, but we didn’t really get affected by them and didn’t use it after the first night. Street noise is minimal which was a pleasant surprise. There really isn’t anything bad to say about the room. Its funky, and that’s what we expected from the reviews and photos online. Its not the same as a Hyatt or W hotel, but its perfect for the ambiance of Amsterdam.

LOCATION: The location is fantastic - really close to the main “red light district” but then not too close. Its about a 5-10 minute walk. Go and get a town bike for 10 euros a day from central station and get around that way. It's easiest and best. (They don’t allow insurance on tandems at Mac Bikes which is weird) The train to Shirpool Airport leaves almost every 15 minutes from platform 14 and costs Euro4.40 per person. Much better value than a 50 euro cab ride and only takes 16 minutes to get there. Everything worth seeing in Amsterdam city is accessible by bike and you do not need to be fit to get there. Bike paths are really quite good and bikes do seem to have right of way a lot of the time. Stick to the right and you'll be fine.

SERVICE and SERVICES: excellent service throughout with absolutely nothing to complain about. Everything was easy and they really made us feel welcome. Almost like we were guests of their own house. We were very happy with all aspects of the service here. Wifi free (Although does drop out a bit). The hotel has 3 levels. The stairs are quite steep. Ladies will need help with their luggage. There are only 9 rooms there so make sure you book. Breakfast is included. DVDs aplenty and an excellent array of wines and snacks on offer in the 'lobby' area in an honesty system. They are extremely well priced beers, snacks and wines. We didn't use it but it looked very inviting. The place is secure with electronic locks and deadbolts so we felt all of our gear was safe at all times. There is a safe in each room.

WHY SO SPECIAL: well, it's like all boutique hotels in that its small, unique in every room and has other 'homely' comforts while remaining professional and well equipped. Great location and excellent service round off a perfect stay in Amsterdam

Don't skip breakfast. It's great!
Canal rooms are great if you can get it.


(Recent stays - Hotel Leonardo, Antwerp; B2 Boutique Hotel, Zurich; Town Hall Hotel, London; Holiday Inn, London; Novotel, York. L'hotel Imperial Palace, Annecy)

Room Tip: Canal rooms have the best view
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

These guys dont really need another 5 star review! Its all been said before - I would add that the location is suprisingly quiet considering how central it is, and the gym equipment left over from the black tulip always gives us a laugh. Breakfast is spot on in quality and quantity. Marcel and Berry cant do enough for you and wil always phone to get bookings/tickets etc. If you like beer, then brewery t'Ij up the road and the pearl just at the top of the red light district are both well worth a visit.

Room Tip: canal view rooms have the light and are still quiet
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

Mauro mansion is located just a few minutes walk from the central station in Amsterdam city centre yet quiet and peaceful. The front of the hotel overlooks one of the city's many canals whilst interior rooms overlook a small courtyard. We had a courtyard room - what it lacked in natural light it made up for big style in terms of space (huge!) and stylish decor. As well as two comfortable single beds with Memory foam mattresses there was a funky plastic rocking chair and a huge white leather sofa. Plentiful storage space came in the form of industrial looking lockable metal cabinets. The mini bar is pre filled with complimentary goodies - a couple of mini bottles of prosecco, beer, juice, Pepsi and nuts - a very nice touch, and should you fancy a refill there is a well stocked honesty bar downstairs including a range of beers and wines as well as sweet and savoury snacks.
Prior to its current incarnation as a boutique hotel the property was a hotel catering to a rather 'specialist' audience, some reminders of which can be seen throughout the building (dungeon bars anyone?) which all just add to the quirky style of the place.
The pillows in the room were huge memory foam affairs - as a fan of small pillows these wouldn't be the most conducive to a good night's sleep for me but the owners happily gave me a low feather filled which fit the bill perfectly. Overall the Mauro team occur an impeccable level of service; personal and attentive without being intrusive. They offered great tips on where to eat and drink of an evening upon request - always good to get insider tips....

