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“Weird and strange !!” 2 of 5 stars
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Conscious Hotel Vondelpark
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Overtoom 519-521, 1054 LH Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Vondelpark)   |  
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Ranked #82 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
Dronfield, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Weird and strange !!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Unless you have a beard, wear sandals and eat lentils, I suggest that all normal people should give this place a miss !! The tiny entrance is located on a very busy street, separated only by a narrow path from massed cyclists and motor scooters who do not slow or stop for anyone. The corridors are painted black and the room doors are covered in silly slogans. Our room was very small with only a small table and chair, no desk or shelf on which to store things. There are numerous stickers on the walls asking if you really need to watch TV or have a shower longer than 3 minutes in a bathroom with dark brown tiles and advising that the table is made out of recycled coffee cups plus other similar comments.

Arriving in mid summer, 30C one might expect either a/c or a fan in the room, but no the hotel is more concerned in saving the planet than about the comfort of paying customers. You have been warned.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Conscious_Hotels, Manager at Conscious Hotel Vondelpark, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Wow, that is one hard review for us to read. Ouch..

First of all, I am genuinely very sorry to hear that you did not like anything at all in our hotel and thus did not enjoy your stay with us as much as you and I both would have liked.

What I am not sorry for is that we are proud embassadors of sustainability. Yes, this means that we try to create awareness among our guests and try to positively stimulate and show our guests that being 'green' can actually be fun and comfortable. But I believe that we are not 'in your face' all too much in doing so.

That being said, I still hope we could get a chance to show you exactly what we try to, and actually achieve with our efforts and what we stand for at Conscious Hotels. Perhaps you could contact me through the hotel's front desk for an attractive offer for your next visit to Amsterdam, should you be interested.

Best wishes,

Rob van Hemert
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Espoo, Finland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Spent three nights here with my daughter (10 yrs). Loved the quotes, decor and atmosphere, had an excellent breakfast. Wifi worked brilliantly, as did the tram that has a stop just outside the hotel. It was easy to get to Schipol using public transport. In the evenings we played the board games available at the lobby. Only two minuses: our room was at the furthest end and it was a long walk through corridors and doors. It seems the breakfast buffet has most to offer on Sundays - our first morning was a Sunday, followed by a minor disappointment the next two mornings. Coffee is excellent!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Conscious_Hotels, Manager at Conscious Hotel Vondelpark, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Hi,

Thanks for the nice review of your stay at our hotel. I am glad to hear you and your daughter enjoyed your citytrip with us.

I'm very happy to hear that the Wifi worked great for you, for we have recently upgraded our connection to a glass fiber line and it's great to see that our efforts have been rewarded with positive feedback!

I am aware that it can be quite a long walk to some of the rooms, but unfortunately that is not something we can change. Part of our sustainability principles is that we convert existing (empty) buildings to hotels to give them a new purpose.

I will definitely look into your remark about the breakfast. I know that some of our staff have their own signature dishes and that they love to spoil our guests, however this should not affect the look and feel on other days.

Thanks and hope to see you again!

Rob van Hemert
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Chester, United Kingdom
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

A hotel that is as good as the reviews on this site.
The location is excellent, the tram stops at the front door and is inexpensive and frequent. Otherwise it is a pleasant 20-25 miniute walk to the busy centre and attractions of Amsterdam
The rooms are a decent size for a city and very modern. The bed quality (coco mat) is as good as I have ever experienced - and alas I have slept in 100's of hotel beds!
A nice touch are the eco friendly notices... but don't worry it isn't too in your face.
Along the road are some excellent restaurants that offer better food and prices than the usual 'tourist' traps downtown. The Pancake Shop next door and cool pub across the road were out mid morning and last thing hangouts.
The staff were outstanding. We did have a problem with our booking when the twin-room we booked wasn't available and so we shared a double room!!! We also needed a wheelchair accessible room which wasn't readily available but the staff found a compromise. The glitches were ironed out quickly.
All in all an excellent hotel.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Sudbury, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I absolutely LOVE this hotel! From the modern decor to the cheeky notes around the room explaining their conservation efforts, to the suggestive quotes painted on the outside of each room's door, I loved it all. As an environmentally-conscious person I appreciated the conservation efforts throughout each room, and as an urban-dweller I appreciated the level of comfort and modern touches the hotel provides.
The staff were so helpful and friendly, the bartender was awesome, and the lounge area is classy.
Though the location wasn't as close to most attractions as I thought it was (about a 45 minute walk away), it was a gorgeous walk through Vondelpark to get to the museum area, and the tram stops right outside the hotel and takes you into the heart of the city. The hotel is also close to Blauw, the best Indonesian restaurant in the city (according to hotel staff, and our taste buds!)
The next time I'm in Amsterdam, I will only stay at either this location, or the other Conscious Hotel location.

Room Tip: The rooms on the 5th floor at the front of the building have an amazing view.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This hotel really ticked all of our boxes. I spent 3 days in Amsterdam with my girlfriend. The trip was really successful with a reasonably prices room that was just a tram away from town. I would really recommend the pancake place next door! We steered clear of the 'organic' breakfast that was very pricey.

The reason it did not received the 'excellent' rating was due to its rather average location. I am positive that this factor is taken into account when pricing the rooms! If you can afford paying extra then look for something in the Jordan area (the area where Anne Frank's museum is).

Oh and the wifi was really great. It was in the lobby and in our room.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Overall a really nice place to stay. It may seem a little ways away from the city hub, but we love to walk and it made us explore the beautiful Vondelpark, which was simply delightful. We probably won't have explored the park had we not stayed here.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Krakow, Poland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

If you'd like to spend a couple of days in Amsterdam, treat yourself right and in meantime stay environmental friendly, you must book a place in Conscious Hotel. The look from Overtoom street can make you underestimate it, because it looks small. The inside hides two towers of rooms located on 5 floors. Hotel's lounge is spacious, designed in modern way with some flowers and funny photos on the walls. Using Wi-Fi you can sit on a couch or on a pillow on the windowsill. Breakfast is simply good, with variety of coffees, fruits etc. Rooms are clean, decorated with photos of flowers. Bathroom is almost talking to a guest, saying how much water will you save, while showering. Clever are also soap dispensers under shower and next to washbasin, which can be refilled. Soap of very nice consistency and smell is produced ecologically. Hotel is located a few steps from beautiful Vondelpark and a couple of stops from city centre. Tram station is just in front of the building, what is really convenient. I had a very nice stay in Conscious Hotel and I am recommending it not only because of its location or amenities, but also for very nice and helpful STUFF!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Overtoom 519-521, 1054 LH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Vondelpark
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #82 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Conscious Hotel Vondelpark 3*
Number of rooms: 81
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