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“Penthouse Kerkstraat Apartment” 5 of 5 stars
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Amistad Hotel
2.0 of 5 Specialty Hotel   |   Kerkstraat 42, 1017 GM Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #53 of 192 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
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“Penthouse Kerkstraat Apartment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2006

My friend and I just returned from a week stay at the Penthouse Kerkstraat rented out by the Amistad.

Bottom line is that the apartment was excellent. The location of the apartment was convenient to almost all of the destinations we frequented. Some important destinations to note, right on the same street of the apartment (Kerkstreet):

Thermos Night
Conscious Dreams
Cafe Du Klos
Amistad Hotel
Chocolatier (Retail space of the Apartment building)
A few coffee shops

Also, Leidsestraat, one of the main shopping streets, is only a few hundred yards away.

The apartment itself is very cute. After climbing 4 flights of stairs (it's good exercise) you'll arrive to the penthouse. Everything seems relatively new (the building itself and the furniture). The living room area can be converted into its own room, as the couch pulls out into a nicely sized bed. There is a TV, DVD player (I don't think American DVDs work on it) along with a huge case of DVDs to play. The DVD player also plays CDs through the TV speakers. The windows facing the street open up to a very nice view of Amsterdam.

The kitchen attached to the living room is nicely equipped. We made use of the coffee machine and the fridge. Note that there is no dishwasher... use your hands!

There is a powder room (toilet and sink) adjacent to the living room. Next to it is the bathroom (sink and shower) that is pretty spacious. There were plenty of clean towels ready to use.

The bedroom comes with a nice queen size bed with convenient built-in side tables. There is a wardobe and dresser that should easily accomodate 2 week's worth of clothes. Also, there is another TV and DVD player in the room. The balcony is attached to the bedroom, and it's pretty damn nice. The view is beautiful and there is room for two people to sit and enjoy a smoke (or whatever).

The ONLY serious problem I had was with the fact that I had to pay in cash. I was not made aware of this condition until days before my trip... so I had to make a mad dash to get enough Euros to pay them (I was planning on charging it to my credit card). Apparently, someone owns this apartment and Amistad rents it out. Amistad asks for cash so that they can directly hand over the money to the owners. Is it me, or does it seem like Amistad should go through the trouble of giving the apartment owners cash instead of their guests? Anyway, that's my big complaint.

Otherwise, the staff seemed friendly. We were never awake to catch breakfast at the Amistad, but the room they offered it in seemed too tight anyway.

Anyway, I hope this helps out!

R.

Stayed August 2006
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2006

I spent two nights at the Amistad in mid-May and had a wonderful experience. I was greeted warmly, politely escorted to my room by the attendant (who also happens to be one of the owners) and made to feel comfortable. My top floor room had a newly constructed private bath and very pleasant shower (unlike what I experienced in a more provincial Dutch hotel in Leiden).

The internet cafe makes it extremely easy to stay in touch with home - the charge for hotel guests to use it is some completely insignificant amount I don't recall - maybe 3-4 Euro AT MOST for 100 minutes?

I also had the opportunity to see one of the beautiful apartments the Amistad offers a few short blocks away and still in the middle of the action. It was a meticulously clean IKEA show-house, including a washing machine, outfitted kitchen and a huge deck overlooking the city. And the first floor of the apartment building in which it is located houses one of Amsterdam's best known choclatiers! Yumm!

  • Stayed May 2006, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2006

very friendly place indeed, helpful staff , especially dicky and Jost. Also the internet in the room was very good to have. Nice breakfast and very clean. Location the best. can recommend this samll hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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 24, 2006

friendly place, very helpful staff ! would surely recommend this hotel. clean room and great location.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2006

For a B&B, we received a clean, well-decorated room with more than a touch of elegance. I recommend asking to stay in the B&B which is about a one-minute walk from the hotel (though they only accept cash payment at the B&B). The B&B rooms are historic and rustic -- beautiful. Kerstraat is not busy, but ask for a room in the hotel or B&B's rear to avoid street noise. Breakfast was simple and fine. The guests teneded to stick to themselves, so it's not a social atmosphere if that's what you are after.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2006

My partner and I just stayed in their penthouse apt on Kerkstraat. It was a great experience. The guys at the hotel were great ... always ready to provide advice and help when we needed to know how to get around and what was going on in town. They even invited us to their New Year's eve party. The apt was wonderful ... very modern and with all the conveniences of home. It really felt like we were living in ams ... not just their on vacation. There was a food store and a laundry mat just down the street. The location was great too ... very near the museums and the Leidseplein.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2005

Great experience.
staff is very helpfull and goodlooking !
Escpecially Joost and dicky.
Had a great time thanks to all of them, was my first time in Amsterdam and they helped me out with everything. The room was comfortable and I enjoyed the breakfast because I didn't have to get up early as in most hotels. I believe their breakfast was served till 1 p.m.
Overall it was a great experiencethis trip to Amsterdam and I will be back for sure.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Amistad Hotel

Address: Kerkstraat 42, 1017 GM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #53 of 192 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2 star — Amistad Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 7
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