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Owl Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Roemer Visscherstraat 1, 1054 EV Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Museumplein)   |  
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Ranked #103 of 345 hotels in Amsterdam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

My adult son and I spent ten days at the Owl Hotel in November. I found the hotel staff extremely friendly and helpful and the rooms clean, comfortable, and quiet. The location is almost perfect for those who wish to visit the major museums in Amsterdam.

Room Tip: My room was on the fourth floor facing the street, but noise was not a problem.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Hotel is old but in great shape and well maintained. Staff is friendly and helpful. Breakfast was just enough to start the day. We enjoyed the comfortable lounge area just off the bar. The courtyard looked very nice but to cold to enjoy in in October. Our room was adaquite, not the Ritz. Well worth the price.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

It was a great hotel in a good location right beside Vondel park. Staff was always very friendly and helpful. The room was a decent size with comfortable beds, although two singles pushed together would stay together better with a double sheet or something. But overall very nice rooms. The breakfast was perfect with fruit, toast, meats and cheeses. The hotel was very clean in a safe location. The bus and tram stops were just down the street and most markets and museums were in walking distance. There are lots of shops and restaurants around as well. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends.

Room Tip: We did not use the pool or fitness rooms so ignore those ratings. It was easy to get to from the a...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We chose The Owl Hotel because of good reviews and decent price and it more than met our expectations. It's located about two blocks from the stop for the 197 bus from the airport (4 euros per person, a bargain) and most the the major sites we wanted to see were withing walking distance. The staff is very helpful, recommending some small neighborhood restaurants that were reasonably priced and not touristy. There is a small elevator, simple but very clean rooms and an adequate breakfast which, along with the VAT, is included. The garden at the back is delightful. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a well located hotel in Amsterdam at a decent price.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the garden are quiet, although the hotel is located on a street that is not busy.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Clean, friendly, quiet and very well located, however the decor and the breakfast were unimaginative although adequate. Worth the trade off if one is looking for a budget option.
Very close to museums, canal cruise, restaurants and shops.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Cozy and clean with an excellent location and one of the friendliest staffs I've run across in my travels! I agree that the hotel does need some freshening up but this could be said about many other moderately priced hotels in Amsterdam. (My wife and I have been to Amsterdam some twenty times).The breakfast was typically Dutch with a good variety of foods and beverages available. The location was terrific, less than a fifteen minute walk to all the major museums as well as Vondel park.The entertainment district and the better shops in Amsterdam were also about a 15 minute walk away. Bus 197, to and from the airport, was also a 10 -15 minute walk from the hotel. We will probably stay at the Owl on our next trip to Amsterdam.

Room Tip: Room 51 had twin beds pushed together that,in effect, gave us a king bed,
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We spent a wonderful week cruising the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam with Viking cruises and decided to tack on a couple of days in Amsterdam to finish off. There was a large conference in the city the days we wanted to stay and so there wasn't a lot of choice of hotels and, though the Owl is one of Kirker travel's portfolio, it wasn't up to the standard we normally expect from them.

First the pluses: it's well situated - about half an hour's walk to the station through the middle of the city; it's clean and the bed and shower were good; the staff were wonderful. So what's not to like? Well, the whole place was in need of a facelift. If I say the decor was orange and teak in the bedroom, including the bedcover, perhaps you will get the idea! The towels were threadbare to the point of fraying - in my house most of them would have been demoted to cleaning cloths and I'm not quick to throw mine out! There is free wifi, which is good, but it was slow and unreliable.The lift was scratched and battered, the carpets in public areas were in serious need of cleaning and preferably replacing and there was a general feeling of 1970s Sindy.

Added to that, the breakfast, we felt, was mediocre to say the least, not in terms of quantity or variety, but in terms of quality: everything seemed to come out of a packet or a bottle. The bread was SLICED ( why on earth a continental capital city hotel didn't provide freshly baked bread when every corner has a bakery on it utterly defeats us) and worst of all, the coffee, which came out of a machine, was undrinkable. When we arrived, we were given some superb coffee to welcome us, so we were at a loss to explain why the hotel didn't provide the same for breakfast?

If you are looking for a comfortable, reasonably priced hotel not far from the centre of Amsterdam the Owl will suit you, we have no hesitation in saying this. But don't look there for an up to date, well- maintained property that provides you with a yummy breakfast to start your day's sightseeing. A pity - just a relatively small amount of money spent in the Owl could make such a difference to the effect it creates - and they could then easily charge a little more to cover the cost.

Ps there wasn't a fitness centre, but I tapped it accidentally and couldn't erase it!!

Room Tip: Try to go for a room facing into the garden at the back - much quieter, though the road on which the...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Roemer Visscherstraat 1, 1054 EV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Museumplein
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #103 of 345 hotels in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:3 star — Owl Hotel 3*
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