I was a bit worried about booking this hotel as there were no reviews posted anywhere, so I had no idea what to expect. However, I knew that this was because it was fairly new so decided to give it a go, working on the idea that, if it was new, it would at least be clean! I am so happy that I did, as the hotel is lovely. Really modern and well designed, the room had a gorgeous print/mural on the wall, showing an outdoor ice rink and skaters. The bathroom was lovely, really luxurious with a huge bath. The hotel staff are very helpful and polite, although I wouldn't say friendly as, although each and everyone of them said hello each time they saw us, none of them smiled, but this isn't a huge thing. The breakfast was, I felt, a bit steep at 17.50 (euros) per person, with an extra supplemtent if you wanted a cooked option, but there was a Spar type store over the road and so we bought our own fruit and bits and bobs for breakfasts and kept them in the fridge in our room. The hotel is about 15 mins on the tram from the center, but the stop is literally right outside the hotel to get on the no.9 (no.9 takes you to Centraal station, via most of the main attractions), with the stop to get off just a few metres earlier, so it is really incredibly easy to get around. Its only about 5 mins to the zoo, the resistance museum and about 10 to the flea market at Waterlooplein. We ate at the Spanish restaurant, Pata Negra, just one block up from the hotel, which served great tapas and the most awesome cocktails (margaritas and mojitos both particularly good), so there are alternatives to the hotel restaurant, which looked great but we didn't try. It is also just across from Ooosterpark, which was lovely for walks during the day. The only slight niggle was the fire alarm went off the first morning we were there twice, as the staff couldn't get it to switch off. Not a huge problem (and not the fault of the staff), and they had an engineer in the lobby working on it within a couple of hours, but it was a slightly harsh way to start our trip!! On the whole, I would absolutely recomend this hotel and would stay there again on another trip to the Dam.
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