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“Forgettable experience at this hotel. If only” 3 of 5 stars
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Hampshire Hotel - Beethoven Amsterdam
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Beethovenstraat 43, 1077 HN Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #226 of 357 Hotels in Amsterdam
London, United Kingdom
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“Forgettable experience at this hotel. If only”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

If only they would give this hotel a face lift, it might be an enjoyable experience.

Firstly, I was here on a business trip this time. We wanted something near the RAI conference centre and location wise, this hotel was great. however, it doesn't live up to its pictures on the website.

On the plus side. The beds are really comfortable and the shower, clean and modern. That's where it ends. The whole place needs a make over. It is tired and scruffy. It is the most basic hotel I have ever stayed in. The restaurant/breakfast area looks like a cafe and the breakfast is cereal, cold meat and cheese. Hot food consists of scrambled egg and mini sausages. The same everyday. You pop your toast into a toaster and hope it doesn't get burnt.

The rooms are all very dark. I stayed on the second floor at the back. There is no sound proofing and underlay under the carpet. So every time someone moved above, you could hear them. Fine if you had to be up and out early like me, not so good if you are on holiday.

Although helpful, the reception staff where a bit scruffy too. All wearing different attire and looking a bit fed up.

Plus side. Beds comfy, bathroom clean (well in my room), great location, near enough to everything, but far enough away to miss the noise of Central Amsterdam.

It's located in a very fashionable location, easy for town and easy for conference facilities.

That's where it ends.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank Pat F
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I was in Amsterdam for business and unfortunately had to settle for this hotel as all others where fully booked. Arrived at the hotel, check in, got to the 3rd floor and was met with the most awful smell. Got to my room to hear a 'drip, drip, drip' sound and discovered that my radiator was leaking. Changed to another room to find a radiator with rust/dirt marks, and a very grubby feeling room. Tried to purchase in-room wi-fi, but couldn't complete the transaction. TV channel selection was very poor, so gave up and turned in for the night. Had a good sleep, and shower was good. Absolutely no atmosphere in the restaurant which has been shoe-horned into the 'Reception' area creating a very 'rushed' experience at breakfast. Was glad to leave....

Room Tip: Sheesh - avoid the 3rd floor which has a weird smell?
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

very friendly hotel staff, especially Aziz who helped whenever needed. reasonable prices also during exhibition period. very near to RAI exhibition centre (5 min wich cab, 15-20 min walk). nice Argentinian restaurant next to the hotel and far more in direct neighboorhoud. i would recommend this hotel for business trips.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Stopped here for work a few nights and I really love the location. Stayed in Amsterdam a few times previously and this is the best area yet. Beethovenstraat is a stylish and classy neighbourhood with some good shops, bars and spots to eat, and this hotel is smack in the centre of it. worth mentioning here that here's a place at the end of the block called Fidelio Cafe that would make a brilliant local in any city with it's atmosphere, good beers and even better food, but sadly the same can't be said for the Beethoven.

If it was a colour it would be beige. Everything looks like it could do with a facelift.

That said, when you break it down into the raw materials of a hotel for a business trip there's nothing much to grumble about. My room was a good size with a decent bed, a great shower, good sized telly and plenty of natural light with views up and down the main road. The road's quite noisy but it didn't bother me overly. Breakfast was fairly poor but there was fresh bread and fresh juice and I've had worse.

It felt like they'd listened to reviewers advice and improved some of the essentials and this certainly made all the difference for my stay, but there's just no escaping the overwhelming blandness waiting around every corner. It's got zero character. You won't want to come back, but the charm of the area and the fact that it doesn't quite manage to upset you might just mean you forget you didn't really rate it and book another stay next year. Clever Beethoven.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank james_barlow
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

we stayed at the hotel for four nights. the room had enough space for two. The small problem was the bathroom door, which was sliding and didn't actually isolate /seal / from the rest of the space. The staff was friendly and helpful. We found it comfortable enough for our stay. Nearby were a lot of shops , cafe and restaurants which was very convenient. Transportation was very good, since the tram station was a few meters next to the hotel. I would rate it 3+.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Phaedra2013
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We stayed in the Beethoven Hotel for 1 week whilst exhibiting at a major Trade Show (September 2013). When we opened the lift door on the 3rd floor, after we had Registered, we were met by a really vile smell that lingered on for three days before finally dissipating.
Our Double Room overlooked the back (no garden) so it was quieter than the front, but it was dismal and urgently required redecoration, like the rest of the Hotel!
There was no ventilation in the lavatory/bathroom so the towels did not dry, and it was only on the third day that we started throwing them on the floor to get them changed. Even the net curtain in the room was filthy, with what looked like a large blood stain on it!
There was very little storage space for clothes, and what there was required a ladder to reach!
There was no free Internet (in this day and age?) AND they wanted to charge us for it, even though we were staying for seven days!
Breakfast was abysmal, and unchanging every day. There was a poor selection of cereals, no Meusli, totally tasteless fruit salad, the scrambled egg was like rubber, their sausages were small and 'dubious', and the coffee was totally undrinkable.
Reception was dour, and whilst not actually rude, did nothing to make one feel welcome in the venue.
All in all, a tatty, dismal, unwelcoming venue, and best avoided!

Room Tip: Ask for one at another hotel, but if you must stay there, get one at the back.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Tony D
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Komatipoort, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Amsterdam is an amazing city, and we loved staying at the Beethoven Hotel. The room was comfortable, the staff were very friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was more than adequate. We were a stone's throw away from the tram, so getting to all the interesting places we wanted to visit, like the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum etc. was easy. The staff provided us with tickets for the tram, and booked us on a day trip to Vollendam and Marken. We were picked up from the hotel by bus and taken to the central tour depot.
The "continental" breakfast included a choice of scrambled egg and sausage as well, which was more than adequate for a good tart to the day.
We loved the street we were in, as we could sit and have a good meal while we watched the normal Amsterdam life go by (mostly on bicycles!). It almost felt like we were part of the community, and we had good fun practising our Dutch phrases.

Room Tip: On arrival we were given the option of upgrading to a better room, which we did. It is a very quiet...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank LindaRenecle
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Address: Beethovenstraat 43, 1077 HN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #226 of 357 Hotels in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hampshire Hotel - Beethoven Amsterdam 3*
Number of rooms: 52
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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