Read some not very good reviews prior to travelling so was unsure what to expect. First thing to mention is the repairs to the exterior of the building. Yes there is scaffolding and it does spoil the appearance of what is a very impressive building but if you're anything like me the Hotel is a place to sleep. Not somewhere I spend hours looking out the window. I would be more concerned if the exterior was in a poor state of repair. The work has to be done at some time.
As for the people who complained about road noise. This is a major city with a tram network. What did you expect?
The American bar and Restaurant is very impressive if somewhat expensive but the service and quality of the food is amazing. If your feeling flush it is definitely worth one visit. Otherwise step out the front doors and there are more than enough restaurants to cover any taste and price.
Our bed was super comfortable.
I had very little dealings with the staff but any I did I found them to be polite and helpful.
Directly opposite the front door of the hotel is a stop for Lovers Canal Cruises. (Not just for lovers) We took the 90 minute cruise which I found to be great fun. If this is your first visit to Amsterdam I would recommend doing this early on so that you get your bearings and idea of how far away all the main attractions are. Walk everywhere.
All things considered I would definitely stay at this Hotel again. I would have rated it five but for the scaffolding.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hampshire Hotel - Amsterdam American has a rich history. In 1882, the first hotel guests stayed at this unique location on Leidseplein. The current building dates from 1902 and is a wonderful example of Jugenstil. Right at the centre of this national monument is Cafe Americain, the hotspot where (hotel) guests and Amsterdam residents enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- American Hotel Amsterdam