Dear god how I wish I had read the reviews properly before booking a night here. And thank god it was just one night! Upon arrival we were sent of down the road to a separate building, (think something out of a saw film) once we opened the doors we were greeted with a cocktail of smells, ranging from damp to animal feces. The walls had mold, the carpet was rotting, its no surprise really that they sent us to our room rather than showing it to us since it was such a disgrace and massive false advertising. Oh, they also gave us the wrong key for our door, so we had to go back and get that too. Our room was literally two single beds, and a lamp. The window was more or less a guillotine that could cut of your hand if you tried to leave it open, but at least we were supplied with a brick and slab of wood to keep it open, even better still, the outside windowsill included some old beer cans encase we had any doubts about how well the room had been cleaned. There were also constant bangs and crashes coming from above, although its nice to hear they were finally improving the place its a not appreciated all day long.
There were however a few positives of this so called Hotel.. The shared bathroom was nicely decorated and funnily enough smelt far cleaner than the rest of the rooms, which was a nice change. Its quite nicely located near a bus and tram stop, and the actual area is very pretty and walk-able from Amsterdam Centraal.
Overall 3/10. Rooms were far too under-equipped, unclean and overpriced- perhaps if it was more reasonably priced it would have been ideal for a backpacker just to stop off and leave things, although it didn't seem very safe to do that! I felt betrayed that I wasn't shown the room in any of the "professional" photos, and was annoyed that it was such poor standards for the moderate price. The only upsides were the location and shower. I still strongly recommend you avoid this place if possible, even on a tight budget i'm sure you can find a much preferable location. Sorry "Hotel" Marnix but you are officially the worst accommodation I've stayed in before.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Marnix Hotel is a 2-star hotel. Our hotel is ideally located in the center of Amsterdam, about 200 metres from Leidseplein. The hotel has 21 rooms, Single, Double or Triples, most of them with shower and toilet. The reception crew will be more than happy to provide you with any tourist information and guidance to the city's attraction. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marnix Hotel Amsterdam