Travelled in June 2014, as a group of five friends. First I want to say few words about location, which is really great. From Amsterdam's central train station, which is most popular way to reach the city centre from the airport, you'll have approximately 10 minutes walk, and that's really great even if you have some heavy bags with you. Hotel is settled in the middle of red light district, right next to the one of the canals. Red light district is usually really noisy, but our room was turned opposite of the street, and despite of poor view, at least we had a peaceful stay, when we were at the hotel of course. Furthermore, Dam square is also within about 10 minutes walk, Rembrandt square is 20 minutes walk away. There's nice caffe bar right next to the hotel, one of the few (if not the only) canal cruise station except from those located beside Central station is also 5 minutes walk away... Within 10 minutes walk you'll also find great varieta of fast foods, restaurants, bakeries etc.
Few words about hotel. We had a room for five people, which was really poor, but at least everything was clean, and judging by the smell of varikina when we entered the room, everything was disinfected also :) Wardrobe doors are not in great condition, so it took some effort to open and close it. In the bathroom there's a toilet seat, shower and a sink. There was enough room for all five of us and our bags. The bad thing in the hotel are steep stairs, which are unavoidable if you want to reach the room, and that can be problem, especially if you're woman carryng the bags (i am male, so didn't have this problem). But I'm sure that the staff will help you then. In the middle of the hotel there's an open smoking area, where you can smoke everything.
Breakfast is ok, if you're not too picky, there's a bread, cheese, salami, cereals, coffee and boiled eggs. Breakfast is served till 10, but try to come at least till 9:15, if you don't want to push with other guests.
Staff is friendly, in the hotel you can also buy some cheap wine, beer, toiletries, juices, water etc.
I would recommend the hotel for a group of people looking for fun in Amsterdam, definitely not for a romantic stay or stay with the kids.
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