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“Just OK!” 3 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Frans van Mierisstraat 34, 1071 RT Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier))   |  
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Ranked #96 of 356 Hotels in Amsterdam
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West Wales
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32 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Just OK!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2006

Hotel situated in residential area of Amsterdam, however Tram No 5 took us back to the end of Street from City Centre. Stayed in July during heatwave so lack of air-conditioning proved a problem. Rooms were quite small and a little bland in decor. No coffee making facilities.
Owners very helpful.
Hotel not quite what we expected having read the previous reviews, more like a British B&B therefore quite expensive as none of your usual Hotel facilities!!!

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2006

As others have said- we wont reiterate much except to say the place was fabulous. The only flaw in this record hot summer in Europe was the lack of air conditioning- not usually a needed commodity in Amsterdam, but would have helped. Otherwise just a great place. Around the block from nifty places like the trendy Wildschutt bar and restaurant, a chain bread bakery which made a perfect place to get lunch food to go, and grocery (down the other end of Franz Mierstraat from the one you come in on- then turn right. That road then bends to the left- and there you will find the little grocery. Breakfast was excellent- the family running the place very helpful. Museumplein is so much nicer to sleep in and hang out in than the madhouse downtown near Damme Square. Perfect if you are in for skipping the Red Light and Marijuana scenes. We are into neither and found Amsterdam very charming- particularly south of Rokin- our favorite area was at Spui.

Get a tram day or multi-day pass so you only have to validate it once- for off and on tram hopping. The museums are very close by to the hotel. On Fridays- the Van Gogh is open til 10 and hosts a disco (to attract a new generation of art lovers)- we found Friday evening a perfect time to see the Van Gogh.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, food, service, ambience
  • Disliked — Wish they had A/C.
  • Tips/Secrets — Ask for advice from the staff- they are very helpful
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London, UK
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2006

We chose Hotel Van de Kasteelen for our weekend break (14-16 July ’06), based on the reviews on this site. We expected a great little hotel, and we weren’t disappointed. Located in a quiet neighborhood just south of the Van Gogh museum, it was easily reached by taking the number 5 tram from the central station. We decided to take a private taxi to the airport on our return. It was €30, and only took 15 minutes. The hotel is about a 10minute walk back into the lively parts of town, and even less to the Heineken Experience.

The rooms were very clean, and the bed was comfortable. There’s a safe in the cupboard, and the television had a surprising number of English speaking channels (News, MTV and a lot of English programs). But the two things that stood out the most were the friendly couple who ran the hotel (They asked us daily how we were going, how we slept and chatted to us about all manner of things), and the fabulous breakfast we had both mornings – bread, rolls, cereals, juice, fruit, yoghurt and bacon and eggs cooked to order.

I would not hesitate recommending this hotel to others. It’s a great, clean, small hotel, run by friendly people and has and excellent breakfast.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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England
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2006

We stayed at the hotel Kasteelen in June for two nights. The hotel is small and situated in a quiet, safe side street. The hotel is immaculately clean and serves a very nice breakfast. Bedrooms are on the small side and do not have air con (at least ours didn't!). The staff are very friendly and helpful. The hotel is well sitiuated being a short tram ride (5 mins) from Dam Square, or a pleasant 25 min walk. The Van Gogh museum is just around the corner. Catch a tram from centraal station to museumplein as the best way to get there, much quicker and cheaper than a taxi.

We would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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64 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2006

This small hotel is located on a tranquil little street literally a five minute walk from the Van Gogh and RijkMuseum , in a very tranquil and upscale residential area, two blocks (and not New York city blocks!) from the trams(trolleys) that take you any where you want to go in Amsterdam. There is also a large underground supermarket (Abert Heijn) in front of the concert hall where you can buy water, food, toiletries, amd multiride "strippenkaarts" to use on the trams. Unfortunalely, I was leaving a few days before one of my favorite Brazilian singers, Gilberto Gil was appearing at the Concertbouw.. The hotel Van de Kasteelen is kept immaculately clean, and the bedrooms albeit small, were clean, comfortable (with mini-bar fridges) and the bathrooms were modern and spotless, There is also.an elevator. The daily included breakfast was plentiful, with fresh croissants and rolls, yogurts, cold cuts, fresh coffee, tea and juice, cereals and fresh fruit, not to mention fresh eggs anyway you like 'em and, and bacon too! The owners are very polite, friendly and helpful, including the staff, especially Misa who went out of his way to help us on more than one occasion.
.In terms of location, tranquility, and friendly helpul staff, this hotel cannot be beat for a good night's sleep and a breakfast to last you until dinner! I would return here in a minute and highly recommend it to all.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2006

