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Hotel Aspen
Raadhuisstraat 31, 1016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)   |  
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Ranked #141 of 345 hotels in Amsterdam
Southsea, Hampshire
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8 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic free leg and butt work-out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Flabby buttocks? Stay here for a few days and you'll soon firm up nicely! Seriously, the door buzzed open and we were greeted with the longest, steepest flight of stairs we've ever seen - go up and down them a few times daily and you'll feel the benefit for sure.

So, we arrived at 10am, well before check-in time and we hoped we'd be able to dump our bags somewhere. The owner went one better than that, our room was available so he let us take it. He was good enough to take the trouble to show us where all the places of interest were on a map. It was REALLY very strange hearing him talking very openly about where one can go to smoke pot, I kept looking around anxiously in case we were being overheard - everyone is so uptight about it in the UK!

Was given room 7 a twin/double with goodsized and spotlessly clean en suite. Lovely fresh linen and towels. For those of us who like watching people scurrying around on the street it is fine, but if you want peace and quiet this room is not for you as the trams and traffic noises are present along with the odd police siren (it is central Amsterdam). The other advantage of being up in the eves is that you have another two flights of butt firming stairs to mount! Have to say I don't think I've ever slept in such a narrow bed, even as a child, and it was pure luck I never fell out. It was cold outside so the central heating in the room and separate radiator in the bathroom was very welcome indeed. Small things I like to see which give the feeling the hotel is safe - electricity is earthed to the water supply.

What would I improve? There is no TV so no snippet of news (and none of the nagging for watching it), no kettle and mugs so can't have that all-important first cup of the day. As others have said - you get what you pay for and for what we paid this ticked all the important boxes - and saved us temporary gymn membership too!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

A clean warm base in a convenient location, friendly owner. You get what you pay for and this hotel rates well against others in this price range. Free WiFi, clean towels daily supermarket just up the road, coffee available €1.50. Unfortunately the stairs (60+)were just what we didn't need after a day out, and deadly after a couple of drinks. No smoking hotel not that many smokers would survive the climb.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

This was my second stay at this hotel. My daughters and I stayed here a couple of years ago and this time with my husband. On both occasions we booked a room with private bathroom. The steep staircase is a nightmare to traverse, particularly on the way down with luggage but its all part of the charm. The hotel is basic but spotlessly clean and fresh and in a great location. The owners were friendly but unobtrusive and helped us upstairs with our luggage. Great value for money. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Good if you don't need much space and are just staying for 1-2 nights. There was not much water in the shower, no sink in the bathroom (but in the bedroom) and the stairs are steep but the owners are exceptionally friendly and its close to Anne Frank museum and the red District.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Booked this hotel for 3 nights for 3 adult family members. It was easy to find and very handy location for all parts of Amsterdam, we had a triple room with private bathroom. For the price we paid we were really happy with the cleanliness of the hotel, bedding and towels changed daily, room cleaned and hoovered daily, for the price you pay you really can't get any cleaner than Hotel Aspen, there are no televisions or coffee making facilities in the rooms but you can purchase a coffee or cold drinks from the owner who is a lovely gentleman, he is very helpful at pointing out the attractions and what to avoid, we had an early morning flight home and he brought us coffee up to the room at 6.30am, very happy stay :-)

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

A characterful hotel among the traditional buildings of central Amsterdam and within 10 mins walk of the railway station. Bars, restaurants and visitor attractions within a few minutes walk. Room was clean, comfortable and warm.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Batesville, Mississippi
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This little hotel was the perfect choice for our 36 hour layover in Amsterdam. It was very clean and the owners were incredibly welcoming and helpful. The price is great too (we actually spent more on the taxi from the airport than we did on this room! Fortunately, the owner informed us of the shuttle service and booked it for our return to the airport--lesson learned!) Our room did not have a private bathroom, but we were pleased to find the shared bathrooms to be immaculate.

Be warned, however, that the stairs are STEEP! It was awfully hard for us to drag our very large suitcases up to the 3rd floor. We managed, but this might be a negative for seniors or handicapped individuals. Overall, very pleased and would definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Raadhuisstraat 31, 1016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Jordaan
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#34 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
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