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Hotel Seven one Seven
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Prinsengracht 717, 1017 JW Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Rembrandtplein)   |  
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Ranked #12 of 345 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Lovely hotel, but sshhh, don't tell anyone!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

Hotel 717 is my favourite hotel in Amsterdam. The staff are friendly and efficient. When I told them I was trying to learn Dutch they all encouraged me and spent time speaking Dutch to me (but they all speak very good English too!). The rooms are charming and spacious. There are only seven in the hotel plus a terrace, a library and a generous sitting room. It's more like being in someone's lovely house in Amsterdam than in a hotel. It's nicely designed without being 'designery' and overwhelming - smart, grown up but still 'gezellig' (cosy). Although it is quite expensive everything is inclusive so breakfast, coffee, tea and drinks in the evening plus the mini-bar plus wireless internet access and CDs/DVDs are all included in the price. I only have two problems with 717: first, I can't stay there as often as I would like and second, I don't want anyone else to stay there because I want to keep it as my little secret.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2009

This summer we've stayed in the beautiful "Picasso" suite, of the hotel Seven One Seven. It was recommended to us by friends, who had stayed there about a year ago. To put it short: we've had a great stay!

The hotel is located in the middle of the center so the shops and museums were very easy to reach. The rooms are all decorated differently, but with the same "coming home" feeling to it. We really enjoyed coming back "home" to the hotel for a drink and a little relaxation. The staff was very friendly and easy going, which altogether made it a week to remember!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2009

Last weekend I stayed in Seven one Seven ,in Amsterdam with my wife,to cellebrate our wedding anniversary.

We were staying int the Tolkien suite which is romantic and warm decorated ,like the whole hotel.

We had a great time,the atmosphere is great,like staying with a relative,kind staff and high service.
We enjoyed breakfast in the Patio ,all the dvd“s and the restaurants they recommended us.

We will be back and tell our friends.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2009

My partner and i stayed at this hotel over the Easter period.
The hotel is lovely, very unique and situated right in the heart of Amsterdam with a fabualus address.
We stayed in the 'Shubert' suite at the front of the building and was very fine in every way, beautifull room overlooking the Prinsingrahct....
The staff were all very helpfull with all our requests, not in your face but always there when you needed them. They helped us with restaurant resavations...The breakfast served in the hotel is very fine in there lovely dining room...This hotel is small, very comfortable and really is a 'Hidden Gem'

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2009

i stayed in the mahler room for two nights. the room was ok, however the double bed was comprised of two single mattresses which joined in the middle and was pretty uncomfortable. also, it was noisy. the room is above what sounded like tumble dryers which were on at around 9.30pm one night. i was woken very early in the morning by slamming doors. i suppose this can be expected in small old townhouse...

BE WARNED. i was booked to stay for 21 nights on business. i only ended up staying for 2 nights. i had to return to london because of an unforseen family situation. when i gave notice of my departure, i was told i'd be charged for the whole 21 nights. 5000 euros. the manageress was extremely and unnecessarily aggressive. her and her receptionist told me in no uncertain terms that apparently the website makes their policy clear. they were completely inflexible on this. if you change your arrangements PRIOR to the first night of your stay you pay a notice period of 4 NIGHTS. but if you have already COMMENCED your stay, you are liable for THE WHOLE AMOUNT. although the small print on the website states this, it was not made clear in correspondence she had directly with my office who asked if we could be flexible should i wish to shorten my stay. we were assured we'd only have to give 4 day notice period there was never any mention of notice being given prior to the stay. obviously, changing circumstances are a reality of business travel. in all my years of staying in hotels around the world i have NEVER come across such a mean cancellation policy.

i also, object to being treated so aggressively by the manageress, i was made to feel extremely uncomfortable by her and her receptionist. i agree with some of the other reviews on this site....the atmosphere in this place is strange to say the least.

i feel totally ripped off and am now consulting legal action. needless to say, none of my colleagues will stay there in future. they have lost out on a huge amount of business from me, my company and my friends.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2008

