stayed two nights in Hotel Nadia with 3 rooms total for family group. Yes, Hotel Nadia has those stairs, but it is a true Canal house. The Hotel handles your bags, no need for you to drag them up. When you tour Amsterdam, you see the hundreds of canal houses, you can stay in one and see how the locals live.
We had the quad room 3rd floor and it had the most lovely view of the canal and the Westerkirk. Another family member had a balcony room for 2 second floor and although a very small room, the balcony was terrific. I read a book about the Anne Frank house (the house is just around the corner) while lying in bed quad room with the Westerkirk church tower right out my window in full view. I came upon a photo in the book of the tower out the attic room window where Anne lived that was the exact view of the church tower but from a 90 degree turned angle. That is, I was looking at the west side and she the north side but identical view. Made goose bumps on my arms.
Sheets clean and crisp, clean bathroom, no A/C but was cool with windows open and fan on. Nice breakfast, breads, juice, tea, coffee, cake, many jams, nuttell chocolate spread. Fresh flowers in the room.
The walk to the city center Dam and then down to the train station area to do a canal boat tour took us down busy streets crowded with young people, and to our older eyes, strange people, but the strolls down the canals themselves were much calmer and more quite. I liked the city much better away from the Dam. Long walk to the flower market and on to the art museum was wonderful along the canals. Stopped for cafe meals. Sara's Pancake House two doors down from Hotel Nadia has wonderful crepes (pancakes - but not the american type) and great hot chocolate for a pm meal, open til 9:30pm.
We felt Hotel Nadia was a good value for its location, cleanliness and exceptional view. Get away from the city center and walk along the many canals for a pleasant time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Nadia is a 2** star hotel with a friendly atmosphere. In historic surroundings, between Queen Palace on Dam Square and Wester Church, at walking distance from all sights, museums and shopping. Facilities: Hotel is a historic canal corner gallery building renovated in Nov 2009. Forty-eight rooms, each one unique and all rather on the small side, compact but well-designed, cozy all with shower, WC, TV, phone,hairdryer,Wireless Internet and own Safe Box. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nadia Hotel Amsterdam