We spent 2 nights in the Alexander Hotel in Amsterdam on the recommendation of a friend who had stayed there. Our small double room was indeed small, about on par with a cruise ship stateroom, but with a much higher ceiling. The room had no AC, and fortunately for us, the weather was cool enough that the room's wall fan was sufficient to cool off the room from afternoon heat. Our window opened onto the (very narrow) street below, but noise was not an issue.
The double bed was comfortable enough, but jammed against a wall on one side. That was necessary or you would not have been able to turn around in the room. Although we only had carry-ons, there was barely enough floor space for our luggage, but the chiffonier in the room did at least have a working safe.
For the bathroom, you had to literally squeeze past the sink to get into the shower. Towels were thin but serviceable. In keeping with the minimal theme of the place there were only 3 of them and one was a hand towel.
A continental breakfast and wi-fi came with the room and were also minimal, but adequate.
The hotel apparently is formed from several old apartments, since for us the lift stopped at a landing about 6 or 8 steps below our floor. The stairs are narrow and steep, requiring some care in traversing them. On the other hand, hotel staff are helpful and friendly, storing our luggage under lock and key when we arrived well before check in. The hotel also is able to summon cabs on short notice, with a fixed and reasonable price for getting to the airport (our cab came within 5 minutes of being called).
Stateside I would have rated this facility 2 stars, but here it gets another star for being in such a good location. A short walk in one direction takes you to the wonders of museum square and Vondel park, and in the other to where tram lines take you to town center. We chose to walk everywhere since none of the distances are daunting. In particular, from the hotel Vondelstraat becomes Leidseplein becomes Leidsestraat, etc and within 1/2 mile you reach the flower market. From there you are an easy walk from any number of more centrally located Amsterdam attractions. Be warned that bicyclists in Amsterdam pay little attention to pedestrians (I saw one woman hit by a bicyclist, not serious, but it could have been), so when walking pay particular attention to the bicycle lanes and always be on the lookout for wayward cyclists where there aren't bike lanes.
If you are looking to hold down costs on an Amsterdam visit and plan to be mostly out and about, this is a fine choice. Everything in our room was clean and operational, but should I return in the future I will admit that I will probably seek to stay in a better appointed facility.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome at Hotel Alexander, a small family-run hotel in the middle of the center of Amsterdam. The Museum-Square, the Leidse-Square (nightlife) and several shopping-streets are within 5 minutes walking distance from the hotel. The rest of the touristical activities can all be reached by a maximum 30-minute walk.All our comfortable hotel-rooms offer private shower/toilet/television/telephone and we have free WIFI-internet available in our whole hotel.We hope we will have the honour to welcome you in our hotel soon! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alexander Hotel Amsterdam