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“Needed a last minute bed for the night - served its purpose!” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel De Koopermoolen
Warmoesstraat 5, 1012 HT Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)   |  
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Ranked #179 of 345 hotels in Amsterdam
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“Needed a last minute bed for the night - served its purpose!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

As the title of my review implies, we had not booked this hotel in advance. We had been to a concert and planned to wander the streets/do a spot of midnight sight-seeing/have a nap in Central Station if need be before catching an early train to Germany the following day. However, it got to 2.30am and our feet were killing us, Central Station was closed and we just wanted somewhere to lie down. After knocking on various doors and being quoted ridiculous prices, we visited the sister hotel of the Koopermoolen (I can't remember what it was called!) and they couldn't help, but the night manager was kind enough to put us in touch with this hotel. We bartered down to a very cheap rate of £56 for a room (amazing value for something this central at short notice) and checked in.

The guy on reception was very nice. He had a tattoo on his neck and was very funny. He was having to deal with some crazy "regular" who was after a bed for the night also - this guy was bare chested, sweating and had a Cockney accent - if we weren't so knackered we'd have been mortified at what we were potentially letting ourselves in for, but were too tired to care and the receptionist really was a comedian!

He ended up giving us a triple room as that was all that was left which made the £56 price even more appealing. The room was really hot, even with the windows open, but hey, it's July in Amsterdam, what do you expect? Our train out of the Dam was in 3 hours time and we just wanted a disco nap so we didn't care. There were a few dubious stains on the top sheets (because of the heat, we didn't bother to actually LIFT the top sheets, the actual bedsheets may have been pristine underneath, I guess we'll never know!) but we just laid out our towels (which were clean, hoorah!) and fell asleep on top of them.

The room had it's own shower and toilet (so rare to find this in a hotel of this price category in central amsterdam!) which seemed to be in good condition and working order, although we didn't use the shower due to lack of time. Yeah, there was a fair bit of noise from the street below but again, what do you expect? We were so tired, we got the 3 hours sleep we wanted in a safe, comfortable room that was a stones throw from Central Station and was two thirds cheaper than the price of what all the other hotels were asking.

Also, breakfast was included in the rate - again, such a rarity! It was quite cute as the receptionist had asked us if we required a wake-up call before we went to bed the night before and when we came down into reception at 6.15am, he was fast asleep in his chair! He raced downstairs to put the lights on in the breakfast room and left us to help ourselves after grabbing a few essentials out of the fridge (milk and some fruit etc) Everything else - the cereal, the breads had presumably been left there all night and for God knows how many days before that, so we reluctantly ate the "safe" stuff and didn't touch any of the cold meats/cheese although in fairness, it all looked very nice and contrary to what other reviewers have said, there seemed to be a fair bit of choice.

To summarise, this hotel does exactly what it says on the tin. It gives you 2 star standards in a great location. I observed the price list in reception and the rack rate for our room was allegedly over 200 Euros and to be honest, you'd be a fool to pay that although I'm sure less seasoned travellers than myself would fall for it but places like this are happy to let you barter - I mean, we wandered in at 2.30am, who else was gonna sleep in that room and spend £56? Certainly not the crazy Cockney!

I would stay again if I was in the same predicament, but I very much doubt I ever will be although I'd definitely pop by the Koopermoolen again just to say hi to the owner for being such a good entertainer and a thoroughly nice bloke for saving 2 young ladies from a night of horror on the streets of Amsterdam!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2010

On business trip for 2 nights so thought 2 star might do.............no! Hotel was tiny & room had no window, lighting was so dim....I think it was so that you couldn't get a good look at how dreary & tired everything was.Shower door handle was broken so you couldn't get into it..lucky colleague was tall & could open for me from top. Breakfast is a joke! Choice of 2 cereals, a piece of fruit, a cup of coffee or tea & if your really really lucky you might be on time to get a luke warm boiled egg....but forget about toast! I have read on trip advisor that toaster broke about 2008 .........well they didn't buy another one!
On good side-location is brill, welcome was friendly & bed linen was crisp n clean.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2010

good location 2mins central station, dam square red light. hotel clean .basic conti b/fast a toaster wood be nice stayed in the suite top floor nice and quiet also wide screen tv and jacuzzi. stayed in amsterdam many times but first time at this hotel as good as any good 3* hotel in the dam plus you could smoke,happy days, lots of coffee shops on this street

