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“Excellent Hotel for a City Centre” 4 of 5 stars
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RHO Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   NES 05-23, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District (De Wallen))   |  
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Ranked #144 of 356 Hotels in Amsterdam
Lancashire, England
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“Excellent Hotel for a City Centre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Look out for the bicycles and trams in Amsterdam, they're lethal - especially the bicycles!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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Preston, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in this hotel with a group of friends, first day a friend had money and his mobile phone taken from the room, when reported to reception he was told they couldn't do anything! The hotel is tired and needs a good clean, the chairs and curtains in our room had stains on them. The free wifi does not work for the majority of the time. Only good thing about this hotel is it's location but even that would not make me stay in this hotel.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Orebro, Sweden
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37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

This is not a first-class business hotel, but for the price and the excellent central location, it is absolutely ok. It is clean and has everything you need. Not the largest breakfast buffet you have ever seen, but completely adequate. And they serve REAL orange juice, not the kind of yellow lemonade you get in many hotels finer than this. They also know how to make scrambled eggs, not the egg pudding you get in many places.

All in all, it is a three star hotel, and as such, it does what it should.

Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Stayed here for four nights. The hotel is huge, with a cavernous lobby that never had more than two people in it. The hotel's location is great: 15 minute walk from Central Station, 100 feet off Dam Square. My room was clean and adequate but on the spartan side, with blond, modular ikea-type furniture. Bathroom had been recently updated with good-size tiled, shower.
Complimentary breakfast was better than most, and large dining room with many single tables meant there was always a place to sit.
Staff was friendly and helpful. I would stay here again on biz, but this place is far from cozy otherwise, unless you're yearning to recapture dormitory life.

Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

The location of this hotel is very central yet is tucked away on a side street so had a lovely peaceful nights sleep. Loved the look and feel of the hotel. Beautiful lobby. Staff extremely friendly and welcoming. Nothing felt too much trouble. Breakfast was lovely. Only issue with breakfast was that we couldn't find any teaspoons. Rooms nice and spacious. Stayed in room 211. Only problem with the room was no tea/coffee making facilities! Will definitely stay here again.

Thank you RHO for a lovely stay.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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dublin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Stayed here as part of a group celebrating a birthday on the 29th and 30th November. The hotel is in a great location on Dam Square and is clean and spacious if slightly dated and basic for €140 per night. The breakfast was great too.The main problem we encountered on our second night was very disturbing and the staff attitude and manner left a lot to be desired. My friend and I returned to our room at 4.30pm for a nap and to have a shower before dinner. Luckily we did and luckily I set my alarm and was awake because a man let himself into our room (218) and I found him in the process of either attempting to steal a ghd hair straightener or attempting to take the safe from the bottom of the wardrobe which was were the straightener happened to be left. Either way to wake to find a man in our room was terrifying and luckily he just left when confronted. The male receptionist questioned us in a very hostile manner and seemed to imply that we must have left the door open which i assured him we did not. We were treated like two hysterical fantasists and let me be clear we are not teenagers and were not under the influence of any substances. The lock was eventually changed on our room but afterwards I could not relax nor enjoy the night as I was certain this man somehow had access to a master key card to enable him to open our door. We reported all this again the next morning and once again were dealt with in an off hand manner. None of the day staff were aware of the incident the night previousy. I was informed there is no cctv although there is a camera above the door into reception. Nobody seemed bothered to check this although I gave a very good discription of the man to them. Having read the review previous to mine about someone s room being broken into and their lock also not disturbed, and this happened the wednesday prior to our break in, I can only conclude that the hotel has a serious problem. Someone is gaining access to their rooms and yet they do not care one bit! I advise people to stay here only if they have nothing of value to leave in the room or they plan on carrying their possessions with them. FYI the hotel safes are not screwed down which is pointless to me as they obviously can be carried off in a rucksack which our intruder had on his back! Single women beware. Very disappointing experience and not once did one person apologize to us.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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trinidad, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

We stayed at this hotel in September and it was a great place to spend a night in Amsterdam. It is in a great location right next to Dam Square and close to all of the attractions, close to the metro and trolley. The free breakfast was very good. The lobby is an old theater and is very beautiful. The rooms are basic, but adequate. Service and front desk staff very helpful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about RHO Hotel

Address: NES 05-23, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District (De Wallen)
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#109 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — RHO Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 170
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