Situated in east Centrum, the Hotel Parklane is around 5 minutes walk from the Amsterdam Zoo, Waterlooplein markets & station, the Hortus Botanicus, Rembrandt House, an Albert Heijin supermarket, restaurants and the Jewish Historical Museum. Ten or fifteen minutes will take you to the very centre of town. Its reasonably well serviced by public transport, both train & tram and opposite a small but picturesque park. As such, it is in a decent location, but there are hotels that are more central or more close to the most popular attractions, depending on what you are hoping to do while you are in Amsterdam. Being a bit further out does have its advantages though, with quieter evenings and cheaper restaurants.
We stayed for two nights at 110 euros per night, which was more than we'd like to pay, but we were having difficulties finding cheaper ensuite accomodation in a reasonably central location on the weekend (Amsterdam is a tourist town, often with more expensive accomodation on the weekends).
Its an old hotel, but they've refurbished and maintained the places that matter the most - the beautiful breakfast area and the rooms themselves. Our room (7) was up two sets of stairs, the first being quite reasonable, the second being quite steep as is common in Amsterdam. This is particularly difficult if you have bags and the person who checked us in didn't offer any help. Still, it was good exercise! The room was a decent size with high ceilings, though it was far longer than it was wide. The bathroom was recently refurbished with a great shower. Although we were notified in advance, we don't like the way many Amsterdam hotels (including this one) push two single beds together and sell the room as a double. The room was both well lit and well heated. There were stains on the two chairs facing the small television, which was a bit disconcerting, but that didn't bother us too much. The desk provided is too small for any work, should you be in Amsterdam for work, but its sufficient for keys, wallet, passport, cameras and so on. The room comes with a mini-fridge which is helpful to store drinks and what not, especially since the supermarket is so close by. Some of the corridors and hallways were a bit tired with peeling wallpaper but this doesn't matter as you're not in a hotel like this to admire the surroundings (though as I mentioned before, the breakfast area is beautiful).
The friendliness of staff depended on who you were dealing with, as is the case with most small hotels, but we usually found hotel staff helpful and friendly. The staff pointed us out to a nearby set of restaurants which, being a bit further out of the city, were much better value than eating in the centre of town. To get to these restaurants, leave the hotel and immediately turn left, at the intersection turn left again, and then at the next intersection you should see the restaurants to the right on both sides of the street. We had an Indonesian banquet that was supposedly for one person (with around 20 dishes!) for less than 20 euros which was more than enough for the two of us.
The hotel breakfast (included) was great as long as you didn't want anything hot to eat - there were different varieties of cheese, cold cuts, boiled eggs, different types of bread, crispbread, pate, jam (and other bread spreads), chocolate sprinkles, cereal, yoghurt, fruit, fresh orange juice, tea bags of many kinds (from cactus to raspberry to your more standard offerings), coffee and more. Breakfast was supposedly until 10am, but they didn't rush us away while we kept eating past then, which was great. A toaster wouldn't go astray, but we were still impressed by the breakfast nevertheless.
They also provided a number of useful free things and services that are sometimes the realm of more expensive hotels - a bookcase with books to read (including travel books), free Amsterdam postcards, free Hotel Parklane pens and a free Hotel Parklane alarm clock.
It was rated as a 2 star hotel, but I've been to 3 star hotels that were significantly worse. Overall, we had a great time at the Hotel Parklane and our most significant reservation is that if we'd booked earlier, we would perhaps have been able to find a comparable place at 10-20 euros a night cheaper.
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