My wife and I stayed in the Hotel Fita while spending four days in Amsterdam. The hotel is clean, pleasant and a great bargain. Our room was bright with large windows overlooking a street that was closed to car traffic. A local school allowed their kids to play in that space during the daytime...a very jolly place. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. The owner helped us organize our 4 days in Amsterdam, with maps and loans from a small library of books covering local sights. The public transportation system in Amsterdam is somewhat confusing (3 different bus companies, city owned trolley system, etc) but he was patient and helped us figure out how to get around.
Getting to/from the airport to the hotel was remarkably cheap and easy. For only 5 Euros each, we took a public bus #197 which stops just two blocks from the hotel directly to/from the airport. (There are other options like taxis, hotel shuttles, and more, but the bus worked very well.) There are numerous busses and trollies which stop within a 5 min walk of the hotel. You can get anywhere from there.
Hotel Fita is also located just two blocks from several major museums, including the Rijks Museum and the van Gogh museum (which we visited late on Friday night when the crowds had dissipated -- it was great.
This small hotel is a family-run affair. I would guess there are only a dozen or fewer rooms in a tall, narrow building located in an upscale residential neighborhood near the major museums (think brownstone if you are from NYC, or town house.) It is a quiet enclave in an otherwise noisy and boisterous town. Roel (maybe 28 yrs old) is the owner, but his father is the painter/carpenter/handyman who was helping to renovate several rooms while we were there. (They were active during the daytime only, and their activities never bothered us.) Breakfasts are included, of course, and the food was excellent. They have an "honor bar" where you can go in the evening and help yourself to a drink if you want. They also have a computer/printer for guest use, so you can print out museum tickets that are cheaper to buy over the internet (and save you from standing on long lines during the day).
I would caution that persons with mobility issues might have a problem. There are maybe 8 steep steps from the street to the front door that have to be negotiated. Once inside, there is a tiny elevator which can save you from needing to climb the narrow Dutch staircases. We had no problem with the steps, but I could imagine elderly or handicapped guests might struggle with them.
This is a wonderful place to call home for a few days. Highly recommended.
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