Booked this hotel online after reading reviews and was not disappointed. The location is great for the museum area and the Vondelpark - just a few minutes walk and Leidesplein bars and restaurants less than 15 mins. It's quite a walk to the city centre and is about 45 mins to the Centraal station although you can catch the tram 16 or 24 just around the corner. We are pretty fit and not phased by walking so if you want to be more centrally located be warned.
The hotel emailed us before we arrived to recommend we take the bus (197) rather than the train, from Schiphol as the better option which we did and this dropped off beside the concert hall a few minutes walk from the hotel. Be warned the bus is a bit of a free for all at busy times and if you need to buy a ticket from the driver you need to stand beyond the front of the queue as most locals have prepaid cards and use any door to board the bus. Watch out for pickpockets when boarding and leaving as they target passengers on crowded buses. (This warning from hotel staff and tram drivers.)
At the hotel we booked a deluxe room (23) which was adequate and from reviews a better option than the other choices. Space is at a premium in Amsterdam so I think this was quite large by their standards and had a bath as well as a shower. Rooms were nicely decorated and clean and comfortable if a little dark. The coffee machine took a little time to fathom but was great and decaff pods were provided when we asked. No good if you like an early morning cup of tea though as the hot water tasted of coffee. Wifi in the hotel worked well.
Breakfast was cereals, cold meats and cheeses, boiled eggs, yoghurts, croissants and bread rolls- pretty standard fare. All was fresh and you could have as much as you liked. Again coffee machine and a selection of tea. A teapot was provided if you asked.
The staff were extremely helpful although they were also busy especially at breakfast time with one person covering reception and breakfast needs. All were extremely courteous and spoke excellent English. Top tip: some attractions (mainly museums) are bookable at the reception for no extra cost and this gives you speedy access at busy times. None for the Anne Frank museum though and it's best to book this online before you travel as this avoids the queue which is always long.
We ate out at Loetjes around the corner from the hotel (ask at reception) a busy place frequented by locals. We ate there twice and they do have an English menu but you have to ask for it. The beefsteak was lovely and just comes with a plate of gravy, salad or chips need to be ordered as sides. The sticky toffee desert was enormous and lovely. We also ate at Greek Waves and Antonio's Italian on Leidesplein both excellent.
Wouldn't hesitate. to recommend
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