I let my fella choose and book this hotel as he has loved staying here before. I am a bit of luxury lover and wanted something romantic, so I held my breath! Reviews here have been a little mixed, so I was apprehensive!
We stayed in room 2, which is accessed through a set back glass door behind reception, private and means no stairs to climb. Excellent for stumbling in worse for all the fruit beer. The room is a good size, two single beds pushed together (the only let down, but when in Dam, you can improvise!) and wooden floors. The bathroom was spotless and the shower was lovely. We managed to store our clothes and toiletries with plenty of space and the decor was simple but charming. Everything was clean, worked and was tidy. There were a couple of electrical points. The TV didn't work, but we didn't arrive to watch TV.
The room had patio doors out onto a wooden decking balcony, with two comfortable wooden seats, with cushions in the room to use and a table useful for standing a beer. The balcony backs onto the hotel garden, a walled garden with chairs and table, accessible from our room and the one below. The balcony had it's own outside light, meaning we could sit under the stars and relax. As the hotel has it's own cat which cannot be let out, and a neighbour has a very friendly cat which likes to get in, using the balcony often meant planning it around the cats.
The building is small and you don't get the fantastic history that comes with such architecture without hearing some footfall at night. Room 2 faces away from the street and backs onto gardens, which is quieter. While sleeping I would hear a guest running up some stairs, but nothing disruptive. I didn't find it was noisy, lacked privacy or that sleep was an issue.
It's ideally placed, with two or three trams running to Dam Square and Amsterdam Centraal on a very regular basis. The hotel is part of the shuttle bus to the airport, for about 16.50 euros you can book it to pick up and drop you at the airport terminal if using a tram with luggage is too much. Our shuttle driver was on time, courteous and very helpful.
It's not five star luxury, but then it wouldn't have authentic charm is it looked like every Radisson style 5 star hotel. What it might lack in hot tubs and pillow chocolate it makes up for in the little touches,. Staff were more than helpful, whether we stayed in bed and ordered food in or needed a cold drink whilst packing our cases again as we left, staff were attentive. I saw the same level of service extended to all guests I saw check in, even the poor gent who booked the other Hotel Rembrandt and needed to borrow Wi fi to find his way to the right hotel! What the staff could do for us, they did.
The hotel is not central. However it is within strolling distance of the Zoo, the Wertheimpark with the 1933 Auschwitz memorial, the theatre opposite where the Jewish people of the district were gathered for deportation, three great cafes, Die Pizzabakkers (like being in Italy, try it, Prosecco/vodka/limoncello/lemon sorbet cocktail was AMAZING) the Hortus Botanical Garden, the opera and ballet house, a local market, even if getting a tram into town is too much, we could have spent five days in a two mile radius and been happy. It's nice to be somewhere peaceful where you can live it up in the Red Light district cafes and then come back to some quiet.
Since this is trip advisor, I will be picky and say that I'd have liked two smaller pillows rather than a big square one. I'd also like to apologize for absent mindedly leaving my pants on the bathroom floor one day, resulting in an ever so graceful maid leaving them on my perfectly made bed with much dignity. I keep a messy hotel room! If you are allergic to cats, rethink the balcony option, the hotel cat is pleasantly placid and not at all over friendly. But the ginger cat next door likes to get close. There are stairs to enter the building and this is an old property over several floors, pack light if you are staying in a higher room!
Being on holiday = not having to think about the mundane and the Hotel Rembrandt allowed me five blissful days in comfort that way. It's not the Ritz, sure, but this is a very good hotel for this price bracket and good location. Rembrandt lived here, it was a dance hall, a house for single ladies, the history is fantastic and the beautiful hotel brochures only confirm that.
I was sad to go and as I sipped a cold drink (on the house) and tried to stash my last shopping in my case, I looked around the library at the walls of books and the ladder and thought what a great find this hotel is.
Thank you for an amazing stay.
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