The hotel is placed just far enough away from the centre to have a cheap price, but to still within easy walking distance.
There is a large lobby with friendly and helpful staff who were welcoming. The room was very cheap and for a solo traveller on a very limited budget it was ideal. My room was small and slim with no furniture other than the bed, a dressing table and a coffee table. The only clothing storage option was a slatted shelf attached to the wall, but this worked fine for hanging items from it and stacking them on top.
I was there several nights and the bedding was never changed. There was a towel in the room, although this was never changed either - perhaps it was not a part of the deal and had been left by a previous guest(?). After the second night I simply used the travel towel that I had brought in my luggage. The bedding was the same throughout the visit; it was never changed, but it was straightened up daily. There was a basin attached to the wall near the door, but this had no plug, something which made using it a trifle tricky. The tap did however always supply water; this ranged from cold to scalding, which is more than can be said for the shared shower. I only managed to have one, non-cold shower during my stay. The floor of the room was cigarette burnt and dirty; it could certainly have benefited from a good vacuuming.
I was staying on the third floor at the front, and this had a couple of disadvantages: firstly there was something of a climb up the narrow, steep stairs (no lift) - not something I'd like to try while drunk; secondly, the front of the hotel skyline was lit by two arc lights fitted to the building opposite. These shone right into the window and lit up the room as though day-lit even through the curtains. In the end I found a suitable use for the dirty towel attaching it to the curtains (no curtain rail).
I was using the hotel as a base for exploring Amsterdam and surrounding towns so as a place to crash it was fine for my purposes. The only downside was the parties by drugged-up teenagers in the room next door - which must have been much bigger and suitable for six to stay in. These parties started around 11PM and usually ended around 4AM. I suspect this is a problem for hotels in Amsterdam generally, but as this hotel is on the budget end, and the room seemed to have been sub-divided at some point in the past the noise absorbency of the rooms was, essentially, nil.
Overall the room was adequate for the money paid for it, the only issue I had was with the guest next door and this is hardly the fault of the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is housed in a beautiful 19th century building, in the middle of a 650-year-old street. The rooms are well equipped with modern facilities to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. The hotel is located close to the Central Station, near to all Amsterdam's highlights such as the Royal Palace, Dam square, Red Light District, shops, bars, clubs and restaurants. You will have a variety of restaurants, bars and cafes right outside the hotel door. The hotel offers many services and facilities such as free wireless internet throughout the building, tickets to various museums and activities, a continental breakfast and free city maps. Our reception is always open (24/7) and we will be happy to help you if you will need any additional services, facilities or information. The location is perfect to explore the city and our staff will make sure your stay in Amsterdam is one to remember. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quentin Arrive Amsterdam
- Quentin Arrive Hotel Amsterdam