We spent four nights at Hampshire Hotel Beethoven with my boyfriend in the beginning of July. I would say that my rating on the hotel on an international scale would be below averige, but for Amsterdam I'd say that the price-quality ratio is quite good. Here are some of the major pros and cons:
+ We arrived around 11 a.m., and we were given a room immidiately, although the check in is officially at 2 p.m.
+ the rooms are rather spacious (we had a standard room, but we were also offered a superior room for 10€ extra per night)
+ the rooms are spotlessly clean (especially the bathroom!), the towels are changed daily and no sign of bedbugs whatsoever
+ during daytime, access to the city centre is very easy, trams 5 and 24 run every five minutes
+ the hotel is in a nice neighbourhood, approx. 3-4 km from the city centre, with a supermarket around the corner, bakery next door and a few nice cafés and restaurants. And also a cheese-shop and a liquor store!
+ there was a frigde in the room, although it wasn't mentioned in the amenities
+ air-conditioning, a shared balcony and a large, opening window in the room
+ As hotels in Amsterdam are very expensive, we got a good deal: 350€ for four nights.
- the biggest con was the VERY LOUD housekeeper who began to stomp around the corridors around 8 a.m. and also kept on banging the storage room's door that was located next to our room (our room was number 402). The soundproofing of the rooms and especially the doors is extremely poor, so sleeping after 8 a.m. was practically impossible despite earplugs (and I am not exaggerating, it was really VERY, VERY loud). In addition, on the last day the housekeeper came into the room at 8 a.m. despite the "Dop not disturb" -sign we had at the door.
- The hotel is not located at the centre, so it is not as easy to pop over to the hotel for a quick rest, as it is if the hotel is more centrally located. Also, the night buses are not quite as frequent as the trams during daytime, so one night we ended up walking approx. 15 min. and then waiting for the bus for 30 min. at Leidseplein. The trams run until half past midnight though.
- The aircon temperature control did not work, so if the aircon was on, it became freezing within 15 min. So it was good for a quick cooling/refreshing, but we couldn't have it on all the time. Also, a few times late at night it seemed that the aircon did not work at all.
- The fridge stopped working on the day before we left, and we never found out whether someone had turned it off or if it had broken up.
- The corridor on the 4th floor looked pretty worn out and had a weird smell, but the rest of the corridors on the other floors were much cleaner.
- The mattresses were quite bad and the pillows lumpy. I slept well though, at least until 8 a.m....
- No breakfast included in the price
- You had to PAY to use the TV (!!!) and to use the internet, even at the lobby it was 5€/hour.
- The room had a strange small kitchennette that had practically nothing in it, despite the sink and empty cupboards. It also looked like it was in the middle of renovation. I guess you were not supposed to use it...
- The housekeeper did not replace the toiletpapers etc. before we ran out completely
So, all in all an average stay, a little pricy for what it had to offer, but reasonable for Amsterdam. With a few improvements, such as free TV and internet as well as a quieter housekeeper it would definitely be good for the price. If you're not looking for luxury, you want to save some money and you are willing to tolerate some downsides, it's a good choice. The cleanliness is top-notch!
In Amsterdam, I recommend you buy ticket for museums in advance in order to avoid queuing, especially for the Anne Frank house! Joordan was a very nice neighbourhood and I also recommend the Albert Cuyp street market in De Pijp. There is so much more to Amsterdam than the red light district...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hampshire Hotel – Beethoven is a comfortable and convenient three star hotel in the prestigious Beethovenstraat in the popular neighbourhood Oud-Zuid. Hampshire Hotel – Beethoven is centrally located in Amsterdam, near the city centre, the conference centre Amsterdam RAI, the World Trade Center (WTC) and the VU (university). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hampshire Hotel Beethoven
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