We had a lovely four night stay in this hotel, located in the museum quarter of Amsterdam in a peaceful upscale neighborhood. This was after a one week Holland America cruise on the Eurodam to different cities and fjords of Norway. The front desk staff, concierge, housekeeping and restaurant staff were very friendly and extremely helpful with excellent suggestions. Nice fresh green apples were put out for us each day, which was a delight. The restaurant food for lunch and dinner was very good and moderately priced. Frank was our awesome server several times and really made us feel welcome in a relaxing atmosphere. The Bilderburger was very tasty, cooked to my specifications. The pizza royale with salami was very good too. We enjoyed the onion soup. Try the delicious smelling and tasting warm apple pie for dessert with whipped cream and ice cream. Daniel provided us with great directions and suggestions for our stay. Other staff members, sorry I forgot all your names were great as well, which really makes a difference in the quality of our stay. All hotels should train their staff as well as this hotel does. This is a smaller boutique type upscale nonsmoking hotel. Our room had a very comfortable large bed and pillows. Each of the four nights it was very quiet, except on the morning after our first night we were awoken by loud construction noises near the hotel which went on for three hours on and off starting at 7am. This only happened on the first morning and was not the fault of the hotel. There was a mini bar, which we did not use except to keep some medications and fruit refrigerated. The bath amenities were great. There is a complimentary shoe shine available. Room was very clean each day with turndown service in the evenings. We had climate control on the maximum and temperature averaged between 70-74 degrees Fahrenheit. One day it was a little warm and they brought us a fan up to our room which helped. Wifi was expensive so we did not use it. I would suggest that the hotel provide free wifi access in the future as I noticed that many other hotels do. We were able to get free wifi access various places around the city. If you eat at a certain restaurant in the city or go to some attractions, see if they have a free wifi access code that they can give you. The hotel was only a few blocks away from the numbers 5 and 16 tram lines which brought us all over the city of Amsterdam. Waits for the trams were never longer than 10 minutes. We bought a three day 72 hour pass from the hotel which was only 33 euros total for the both of us. One day we booked a tour through the concierge of the hotel of the Holland countryside featuring windmills, a cheese factory, Dutch shoe factory, a boat ride, and fishing village with times to shop and have lunch. We also took a canal cruise which was very nice but had to wait almost a hour in line for boat after we had bought the tickets. The Heineken experience was fun and we only had to wait in line about 15 minutes to buy tickets and get in. We spent slightly more and had the rooftop burger with an extra drink, which was good for lunch after the tour. It was fun shopping at the flower market and the Albert Cuyp Market too. If you want to visit Anne Frank museum, go online to their website several weeks beforehand you pre-purchase reservation tickets so you do not have to wait in line for three hours. Breakfast in this hotel was disappointing, costing 17.5 euros per person if booked in advance at the front desk, otherwise it was 5 euros per person more. The middle aged woman at the breakfast with the dark hair seemed annoyed that we mentioned the discount and I had to be very insistent in order for her to honor it. The orange juice tasted like a disgusting watered down concoction and should be better real orange juice for this price. Twice we went up and there was no bacon replaced within close to an hours time, which was unacceptable. Breakfast selections could have been better quality. That is why we only had the breakfast once. Lunch and dinner were much better with friendlier service. You can eat lunch or dinner inside or outside. There is an electronic combination safe in the room for your valuables. This is a pet friendly hotel as we saw several people with dogs. I am not sure if only certain rooms are reserved for people with pets but thankfully it didn't bother our allergies. Upon checkin, they took a 200 euro hold on my credit card and I asked to have it released upon checkout. We had ordered a taxi from the hotel staff the night before our early morning flight which arrived promptly. It was 46 euros for the two of us to the AMS airport. Taxis are expensive in this city so better to do public transportation most of the time. We would definitely stay at this hotel again the next time we visit Amsterdam. Thank you for making us feel comfortable and welcome at our home away from home. We also got a very good deal on Priceline, which is how I discovered this gem of a hotel. Bravo!!!
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