As the title of my review implies, we had not booked this hotel in advance. We had been to a concert and planned to wander the streets/do a spot of midnight sight-seeing/have a nap in Central Station if need be before catching an early train to Germany the following day. However, it got to 2.30am and our feet were killing us, Central Station was closed and we just wanted somewhere to lie down. After knocking on various doors and being quoted ridiculous prices, we visited the sister hotel of the Koopermoolen (I can't remember what it was called!) and they couldn't help, but the night manager was kind enough to put us in touch with this hotel. We bartered down to a very cheap rate of £56 for a room (amazing value for something this central at short notice) and checked in.
The guy on reception was very nice. He had a tattoo on his neck and was very funny. He was having to deal with some crazy "regular" who was after a bed for the night also - this guy was bare chested, sweating and had a Cockney accent - if we weren't so knackered we'd have been mortified at what we were potentially letting ourselves in for, but were too tired to care and the receptionist really was a comedian!
He ended up giving us a triple room as that was all that was left which made the £56 price even more appealing. The room was really hot, even with the windows open, but hey, it's July in Amsterdam, what do you expect? Our train out of the Dam was in 3 hours time and we just wanted a disco nap so we didn't care. There were a few dubious stains on the top sheets (because of the heat, we didn't bother to actually LIFT the top sheets, the actual bedsheets may have been pristine underneath, I guess we'll never know!) but we just laid out our towels (which were clean, hoorah!) and fell asleep on top of them.
The room had it's own shower and toilet (so rare to find this in a hotel of this price category in central amsterdam!) which seemed to be in good condition and working order, although we didn't use the shower due to lack of time. Yeah, there was a fair bit of noise from the street below but again, what do you expect? We were so tired, we got the 3 hours sleep we wanted in a safe, comfortable room that was a stones throw from Central Station and was two thirds cheaper than the price of what all the other hotels were asking.
Also, breakfast was included in the rate - again, such a rarity! It was quite cute as the receptionist had asked us if we required a wake-up call before we went to bed the night before and when we came down into reception at 6.15am, he was fast asleep in his chair! He raced downstairs to put the lights on in the breakfast room and left us to help ourselves after grabbing a few essentials out of the fridge (milk and some fruit etc) Everything else - the cereal, the breads had presumably been left there all night and for God knows how many days before that, so we reluctantly ate the "safe" stuff and didn't touch any of the cold meats/cheese although in fairness, it all looked very nice and contrary to what other reviewers have said, there seemed to be a fair bit of choice.
To summarise, this hotel does exactly what it says on the tin. It gives you 2 star standards in a great location. I observed the price list in reception and the rack rate for our room was allegedly over 200 Euros and to be honest, you'd be a fool to pay that although I'm sure less seasoned travellers than myself would fall for it but places like this are happy to let you barter - I mean, we wandered in at 2.30am, who else was gonna sleep in that room and spend £56? Certainly not the crazy Cockney!
I would stay again if I was in the same predicament, but I very much doubt I ever will be although I'd definitely pop by the Koopermoolen again just to say hi to the owner for being such a good entertainer and a thoroughly nice bloke for saving 2 young ladies from a night of horror on the streets of Amsterdam!
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- Also Known As:
- De Koopermoolen Hotel
- De Koopermoolen Amsterdam