I visit Amsterdam every year - it is the most beautiful city and there is so much to see. With over 40 museums in Amsterdam alone, and with The Netherlands having the highest concentration of museums in the world, we enjoy every moment and you need to be in a prime location. And that is one of the best features of the Hotel de Gerstekorrel.
We travelled in October 2008 with DFDS Seaways aboard the MS King of Scandinavia. After a wonderful crossing, we stayed in the hotel for one night. This year, we are staying in the hotel for two nights, but I must say that after our first stay at the Hotel de Gerstekorrel last year, I would be more than happy and will be staying here again in 2009. On arrival, the weather was thoroughly miserable, and due to a DFDS Seaways map being wrong, it took us almost an hour to find the hotel in the rain. Every Dutch person we asked, all they told us was it was on the Dam Strad. After finding it, we were told we couldn't check in for another couple of hours, which annoyed us slightly, as we weren't told of this, but we probably wouldn't of minded if the weather wasn't so bad. It didn't ruin the trip.
Because the hotel was so cheap, we expected it to be very basic and prepared for it to be very low standard in its cleanliness and quality. However, when we arrived in our room, we were delighted to find a television with lots of English and Dutch channels, a telephone, a nice clean toilet and shower (although small) and a huge room. It was the same room but on two different heights with a few steep stairs Although our room window faced out onto a wall, we came to Amsterdam to go out and explore and didn't plan to stare out the window all day. The beds were comfortable, the rooms were clear and I can't express how friendly and co-operative the staff were - and moreso how great their Engish was. We received our automated wake up call right on time, and we enjoyed the continental breakfast delivered to us at our room at the exact time, sharp and prompt. It also had free WiFi, and I will taking advantage of it this year when I take my laptop.
The rooms were very well heated/air conditioned, depending on the weather and I would thoroughly recommend this hotel. It is located just next to Dam Square, so you're near lots of major attractions - although we had quite some time walking to Science Centre NEMO - which I must say is incredibly interesting! There is a great family feel to the hotel. It is only a bed and breakfast, continental breakfast at that, but that is all you really need and it's edible. Nearby is a coffeeshop, but there is no problem with that, nobody ever bothers you. With a one minute walk to Dam Square/Madame Tussauds/Nuewie Kerk/Royal Palace, 5 minute walk to Central Station and 3 minute walk to the Red Light District, this hotel is in a prime location and its fantastic quality with great prices.
If travelling with DFDS Seaways, you must purchase the Day Trip Passes (that's the A, B, C, D and E) tickets which allow you access to different attractions for a great price. I think it cost us £60 each, but it cost us all £45 to get into Madame Tussauds anyway, so it's a great deal. Lots of different attractions to enjoy. I recommend this hotel to everyone - it is true quality for a great price.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- De Gerstekorrel Hotel
- De Gerstekorrel Amsterdam