When researching this hotel, the reviews were mostly good and the photos looked very good, but we were worried about the 2 star rating, because it didn't tally up with what we were looking at. We took the plunge and booked in to stay and we are very glad that we did.
I don't know what rating system they are using, but by the standards of most places around the world we have stayed, this hotel would have easily earned 4 or 4.5 stars. The room we had was very large, a pleasant change to other recent hotel stays. The design of this hotel has been carefully considered to create a professional yet homely feel. There were earplugs by the bed for noisy nights, but we found that, when closed, the windows blocked out most of the noise.
The in room breakfast is light and delicious. The fresh bread delivered in the morning is lovely and the nespresso coffee a very welcome start to the day.
A note about the stairs, as others have said, they are very very steep. I have never seen stairs like these before in my life. The gentleman on reception offered to carry one of our bags up to the room and was very friendly in showing us around the room. However, anyone with vertigo, poor balance, poor lung capacity or at risk of an osteoporotic fracture should not stay here. The climb is worth it, our room had a lovely view over a canal towards the police station and was lovely light and airy.
Congratulations to the hotel for making our stay in Amsterdam a comfortable and relaxing one.