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“Good Location But Beware” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Sir Nico Guest House
Ranked #58 of 221 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good Location But Beware”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

The location of this B&B is very convenient, close to shopping, easy access via transit. The room included a bag of chips and crackers and some soft drinks free of charge. The owner kindly allowed us to check in four hours early (but later made a very big deal of not charging us for it).

Unfortunately our experience was not very positive. The owner was not honest and misrepresented what was included in the fees and continuously tried to charge us for extras. He specifically told us that continental breakfast was included and later proceeded to charge us $20 per day. When we complained, he claimed that the property was worth $250 Euros and he had done us a favor by giving it to us at $100 euros (price listed in the booking.com where we booked it). At $100 the room was overpriced. The room did not have an internal lock for security and in general it was hard for us to relax. There were foul odors at times. During breakfasts he tried to sell us another bed and breakfast property he owned in Philippines. The room's actual view is of a back alley, the photos of water canals posted are from the residence of the owner. He deals only in cash. Make sure you get a receipt from him when you pay upfront.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
6 Thank sab222
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nicomolina990, Owner at Sir Nico Guest House, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
It was regrettable that the guest had to resort to badmouthing Sir Nico with his baseless complaints. In doing so, he was hiding the real reason for his complaint, which was his refusal to pay the 4-day breakfast for two persons. Paying for breakfasts is clearly indicated in the reservation/booking form, which is issued by Booking.Com. Although breakfasts are optional, guests pay for it.

This particular guest had the mistaken belief that the breakfasts they had were free. During their last day after having breakfast, I politely told them they had to pay their breakfast for 4 days which amounted to 80 euros for two persons. At that point, the guest brazenly told me that if I make them pay the said amount, he would "tell a bad story" about Sir Nico. This is pure and simple blackmail.

I am thus truly disappointed that despite the personal care and attention that I gave these guests, they would resort to lies and blackmail.I had thought the guest was joking, but since his blackmail in the form of a bad review was made public, I had no other option but to reveal what really happened.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2012

Cozy, clean and well-located B&B. Tram stop is just two blocks away. Nico has a great sense of hospitality, making sure you feel like home. All the drinks of the minibar are free. Coffee, tea, potato chips, tortilla chips, chocolates and stroopwafels are also free. The bathroom has a bathtub, washing machine, dryer and iron. Amenities include shampoo, conditioner, body soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairdryer, towels, robes, slippers, tissues etc. Nico was kind enough to wash and dry our clothes while we were out, and also changed the bed linen every day.
There are two booking options: room + bathroom and the whole apartment, which includes living room with a canal view and the fully-equipped kitchen. We booked just the room but Nico let us use the kitchen in two occasions with no extra costs. There is free Wi-Fi too. I highly reccomend it.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank FirstVillage
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Property: Sir Nico Guest House
Address: Floor First Prinsengracht 663, 1016 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #58 of 221 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shortstay, Inn and Room. ... more   less 
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