The location is definitely a winner here, as this establishment lies on a fairly quiet road. For UK readers, I suggest you think family-run B&B rather than hotel - there is no bar, no lift, no lounge area, no room service, etc. At 120 Euros per night, the price is definitely hotel, although this may just be Amsterdam-specific (we found Amsterdam very expensive). There were tiny chocolate eggs at reception though and we did get one left on our pillows most days, which was nice.
The room was fine: clean and tidy as one would expect, the twin beds were comfy, tv was grainy on several channels but did get BBC1 and 2. There was a useful fridge (not a minibar) in the room, but the lighting in the bathroom for poor for shaving. The windows were ok, but were left open after cleaning one day and I heard every ambulance going along the larger road to the side overnight. That left me tired that day. The staff did close it the moment we mentioned it to them.
This is no hotel for the infirm or aged. As other reviewers noted, the Dutch "enjoy" very steep steps. These must be treated with care, and I was very wary lugging suitcases up and down them - no lifts here.
The staff are super. All very helpful and informative, and there is a large display of discount coupons and maps at reception. Very useful.
Breakfast was a mixed bag. There is no "Full English" cooked breakfast here, but the choice was good on day 1. However, the behaviour of other Dutch guests (stealing bread/rolls and cheese/ham for lunch) left less of a choice on the other 2 days. The management should perhaps discreetly state somewhere that this is not allowed. Some guests could also be very slow to choose what to have - I found this frustrating but it didn't bother my wife.
Wi-fi worked very well in the breakfast room, less so in our bedroom on the second floor. Parklane reception states wi-fi is "limited". However, Amsterdam has free wi-fi almost everywhere (cafes, bars, restaurants, etc) so it was really easy to keep in touch with home.
Pros: Friendy, quiet location. Good breakfast. Clean rooms. Free wi-fi
Cons: Steeeeeeeep stairs. Noisy if windows left open. Thieving guests reduced breakfast choice. Bathroom lighting was too dim.
Overall, I think we made a good choice staying here, as we both slept well and felt secure. I would be heppy about staying here again, but the steep stairs and price need to be factored in, so we may try somewhere else next time just for a change.
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