I usually start my reviews by asking myself what I didn't like about a particular hotel, then marking it down from there, but being perfectly honest there was nothing much I could find fault with at this hotel.
From our arrival to leaving a couple of days later our stay here was made very pleasant. We arrived in Amsterdam and had walked from the station to the Rho Hotel by around 11am after an early flight and then a train ride from the airport. We only popped into the hotel so early to ask if we could leave our bags there to save us having to carry them around with us until 2pm - the hotel's official earliest booking in time. The hotel do offer this service free of charge but as it turned our we were told our rooms were ready, so we could take the bags straight up if we wished. As we had a late flight back on our day of departure the hotel did let us leave the bags there all day while we wondered about the city and visited the Anne Frank house.
The rooms we had were quite basic but very clean with no nasty smells as we've experienced in previous city centre hotels. Staff were always polite and very helpful during our stay. It's location just up a quiet side street off Dam Square is perfect - right in the heart of where there's a lot going on with plenty of bars and restaurants etc. However, once you walk up the little side street to the hotel it's very quiet with not a lot of noise spilling over from the nearby square, so there's no noteable noise to disturb guests at night, it also felt quite safe to wander around here after dark.
The location is also perfect for visiting the city's attractions, there are no long hikes to get to anywhere of interest and it's not even that far to walk from the station. You come out of the front of the old station building, and a steady stroll in a straight line for about 10 / 15 mins will bring you to Dam Square.
The breakfast at the hotel was excellent, we all enjoyed it very much & it was included in the room price as well which is a plus. It consisted of a varied choice of buffet food, from continental style to a full egg and bacon breakfast - or a mixture of both if desired. Very impressive and the staff running the breakfast room were very pleasant and helpful.
There's no real bar as such in the hotel, but there is a small area that you can sit with a drink where reception staff double up as barpeople, so at busy times there could be a wait to be served but that is about the only negative thing I can find to say about this nice hotel and it's being extremely picky . In reality there's a good little bar just around the corner so there's no need to drink at the hotel anyway. There are also lots of good eating places nearby, hence there being no reason to have a restaurant in the hotel
The Rho Hotel used to be a gold exchange, then later became a theatre so it has a bit of history attached to it, there are photos of it in it's heyday in what passes as the 'bar' area. The nicely restored reception is what was once obviously the trading hall then the auditorium of the theatre - the boxes can still be seen there if you tilt your head back a bit and look upwards.
I'd have absolutely no qualms about staying at this lovely hotel again - in fact we may doing so in the not too distant future as we're considering another trip to this fantastic city, maybe in Springtime.
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- Also Known As:
- Rho Hotel Amsterdam