We and our friends stayed here in May/12 and did have a good experience. The front desk was most courteous and helpful. Both rooms were clean and well looked after. However, we did have an issue with our car at the hotel. The hotel is on a one way street, very narrow, with no pull-over area to unload luggage. When we first attempted to off-load our stuff, a delivery van came up behind us and tooted his horn for us to move. We felt we had to, so I stayed on the sidewalk with the luggage while the other three drove off, ostensibly to 'go around the block'. This is not a simple matter because of the one way streets - even the GPS we had rented along with the car in Amsterdam was not updated to the very recent re-direction of streets in this area.
It took my group over a half hour to find the hotel again. Fortunately for me, a gentleman from the front desk had come outside and told me that this difficulty in off-loading happened all the time and that we should have taken all the time we needed and let the delivery van wait.
Anyways, the four of us did join up again and parked the car at the public indoor garage a short distance down the street from the hotel. This is the closest parking available.
My husband and I were given the'romantic room' which was actually a kind of charming garret on the topmost floor, A little small but OK. We did have two windows in the sloped roof that opened to reveal all the rooftops. The catch is that to get to the room, we had to take the elevator to the top floor and then walk up a flight of stairs. I guess that was supposed to be the romantic artist's studio kind of thing. Our friends' room was off the lobby, requiring taking about 6 steps down from lobby level. their room was a half-basement kind of scenario because the first part of the room was a bed-sitting room and the tv sitting-room was another 5 or so steps down. The bathroom was on this lower level. A bit weird for me.
Breakfast was included in a rather austere room with no windows (or if there were windows they were always covered). The food was edible but nothing was really particularly good. The hotel did not serve lunch or dinner.
The advantage of this hotel, we thought, was its proximity to the Magriite Museum/Gallery which was a must-see for us. If you exited the front door and walked to the right, you were shortly in an upscale-ish area with some antique shops. The closer you got to the museum,the nicer the buildings, the area, and the restaurants. The museum is definately worth the time if you enjoy that kind of thing. It would be about a 20 minute walk from the hotel. If upon leaving the hotel you turned to the left, you were in an area of small shops who have seen better days, occasional gypsy women begging and/or teenagers with their skateboards. In the two nights we stayed at the hotel, we ourselves had no problems at all,nor did we see any problems but I was quite happy that we were a group of four. If you continue to the left, the only thing we found of any merit was a glass covered domed gallerie which housed mostly chocolate shops, a few clothing shops as well as leather. There are a lot of restaurants immediately adjacent to the galleria but we found the whole area way over priced. PLEASE NOTE This area has cobble stoned streets. The cobblestones are very thick and unfortunately too many of them have been removed, leaving very nasty holes that would be perfect for breaking ankles. In some cases, individual cobblestones are sitting in the road, waiting to trip someone who is not constantly looking down. I don't see how anyone with a cane would enjoy walking in this area.
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