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Nicolaas Witsen Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Nicolaas Witsenstraat 4-8, 1017 ZH Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #85 of 343 hotels in Amsterdam
London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Use the safe”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Just returned from a four night stay in this hotel, the room was small but comfortable, Breakfast was really good with plenty of choice, the two young men serving breakfast were superb. On the second day after returning from a day out we discovered some English money and a bracelet had been taken from our room. We reported this incident to reception, We regret not using the safe, if you use this hotel make sure your first job is to get a safe key from reception 25 (euro deposit). If the room has no safe take your valuables out with you.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NicolaasWitsen, Manager at Nicolaas Witsen Hotel, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Frank,

Thank you for your review. We have spoken about this incident and because of this information we start an investigation. We found out who this was (a staff member) and we fired him immediately. In the 13 years I am running this hotel, this was the first time this happened and this is why I took it very seriously. we have taken the necessary steps to prevent this in the future. Thank you for helping us to solve this problem by telling us and I hope we may welcome you again in the future.

Best regards,

Alex Roozendaal
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

It was a bit hit and miss at nicolaas winsten hotel. Service from staff was excellent- probably the best bit about our stay. The 2 young guys at breakfast were always friendly and helpful. Location was great for what we were Doing- we didn't see the need to use public transport, just walked. The rooms themself were pretty basic and small. The bathroom was beyond small and was it was very difficult to get in and out of the shower due to the basin being right there. Also there was a funny smell in there. There was no fan or air conditioning which made the room very stuffy and although there was a window there was little airflow. The beds were very uncomfortable to the point where we removed them from their bases and slept on our mattresses on the ground- this was much better! Our pillows were comfortable although were in definite need of replacement (stained yellow). Like I said the hotel was hit and miss. Would I return? Yes if the prices were a little cheaper as I think it is overpriced for what it is.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We visited Amsterdam for 3 nights on June 2013.
The staff was extremely welcoming and assistive, and the rooms, though a bit small, were comfortable and clean. Wi-Fi was available both in the room and in the Dining room with excellent service.
It shows that the hotel has been renovated recently, which makes the stay nicer. It's also very quiet all day and night.
Breakfast was yummy and rich enough for a good start of the day.
The location was fine - about 7-10 minutes to Rembrandt Plein or Leidse Plein.
Cons are pretty small and petty: no canal views as the hotel is one road away from the canal area, and lack of a safe box in the room, which could have made us calmer about our important stuff while in town.
We definitely recommend this place to anyone, especially in terms of value for money!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NicolaasWitsen, Manager at Nicolaas Witsen Hotel, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and would recommend us. Hope to see you again.

Kind regards,

Alex Roozendaal
Hotel Nicolaas Witsen
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We had booked for a double room online and when we checked-in to the hotel, we were told by the receptionist that no double rooms were available and she could give us two single beds. That wouldn't work for us since we also had a 3 year old, hence we requested if she could find us a double bed that we had originally asked for. After some grumbling from her end, magically a double bed became available. I was also notified quite sharply that requesting anything is not a guarantee (fair enough regarding the semantics but not necessarily the tone of communication). We were also told that they charge extra for children above 4 years - something that is not mentioned at all when we booked the rooms. In any case, I did tell her that my son was 3 (passport supplied for proof). Apart from the initial check-in experience that wasn't very great, I was surprised to see how small the room was (tiny and very basic). The bed was absolutely horrible - the mattress was sponge-like/ like a foam that gave rise to quite a bad backache for me and could barely be called a double bed. The shower was again basic with an old shower curtain and the water wouldn't drain through the sink properly. We stayed for 4 nights and the sheets were changed only once on request as my son had thrown up on it - also with much grumbling, even though we tipped the cleaner for her help because it had some vomit stains on the sheet.
On the plus side - great location. Walking distance to the Heineken brewery and also to Rijks museum if the weather is good. Nice places to eat a short distance away and the canal is right in front of the hotel. The breakfast is average - not great, not bad either even though there is no variation in the food that was given to us. Same thing, everyday! They help you book tours from the hotel but pick-up for these trips are either on the parallel street or you have to go the centre for getting on the bus trips.
Overall, I wasn't happy with the hotel at all. Overpriced for the service and standard of the hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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NicolaasWitsen, Owner at Nicolaas Witsen Hotel, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Dear Mr. & Mrs Ghosh,

Thank you to write a review about our hotel. As the rooms with 1 double bed are limited, we cannot always guarantee 1 double bed if this is requested. To avoid disappointment we have written this on all (booking)websites.

