i"ll start with the compliments: the room we had (apartment Navy) was very clean and tidy, beds were fine, a good gas-cooker, microwave, tea\coffee and a small but good sized fridge, good tv and dvd.
for the smoking traveler, this place has some extra goodies to offer: 1) they have a PS3 on demand which they don't advertise enough, in my opinion. the TV is small but very good quality and Full-HD which takes full advantage of the PS3 (and you can also bring a USB stick and watch movies with it). 2) there is smoking paraphernalia in the apartment for your use, and we also got a small treat...
now to the review itself:
they have 2 buildings, my review is only relevant to the apartment we stayed at, which is advertised as located on Prins Hendrikadde 133. turns out that the address is not the address of the apartment but the "office" or something. the apartment is just next to the office, on Schipperstraat.
the location is good but not superb. it's close enough to the central station (10 mins) and a short walk from Nieuwmarket (10 mins) but we found it a bit removed from the center.
katja, the woman with whom i made the reservation was extremely nice and helpful and she responded to my emails and many questions quickly. rose, the apartment manager, was also nice and efficient.
there are very reasonable house-rules but they are phrased in a way that makes you fell like you'll be fined for almost anything. it's just a matter of the way things are presented and we felt to do what we wanted and got no comlpaints.
the only real downside to the apartment was the sofa. we had to turn it around to face the tv, which made the "living room" quite small. but that's really ok. the problem was that it was impossible to lean back because the back-rest (a big long pillow) was too short and fell off. after some elaborate engineering we found a solution: we opened the sofa (its a sofa-bed) half way and got a great sofa with a good back-rest.
one more thing - Navy is located at the very top of the house. there are a gazillion (67 to be exact) steps which start out ok but become very steep in the end. this is common in amsterdam but i think this set of stairs is the steepest i've ever seen. it makes going in and out of the apartment several times a day a bit of a challenge.
to conclude - for anyone who plans a trip to amsterdam and requires a clean, pleasant apartment but also intends to smoke, this is a wonderful place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nemo Apartments offers its guests comfortable and clean rooms in a beautiful property close to Central station and the Red light district. Each apartment has a bedroom and a private bathroom. The kitchen is equipped with all the essentials for the stay (crockery, cutlery etc) so guests can use the kitchen to cook but need to leave it clean and tidy. A free wireless internet connection is also available. ... more less
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