Take the train from Schipol to Centraal Station and from there 20 mins by tram to the hotel. It is just 100 metres from the main Leidesplein square- the hub of night life. Actually packed with restaurants and pubs. One surely needs to visit this area. The hotel is in a typical old building which has been converted to a well maintained hotel.
But you need to climb 58 steep steps to reach the room #5 I got on the 2nd floor. However, the room is fairly big with a big bathroom- though the dark walls, incandescent bulbs and the dark flooring gives it a depressing feel.
The manager was gracious in helping with the luggage- no lift. And they even gave me, on request, some fruits along with the breakfast since I am not a bread lover. Cheerful pepople to communicate with.......but
Once I did not get hot water in the shower and reported in the morning while going out. It did not get resolved. Could not speak with the manager since they do not man the reception full day (maybe hotel was full). So I tried contacting on phone...and on mobile..and then finally thru email !!. But no response. Next day I had to go down and report to have it resolved. The management is willing to please but you can see they are not professional in manning a hotel.
Also there is Milweg just 20 metres next door- some sort of a night club. The noise from the people visiting it so loud that you can surely not open the windows while sleeping. The hotel acknowledges this by putting ear plugs on your bedside. I could see the police station across the back of the hotel...but the noise is persistent and allowed.....imagine it goes on till 4- 5 am!!
maybe the front side rooms will have lesser noise despite the trams and traffic.
I stayed here during the IBC expo when room rates shoot us and I paid Euro 240.....
Why stay here unless you do not have an option. With Amsterdams excellent transport system you can stay anywhere and still visit Leidesplein and go back to a peaceful and professional hotel