I decided to propose to my girlfriend in Amsterdam because it's my favourite city. I made reservations at the American back in February and emailed the hotel asking them if there was anywhere they could suggest that would be appropriate to pop the q and the staff were really helpful and suggested a few ideas, o e of which was the skinny bridge, which has a romantic back-story, perfect I thought! I also asked if there was any way they could make our stay special. I hadn't had any contact with the hotel since then. When I arrived at the hotel I was drenched, having walked all the way to the hotel from centraal station in a downpour that'd make noah get his tools out. I was feeling nervous, wet and dishevelled. The receptionist who greeted me was extremely attractive (which may seem irrelevant) so I was a little awkward when checking in but she was so sweet and exited for me that she soon made me feel at ease. She would shed me luck and I went up to my roo. I very impressed to discover they had put me in a lovely room with a balcony overlooking the canal, this couldn't get any better!
Unfortunately my girlfriend broke up with me and never actually came out to Amsterdam, so I had the prospect of a depressing stay ahead of me! However, the hotel is beautiful and the staff were all so friendly that it made my stay way better than I expected. When I came to check out I was really nervous that the same receptionist would be at the desk and I would have to explain the whole humiliating situation, I even toyed with the idea of lying to make myself seem like less of a loser. As I was walking down to check out I was praying that it'd go smoothly and I wouldn't have to admit to being blown out so disastrously...much to my dismay, the same receptionist was indeed on duty and I sheepishly approached the desk to proceed with the formalities/humiliations. She greeted me with a friendly smile and straight away asked me how it went. I couldn't go through with the lie, so I opted for the truth. I was sure the world would open up and swallow me! However, the receptionist was super sweet again and seemed genuinely upset for me and instantly made me feel better. She is a credit to the hotel, which is in turn a credit to a beautiful city. I left feeling positive and actually quite sad to be going. My only regret is that I didn't have the conversation with the receptionist earlier in my stay, as she really made the horrible situation not seem so bad. I never got her name because I was so flustered on both occaisions but I would just like to say thank you and you're awesome.
- 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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- American Hotel Amsterdam