We stayed here as a large group, taking over 4 rooms, so ideal for a large group willing to share. The beds were surprisingly comfortable and the rooms warm. The stairs are alarmingly steep but saying that after a couple of days, you get used to them, even like us upto the third floor! The staff were pleasant and helpful, even getting out the kettle and teabags when we all piled in too late for the coffee machine (which was actually pretty decent coffee). The breakfast was a help yourself to toast, cereal, cheese and eggs affair.
The shower temperature was a bit random. You had a shower in the room and the toilets were on the landing - these were very small rooms with air fresheners but not always very fragrant!
The other guests could be noisy but that is to be expected in a hostel type room, turns out the neighbours were from the same town as us (evening all!) - so we know what you got up to and who you are!
On occassions, you got the whiff of wacky bacy being smoked in other rooms but then that goes for most of Amsterdam too.
The downside to this hotel, was the extra guest - we had left some "cookies" out and during the night, we could hear rustling and then we clocked a mouse! ..... I saw a mouse! Where? There on the stair! Where on the stair? Right there! A little mouse with clogs on, Well I declare! Going clip-clippety-clop on the stair, Oh yeah - I'm still seeing the funny side of this - to be fair, we saw no signs of mouse before this incident or after.
So all in all, if you are looking for a cheap place to stay with a large group, this would fit the bill. Just don't leave food out or you won't get the song out of your head.
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