Two of us stayed here for two nights earlier this month and overall it was fine. We found the hotel very easily as we got tram 1 from Central Station and it stops right outside the front door (the stop after Leidesplein). We had arrived early and hoped to leave our bags in their luggage room until our room was ready, but we were told it was and we could check in then (about 11am) rather than at 3pm, which was great.
Our room (#77) was on the second floor and faced the courtyard so was nice and quiet. (Some overlook the main road at the front and are noisier.) It had two twin beds in it, and private ensuite facilities – which was basically a small cupboard with a toilet and shower in it, plus a wash basin in the bedroom itself. The bathroom smelt quite damp but there was no sign of this – it was all very clean, just a bit short of space if you need to get dressed in there! The only drawback was that no towels were provided. Had we known this, we would have brought some but there is no mention on the website or the site we booked through. Having paid far less in other cities and always had towels provided, it just hadn’t crossed my mind that they didn’t provide them. So partly my fault I guess, but I do think it would have been helpful to say somewhere. (Luckily we arrived early and could go shopping, but it would be awful if you arrived late at night and didn’t have any! Even so, it wasn’t something I had planned to spend my holiday money on!)
The hotel is on the first, second and third floors of the building, and the stairs are very steep and curved, so you need to take care, especially if you have luggage to carry up (as there’s no lift). Having said that, I read about them on here beforehand and they weren’t as bad as I expected! On the ground floor is an Albert Heijn supermarket, which was brilliant, especially the bakery. (We got things to take out for a packed lunch, and drinks for our room.)
Breakfast is a typical continental affair served from 8-10am, but everything is fresh and kept well topped up so there is plenty for everyone. It’s self-service so you can have whatever you want. The breakfast room is bright and sunny with window boxes overlooking the street on the first floor. Also on the first floor is a lounge and smoking room. The resident cat also likes to sleep in that room, but she’s very friendly! It seems that most places in Amsterdam have a resident cat – hotels, bars, coffeeshops*… - to help with any mouse problem I guess? (*They must have some of the most chilled cats in the world! ;o) )
There was also a TV in our room (although you have to pay a 10€ deposit for the remote control at reception if you want it – it works fine without). The beds were nice and clean, really bouncy and comfy – we slept soundly. We also had a private balcony with doors both to our room and further doors to the outside, which was handy when it rained. Even though it was May, it was quite cold but the radiators could be turned o/off as we needed – which was great for drying our clothes overnight after we got soaked!
The staff are helpful and friendly. There was a problem with their credit card machine so we had to pay cash, but there is a cash machine on the ground floor in the supermarket, and a bank just along the road.
One evening I managed to lose the key to my case, but only realised this when I got back to my room. Luckily the finial on the end of the bed (bed post) came to my rescue and I managed to break the padlock with it!!
So all in all, no major complaints at all. We had been surprised how expensive rooms are in Amsterdam, but given that, this seems pretty good value.
Positives: Comfy beds, quiet rooms, good breakfast.
Negatives: No towels – or warning about this. Slightly weird shower head that spits water horizontally as well as vertically, but at least some water falls on you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Abba is a one star budget hotel located smack bang in the middle of all the action. We are within walking distance of the main going out area Leidseplein, the museum district, the famous canals and Amsterdam's largest park the Vondel park. So wether you're here to party, explore Amsterdam's culture, stroll along the scenic canals or relax in the park along side the locals, you're in the right place for it! Hotel Abba has been offering proper Dutch hospitality with an international touch for over 20 years! Our selection of 38 rooms offers the perfect base to explore this wonderful city. All prices include a fabulous breakfast served from 08:00am until 10:00am. We offer FREE Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and have kettle's, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards available in reception. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abba Hotel Amsterdam
- Best Western Amsterdam