We're just back from five nights over New Year in Amsterdam and stayed at Sebastian's. The hotel wasn't cheap (about £800 for the five nights) but you'd expect a premium at New Year and the reviews on Tripadvisor were good, so we decided to go for it. What a good choice!
When we arrived, the staff at reception were very friendly and helpful, they gave us a local map and marked all the main tourist spots that we might want to see. They also recommended some restaurants and said that, if we had a particular restaurant in mind, they'd be happy to phone for a reservation. Our cases were taken upstairs and the staff member showed us into the room and went over how to operate the Nespresso coffee machine........ plenty of coffee available. We were urged to ring reception if there was anything at all they could do for us and he invited us down to the bar for a drink later (we can, of course, use the bar at any time, but it was nice nonetheless to get an invite). We had booked a smoking room and there was no ashtray - one promptly arrived.
The room was amazing. Dark, with black fringe curtains and black normal drapes that meant the room was dark in the morning so we could sleep as late as we wanted. It's boutique style so it's not the sumptuous luxury you get in five star hotels, but it doesn't market itself as five star. The coffee machine worked, the bed was very comfortable with good sheets, there was a good range of channels on the TV and the free wifi reception was excellent. The shower room was small (as stated on the website) but the shower very good. There was a nice little sitting area by the window looking over the canal view. I should perhaps say that we booked a large canal view room - the room was about the size you'd expect for a regular room in a good hotel. The hotel's website and some of the review on Tripadvisor says that some of the rooms are small and that may well be the case, but we didn't see inside any of the other rooms.
The hotel's location is very central. We'd looked at it on the map and decided to walk there from Centraal Station and it was an easy walk taking 10-15 minutes. Unless you have a lot of luggage or mobility problems, I don't think there's any need to take a taxi. It was a relatively short walk to any tourist parts where we wanted to go and didn't have to take a cab or bus anywhere. The nearest main street for food is Haarlemmerstrat - we ate there a couple of times but found the service lacking, but there are other places down side streets.
We will definitely go to this hotel next time we're in Amsterdam. We didn't need to speak to the staff very often but, when we did, they fell over themselves to help and we're sure they'd be great if there were to be any issues and/or emergencies - they were't in our faces, however, and we could come and go as we pleased without all the usual "where are you from?" and "have you been to Amsterdam before?" stuff you sometimes get. We kind of got the impression from all of the staff that they are proud of their hotel and the service they offer, and this is always a good sign.
Overall, a great hotel in a good location. It pretty much "does what it says on the tin" and then some more. We'd definitely recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the Keizersgracht, one of the most picturesque canals in the heart of Amsterdam, you will find Sebastian's, a contemporary three-star hotel with a unique and sophisticated design and atmosphere. Whether you are in the capital city for business or to enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Amsterdam, Sebastian's is the place to be. The location alone is worth the stay: a stone's throw from the Jordaan district, with its numerous cafés and restaurants, and Haarlemmerstraat, home to a wide variety of shops and a number of colourful Amsterdam outdoor markets. The hotel bar also boasts a unique and charming atmosphere. It is a ‘real' bar with a contemporary, trendy design and a meeting place for both young and old, who come here to enjoy a delicious cappuccino, cold beer or glass of one of the wide range of wines served. All of this can be enjoyed in a relaxed, jazzy setting. ... more less
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