stayed here in December 2012 as we stumbled across the coffee shop on our first trip to the dam a few month's previously & noticed they were a hotel also so took a business card. rooms were 70euro a night for 2 with a 2 night minimum stay at weekends. our room was on the 1st floor to the front with some huge window's looking out onto central station ( it's literally across the road ) had it's own bathroom which was modern & looked quite recently fitted. we picked up our key's from andy the owner on arrival & made our way up the stair's/ladders, very steep, great fun when your baked as a cherry pie ! & defo not suitable for wheelchair's. It's an old dutch building & in my opinion it ad's to the character of the place.
Downstair's is some of the best bud in dam & great music served up by friendly clued up knowledgeable tenders, not your usual commercial rubbish so be warned ! this place is a diamond in the rough & by rough I mean the area. the zeedijk area was notoriously dangerous but not these day's. still some strange characters about but it wouldn't be Amsterdam otherwise would it ? the hotel/coffeeshop is right opposite the central station so easy transfers & easy to find if you get lost in the maze of alleyways as it's right on the corner of the red light district.
Plenty to see, do, smoke, drink & eat close by. good zoo down the road, or for the more adventurous hire a bike & go explore in the wacky race that is Amsterdam, hilarious especially if one of your group is not a good rider, just watch out for canal's ! ( mac bike are none too impressed if they have to retrieve one of their hire bike's from the zeedijk ) would definitely recommend this hotel for couple's & group's looking for a place to lay their head for a fair price. the location is great for the red light distict & everything else as this is where most of the action happens. if you want a quiet, relaxed weekend of sightseeing then this is maybe not the right area, go south out of the city centre, but for the majority of visit's this is just the ticket. the owner's are English, top people who will give you any advice you need if your new to the area. also make sure you give d-bo (the 9 stone puppy) a head scratch & you'll have a friend for life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adult hotel only located opposite central station located above the voyagers coffee shop, no larger groups, (more than 4 people) . Open 10 am close at 23:00 ... more less