We stayed here for nine nights in mid July, using it as a base for our tour of Holland in support of the mighty Plymouth Argyle.
Having spent a few nights in an expensive broom cupboard (the Hotel Nadia) in November, this place was an excellent alternative for our mixed group of friends.
On arrival, quite late on a Friday night from Schiphol, we were met by the remarkably laid back Duke, who led us up typically vertiginous Amsterdam stairs to our top floor abode.
There were five of us in one apartment for the first two nights, spreading out to the apartment below once another group had moved on the Sunday night and it meant we had a lot of space to play in, even when a sixth person arrived on the Wednesday night.
Both the top two apartments are open plan, with a kitchen area and two comfortable sofas that easily flatten out into beds, plus two actual beds, so there are four beds per apartment. The top floor apartment has an attic room, where the two beds are positioned, so that is quite a set of stairs to climb for those beds!
Separate to these areas, there are toilets and shower rooms, well stocked with the basic sundries, if you've forgotten anything. All very clean and operational.
There is plenty of spare bedding, towels and other materials for easy replenishment and the kitchen has more than enough cutlery and crockery for groups who want a bit of breakfast in the morning. We made the mistake of buying lots of stuff like tea and coffee, before discovering there was quite a lot already there, in the drawers!
One unexpected bonus is the free Wi-Fi, which was a tad intermittent, but much appreciated!
Lina and Duke are excellent hosts - as long as you remember to not let the front door slam, as they live in the ground floor flat! So friendly and helpful, they recommended a number of decent "coffee shops" and restaurants/bars to visit - and the ones to avoid. Duke even had a nice welcoming gift for us as well...
Cars aren't particularly noticeable on Spuisstraat, and there was only one night when outside noise penetrated our rooms, even with the windows open every night. So it was very comfortable and quiet most of the time.
The Funky Chickin is no more than ten minutes walk from the Centraal station if you're coming in by train, so it's pretty convenient. From there, it's no more than a few minutes walk or cycle to the Jordaan district, or the Nine Streets, or Dam Square.
The one thing that may need a little consideration is that Spuisstraat is partly occupied by a secondary red light area, so if you've got kids or moral objections to that element of Amsterdam life, then bear it in mind.
Overall, it was an excellent place to stay and if I go back to the Dam in a group, I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else!
- Also Known As:
- Funky Chicken Hotel Amsterdam
- Funky Chicken Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Smoker-friendly and very centrally located, we provide comfortable studio apartments equipped with kitchen and shower/toilet. The apartments have single beds, sofa beds, TV, DVD, DVDs, free wifi (with improved signal strength) smoking material, linens and more. We are a 3 minutes walk to Dam Square and a 10 minutes walk from Amsterdam Central train station. ... more less
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