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Truelove Guesthouse
Ranked #131 of 237 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Reviewed November 7, 2012

I arrived and was met by the person responsible for the rooms. I paid and was escorted about three blocks to my room. It was a basement room on a quite street. The room was very simple but did have a TV and a bathroom. It took a while to get comfortable but after a while realized that it was like being in college again sleeping in a friends basement. There was nothing specal but it was fine for me. The owner showed me a few places to eat in the area (no meals were included) and answered any questions I had. There is nobody there if you need anything but they said to call them if there was a problem. You are pretty much on your own. Don't expect much in the way of ammenities but they did have coffee/tea in the room if you wanted to make some.

The price was very reasonable and if you are self sufficient this is a good place to stay. It is in a fairly central location about a 10 minute walk from the Central Station. I would return again for a short trip. This would be a great place if you just wanted someplace cheap and out of the way to stay for one or a few days on your trip through Amsterdam.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

While on vacation in Germany, my boyfriend and I decided to take the ICE train to Amsterdam and stay for a night. We did a basic google search and found Truelove: moderately priced with decent reviews. A lot of the other reviewed places were either fancy hotels and hostels - not what we were looking for. Since we planned this side trip on-a-whim, we booked a room with Truelove for one night and called it a night.

I will point out two fine-print points on the room confirmation that are worth noting:
1) you need to give them a call to say when you'll be arriving. You actually check-in at their other business (kind of swanky men's clothing store).
2) there are directions on howlin to get there from the train station, which was really nice for us.

Once our train arrived, it took us only about ten minutes to walk to get our keys (and we definitely took our time taking pictures on the way.) We checked in with Daniel - super nice guy who gave us a readers-digest summary of how to get around the city, where to find ATM's and gave us a map with our building circled on it. After getting our keys, the three of us walked over to the building our room was in and location is perfect (right in the middle of shops, bars, etc.). Since you're not staying in a big hotel, it really feels like you're living in an apartment.

Our building was in really nice shape - clean, quiet and secure. Our room was as nice as the building: private room, comfortable bed, flat-screened tv, free wifi, clean, nice bathroom (with hair dryer). One note: you need to bring all your own toiletries. Also, there is a coffee/tea and little refrigerator.

We had such a great time that we decided to stay another night. We couldn't get the same room for the next night but Daniel was super cool about getting us a different room in the same building.

As a summary, I cannot say better things about both the staff (Daniel) and our experience with Truelove. If we come back for another visit, I would definitely stay with them again. Danke!

Room Tip: We stayed in 57 Herengracht 1st floor room
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Leah K
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Karen N
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Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

I stayed in the guesthouse with a friend in January this year. It was quite a strange experience! Upon arriving at the address we were given, a man greeted us .. Into a shop. We were given our keys and he walked us a five minute walk to our guesthouse. At 11pm, in well below freezing temperatures, this was not ideal.
Aside from this, i was happy with what we got for our money. It was in a central location, only a few minutes walk from the centre, but the street was still peaceful and quiet during the night. The room itself was clean, warm, the bed comfy and the tv had some English speaking channels. There was free wifi in the room, and a kettle/tea and coffee so we could make our own drinks. The shower was pleasant, clean and towels were provided. Over all I would recommend to anyone looking for a low cost short break, but do not book expecting the equivalent to a 5* central london hotel because that isnt what you will get. Seeing as we booked ours only a few days before going, I was very happy with what we got. I would return to the true love guesthouse if I was looking for a cheap break in the future, but if your wanting luxury I wouldn't recommend this to you.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Thank RebekahMcHale
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Alison W
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

A very good welcome for my arrival at guesthouse.
The bedroom, the bathroom with shower and toilet, were very clean.
Of coffee, chocolate and tea with a small bag of breads were available to me with an electric kettle.
The bed was comfortable with warm blankets.
A place to recommend, especially when you come to Amsterdam for work and sought to make the most of your hours of rest!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank Bernard G
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Unfortunately, we had the opportunity to check two of their rooms at one visit.

On arrival, Daniel, the receptionist informed us that our room was in fact not in the area we have chosen but much closer to the Central Station (Although they write in their site: "We have locations for our guests in the Prinsenstraat above the antique shop and 3 other locations all within a couple of minutes walking distances from the house in the same historic area called Jordaan").
Despite this fact he wanted us to pay immediately (in cash, since there is 10% extra if you want to pay by card). We asked him to show us the room first.
We found the first room - located in the Binnen Vissersstraat - simply unacceptable. It had a small entrance-room with a sofa and another hybrid-room, with a bath-tub and the bed. The "bed" was practically a hole in the wall, next to the bath-tub (see the photo).
When we asked for a normal room, Daniel started to argue and tried to threaten us. In the end, after some dispute, he offered us an other room, closer to the Jordaan.
The second room wasn't tip-top neither, a relatively big chamber with a sort of structure in the middle. They put the toilet, the shower and the sink in this big wooden box, so everything was in the same air-space. At least the bed was ok.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank shadet
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Additional Information about Truelove Guesthouse

Address: Prinsenstraat 4, 1015 DC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #131 of 237 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range: $119 - $183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Truelove Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Truelove Antique and Guesthouse is located in the heart of the historic centre of Amsterdam, called Jordaan. All rooms and apartments have private en-suite bathroom and toilet, fridge, tv and free coffee and tea facilities. Truelove is just 7 minutes walk from the central train station and just minutes walk to Dam Square, the royal palace, Ann Frank House, local out door day markets and all major tourist attractions and night life. ... more   less 
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