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The Toren
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Keizersgracht 164, 1015 CZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Jaen, Spain
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“MARVELLOUS!! :O)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

It's a great -clean- economic hotel in the city center. Nice staff. I recommend it everybody: families-couples- friends!

Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2010

There are many glowing reviews of the Toren and they all ring true: Lovely rooms, gorgeous setting (the view overlooking the canal was special), friendly staff, quaint bar (with a great martini), superb location near the Jordaan and the 'Nine Little Streets' - but then they went beyond the call of duty in a way that no chain could ever have done.

We (myself, wife, and 7-month old baby) were in the Toren during the blizzard that dumped a half foot of snow on Amsterdam recently (late Dec). As we made our way to check out, Mr. Toren stopped us and said, "if your train doesn't leave, call me immediately and I'll hold a room for you." Sure enough, trains out got cancelled, and the situation at the station started to get chaotic. And true to his word Mr. Toren held us a room - at a superb rate I should add - when what few rooms available in the city were otherwise being offered to stranded travellers at extortionate prices. What could have been a nightmare turned out to be another wonderful night in Amsterdam. In a world full of chains, it's nice to know that there's still a few family owned places that believe in hospitality.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2010

I stayed at the Toren for two nights in November. My room was in the annex, which is several doors down from the main building that houses both the reception as well as the dining room.

The Toren is in a what appears to be a residential area right on the Keizersgracht ... one of the major canals that ring the Amsterdam. The two buildings appear to be townhomes that was converted to a hotel. I had a room on the fourth floor, and I think I was upgraded to a canal view room. The decor and furnishings are rich and classical ... maroon velvet furniture abound, and even the rooms are framed with crown moulding and a chandelier. My room was a nice size as a single traveler and I would consider it average sized for a European hotel room. The bathroom was a surprise because it had a combo shower and jacuzzi tub. Frankly, the jacuzzi seemed a little unnecessary for such a little bathroom, but it was a nice touch.

The service is what set this hotel apart. I arrived at the hotel at about 9:00AM, after having taken the Thalys from Brussels to Amsterdam. I had just expected to drop my bags off so that I could go have breakfast and explore the city until check-in time. The reception offered breakfast, and I had initially refused because I just didn't want to have a hotel breakfast. I had misunderstood, because they were offering breakfast to me for free. That was a really nice start. Breakfast was a hot buffet breakfast, with wonderfully polite service. From start to finish, the staff all were helpful, exhbiting true hospitality ... I felt like a guest in their house.

In terms of location, I was initially hesitant because it seemed a little off the beaten path. Don't let the location on the map fool you ... it's close enough to the big tourist sights, while being far enough away that you feel like you can explore the "real" Amsterdam. The Anne Frank house is around the corner, and the very interesting district of Jordaan is right nearby. The Amsterdam Centraal station is a fifteen minute walk for a fast-walking urban dweller, so everything is very accessible by foot. What's great about being in a residential area is that you can explore restaurants, cafe's and bars that have a nice local/tourist mix. And it's wonderfully quiet at night, except for the church bells of the Westerkirk which ring all day and all night long ... it's a lovely auditory frame for an European city. If you want to explore further, the tram is less than two blocks away.

Since it's not a big hotel, the amenities are at a smaller scale. There's a restaurant lounge that might seat 20 (and that would feel crowded) where breakfast and cocktails are served. There's also free internet here, so if you need to connect come here instead of paying in your room.

The next time I'm in Amsterdam (and I hope to return!) I will definitely be back over the big luxury chains.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2010

We just returned from a long weekend at the Toren in Amsterdam. We were really impressed, not only with the decor of the hotel but also the really helpful staff at the hotel. On arrival they will give you a detailed map of the city and also a list of recommended restaurants (which we did follow and were really pleased with).
The hotel is located in a lovely part of Amsterdam - straddling the canal district and Jordaan, so there are plenty of nice cafes, shops and markets to visit as well as only being a short walk from Anne Frank museum
Definitely worth a stay!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2010

The Toren is a stylish designer hotel on a canal in the heart of Amsterdam. The decor is sumptuous rather than the usual designer minimalism. Staff are helpful and friendly and the bar is a cosy retreat from icy cold Amsterdam in winter.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2010

We selected this hotel for a quick romantic getaway based on the reviews of the quality of it's staff and it's location, and our expectations were exceeded on both counts. We arrived in Amsterdam at 5am and thought we would have to have to wait until the afternoon to check-in but the reception staff did their utmost to accommodate us. The room itself was just what we had hoped for and the location of the Hotel is perfect....as are the lychee and the passion fruit Martini's!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gig Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

Arrived hours prior to check in, we were asked if we would like lunch while the room was prepared. After a quite enjoyable lunch we were notified our room was ready. I asked to sign the bill, and I was informed that the hotel picked up the tab. What a pure class move.
The breakfast for 12 Euros is terrific, sliced smoked salmon, eggs, sausage, mushrooms, Swedish pancakes, granola, fresh fruit, cereals, fresh juices, coffees, espressos.
The Toren hotel is one of the few hotels that first class from top to bottom, staff, facilities, food and beverage. The building was built in the 1600's, and is very clean, and well maintained. The hotel staff is professional, but at the same time makes you feel as though this is a home away from home, that you have been coming here for years. The bed was the most comfortable hotel bed I have ever slept in, and quite possibly more comfortable than our bed at home. There is a complimentary Nespresso machine in the room as well.
The location is perfect, very central to the best part of town, but just a short walk to Amsterdam's seedy side.
Don't bother to waist any more of your time looking at hotels, book with this hotel.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Keizersgracht 164, 1015 CZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#2 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#3 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#12 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Toren 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience. Whoever wants to be treated to a unique and memorable stay in Amsterdam should stay at The Toren. The hotel's elegantly designed interior and warm welcome, combined with the beautiful surroundings of Amsterdam's central canal area create a special atmosphere and a safe haven for you to completely relax. The hotel has been designed with your pleasure in mind! Worldwide tourists and business travelers familiar with the hotel will discover it afresh. ... more   less 
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