ROOMS: We were situated in room 21, which is on level 2. The hotel is rated number one on trip advisor and I can see why. The place is funky and awesome. Our room was spacious, and had a very funky, Amsterdam feel. There was a old barbers chair as a lounge seat, and vintage cupboards. Nicely decorated with a ladder in the room, and some paintings. There is enough space to use as a workdesk, which is next to the floor to ceiling oil heater which can heat the room quite quickly. Our room was a canal room, with a view onto the beautiful canal, and this is a great room to be in. The bathroom is smallish, and perfectly adequate for daily use. (We moved for our last night due to availability to a level 1 room, and this had a proper shower, not a bath/shower). The bed is comfy and large, and has a large mosquito net above. Apparently mosquitos are a problem, but we didn’t really get affected by them and didn’t use it after the first night. Street noise is minimal which was a pleasant surprise. There really isn’t anything bad to say about the room. Its funky, and that’s what we expected from the reviews and photos online. Its not the same as a Hyatt or W hotel, but its perfect for the ambiance of Amsterdam.
LOCATION: The location is fantastic - really close to the main “red light district” but then not too close. Its about a 5-10 minute walk. Go and get a town bike for 10 euros a day from central station and get around that way. It's easiest and best. (They don’t allow insurance on tandems at Mac Bikes which is weird) The train to Shirpool Airport leaves almost every 15 minutes from platform 14 and costs Euro4.40 per person. Much better value than a 50 euro cab ride and only takes 16 minutes to get there. Everything worth seeing in Amsterdam city is accessible by bike and you do not need to be fit to get there. Bike paths are really quite good and bikes do seem to have right of way a lot of the time. Stick to the right and you'll be fine.
SERVICE and SERVICES: excellent service throughout with absolutely nothing to complain about. Everything was easy and they really made us feel welcome. Almost like we were guests of their own house. We were very happy with all aspects of the service here. Wifi free (Although does drop out a bit). The hotel has 3 levels. The stairs are quite steep. Ladies will need help with their luggage. There are only 9 rooms there so make sure you book. Breakfast is included. DVDs aplenty and an excellent array of wines and snacks on offer in the 'lobby' area in an honesty system. They are extremely well priced beers, snacks and wines. We didn't use it but it looked very inviting. The place is secure with electronic locks and deadbolts so we felt all of our gear was safe at all times. There is a safe in each room.
WHY SO SPECIAL: well, it's like all boutique hotels in that its small, unique in every room and has other 'homely' comforts while remaining professional and well equipped. Great location and excellent service round off a perfect stay in Amsterdam
Don't skip breakfast. It's great!
Canal rooms are great if you can get it.
(Recent stays - Hotel Leonardo, Antwerp; B2 Boutique Hotel, Zurich; Town Hall Hotel, London; Holiday Inn, London; Novotel, York. L'hotel Imperial Palace, Annecy)
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Mauro Mansion Hotel Amsterdam