Our expectations of this hotel were high due to the good reviews on here and we were not let down. The hotel is easily found from the central train station it is tram no 5 to stop museumplein and then it a short walk for 3 blocks until you come across a leafy tree lined street (Frans van Mierisstraat 34 street) and the hotel is on the left hand side.

We arrived early but the owners were more than happy to keep our bags until check in at 2pm, the only problem we had is that we had booked for 3 nights but the hotel only had record of 2 nights and they were fully booked for our 3rd night!! but she had arranged for us to stop our 3rd night at the savoy hotel which although is a big nice hotel and the room was large it was not as nice as the van de kasteelen.

We had booked a deluxe double room and it was lovely, very large bed and nice clean crisp sheets, and the bathroom was a nice size and very clean no complaints at all. There was a mini bar aswell which was not that cheap but then again not at lot in amsterdam is cheap! we were at the front of the hotel at the top (room 14) (there is a lift) and had a nice view over the street which was very quiet.

Breakfast was very nice and had the usually stuff available from cereal toast crossants etc also you could choose how you had your eggs cooked with bacon which was very tastey.

The owners were more than happy to help with any problems and spoke very good english, we would recommend this hotel to everyone, it is in a great location only a 2/3 min tram ride (no5) to the main shops and restaurants (the leidseplein area) or a 15min walk through a lovely park which takes you past the the van gogh and rijks museums.

We will definately be going back to this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2006

My partner and I planned our five day holiday in Amsterdam back in February, and quite frankly, we had booked another hotel (which will remain nameless) in the city. After reading some reviews on this website, we decided to cancel our original booking and go for the Hotel Van De Kasteelen instead - and we are SO glad we did.

This lovely little hotel is about eight to ten minutes walk from the Van Gogh museum and the main Concert Hall, nice and convenient - and very quiet at night, which suits us fine.

A five minute walk gets you to the nearest tram stop; No. 5 tram takes you to the main areas of Amsterdam via Leidseplein and other bustling tourist areas. There are a few cosy little restaurants and deli places near to the Van de Kasteelen; the other properties are either residential or other small hotels.

On arrival at the hotel, we were more than pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness and "as new" appearance of the interior. Everything looked brand new and spotlessly clean. Even the cherry wood furniture in the hotel was of the same design and style; the reception, dining/ breakfast room and even our own room all having the same smart minimalist modern touch.

The room was on the third floor, and accessed either by the traditional "suicide" stairs or a state of the art "Otis" lift system - the kind found in really big posh hotels. All the doors were accessed by electronic keycard system, again a big hotel touch. Inside, the room was very neat and tidy, SPOTLESSLY clean and again looking as if it had been decorated the day before. The bathroom had been fitted out with rather up-market Grohe taps and thermostatic bath/shower mixer. A neat wall-hung WC and basin next to the bath, and a hard-wired hairdryer completed the setup. Everything looked brand new.

There was the ubiquitous TV set, telephone and modem point for laptop users, and the wardrobe contained a safe which could be programmed with your own security code. only thing we wished for but was not present, was tea making facilities. The two single beds were spotlessly clean and very comfortable, and there were plenty of covers to keep us comfortable and cosy.

Breakfast was simple but plentiful, comprising a selection of fruit, yogurts, cereals, a choice of bread, cold meats and cheeses, croissants, and eggs & bacon - done how you like. Tea, fruit juices, coffee were available and as many refills as desired. Service was very prompt, and courteous. A truly lovely little hotel, run by very polite customer- oriented people.

In all, our stay in Amsterdam was absolutely wonderful. The weather was excellent, the flights were on time, the food everywhere was great; the hotel was the jewel in the crown really. We cannot reccommend this hotel enough. Our only worry is it will get too popular, and we won't be able to get a room next time!

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Frans van Mierisstraat 34, 1071 RT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier) , Museumplein
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Ranked #96 of 356 Hotels in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:3 star — NL-Hotel Museumplein 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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