Our child policy is as following: Children up to 2 years old (24 months) can stay for free, including a baby cot. For families with children of 2 years or older, we have triple rooms and quad rooms. These rooms are bigger and more comfortable. This policy is also written on all (booking) websites as well.

Our room sizes are not small, compared to other Amsterdam hotels in our price range. However to avoid disappointment about the room sizes, we have written the sizes of each room type on all (booking) websites. As you have booked the smallest twin/double room and stayed here with 3 instead of 2 people, I understand the room was too small.

We change the sheets always after 4 nights, but also if it is necessary or on request of the guest. You have stayed for 4 nights and the sheets were changed once. This is correct. I am sorry if we did not meet your expectations of a 3 star hotel.

About the location you are right. A lot of our regular customers will agree with you.

I hope you will find a hotel which suits better with your expectations next time. I can suggest you to read the websites carefully about child policy and room sizes to avoid disappointment in the future.

Best regards,

Alex Roozendaal
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We stayed really confortable in this hotel. The staff is nice and helpful. The rooms were clean and silent! Great location: close to the main squares ( Dam, Rembraindt) and to the museums.Nice bars and restaurants in this area. Good tram connection. I would go again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NicolaasWitsen, Manager at Nicolaas Witsen Hotel, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Thank you for writing a review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your stay in our hotel!

Kind regards,

Alex Roozendaal
Hotel Nicolaas Witsen
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013 via mobile

Pros:
- get a decent breakfast
-the reception staff are very helpful and friendly but it is Holland!
-close to tram line and museums.
Cons:
- toilet needs ventilation. Although it is clean, the smell is not very friendly.
-Single rooms are worse than a shoe box
-the walls are paper thin so you can hear people panting next door.
A bit out from everywhere else but you could always walk or hire a bike in Amsterdam! :)

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NicolaasWitsen, Owner at Nicolaas Witsen Hotel, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Dear Carl A,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're sorry to hear it was not to your complete satisfaction.
As we are situated in the centre of Amsterdam, some of our single rooms are indeed limited in spaciousness. We're sorry to hear it was not to your liking.
Hygiene and cleanliness is of importance to us. A clean toilet should also smell fresh and clean, so we will definitely take that into account.
We hope nonetheless you still enjoyed your stay.

Kind regards,

Alex Roozendaal
Hotel Nicolaas Witsen
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Superb situation walking distance to Museums, canals, restaurants and parks. Staff exceptionally friendly and helpful. Rooms excellent -clean and well serviced. Plenty of breakfast choice. I'd stay there next time!

Room Tip: The small single rooms are perfectly adequate!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NicolaasWitsen, Owner at Nicolaas Witsen Hotel, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Dear fatherpaul00,

Thank you so much for your kind words. We're very glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience in our hotel. Hope to see you again in Hotel Nicolaas Witsen.

Kind regards,

Alex Roozendaal
Hotel Nicolaas Witsen
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Additional Information about Nicolaas Witsen Hotel

Address: Nicolaas Witsenstraat 4-8, 1017 ZH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#65 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Nicolaas Witsen Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Nicolaas Witsen is a recently renovated hotel in a quiet street in the city centre of Amsterdam. Most of Amsterdam attractions/ sightseeings are within walking distance from our hotel. All rooms and public area's have free WiFi.We are ready to welcome you and promise you a wonderfull stay! ... more   less 
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