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Nicolaas Witsen Hotel
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Located just across the Heineken Brewery, Albert Cyp Market, Rijks Museum, Van Gaugh Museum and the canal just few steps away, this was our home away from home. The Hotel is located in a beautiful serene neighbourhood. We got the full FEEL of Amsterdam by staying here. Our children loved this place. The staff are extremely helpful, present 24/7. Alex at reception, who we came to know is a co-owner was so friendly and cool. Although there is no Air Conditioning, the windows were big and could be opened wide to let the cool breeze in. You can also buy Cruise, biking and other attractions tickets from the Reception at a very good discounted rate. We hope to travel again to Amsterdam and we will definitely stay here only.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

I am so glad I booked this wonderful 28 room boutique-like hotel and it has an elevator. The building was built in 1906. It is family owned. Alex, co-owner said that his parents started the hotel in 1982. He joined the business in 2000.

This hotel is spotless. The service is wonderful. Believe me, they aim to please.

Breakfast is typical Dutch and is complimentary. There is also excellent and free WiFi with a communal computer if needed. My group played dominoes in room where there is a small bar and where breakfast is served. It was allowed. It was fun and we weren't bothering anyone.

Rooms are small but everything you need is there. I appreciate the armoire with hanging space and also shelves. If your room is at the front of the building and your window is open, it can be noisy however, mostly during the day when people are usually out touring. No A/C however, the room is comfortable and there is window and transom that opens enough for fresh air.

A couple blocks away are very nice restaurants. Also, many of the major museums are close by plus the canal is about 200 yards away.

Large chain hotels can be very nice but I think that staying in a hotel like the Nicolaas Witsen adds to the trip experience. I look forward to staying at this hotel within the next couple of years with another group.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that is not on the front side of the hotel.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank PhyllisD534
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

The staff were nice and helpful with information, the room was reasonably clean for Amsterdam.
THERE WAS NO AIR CONDITIONING AND YOU COULD ONLY OPEN THE WINDOWS ABOUT 25MM..
The staff finally gave us a tiny fan that only managed to blow the hot air around.
avoid this hotel in the summer season, it is obvious that it is onlyset up for winter as the rooms were full of heating radiators that thankfully weren't on otherwise we would have melted !!

Room Tip: If it's summer in Amsterdam avoid non air cond premises, and another thing avoid the trams as they are not air conditioned and the body odour will make you chuck.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Just returned from a four night stay in this hotel, the room was small but comfortable, Breakfast was really good with plenty of choice, the two young men serving breakfast were superb. On the second day after returning from a day out we discovered some English money and a bracelet had been taken from our room. We reported this incident to reception, We regret not using the safe, if you use this hotel make sure your first job is to get a safe key from reception 25 (euro deposit). If the room has no safe take your valuables out with you.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Frank M
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NicolaasWitsen, Manager at Nicolaas Witsen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2013

Dear Frank,

Thank you for your review. We have spoken about this incident and because of this information we start an investigation. We found out who this was (a staff member) and we fired him immediately. In the 13 years I am running this hotel, this was the first time this happened and this is why I took it very seriously. we have taken the necessary steps to prevent this in the future. Thank you for helping us to solve this problem by telling us and I hope we may welcome you again in the future.

Best regards,

Alex Roozendaal

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Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

It was a bit hit and miss at nicolaas winsten hotel. Service from staff was excellent- probably the best bit about our stay. The 2 young guys at breakfast were always friendly and helpful. Location was great for what we were Doing- we didn't see the need to use public transport, just walked. The rooms themself were pretty basic and small. The bathroom was beyond small and was it was very difficult to get in and out of the shower due to the basin being right there. Also there was a funny smell in there. There was no fan or air conditioning which made the room very stuffy and although there was a window there was little airflow. The beds were very uncomfortable to the point where we removed them from their bases and slept on our mattresses on the ground- this was much better! Our pillows were comfortable although were in definite need of replacement (stained yellow). Like I said the hotel was hit and miss. Would I return? Yes if the prices were a little cheaper as I think it is overpriced for what it is.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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3  Thank MistyJade89
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