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“An averige stay with several pros, but also many cons...” 3 of 5 stars
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Hampshire Hotel - Beethoven
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Beethovenstraat 43, 1077 HN Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #187 of 345 hotels in Amsterdam
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“An averige stay with several pros, but also many cons...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

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:

Pros:
+ 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.

Cons:
- 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...

Room Tip: Avoid 402 because its located next to the cleaning/storage room...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

We stayed in Hotel Beethoven in April 2012 for five nights. Hotel is classic 3* hotel. Very small lobby in front of the reception, Very small breakfast area, but breakfast is good (buffet style).
Staff is ok. But not very friendly. Rooms are very basic, but clean. Location of the hotel is approx. 5 km and it is a bit far to walk to city center, but we used tram (10 min ride) station is front of the hotel which is very convenient. Area of the hotel is nice, you can find almost everything you may need, and also there is couple of restaurants close by. All in all nice 3* hotel in magnificent city. Amsterdam is must see destination.

Room Tip: Try to get room with terrace, they are bigger and much more airy.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

The hotel staff was friendly, but the rooms were a little dirty. The walls were discolored and the beds lumpy. Overall I would say this hotel is average. Clean bathrooms. The hotel is very close to the tram with east access to Dam Square.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012 via mobile

We stayed overnight at this hotel and the location is brilliant - easy access to trams outside and direct link to long term and cheap parking at Olympic Stadium and also into heart of city. Supermarket, cafes, bakery and quality shopping all on doorstep of hotel. Rooms were clean and reasonably spacious for a European city. The staff were very helpful and gave practical advice for getting around Amsterdam. If I had a criticism (which is minor by comparison to the plus points of this hotel) is that the bedrooms were a little dated/tired and the breakfast area a little cramped and also a bit dated/tired. However I do not consider that these points are substantial enough to warrant any reduction in my 5 star review rating of this excellent hotel which overall represented great value for money.

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

I stayed in this hotel as I needed to be close to University and my expectations were not high after reading the reviews...but! the stay was perfect.

Rooms: perfectly clean, it has paid tv basic furniture and no mini-bar but I was amazed how this hotel was kept clean!

Staff: the receptionists were extremly polite, spoke perfect English and I would rate the service higher than in some 4* hotels.

WIFI was in the whole hotel but it was only free in the lobby, if you required connection in your room you would have to pay £10/24h.

The location: it was in a nice neighbourhood of amsterdam surrounded by the best restaurants I have visited, chocolate shop, cheese shop supermarket and it was very safe and lovely, quiet part of Amsterdam. To the city centre it takes you about 20 mins by tram 5 which is outside of the hotel.

I would stay in this hotel again!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

We began a two-week tour of Europe with a stay at a less-than-good hotel. There was construction all-around the building, there was NO parking, the room was way outdated, the service was below average. Avoid.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

This hotel is really easy to get to from Schipol airport. Just like it says on the hotel's own website.
Our room - 320 was rather plain, walls really needed a fresh coat of paint, preferably not just white, and a couple of pictures etc. It was in the 'Annex' part of the hotel and the corridors were also in need of a refurb.
Bathroom was OK but larger people may find the toilet space challenging!
We had a small balcony with a small wooden folding table, and two matching chairs, and were visited by the occassional pigeon. The view of the nearby back gardens was pleasant.
We thought that breakfast at 10 Euros each was rather expensive and decided instead to buy croisants etc from the nearby large supermarket, which was staffed by very friendly, English speaking check-out assistants. However, be aware that the shop Albert Heijn although being a large chain, does not take credit cards, only Maestro, so all purchases have to be made with cash. On only our second visit to this store, we were offered their Bonus card, which gives automatic discounts.
We bought a 72 hours (3 days) Amsterdam City Card for 60 Euros each. This gave us unlimited tram rides around the city (a 24hr pass is 7.5 Euros), a canal cruise for 1 hour, and access to a good number of museums and attractions. We visited two or three museums each day average cost 8-12 Euros each, so for 20 Euros a day the Amsterdam Card was good value for us.

Room Tip: Front facing rooms may have noise from trams. Back facing rooms overlook gardens of the next street...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Beethovenstraat 43, 1077 HN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #187 of 345 hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hampshire Hotel - Beethoven 3*
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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