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Hotel Seven one Seven
Ranked #55 of 368 Hotels in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Hotel Seven One Seven vs. Banks Mansion”
Reviewed April 5, 2007

We just returned from a 3 night stay at Hotel Seven One Seven. We arrived early (8:30 am) from a 7 hour overnight flight from the U.S. We did not expect our room to be ready, so we asked to leave our bags and said we would go out for breakfast. They said we could have breakfast there. We went down into their lovely dining room and had a basket of bread, a plate of 3 pieces of ham and 3 pieces of cheese, coffee and orange juice. When we checked out we found that we had been charged 75 euros for this breakfast--over $110 dollars!!!! Although they advertise free afternoon tea or wine, we were offered it on only one of the 3 nights. We stayed in the Tolkien junior suite, which although beautifully decorated, had a scratchy wool blanket and a bathroom that was not large. One of the windows opened up onto a light shaft, and on 2 mornings at 7 am a crew of painters began erecting a scaffolding outside of the window which was a foot from the bed. It was extremely noisy. I agree with the previous guest that the noise level from other doors opening was quite loud as well. For what this small hotel charges, I would have expected a little more gracious service. The employees seemed a bit snobby and disinterested.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2006

My boyfriend suprised with a trip to Amsterdam and he did his research well and chose this lovely cosy hotel for 2 nights. We stayed in Shakespeare on the 1st floor and it is an enormous and gorgeous room with sumptuous fabrics and and a really a comfy sofa. Also a rather fancy B&O TV which impressed him very much!! We only saw one other couple in the hotel and had the elegant and snug lounge to ourselves late one evening with a lovely bottle of complementary wine and very nice snacks (without having to request them which is always nice) The hotel organised a restaurant for us and taxi's etc and we were impressed with the professionalism.

The downsides to this room were minimal but considering the cost perhaps worth mentioning:

Being so near the ground floor meant that we did hear the hotel phone ringing but it wasn't much of an issue.

There was no air con and it was a bit too hot and stuffy which I imagine in Summer could be more of a problem.

The bathroom was tired and certainly not luxurious but adequate.
If this had been updated the room would have been fantastic.

The staff were friendly and polite and breakfast in bed arrived on the dot and in a huge basket which was a lovely touch and also had delicious freshly squeezed orange juice. Something was always missing though, ie. no milk, no butter and on the last day 2 boiled eggs with no egg cups!! We did not eat downstairs as we just wanted to be pampered and lazy which was such a treat!

These really are minor faults though and the overall experience is to be recommended. I would have loved a room with a view though - I think that a canal view would have made this stay even more special. There's no pleasing some people is there?! If you are looking for a romantic retreat with absolutely no hint of pretentiousness then this hotel is for you and it would take very little to make this place perfect!

  • Liked — decadent and cosy room
  • Disliked — the bathroom
  • Tips/Secrets — go for a room with a view if you can afford it!!
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2005

We recently went to 717 and were wowed by the charm and design of it. The restoration of this old building/house was fantastic and the decorating. Like another person said, a welcome change from the sleek minimalist look of so many hotels trying to be so cool.

We stayed in the Tolkein room which was as pretty as it seemed in the on-line photos however--- it was UNBEARABLY noisy. It was like being in someone else's house. Forget about relaxation. For some insane reason, in this humongous room, they decided to put the bed smack-dab next to the door that opens onto the main stairwell leading to all the rooms (no elevator). So you really felt like you were well aware of all your neighbors comings and goings including their conversations. You could even hear conversations that were taking place two flights down at the front desk at the bottom of the stairs.

Worse than the stairs, was the fact that the staff/cleaning supply room/lounge was just a few steps down from our door. Starting at 7am, that door was literally opened and closed twice or more every five minutes on the average. You could not only hear the creaking of the hinges but also when it shut-- OVER and OVER and OVER... we would sleep during the five min intervals and had a horrible sleep each night. we were NOT there for business. We told the staff each night to please make sure that the morning person was informed to please be considerate and enter this room quietly. During a four day stay, we only got one hour's worth of their compliance to that request. We got the feeling that they thought we were inflexible which ticked us off all the more.

Also, we found that the hotel staff was friendly but in many ways inept regarding their concierge services. For example, we called down one afternoon to ask them to call the restaurant they had booked for us for that evening and see if they could be called and the reservation pushed back a little later. The person at the desk (at all times there was only one person available or in sight) told us that he did not know which restaurant we had been booked at and he'd have to call his colleague at home to find out. Why was there not a general log of this stuff like a normal luxury hotel??

