The Poet Hotel is a recently renamed and refurbished hotel in an excellent location in a quiet residential street just a stone's throw from the Rijksmuseum and its tram stop, so access to public transport is virtually on the doorstep should you need it. It's actually just an easy walk to Museumplein, Leidseplein and into the centre, also close to Vondelpark, boat trips, numerous bars, restaurants in De Pijp – in short, an ideal holiday base.
The rooms are clean and comfortable but with what one might euphemistically describe as minimalist decor – this is where chic meets basic, right? I couldn't help feeling that perhaps a touch more could have been spent on home comforts rather than the large, trendy artworks adorning the walls. The long, narrow layout of the room also means that in a twin the beds are close together - let's just say you need to be on good terms with your room mate. Other members of our party had even smaller rooms.
In-room facilities are hit and miss – there's the ubiquitous flat screen TV but no tea & coffee. A free safe is an excellent feature but there's only a small shower room where I kept thinking I was going to stick an elbow through the mirror. The lack of air con could be a real minus in high summer. Wifi is available at €3 an hour but is free with any drink from the small but cool little bar in the book-lined lobby - hint hint.
I certainly found the staff to be helpful and personable, letting us check in early and leaving our bags on the day of departure. The breakfast buffet rates as than merely OK and the breakfast room seemed small – just about managing to cope with flow of hungry guests. I could foresee it being overrun. I suppose in the final analysis it was reasonable value for Amsterdam and for the location, but for me it seemed a touch expensive at this star rating – that's Amsterdam, I guess. As always – shop around first.
I should note that with a small, cramped lift, steep stairs, steep entrance stairway and confined corridors, I'm afraid it all adds up to a virtual no-go zone for disabled guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Acro hotel has 65 rooms, all with shower, toilet, TV, hairdryer and free wireless Internet. Centrally located in the Museum district with the Van Gogh museum, Rijksmuseum & Stedelijk Museum just around the corner. Within walking distance of all major tourist attractions like the Leidsplein (Leidsesquare) with its many bars and restaurants, the Holland casino and the famous P.C. Hoofstraat with its top designer shops. The Albert Cuyp open air market is less than 10 minutes walk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amsterdam Acro Hotel