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“Reasonably comfortable” 3 of 5 stars
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Prinsengracht Canal House
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Prinsengracht, 1074CB Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #140 of 189 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Reasonably comfortable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2007

My wife and I (mid 30's) stayed at the Prinsengracht Canal house at the beginning of August 2007, and were overall quite happy. The area is very quiet and seemingly safe residential area out of any main tourist zone, so you have the feeling of being with local Amsterdamers.
Fabulous cafes, Michelin recommended restaurants, bars and a couple of superb bakeries and a delicatessen are just around the corner.
We had a Type D room which is very pleasant and has plenty of space for 2 people. We'd say slightly overpriced for what you get.
Be sure to ask for a canal view if that is what you want, as half the apartments within the building face out over neighbours to the rear. Noise from apartments above can be a problem if you have a group of late night partiers on top of your head - (thumping feet and bass from the massively overpowered subwoofer supplied in every room).
Be warned the stairs are incredibly steep (they should be called ladders really - no joke!), so big suitcases could case problems for anyone with strength/back/knee problems.
The bathroom is very small with a lack of any shelves for putting toiletries, - a pity when making it another half metre wider would have had no effect on the main room - it does the job but is far from enjoyable being in there.

The room has most things you need to be self contained:
- Expresso coffee machine and kettle
- Microwave/oven
- Gas stovetop/burners
- Plates, pots, pans, etc
- HD flat screen TV (but terrible reception from the aerial) and DVD/hifi system
- Dining table, chairs, etc
- The fold down double bed is made from 2 single inner spring mattresses - quite firm
- Sheets, pillows, towels, etc are all good quality
- Some cupboard storage for clothes and open rack for hanging clothes

What it doesn't have:
- No phone or internet connectivity. (and we failed to find an internet cafe within easy walking distance. Nearest public phone seemed to be about a 10 minute walk away)
- No clothes washing/drying machine (kitchen sink is OK for hand washing)
- No clothes drying line - fixed or pull-out rope type
- No full length mirror (just the small vanity mirror in the bathroom)
- No ironing board (but an iron is supplied)
- (Not) Enough clothes hangers (we only had 6 between 2 people)

  • Liked — Location was off the tourist trail, but within easy reach of everything
  • Disliked — The main stairs between floors which should be called ladders
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2006

We stayed in the Prinsengracht canal house. The house in general isn't at all as pretty as it looks on the website. Our second set of keys didn't work on the outside door, the dishwasher didn't work and a door next to the bed on the top floor bedroom wouldn't close properly and had a sheer drop of about two meters without any warning on the door! We did inform a member of stayamsterdam staff about the dishwasher not working and about some bites received by a member of our party which we suspected at the time to be bedbug bites and she said she would try to get the dishwasher fixed but couldn't guarantee anything, which was the last we heard from her.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Stairs
  • Tips/Secrets — Lovely location for smal bars
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Prinsengracht, 1074CB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
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Ranked #140 of 189 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Prinsengracht Canal House 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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