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2009

Stayed in the Koopermoolen about half a dozen times now and can honestly say weve never had a bad experience yet(touch wood)!The hotel has everything you need for a fab stay in Dam,close to all the major sights and only a stones throw from Central Station,the staff have always been very helpful and a good laugh too!Can seem a bit pricey but what do people expect from a hotel in the centre of a major city.My only complaint(albeit only a small one)is that the breakfasts could be better.So all in all we find the Koopermoolen to be a great base from which to discover Amsterdam.HAVE FUN!!!!!!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2009

My sister and I visited Amsterdam for a weekend and we needed an inexpensive place to stay that was close to the train station: this hotel was a perfect fit. I'm a college student and my sister is in high school, so our standards are not high, but I am very picky about cleanliness and this hotel did not gross me out at all. The sheets and towels appeared to be clean and the bed was made everyday. It looks a bit sketchy at first, but it serves as a warm place to stay in the heart of Amsterdam. The hotel is literally a 2 minute walk from the train station (so easy) and it is located on a super lively street- tons of coffee shops and action. However, if you are bothered by noise or the crude aspects of Amsterdam, this would not be the place to stay. I could hear people at all hours of the night because there were tons of people right outside my window- and I was on the top floor (this was the one downside). Other than the noise (because of such a busy and central location), the hotel serves its purpose. It is near the red light district and not a far walk from the Anne Frank house. I would recommend it to people (especially students) traveling on a budget.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2008

Checked thro some reviews before we booked this hotel and saw that it had recently been renovated - but think it needs a good overhaul. There were various glitches - hardryer was faulty and the wardrobe door was falling off and the bedding was torn - not what we expected with the prices charged.
We had a room at the front of the hotel, which looked out on to a very noisy street with a takeaway directly opposite. Shouting seemed to go on for most of the night.
Having said this,staff were all very friendly and helpful and the hotel is within easy reach of Central Station.

Stayed October 2008
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2008

We arrived very early, not really expecting to be able to get into the room. We were not disappointed. The luggage room was down a very narrow corridor, it was small and cramped (but then we discovered this was typical of many things in Amsterdam) and difficult to move around in. However, it was secure and did the job.
Check in and out were smooth and the staff were very helpful. One person and 2 suitcases (just) fit into the lift which almost stopped on the floor of the suite which we had booked.
Climbing into the suite was like going up a bunkbed ladder and required significant physical effort to manoeuvre our luggage up there. The bottom of the stairs was next to the door to the lift machinery room which was inside the suite and noises from within could be heard during the night, along with the slamming of the lift door. As it's also well placed on a busy street, don't bother staying if you want peace and quiet. It didn't disrupt our sleep after a busy day walking.
The room itself was interesting. The bed was a contiboard construction, fine for sleeping but was very uncomfortable for laying on and watching the portable TV or reading. It was also quite high and the edges of the boards made it a bruising experience. The jacuzzi, in the middle of the room (almost) with a shower head protuding through the ceiling above it, made bathing a public experience as there was no dividing curtain or screen (neither were there any blinds or curtains on the frosted windows that overlooked the street from the bath area). Thankfully, there was a separate toilet and sink. The wardrobe was tiny and we just managed to store our 5 days worth of clothing.
The carpet between the bedroom and toilet was badly worn and looked shabby, other fixtures and fittings were in a reasonable state of repair and YES the jacuzzi did work.
Breakfast was good, a European/Continental selection of cold meats, cheese, cereals, juice etc.
The wireless internet was there but the staff did not have usernames and passwords so it was unusable. There is, however, a computer in the lobby area with internet connection for free use.
Despite what may seem to be negative comments, we were happy with our stay and would recommend it for those people who are able bodied and do not intend to spend much time in the room.
The location is great for central station, Dam Square and the Red Light District all within very easy walking distance. If you are travelling light make sure you take the train from Schipol, it gets there in half the time and at less than half of the cost of other methods of airport transfer.

  • Liked — Location and friendly staff.
  • Disliked — The bed and the access stairs to the room.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Warmoesstraat 5, 1012 HT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District
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Ranked #179 of 345 hotels in Amsterdam
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