It was a shock for me to find out that our room was situated in the basement and there was a very strong smell of damp and mold. I think this is something we had to be informed about in advance because some people are allergic to mold. Other things that made a bad impression: - the staircase that led to our room was very narrow and steep. I am an average height and I found it difficult to go down these stairs, and I can imagine that for a larger person that would be quite of a challenge. It appeared to me that the hotel did not go any renovation in a long time - the furniture was really old, and there were a lot of things that needed technical repair - for example, when I first entered the hotel door, the handle remained in my hand. The carpets at the entrance of the hotel looked really, really warn out. The room was not too bad and luckily the linen smelt clean and fesh but the towels deffinitely need to be replaced. On the desk there was a folder promoting the services of the hotel but when I opened it I saw some dirty smears (it is quite obvious that this dirt has been sitting there for a long time). Another thing that I did not like was the fact that there was hardly any daylight coming into the room but that is quite normal for a basement.
The things that I have enjoyed about this hotel are : - 1) the convenient clocation (a half an hour walk or a few tram stops away from the centre of Amsterdam). 2) The staff was quite friendly and helpful in providing directions. 3) The hotel is located very close to a famous restuarant "Cafe Loetije" - this place offers the best beef steaks in Amsterdam.
To summerize my review, this hotel is not a good value for money. It is pretty expensive for what it is and it would be more correct to classify it as a hostel rather than a hotel.
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