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College Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Roelof Hartstraat 1, 1071 VE Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Museumplein)   |  
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Ranked #151 of 343 hotels in Amsterdam
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“Contemporary and well located hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights and thoroughly enjoyed the hotel which is well located out of the main tourist area but close to the museums. The hotel is quite dark inside with modern lighting and a cosy feel. The bedrooms were well appointed and only lacked for tea and coffee facilities. We had 2 adjacent rooms on the 2nd floor - both were air conditioned thankfully given the hot weather. The service was generally excellent throughout - yes, most of the staff are students but very polite and tried to help where possible. We did have a problem with the wi-fi which was sorted and a mistake with a restaurant order was professionally handled with free drinks. In all, an excellent stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Front desk service attentive, even though trainees. Rooms were very noisy, near a courtyard dining area open late at night, also inadequate window covers for us folks adjusting to a time zone change/bright light. Restaurant prices high, so we did not experience that. The bar lovely and service attentive. Convenient to tram and Museum district.

Room Tip: Away from the restaurant and terrace side.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Medellin, Colombia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I was here with 9 Board members for 2 nights. Everything that could go wrong went wrong, not because of circumstances but due to a lack of professionalism: 80% of the staff are young trainees who are hardly interested. The most experienced one stay maximum 3 months... So forget a professional welcome, you better do not come thirsty or hungry (3 times they forgot our order in 2 days time).
this could be a great place but the lack of professionals is not inbalance with the average room cost. there is better for this money!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed at the College Hotel on July 6th before setting sail on a Baltic Sea Cruise with Celebrity. From our first communication to our check out everything went seamlessly. The staff went out of their way to be accommodating, room and bath adequate, comfy pillows. We took the tram from the airport to the hotel and it was very easy. We took the trams all over the city. Amsterdam is very easy to transverse on foot and tram. Just beware of the bicycles. Hard to get used to at first. I almost got run down at one point. Just pay attention to the bike paths at all times. The hotel has a lovely inside bar and a nice courtyard which is lit up at night. Food looks wonderful although we thought it was a bit expensive. Enjoyed our stay and feel you would enjoy this experience also.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Didn't stay there. Just had Saturday afternoon tea and drinks. What a disaster. Tons of waiters and waitresses walking around but they are totally disinterested in the guests. You have to wave and shout to get any attention. No one cleans the tables outside where we were sitting. They are dirty and unappetizing. No one cleans up after guests have left. The table next to us was littered with cups and glasses and napkins etc for at least 1 1/2 hours and I pointed it out to a waitress and still nothing happened. We sat there for more than 2 hours and no one came by to any of the tables to ask if anyone wanted to order something. How they make money here is a mystery to me. Great location, super building, bit it's a mess! Pity.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Dave O, Manager at College Hotel, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Dear StephenGeven,

Thank you for your recent visit at our terrace and taking some of your valuable time to share your thoughts. We are sorry to read your visit was not to your satisfaction.

The College Hotel, a teaching hotel establishedin order to improve the education of the young students in of hospitality and tourism educations and to bring new talent to the hospitality industry
Since the opening of The College Hotel, 80 students from several schools in The Netherlands are trained in practical tasks in a real life situation and are schooled in all aspects of the hospitality industry. The students work under the supervision of a team of experienced teachers and hotel professionals.

I can imagine that your experience was not satisfying. Due the fact that the terrace is getting more crouded by the good weather we still have to find a way to structure the terrace service more efficient. We are very happy with your feedback, which allow us to train our students the best possible way with real examples.

In the meantime your comment have been discussed in the F&B management team in order to find solutions for the moments you have experienced. I can assure you that changes in the service teams will be implemented to the best possible way very shortly. We are very sorry this experience was not to your satisfaction and we hope to be able to welcome you again in our hotel or on our terrace to show you we can better then this.

In closing, I would like to thank you to share your thoughts. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do for you.

With kind regards,
Dave Overeem
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Malmo, Sweden
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

this is only concerning the restaurant and i did have a very nice dinner. The menu with wine was very nice complimentet each other.

The food was nice presented and explained by the waiter with every dish. The decoration is nice and to the romantic side, i liked it.

The waiters was not all so experienced but very polite and atentive.

The value for Money i think was okay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Athens, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Excellent location, nice building, moderate furniture, helpful staff.
I would appreciate having a tv set properly working on the evening of my arrival, and not having to wait 24 hours, and to extend 3 requests to the reception, in order to fix it! And for the room price I paid, I could have done without one staff member recommendation to get up and adjust the volume at the tv set itself, because the remote control was not working!
Also, after 3 days of stay, I was not able to sort out the way that electric lights worked in the room, and had to improvise each time.

Breakfast definitely not worth the 24 euros (cheese, ham, fruits, breads,cakes, cereals and yogurt), and staff at restaurant were quite obvious in showing that they were closing at 10 am, making me feel guilty a morning that I showed up at 9.45 am for breakfast!
All in all, nice but definitely overpriced.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about College Hotel

Address: Roelof Hartstraat 1, 1071 VE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Museumplein , Stadsdeel Zuid
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #151 of 343 hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — College Hotel 4*
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