The breakfast was really nice and the atmosphere of the dining space super nice. All in all, it has a lot of charm, but I would never stay there again if I were going there to have a relaxing weekend. You'll be up at 7! A couple we met staying in a nearby room from New Orleans, had the exact same sentiments as we did- especially regarding the staff room door issue--and their bed was way away from their door!!

All our friends told us to go to Blake's which is now called something else... will try that next time!

S Spencer

  • Stayed May 2005
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taches
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2005

I have no problems spending money on a good hotel. The price is far less important than the value I receive for what I pay.

Seven one seven is a pretty hotel, well-located and discreet. I stayed there for 2 nights last weekend with my boyfriend and after a day of sight-seeing in cold and snowy weather, it felt very cozy to return to its richly coloured walls, crackling fireplace and intimate atmosphere (I'm not sure that the flannel-covered sofas, tweed curtains and deep paint colours would feel quite so soothing during hot summer months).

There were many lovely touches in the hotel. Complimentary wine and snacks brought to one's room, fragrant fresh flowers in the marble entry way, shelves full of interesting books at the patrons' disposal.

However, I also feel as though the hotel is resting on the sublime reviews it has received. For example, in both our rooms (we stayed in the Tolkein the first night, Room at the Top the second), all the plants were fake. You would think that in a room that costs more than $600US/ night, in a city where a dozen cut tulips can be purchased for less than $10, they would try to avoid the plastic plant syndrome, or at least supplement the fake with a vase of simple flowers! The ceiling in our Room at the Top bathroom was badly stained and cracked (see attached photos). And sometimes the decorating felt just too excessive. Although I really appreciate a hotel that isn't slave to the current sleek and minimalist trends, most of the tables in the place were so covered with ralph-laurenesque tchochkes that I couldn't find space to set down my drink, and feared that I would knock over the collection of antique fountain pens, a painted plate, a fake plant...

Most of the other guests seemed to be corporate types who used the salon or study in the evening to host business acquaintances. For these patrons, the price was probably worth it, since it has the air of a private club and having a few client 'round for a bottle of (complementary) wine in front of a lovely fire is better value than taking them out to a nice dinner. However, I'm not sure that for me and mine the value was there.

  • Stayed March 2005
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Boston
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20 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed November 23, 2004

Just returned from our first visit to Amsterdam and will definitely return primarily due to our excellent experience with Hotel 717. The hotel itself is wonderfully quirky with gorgeous rooms; however , it was the service and friendliness of the staff that sets it apart from the many other boutique hotels we have sampled. After a long day walking outside on a cold, rainy weekend, it was a pleasure to return to the fireplace downstairs and be offered wine and snacks. There was no haughty attitude and they treated every guest as special, including a couple that simply dropped in for a tour. Even when the hotel was full, privacy was complete and quiet (even with a toddler present). My only complaint was about the noise from the canal - we stayed in the Shubert suite and it was noisy late into the night. Maybe insulated glass is in their future plans. Stellar!

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Coto de Caza, Ca
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2004

Amsterdam is a city that is difficult to find a room of any kind on Saturday nights without a reservation. Fotunately, we were lucky to find Seven One Seven at the last minute. My wife and I were in Amsterdam only one night preceding a river cruise. The Seven One Seven had only one room available and it was a studio unit at the ground level. It was absolutely wonderful at $225 euros per night.........much less than the other rooms at this B&B. The ambiance was wonderful, the service to perfection and we felt that we had our own little corner of perfection in this studio unit. A garden patio was just outside our door and we always had total privacy even though the patio is open to all guests. Wine and cheese served to our room or patio whenever we requested.
Definitely would stay here over any other place in Amsterdam. Great location and accomodations!

  • Stayed October 2004
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London
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2004

We have just spent three nights at this lovely hotel. The decor was excellent. However, the best aspect of this hotel is the staff. They could not do enough to help and were all lovely.

The hotel is also located in the perfect place to explore Amsterdam.

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Property: Hotel Seven one Seven
Address: Prinsengracht 717, 1017 JW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Rembrandtplein
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#19 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#27 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#39 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Seven one Seven 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Exclusive private guest house in the heart of the city with Amsterdam's major attractions at walking distance. As our guest - either for business or pleasure - you will experience the unique combination of staying in a 19th-century building with all the contemporary amenities of today. Our main purpose hereby is to create a relaxed atmosphere and ‘A feeling of home away from home'. We look forward welcoming you! ... more   less 
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