We were deciding between staying in a hostel or an affordable hotel for 2 girls, and we finally settled on Hotel Asterisk.
The location was good. It was near to Central by tram, yet far enough in a quiet neighborhood. The Heineken Experience was just a 5min walk away. From the airport, we took Bus 197 and changed to tram 7 or 10 at Leidseplein.
Check-in was a breeze and we were given free maps at the reception. We were early, so we left our luggage in the luggage storage area and went to explore the area before heading back. Our rooms were on the 2nd floor at the next building but that was no issue to us as we traveled light with just cabin bags. The steps were steep, but I understand that this was a common design (and problem) in most buildings in Netherlands.
Our twin rooms were basic and very small. Space was tight if both of us wanted to open up our luggage. There is a sink in the room which was great for us to wash up in the mornings. The shared bathroom was just outside the room and we had no problems having to use the shower. The bed was clean and comfortable enough to give us a good night rest.
Breakfast was at the main building and they serve the same menu every morning. But it was enough to fill us with cereal, juices, assorted toast, boiled eggs, ham and cheese, and coffee/tea.
In conclusion, this hotel fits all our basic requirements. Clean rooms, near amenities and transport, value for money with breakfast. It's definitely a better alternative to hostels for the price we paid for a twin room. Suits anyone with a tight budget and traveling light with small suitcase. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Warm welcoming hotel, frienly and helpfull reception, located in a quiet street in the center of Amsterdam. Rooms for all budgets, small and large rooms, with and without private facilities. Close to the booming "Pijp" area. At walking distance to nightlife and museumarea. Free Wifi, good buffet breakfast. Main building has an elevator. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Asterisk Hotel Amsterdam