Choosing a hotel for a city break can be difficult.Book the wrong property in terms of location,size,features or ambience and your enjoyment of the city itself can be detrimentally affected.This is particularly true of Amsterdam because parts of it are frankly seedy and unlike cities like Paris or Rome its attractiveness is not immediately apparent. We first visited Amsterdam seven months ago and stayed at the Banks Mansion. Even for a small city Banks felt a little out on a limb and in terms of looks and character could have been anywhere. It didn't do Amsterdam any favours. After much consideration we decided to give the city another try and chose the 717.The trip was much more enjoyable. First the negatives and which have featured in some other reviews.It is expensive. Noise from the street is a bit of problem.The hotel is very near the Leidesplein and you do get alot of late night revellers.We stayed during a very stormy March.I imagine the noise could be worse during the peak summer period.There are plastic flowers.The service can be bit hit and miss,eg the need to remnd the staff we had ordered tea.On the first two nights we returned to the room to find it had been tidied and the shutters on the windows closed but not on the final night.Lack of double glazing and inferior heating in the room meant it could be a bit chilly.But these are minor quibbles. Now thepositives. Overall, the location was great.After a night visiting Boom Chicago and Jazz Cafe Alto we able to walk back to the hotel in minutes.Whilst there was street noise it was not threatening and didn't make for too disturbed a night.The hotel is within 15 minutes walking distance of all major attractions.The staff are extremely friendly and are eager to please.We were offered afternoon tea each evening.Complimentary wine was always available. The hotel itself was very well appointed and charming.The bedrooms are very large.We stayed in the Picasso suite which is extremely spacious.They could use the space to put in a larger bathroom and a power shower wouldn't go amiss. Particularly after a day or evening out in the cold it was great to to come back to sit in one of the cosy lounges with fire. This leads to the most important point.Without being twee,the hotel excels in giving you a feel for living in a genuine old canalside house.The minor flaws are worth having to be able to have this experience. If you want antiseptic perfection book into a large chain hotel which could be anywhere in the world. I think some people book and constantly think about the price during the stay.This can only cause them to over emphasise the defects. If you decide to book, put all consideration of cost to one sideand just enjoy the hotel for what it is.We will remember this hotel fondly long after we've forgotten many other places we've visited.

  • Liked — the overall ambience and look
  • Disliked — the room was a bit chilly during bad weather
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2007

This was our 4th time staying at 717. Each previous time the rooms were superb, the service gracious, the location great, and we left wondering what more could you want from a small hotel/B&B?

We wonder no more.

We booked the room at the Top, which has a window facing the canal. It's a steep climb up the stairs, but the room was large and pleasantly decorated. I must, however, agree with the previous comment about the plastic flowers. At these prices, a few real flowers would have been nice. The bed is towards the front of the room, just underneath the window.

Our first night was fine; we were tired from the flight over. We slept well. Breakfast was pleasant, but the service quirky as others have noted in their reviews.

Little did we know, it appears since we last stayed there several years ago, that a rock and roll club had opened just across the canal. Bedlam was about to begin around 11pm, or was it midnight? It's tough to tell when you're woken from your sleep.

Friday night was bad. It was loud, but we thought that it was part of staying in an active urban area. We voiced no complaint.

Saturday night was awful. Dreadful. We had friends, from Germany, stay in one of the suites overlooking the canal. They were finally able to go to sleep sometime around 2 or 3 in the morning. We fared no better.

It sounded as if the rock and roll club had thrown open its doors and the party was on the street, right outside the hotel. Firecrackers, drunken revelry, cars honking, bands playing, fights, screaming, etc.

At this price, or at any price really, part of the implicit compact between a guest and the proprieter is that they'll do everything possible to provide a satisfactory and restful stay. Unfortuneately, this wasn't the case. We complained bitterly.

No matter how charming the rooms, that's it's constantly held up as a shining example of how to run a small establishment, that it's a legendary hip hotel...none of that is worth the price we paid for not being able to sleep through the evening.

The problem isn't going away till the rock and roll club closes. Do yourself a favor, ask about the club when making your reservation. If it's still open and you want to stay up till 2 or 3, grab a dozen beers, or roll a joint if that's more your style and join the party at the club or on the dancing in the streets.

Otherwise, if you want a restful stay while in Amsterdam, other establishments may be able to provide the setting for a good nights sleep.

  • Liked — my memories of pleasant stays in the past
  • Disliked — the addition of the rock and roll club across the canal
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Seven_one_Seven, Manager at Hotel Seven one Seven, responded to this review, January 21, 2008
We would like to let you know that the offending club has been permanently closed due the noise complaints that were made about it. The building across the canal is currently unoccupied and we will closely monitor any furture development plans to ensure our guests' comfort.
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Address: Prinsengracht 717, 1017 JW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Rembrandtplein
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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#1 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#8 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#14 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#18 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Seven one Seven 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Exclusive private guest house in the heart of the city with Amsterdam's major attractions at walking distance. As our guest - either for business or pleasure - you will experience the unique combination of staying in a 19th-century building with all the contemporary amenities of today. Our main purpose hereby is to create a relaxed atmosphere and ‘A feeling of home away from home'. We look forward welcoming you! ... more   less 
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