My wife and I have stayed at both the Roemer and the Vondel Hotel, around the corner. I wrote in another review that the Vondel Hotel has a unique and friendly ambience. The Roemer is much the same but a click more upscale and a bit more expensive. Great breakfasts, a service minded and easy to work with staff, a nice garden area that serves drinks in the afternoon, and a central location close to both the old town and the wonderful Vondel Park. its a safe and charming part of Amsterdam, reminiscent to us of NYC's upper west side, London's south kensington, or Paris's marais.