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“Well located, friendly/helpful staff, clean, small touches, not fancy” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel The Neighbour's Magnolia
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Willemsparkweg 205, 1071 HB Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Hotel Zandbergen)   |  
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Ranked #48 of 345 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Well located, friendly/helpful staff, clean, small touches, not fancy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

This hotel is not fancy, however it has everything you need (including complimentary bottle of wine in the room). It is on the tram line and near the Willemsparkweg stop. It is 1 or 2 blocks from very good restaurants. And it is an easy walk (if you are so inclined) to the boat tours and historic area of Amsterdam. The staff was great at giving us tips (insider knowledge) and making arrangements for us. For example, the staff told us that if you make a reservation at the Anne Frank museum, then you don't have to wait in the 3 hour line.

The rooms were very clean and comfortable. See my tip on stairs and buildings in Amsterdam.

I would definitely stay again at the Hotel Zandbergen.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester UK
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6 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This is a delightful hotel in a perfect location. If you’re looking for the usual corporate blandness you get from many chain hotels, then this may not be for you. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for somewhere that’s friendly, family run and full of character, then you’ll struggle to do better than this.
The hotel is set in the southern part of Amsterdam. Even though it’s on a fairly busy street, the overriding feeling is one of peace and tranquillity. This is helped no doubt by the fact that it’s right next to the most beautiful part of Vondel Park and in an upmarket area with amazing Art Deco architecture. There are lots of excellent restaurants, bars and cafes within minutes of the hotel and some really interesting shops too. If you’re in Amsterdam for the culture then it’s only a short walk to the most famous art galleries and museums in town. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for the city’s more lively offerings then you’re only a ten minute tram ride from red light hell (or heaven, depending on your perspective). The tram stop is just over the road from the hotel and you can easily get to anywhere in the city from there should you have a particular aversion to walking.
I was travelling alone on this occasion and so only needed a single room. This was fairly small even by single room standards and about ready for a lick of paint, but it was clean, functional and perfectly adequate. The buffet breakfasts incidentally are excellent. The staff are very friendly, welcoming and seem genuinely proud of what their hotel has to offer which goes a long way to making for a really enjoyable stay. I'll certainly be staying here again the next time I visit Amsterdam and would recommend it to anyone. The hotel has its own website which, apart from being very informative about the local area and the city, offers a small discount for direct bookings and will give you something of a feel for the character of the residence in general.

Room Tip: The hotel is only on two floors. There is no lift and as with most older properties in Amsterdam the...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Conveniently located and clean. Very friendly and competent staff. The upstairs "penthouse" a great deal for four people who want kitchen facilities and privacy, provided they can climb the stairs which may be an obstacle for some. Only negative point but hard to avoid, some noise from airplanes in the a.m. as they arrive in Amsterdam.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Hotel Zandbergen was not at all like I pictured it. In large part because we were only in the hotel room for a very short period of time. You see, there was a mixup. We had asked for a "cot", an extra bed, as there was three of us going to stay in the same room. Well "cot" means crib in Europe apparently. And we were three fully grown adults. Due to being fully booked there wasn't many options for us.

Now this is where the Hotel Zandbergen has a gem up it's sleeve. They also operate an apartment next door and for 30euro more a night it could be ours. Being 9pm at night we were open to anything other than sleeping on the floor. So we took them up on the offer. Low and behold we walked into a spacious, two floor, two bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2 spare room, 1 entertainment room, 1 full size kitchen jaw dropping amazing apartment.

We were absolutely speechless the entire time we were there. This place was huge and an amazing treat (besides the weird 70's style wallpaper in one of the bedrooms).

The only bad thing was the main level bedroom had windows that opened onto a rather busy street. You could hear cars til 1am.

I would be open to staying there again let's just say that. :)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

I would recommend staying slightly further out from the centre of Amsterdam, which I think could be quite noisy, and the area round this hotel is lovely: next to Vondelpark and near lots of good restaurants (Tapa Feliz is highly recommended). It's only 15-20 minutes by tram from Centraal Station; Amsterdam's public transport system is fantastic and I never waited longer than about 5 minutes. Also, it's a small city and you can easily walk to the canals and the museums, etc. The single rooms here are very small, but the bed was comfortable, there was very little noise from other rooms and the breakfast was very good. The owner and his staff are lovely: so friendly and helpful, going out of their way to make life easier: always a good thing.

Room Tip: The rooms at the front will mean noise from the trams, but I found that earplugs sorted this.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Good location...very good breakfasts...delicious croissants (from Belgium)! Room was small, but clean. Reasonably priced. (There's a discount on-line if you book directly with them.) Front desk people were very nice and helpful.

Room Tip: Room on the back side are quieter than rooms in the front overlooking the main street.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Broxburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

We found the people friendly and helpful, the hotel is very convenient for visiting places of interest being within walking distance of many and on a good tram route. The room was OK, basic but clean but the steep stairs would be a problem for some people. The breakfast was enough and coffee was available at any time. We would go back.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Willemsparkweg 205, 1071 HB Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Hotel Zandbergen)
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#34 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#48 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#51 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel The Neighbour's Magnolia 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The cosy boutique hotel The Neighbour’s Magnolia (formerly Hotel Zandbergen) features 21 restyled modern rooms in soft pastel tones, with large beds, a desk with a brightly coloured HAY chair and a flat-screen TV. Each room has a private bathroom with shower or bath. Some rooms have a balcony or terrace overlooking the garden. We can put a private mini fridge on request in your room, as well as tea and coffee making facilities . Many additional features you can just take yourself from the colourful hallways. For our single (female) travelers , we have created a comfortable and above all safe environment. The hotel itself is in located in a typical Amsterdam listed building from the early 1900s in residential Amsterdam Oud-Zuid and is one of the few independent and privately owned hotels in Amsterdam.The homely LivingRoom with reception service is furnished and decorated with a unique combination of vintage and contemporary pieces of HAY furniture. Here guests can enjoy our continental breakfast. Complimentary tea , coffee and mineral water is waiting for you upon arrival. From the Honesty Bar in the casual setting of the LivingRoom guests can enjoy a Nespresso coffee, soft drinks, beer, wines, savoury and sweet snacks. Many excellent restaurants are located just outside the hotel on the Cornelis Schuytstraat or on the Willemsparkweg.Wi-Fi is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. Tickets to various attractions in the area you can get at the front desk where you can also rent a bike (and a packed lunch if you like). By the way, dogs are very welcome too.The famous art-packed Museum Quarter is a 10-minute walk away and houses the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum. It’s also close to the renown and exclusive shopping area of the P.C. Hooftstraat. The Amsterdam canal area is easily accessible on foot or by public transport. The tranquil Vondelpark and the Leidseplein entertainment area offer an amusing stroll. ... more   less 
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