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“Pretty basic, but worth a stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
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BackStage Hotel Amsterdam
Ranked #101 of 362 Hotels in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Pretty basic, but worth a stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

Whenever we go to Amsterdam, we always stay around Leidseplein Square. It's the perfect location, there are plenty of bars, clubs, restaurants etc and even a casino nearby, and it's within a 10 minute walk to Dam Square/Red Light District etc. So a really great location

The hotel is a little basic, but not overly so. Their bar area is cool (and 24 hours), they have a pool table and play some good music.

The rooms differ in size, some are quite spacious but others can be VERY cramped. Some even have a PS3 and guitar hero in them! The decor is really cool with a music theme. There's a drum on the ceiling for a light shade, the mirror is like a backstage theatre/dress mirror. There is also a UK plug socket which was very handy. The ensuite bathrooms (in the rooms with ensuites) were decent, especially the showers.

There are 4 floors, no lift, and the stairs are typically Dutch...VERY steep. If you're on the 4th floor like I was then getting up and down several times a day can be a bit of a struggle. Try to limit the amount of times you need to go back up there...and make sure you pack light. I wouldn't like to drag a heavy suitcase up those stairs!

They offer breakfast for €6. It's somewhat basic (fits on a covered pool table), but actually quite tasty, with complimentary tea/coffee. We first thought this was too expensive, however after having a pancake and coffee for €13 in a cafe nearby on the first morning, we soon realised the price wasn't so bad. And relatively speaking the €6 is certainly value for money.

The hotel is good for large groups, and if we had another party with a large group I'd definitely consider staying here again

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Matt B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

We went for a hen do over the Easter weekend. This hotel ticked all the boxes: great location, affordable and perfect rooms. There were 10 of us so we had two 5 bed rooms, which were good size, clean and brilliantly decorated. As we were there for a drink fuelled weekend the hotel is ideally located to bars and clubs. The staff were really helpful and polite. Yeah stairs are a bit of a nightmare but you'd be hard press to find a building in Amsterdam without stairs so steep! The hotel really helped make the weekend so memorable for all of us. I would definitely stay here again and recommend to young couples/groups who want to enjoy amsterdam for what it is!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Myself and 8 friends stayed for 2 nights in June 2012 for my Hen weekend. We booked two of the 5 people rooms, one of which was the amazing Jagermister room which had its own balcony overlooking a beautiful canal. This hotel was exactly what we wanted, clean, comfy beds, fridge, ipod docking station, LCD TV, and a huge theatre dressing room type mirror. We LOVED our rooms, they were perfectly big enough for all of us to get ready, and the lockers were run to keep our clothes in! The location is perfect, just a two minute strut in our heals to some fantastic bars and clubs. Also a five minute walk to trams stops, and also the canal where you can get the tour boats. I would defo stay again next time I am in Amsterdam. Warning... The stairs are very very steep!.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MrsSheppard1984
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

Really nice hotel manged by friendly people. We had a 5 beds room: it was OK and funny decorated on "rock-style" and with a big mural painting sponsored by Jagermaister. Great position, you can avoid public transportatio to go anywhere.
Just one problem: you should be well trained to climb the steep stairs to go upstair.

Room Tip: The four-five beds room in the first floor on the building's corner is really nice 'cause it...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank PesceR0ss0
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County Dublin, Ireland
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16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

Stayed at the Backstage Hotel at the end of Feb for three nights; here's some info on the hotel, location, etc.:
Rooms: The first night we were in a twin room which was pretty small, and we were then switched to a double room for the second two nights. The double room was a decent size, and the bed was super comfortable (as were the beds in the twin room). Bathrooms in both rooms were small but clean and the shower was good too. There was no hairdryer in either room, but the reception was able to give us a lend of one, which was great.

Stairs: we read some reviews that the stairs in the hotel were steep, but we didn't realise just what people meant until we'd to climb up four flights of winding steps to our room, just how steep they were - there's no lift, so we'd no choice. if you're anyway infirm, they might be too much, especially if you're higher than the first floor.

Breakfast: We didn't bother with paying for breakfast in the hotel (which is served on the pool table in the hotel) as there are lots of cafes close by (which were open on a Sunday too), which served nicer food for about the same price.

Location: Get the Tram - Line 1, 2 or 5 from the Central Station to Leidseplein, take the first right, walk past Melkweg cafe, and you're there at the hotel. Hotel is in a very nice part of the city - the Apple store is just a short stroll at Leidseplein, and isn't in the Red Light District.

Sights: we highly recommend a trip to the De Prael Brewery (http://deprael.nl) as an alternative to Heineken - and it tastes better too. And if you're looking to try some amazing beer, check out Gollem (http://cafegollem.nl) - over 200 bottles of deliciousness!

Room Tip: Email the hotel when you book and ask for a double instead of a twin - much bigger and nicer.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sidel
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Fort Lauderdale
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

The hotel is perfectly located in walking distance of everything you would want to do in the city.
The rooms are average. Nothing Special. The walls are paper thin. I would however recommend getting a room with a private bathroom.
The hotel staff were very friendly,courteous & very helpful.

Room Tip: Get a room with a private bathroom
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nicole M
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Monthey, Valais
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25 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Hi everybody,

We stayed at the Backstage hotel during 2 nights. The location is perfect, really close to the center. When you are tired, you are happy to walk only 5 minutes from the main center of the city.
When we arrived, the service was really nice, I think it was the boss that welcomed us. After this first day, the service was really poor. The two other employees were really bad with us and just because of it, I won't recommend this hotel.
We booked and double room and we were downstairs just under the bar. I couldn't sleep because people were having a party upstairs and in the room next to us, a couple was having fun all night long...

Room Tip: Ask a room upstairs if you book this hotel, otherwise you will have trouble to sleep even if you are...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank ThaCet
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Property: BackStage Hotel Amsterdam
Address: Leidsegracht 114, 1016 CT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Jordaan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #101 of 362 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — BackStage Hotel Amsterdam 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The BackStage Hotel Amsterdam is a small hotel next to the venues Paradiso and Melkweg, next to the Leidseplein. All rooms offer LCD TV, Alarmclock radio, I-pod dock, Free WIFI and FlightCase Furniture. The hotel is staffed 24/7. We do not have an elevator. Specialties for musicians on the road. @ the bar you'll find a pool table and instruments which you can play on. ... more   less 
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