First off I would like to say the staff was very friendly. I stayed for 4 nights from the 19th of June and my friends for 3, and on the last day let me keep their bags in my room. The luggage room was unguarded on the first level away from the lobby and although they would hand out the key as needed, there was no telling who it could be handed to. Let's get right to the room.
Contrary to other reviews, I honestly didn't find the steps so steep (but get used to it, this is Amsterdam) I stayed in the non smoking half of the hotel. Remember this hotel has no lift (elevator). I was on the second floor facing an alley way. Noise levels were random but weren't enough to bother me in my sleep. The mattress was comfortable and the bed literally took up 3 quarters of the room. On the bed were these ridiculously over sized blue pillows which could not be used for resting, I just set those aside. I May I remind you these rooms are SMALL. But who cares? I had no plans to dance Salsa in my room. There was a small TV on the wall which I never turned on. 1 electrical outlet accessible (European non-recessed outlet) next to the table and an open cubby hole with a couple of hangars to place your clothing. Pretty basic room but accommodating. No safe available but there was one downstairs at a cost.
One of my only complaints was the bathroom. A tall guy like me couldn't wash his face in the sink, as it was way too shallow and the faucet way too tall. I was splashing water everywhere keeping my distance, trying to avoid my forehead hitting the faucet, and at the same time backing up against the toilet, which between the two would maybe be a distance of just over a foot. I could sit on the toilet in perfect posture and wash my hands comfortably just to give you an idea. Perfect for those out on a late night bender prone to vomiting, you're covered on both ends!
The water pressure was excellent and the water instantly steaming hot as I liked it, unfortunately the shower sits only an inch below the rest of the floor with no real barrier stopping the water from working its way past the curtain to the rest of the floor.
Below the hotel was a bike rental shop and a New York Style Pizzeria which the hotel gave you a 10 percent discount on. Must try at least once if you love pizza like I do. A minute from Dam Square and a block from the red light. Central station was only 10 minutes walking from Dam Square.
All in all for the price and location, even with it's spacial limitations I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking for an excellent central location with friendly service and extras like breakfast in bed? Then choose Hotel de Gerstekorrel, where guests return year after year! Our 32 room hotel offers single rooms, 2 persons rooms, triple rooms as well as four persons rooms - come alone, with a friend, the whole family or a group of friends! Hotel de Gerstekorrel is a popular and modern hotel close to the famous Dam Square, shopping streets such as De Kalverstraat, the canals, wonderful restaurants and unforgettable nightlife. Do you come for a concert in Ziggo Dome or Heineken music hall? Or want to see the Music Awards? Interested in football stadium Arena, Ajax? Stay with us and you easily reach all these places by public transportation.The famous Amsterdam museums - newly opened Stedelijk Museum and new Rijksmuseum, Hermitage, Van Gogh and several other museums and art galleries are also close by. ... more less
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