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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 #66 of 345 Hotels in Amsterdam
Malmo, Sweden
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Perfect budget hotel, clean, friendly and comfortable.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We are at this moment enjoying complimentary breakfast at the hotel, it is very nice. Room felt very clean and bathroom as well. It is not large room, but was very comfortable. We had a 140cm bed, which we slept very well in, comfortable pillows and comforter. Staff is very friendly and it has been a very nice stay. About 30 minutes walk from the central train station and less the 15 minutes to restaurants and shops. We stayed here for a convention and some sightseeing, it was a 20 minutes walk to RAI. The hotel was a perfect stay for a couple vacation to, as we felt very comfortable coming back and relaxing in the room. It is not a chic boutique hotel, but a good and clean comfortable hotel. Pictures felt true from hotels own website. We booked directly with the hotel and got a better deal there.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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  • 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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Muscat, Oman
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Located just across the Heineken Brewery, Albert Cyp Market, Rijks Museum, Van Gaugh Museum and the canal just few steps away, this was our home away from home. The Hotel is located in a beautiful serene neighbourhood. We got the full FEEL of Amsterdam by staying here. Our children loved this place. The staff are extremely helpful, present 24/7. Alex at reception, who we came to know is a co-owner was so friendly and cool. Although there is no Air Conditioning, the windows were big and could be opened wide to let the cool breeze in. You can also buy Cruise, biking and other attractions tickets from the Reception at a very good discounted rate. We hope to travel again to Amsterdam and we will definitely stay here only.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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43 hotel reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I am so glad I booked this wonderful 28 room boutique-like hotel and it has an elevator. The building was built in 1906. It is family owned. Alex, co-owner said that his parents started the hotel in 1982. He joined the business in 2000.

This hotel is spotless. The service is wonderful. Believe me, they aim to please.

Breakfast is typical Dutch and is complimentary. There is also excellent and free WiFi with a communal computer if needed. My group played dominoes in room where there is a small bar and where breakfast is served. It was allowed. It was fun and we weren't bothering anyone.

Rooms are small but everything you need is there. I appreciate the armoire with hanging space and also shelves. If your room is at the front of the building and your window is open, it can be noisy however, mostly during the day when people are usually out touring. No A/C however, the room is comfortable and there is window and transom that opens enough for fresh air.

A couple blocks away are very nice restaurants. Also, many of the major museums are close by plus the canal is about 200 yards away.

Large chain hotels can be very nice but I think that staying in a hotel like the Nicolaas Witsen adds to the trip experience. I look forward to staying at this hotel within the next couple of years with another group.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

The staff were nice and helpful with information, the room was reasonably clean for Amsterdam.
THERE WAS NO AIR CONDITIONING AND YOU COULD ONLY OPEN THE WINDOWS ABOUT 25MM..
The staff finally gave us a tiny fan that only managed to blow the hot air around.
avoid this hotel in the summer season, it is obvious that it is onlyset up for winter as the rooms were full of heating radiators that thankfully weren't on otherwise we would have melted !!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Tel Aviv, Israel
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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
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#80 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#98 Romantic 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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