Family had the Roof Patio apartment. It is the top 3 floors (4th- 6th) of the building: Kitchen / living room area (also served as another bedroom for us) first, then up an amazingly narrow winding staircase to the first bedroom, bathroom, and roof patio. Up another narrow stairway to the A-frame second bedroom. Our first time in Amsterdam, so we weren't prepared for the apparently typical Dutch staircases. They are - no exaggeration - treacherous!
The good: Location. It is a 10-minute walk from Centraal Station and the Red Light district, but it was still far enough away that it was quiet at night. We walked everywhere from there.
The owner: He seemed truly apologetic for the construction noise (see below) and gave us a very small refund because of it, and he helped with the luggage up those stairs.
there is SERIOUS construction going on in the basement of the house. The first jet-lagged morning, we were greeted with what sounded like jackhammers in the basement at 10 AM. After I complained, the owner got them to hold-off with the power tools until 11 AM, which we appreciated, but it tainted the rest of our stay.
The heat: they were inthe middle of a heat wave, with temps in the humid 90's, and there was no air-conditioning, just one lonely table fan. I understand that the temps were very unusual, but for what we were paying (200 E per night), there should be a couple more fans available, at least.
Those stairs: I'm serious, we were half-crawling up them.
Based on the previous glowing reviews, maybe our timing was off. I understand that Amsterdam hotel rooms are tiny and expensive in general, and we had plenty of room, a kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, and a patio. The place is quaint, roomy for a family, has a good location. and is probably fine in normal weather, which is why I give it a tentative recommendation. All I can say is, make sure of the status of the contruction project before you book.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Old Harbour Apartments offers you a choice of a guestroom and two apartments: the Patio Apartment and the Roof Terrace Apartment. The apartments, in fact the whole house is beautifully restored and decorated by one of Amsterdam's architects. Still you can see the traditionally front and rear house which are so typical for houses in the 17th century. ... more less
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