Breakfast is included and featured a tasty buffet of warm freshly baked breads, cereals, meats and cheese, accompanied with fantastic teas and coffees and freshly squeezed juices. Each day there would also be a freshly made treat delivered to your table - we enjoyed fruit salad, scrambled eggs and pancakes during our stay, all expertly prepared and very tasty.

This isn't the cheapest of options but overall I felt that it was good value for money. Along with the excellent hospitality of the owners, little touches like the minibar and being able to make yourself fresh ground coffee at any time really make this place stand out as something a bit special. Combining these features with a first rate location makes Mauro Mansion an excellent choice for any Amsterdam stay.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for a few days in January for our first holiday without the kids. The hotel has a very specific decor which throughout was nothing short of immaculate. The hosts were very friendly and extremely helpful. The location was ideal, really close to the red light district, but equally, a walking distance from anything you would want to see or do in Amsterdam. The breakfast was simple and inviting, but really fresh with a different 'surprise' brought to your table from the kitchen each morning. Our room was fab, complete with a large swing and evidence of the fetish scene this old building was used for centuries ago dotted around this excellently renovated hotel. Thanks to Marcel and friends for looking after us.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Southampton
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158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We stayed at Mauro Mansion, in one of the canal facing rooms, for four nights to celebrate my wife's 50th Birthday. The hotel is just a few minutes walk from the central station.
We arrived mid-morning, knowing that our room would not be ready until 2pm, but were very warmly welcomed by Marcel and Berry. We were able to leave our cases, and set off to explore the city. When we returned in the late afternoon our cases had been taken up the steep spiral stairs to our room – room 31, spacious, modern and spotlessly clean. We have stayed in many hotels, but what makes this hotel different is the attention to detail and perfect service. The bed was very comfortable, a different treat on the pillow every night (chocolates, waffles, etc), good quality toiletries (bath and shower gel, shampoo, separate hair conditioner, body lotion, hand soap), loads of towels, wardrobe, chairs, desk, a hammock chair, hair dryer, heated bathroom floor, huge flat screen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, free WiFi, tea and coffee and a fridge, stocked with a small selection of complementary drinks and snacks, and there was also a birthday card and a birthday gift from our hosts – a bottle of sparkling wine!
Breakfasts were excellent – a selection of cereals, yogurts, cheeses, breads, hams, fruit, juices, as well as a different small hot dish from the kitchen each day (e.g. pancakes). They also have a good selection of teas and a very fancy coffee maker (which you can use at any time). There is also a free DVD library and an honesty cupboard stocked with wines, beers, soft drinks, sweets, snacks, etc.
Marcel and Berry were very helpful in recommending places to visit and restaurants to eat in. Their hands-on, caring approach is superb – and we see that the hotel has just been awarded the “Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice® 2013 Winner - Best Service” – which is very much well deserved! Thank you for a great stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Very nice location on a canal 5 mins walk from the central station, cool decor, nice and clean, nice breakfast, hands on and helpful owners set up an early breakfast for me as I was checking out super early.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

An early arrival presented no problems. Freshly ground coffee whilst we waited for our room.
Delightful rooms, quirky furnishings, well equipped bathroom and superb views of the canal.
The complimentary drinks in the room were a most generous touch as were the nightly offerings on the pillow and the little extras t breakfast.
Recommendations for places to eat were spot on- local cafe, 'Van Beeren' and fine dining' 'Greetje'. Marcel and Barry could not have been more helpful. We would certainly sta agan.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Geldersekade 16, 1012 BH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#13 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#17 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
#20 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hello. Mauro is a relaxed, romantic and quirky 9-room hotel, situated in a classic 16th century canal house right in the middle of the historical centre. You will find yourself between 2 former medieval city gates, a unique spot to start exploring Amsterdam. In Mauro Mansion we do not just offer accommodation, we offer a sincere local experience based on your individual needs, a million miles away from big hotel chains. Please be advised that we are not suitable for children andor any parties larger then 5 persons. So come and book that room, we promise to make your stay unforgettable! Mauro Mansion ... more   less 
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