The first thing to say about this hotel is that despite being in a leafy location (as the Lonely Planet says) it is actually very noisy if you're in a room facing the front of of hotel, as it's on a busy street and tram line. I stayed in two different rooms during my visit, both of which faced the front of the hotel and there is noise throughout the night (though the trams do stop for a few hours), with no double glazing to keep it out. I'd imagine it could get very uncomfortable with the windows closed and no air conditioning in hot weather. The first room they put it me was a reasonably attractive double (I think it was room no. 11), but there was an unpleasant smell from the en suite. After the first night I was in another room which was very small and rather tired looking (as well as noisy).
On the plus side, the breakfast (10 Euro on top of the room price) is quite reasonable and served in an impressive room, often in the presence of the hotel cat (Bink). Staff are perfectly pleasant though not over friendly (the younger woman is the most pleasant). I suspect if I had stayed in different rooms, facing the back or side of the hotel, then I'd have had a better experience. Bear in mind that you may not get a nice room if you're a solo traveller!
The hotel is in a reasonable location though getting to the museum quarter is a little difficult as it is necessary to change tram lines at Spui or Dam by getting out of the tram and walking some distrance to another tram line.
All in all, an average hotel and by all accounts on a par with many in Amsterdam. It may be better value to stay outside Amsterdam (eg in Haarlem) - something I was planning to do and wish I had done.
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