Don't get sucked in by the theme of the BackStage Hotel. Yes the rooms have a rock and roll look to them, but the theme has been implemented cheaply and it really only serves to gussy up what is essentially a pretty cheap place to stay in Amsterdam.
The BackStage Hotel is well located, it's a long walk to the Damn and Central Square but that also means you aren't in the thick of things. It's also not far from the museums and a number of good restaurants and bars.
Beware that four of the rooms are located downstairs under the bar and under street level. These have a tiny window that opens to the street and you can hear the street car each and every time it passes by. I stayed in a room that had shared facilities which were clean.
My biggest gripe is the condition of some of the things in the room. My room had two twin beds and one of them was absolutely shot. The beds are just north of cots. Also some of the lights in the room didn't work and because it was below the street the room felt pretty stuffy. There's NO AC but the room had a fan that did an OK job.
Ultimately there's really nothing really remarkable about this hotel. Have medium to low expectations and you'll do ok.
- 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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