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4 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

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TA133
San Francisco, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
“Horrible Mix of Lovely and Totally Unacceptable”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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This apartment is rented through Flipkey FK344905, through StayAmsterdam (Singel 70) and through the Short Stay Group Amsterdam (2040).

We picked up the keys from the rental agency, and walked back to the apartment. The apartment is a few blocks away from Centraal station, but the agency is about 15 minutes from the apartment. There are prettier streets to stay on in the inner canal district. This particular area of Singel canal is not at all picturesque.

We couldn't believe what we had gotten into- the entry way is slum, the shared stairs and hallways are slum. Scary slum. Dark, not charming slum. Look at the photos.

The apartment is not as advertised. We were told only one bedroom was reached by a ladder. It turns out TWO of the bedrooms require ladders, and the ladder to one of the bedrooms has 10 rungs, and the other has 6 rungs. In our party of four, only one of us could handle going up and down ladders, so this rental, on that very reason alone, was a total bust.

We could not/did not stay in this apartment, and I am ever so glad we didn't. Besides the awfulness of the common areas (look at the photos! How could anyone spending so much money for an apartment ever think this is a decent place to stay?), there are things I noticed about the apartment which made me so glad we didn't stay there.

1. One of the bedrooms (with a ladder) is tucked under the eaves, and although it has a small window, the window can't be opened. We were there when it was about 60 degrees outside, and that bedroom was stifling and suffocating. I would get claustrophobic and overheated very quickly.

2. The throws on the furniture are shabby and worn. Some of the furniture is shabby and worn.

3. One of the bedrooms (with a ladder), is a child's room, and decorated to suit a young child, and not in a princess sort of way.

4. There are many markings on the walls that have been covered with paint- as if a young child had scribbled. It doesn't look very nice. Neither do all the scuffs along the apartment's staircases.

It's hard to describe this apartment. Parts of it are absolutely charming, top-notch, and photograph beautifully, but the common entryway, stairs and hallways are horror-show. If we had stayed here, I would have dreaded leaving and entering the building.

I have more photos to share, but am limited to only 10 in this review. Of note, for those of a more modest bent, there are a few paintings of naked women, including pubic hair, throughout the apartment. These aren't subtle paintings; it's full frontal. I think they add an artistic flavor, but at the same time, I'm glad I wasn't sharing this apartment with my Midwest in-laws.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
3 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 1 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: It does have some wonderful architectural accents.
Liked least: The common areas are horrid, and the apartment is a bit worn down.
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Patty183
Nashville, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Charming apartment on the canal!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

We loved our stay in this canal house in Amsterdam. The kitchen and two and 1/2 baths were modern and met our needs perfectly. Furnishings in the apartment were an eclectic mix of antiques and more modern "finds." We felt like we were guests in a home rather than renters. The location was easily accessible to many tourist areas, yet far enough away that we enjoyed a quiet neighborhood with excellent small restaurants and shops. Two of the bedrooms have "loft" type beds, so if you are claustrophobic this could be a problem. The master bedroom has a wonderful view of the Singel Canal; very pleasant. There is construction going on in the basement so the hallways are a tad messy, but once you are in the apartment you soon forget this.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: location
Liked least: loft bedrooms
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Turku
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012 for a stay in August 2012
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person found this review helpful
3 of 5 stars Value 3 of 5 stars Rooms
4 of 5 stars Location 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 4 of 5 stars Service
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Denver Colorado
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2011 for a stay in March 2011
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5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 35-44
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Florida
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2010 for a stay in November 2010
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person found this review helpful
3 of 5 stars Value 3 of 5 stars Rooms
4 of 5 stars Location 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 2 of 5 stars Service
Traveling group: Family (extended)
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Management Response
Dec 6, 2010
Dear guest,

Thank you for your feedback. As far as we understand, our service desk has already contacted you directly about the above mentioned issues. As our service desk mentioned in the correspondence with you, we are very sorry to hear that you experienced so many technical problems. When we would have known this during your stay, we could have acted on the problems straight away. Therefore we encourage our guests to contact us as soon as they experience a problem.

In the mean time we have discussed your issues with the technical department and all the problems have been fixed. We have also contacted the owner of the apartment, to see what needs to be done to offer our guests better quality.

Regarding the availability of our service desk we can inform you that we are in the process of getting a new telephone operating system, with the intention to improve our availability when guests need to contact us.

Furthermore we will look into what happened with the check-in and see why the agent did not know enough about the apartment.
We nevertheless hope that we may welcome you back in one of our apartments in Amsterdam or in one of our other cities.

Kind regards,
Short Stay Group Amsterdam
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London
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2010 for a stay in November 2010
4 of 5 stars Value 4 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 4 of 5 stars Service
Traveling group: Family (extended)
Your age range 45-54
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Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway Families with teenagers
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Dublin
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2010 for a stay in August 2010
4 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
4 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 4 of 5 stars Service
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 45-54
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