We went to Amsterdam as part of our honeymoon. While this hotel isn't exactly the Ritz, it definitely is a bargain. Located within walking distance of the train station and facing out on the Singel canal, this hotel has a prime location and was a very cost effective place to stay (under 100 euros a night). The SIngel Hotel also has an elevator (which really helped me out after a long day of walking and made it easier to get our bags to the 3rd floor. The hotel has sort of a hostel vibe (college aged students working behind the desk, no real frills, you must turn in your room keys when you leave and pick them up when you are "home" for the night, full of college-aged students on break) but it has a number of distinct advantages: 1) it is an actual hotel, you get your own bedroom with a TV and a few channels and our room had a large en-suite bathroom/shower facility 2) Singel Hotel has a "no drug" policy. You can't bring any drugs back with you if you want to stay there. This was great because it prevented a "stoner" clientele from setting up shop in the common areas downstairs. Almost everyone else staying there was like us: people who didn't intend to spend much time at the hotel itself (who does that when there is so much to see and do in this city?), mid to late 20s, some older family types, and all people on a budget who found a hidden gem in Amsterdam. The beds were fairly large, comfy, and very clean relative to almost every other hotel in Europe where I've stayed. The rooms, by American hotel standards, are a little cramped (you can tell from the attached picture that we had to keep our suitcases on the bed and stack them in a corner when we slept), but for Europe, it was a big room for the price. Free homemade (for the most part the pastries and other breakfast foods were fresh, not pre-packaged). I've already mentioned that the Singel Hotel has a great location, but to get more specific, you can see a number of sites from the rooms. The train station is 2 blocks or so away, and restaurants and bars are peppered along every street nearby. Many of the major museums of Amsterdam (Rembrandt House, the Anne Frank Museum, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Van Gogh's Museum, etc) are within walking distance or a short cab or tram ride away.
Be forewarned, if you go out for dinner and walk through some of the adjacent streets, you probably will be shocked to see women in lingerie standing the windows of a number of apartments and buildings. This is the infamous Red Light District, and it is not too hard to stumble upon if you are exploring the city near the hotel. We didn't mind and weren't offended (no one was naked, you can see more skin on prime time TV than in an Amsterdam RLD window); it was all part of the experience of Amsterdam :) So, if you are traveling with kids or those with frail sensibilities, you may want to ask the people at the desk what routes specifically avoid going through the red light district.
Bottom Line: great hotel to stay in if you are traveling on a budget. The rooms are safe and clean and offer all the basic amenities, with the added bonus of a free breakfast in the mornings. If you want a "luxury" hotel, this isn't for you. If you don't mind staying in a Best Western or Holiday Inn in America, then this hotel will work just fine :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Singel Hotel:The Singel Hotel, located in three characteristic 17th century canal houses at the beautiful and quiet Singel canal, is perfectly located in the city centre. This comfortable three star hotel is situated at one of the best locations of Amsterdam. An ideal mix of nostalgic atmosphere and modern comfort close to all major attractions.Typical brown cafes and good restaurants are just around the corner and all public transportation can be reached within walking distance.This charming Singel Hotel offers, behind the attractively restored facade,32 up-to-date renovated rooms, an elevator and accomodation for 65 guests. Our friendly staff will do everything to make your stay unforgetable. Location:The Singel Hotel is very easy to reach. There is a direct train connection from Schiphol Airport to the Amsterdam Central Station which takes less then 15 minutes.Coming out of the Amsterdam Central Station you cross the station square and turnright at the Prins Hendrikkade. After 200 meters you turn left at the Singel canal. You will reach the Singel Hotel in 200 meters. ... more less
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