We stayed at the Backstage so that our teenage daughter could enjoy her trip to Amsterdam with her boring middle aged parents. It it fulfilled our expectations. Our daughter loved it and we had to suspend our usual critical faculties.
Backstage is a rather run down hotel aimed at under thirties. Some of the rooms are in the basement and some have shared facilities. We had two reasonably sized rooms on the top floor that was reached ascending (and also descending) four flights of almost vertical stairs. Avoid the top floor in hot weather as it will be like a sauna and is only partially alleviated by a rather ineffectual fan. The bathroom was fine but there were let downs such as a bath towel looking like it had the residue of lipstick on it and really tatty curtains that at the very least needed cleaning.
On the plus side the guys on the desk were excellent. The breakfast was very good value at six euros. The hotel is very well situated being near Leidsplein, museums and a whole area with a mass of restaurants. If you walk about ten minutes away from the centre you cross the city centre boundary and hit a local neighbourhood where apart from getting to eat better food, you get to observe real Amsterdammers at play.
- 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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