This is a second rate hotel at first-rate hotel prices. Strengths are staff who are always willing to help, and a location in a very pleasant part of the city where you are away from the swirling masses of tourists and instead can watch how Amsterdamers live and go about their daily lives. There is a Starbucks just 5 minutes walk away and you can sit outside and watch the world go buy. There are several other cosy cafes on the same street too.
Then there are the weaknesses. The rooms are bland, decor is uninspiring and TVs a bit on the small side. All internet must be paid for - even for use in the lobby! The heating system in my room would only blow out cold air. When I asked for this to be seen to, I was given a little fan heater to plug in. Why pay 200 euro a night to sit in a room with a little fan heater plugged in? This made it feel more like a bedsit than a hotel room. Took me back to my student days.
The hotel bar is tiny and no use. Fortunately, the Hilton is just across the road and they have an excellent bar where I drank good martinis and watched the busy action at the bar. There was also a log fire and a generally good atmosphere. The bar food was also good. I had some reasonably priced champagne and caviar. A great snack.
As many others have said, the breakfast is expensive and boring. The whole experience was one of being in a place whose prices matched its pretensions but not its quality.
Next time I stay in Amsterdam it will be the Hilton.
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