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“Room with a view” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Vijaya
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 44, 1012 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)   |  
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Ranked #252 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
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4 hotel reviews
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“Room with a view”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

After climbing 4 sets of steep stairs we got to our room. Getting luggage up the last flight was a bit of a challenge but the room has a lovely view over the canal. The room was ok and breakfasts were average. Appreciated having eggs and cereal vs just breads. While we were given fresh towels each day, it didn't appear the hall ways or stairs were vacuumed that often. We didn't find facing the canal that noisy but we were here midweek

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

Very impressed with hotel clean rooms big five of us in the room breakfast included ideal will go back here again have stayed in other hotels this was the best value for money and my friends who stayed with with me would agree loved it booking again for next year one happy customer should not be a one star have stayed in worse that was a higher star rateing

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

Just got back yesterday after a 5 night stay. We got exactly what we paid for, it was basic and clean. Our room was in the attic and was very spacious. A typical budget hotel with very steep stairs. No complaints.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

A group of 9 of us stayed in this hotel for my friends birthday. We checked in Friday the 30th and were given room 14. This room reeked of bleach and we soon found out why... We came back to the hotel in the eve ing to find bed bugs crawling up the walls and all over two of the beds. I went down to the reception to tell them, and to request we be moved rooms. To which the member of staff told me "we will send someone up to investigate in the morning" to which I responded that there was no need for investigation and that they were to move us straight away and that we would like to speak to the manager. Eventually another member of staff came up to move us into another room which was quite frankly disgusting. We stayed here for the night and then were moved to a 5 bed room the next day. When we asked at the reception where the manager was we were told that he had been and gone and that we had missed him. This continued for the next three days. Every time we asked for the manager we had either missed him, we then requested a member of staff phone him and were told that they either didn't have his number or they had already phones him or he wasn't answering. At one point one member of staff told us that the manager shouldn't have to work his schedule around us- charming. So on our last day, we went to the reception the ask one last time where the manager was and was told he wouldn't be there today. At the same time another guest of the hotel came up to the desk and asked for the key to room number 14. So I told him that the room had bed bugs and was then shouted at by the member of staff because apparently by doing this I was rude, but from my point of view I was doing the other guy a favour. If I was told before hand that the place had bed bugs I would have turned around and walked out. The member of staff who was a tall black bald guy was by far the rudest of all the staff we dealt with. He raised his voice he was unhelpful and he kept coming up with ridiculous excuses for the bed bugs- at one point he even accused us of bringing them into the hotel. So by this point we decided to take matters into our own hands, we went to the restaurant (owned by the same people) told them what had happened and asked them to contact the manager. The guy did this straight away and it turned out the manager knew nothing of the situation. So the hotel staff had been lying to us the whole time. I would never stay in this hotel again and I wouldn't even recommend it to my worst enemy. It was disgusting. The staff were rude, unhelpful and above all complete liars. And the rooms clearly weren't cleaned properly. The place should be shut down and fumigated. It's a health and safety risk. And it's full I incompetent people who think they can lie their way out of situations and intimidate young girls into not saying anything. NEVER STAY HERE.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

After reading some good reviews, we were excited to stay here. We weren't expecting much as it was very cheap; on first arrival the hotel seemed okay, we had asked for our rooms to be next to each other if possible but this did not happen. On first impressions the staff were okay, the rooms were average, just as expected for what we paid. However it soon came to light that our room was riddled with bed bugs, absolutely tonnes of them. We complained and asked to be moved which they did do, to an equally as dirty room so we got moved again the next morning. They said the original room we were staying in would be out of action for at least three days but another group were staying in the room two days later, the poor things!

We asked on numerous occasions to discuss our experience with the manager; all the staff continued to make excuses as to why we could not see him, even blaming us for the bed bugs! This was until the final day we decided to go to the indian restaurant owned by the hotel to try and find the manager there. The staff member here got hold of the manager who apparently had no clue of the incident and had not been informed, meaning we had been being lied to by the staff during our trip. I will not be staying there again due to not only the cleanliness but the rude staff we encountered too.

The only good point about this hotel was the location; right on the RLD and a very short walk to the square which was perfect for us.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 44, 1012 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #252 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
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