We booked a courtyard room because it came with a bath - necessary after a hard day's tramping round Amsterdam! I liked the room although I can see that the stark style may be a little masculine for some. The bed was comfortable and there was a decent sized wardrobe. The cage above the door provided a nod to the hotel's former life as a fetish hotel! The bathroom was spacious - if I had one wee grumble, the towels were quite small - after a bath, you really want a bath towel to wrap yourself in. Free wifi and TV with BBC News for UK news junkies. The fridge had a few complimentary bottles and a box of nuts which was a nice touch. Even nicer was the card and the bottle of prosecco on my birthday - thanks guys.
Breakfast was very laid back - a fridge with home-made smoothies, different cheeses and hams, tomatoes, spreads etc; warm bread, jams, peanut butter, choc hazelnut spread and choc sprinkles; a bean to cup espresso maker which made us both very happy (a selection of teas also provided) and each day a surprise - on our 3 breakfasts, we had scrambled eggs, pancakes with honey and strawberries with yoghurt respectively. Coffee and tea is available all day and to takeaway. There is a small selection of wines, snacks and chocolate which you can help yourself to and pay on departure. The guys running the place are really friendly and helpful, happy to book tables, make suggestions, provide umbrellas, advise on transport etc.
I read one review which mentioned cold rooms - we were there in December and it was freezing outside (literally at night) and our room was very warm and cosy - and that was without having the radiator on full. Location wise, this place is close to the station and a bit further from the museum area where we have generally stayed before but Amsterdam is small enough that you can walk most places and the tram is pretty straightforward.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mauro is a relaxed, romantic and quirky 9-room hotel, situated in a classic 16th century canal house right in the middle of the historical centre. You will find yourself between 2 former medieval city gates, a unique spot to start exploring Amsterdam. Please be advised that we are not suitable for children andor any parties larger then 5 persons. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mauro Mansion Hotel Amsterdam