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Freeland Hotel
Ranked #199 of 364 Hotels in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Small Secret”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Surely one of the the smallest single hotel rooms in Amsterdam, yet it is adequate, clean, with shower, single bed, large window, tv (difficult to operate without asking for help). Breakfasts are good value with friendly, helpful staff. Fantastic location, most sights are within walking distance. Also good option for single women travellers.

Room Tip: Higher floors require stamina and good stair sense. Very steep stairs although this is an old Amste...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Tanya C
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

On arriving I did not find the reception friendly. Was given a key and told where the room was. No other conversation offered. The steps are very steep, the single room very small, though well equipped and clean. Bathroom is of a high standard. The best part was the breakfast - enough and tasty.

I feel for what I got the price I paid was steep. Next time think I will use the amount I spent and book into something where I will get more value for my money.

Room Tip: Avoid the single room - very small. Try get a room away from the street - very noisy.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank vivaman01
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Newcastle Emlyn
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Friendly owners and staff, free use of computer, plenty of food for breakfast (always boiled eggs, meat, cheese, bread - 3 types, can toast your own - spreads, choice of teas or coffee) very pleasant lady serving. Excellent value for a 2 star hotel, very convenient situation just off the centre and within walking distance of museums, park, restaurants, tram stop. Plenty of literature in the foyer about the attractions, and some tickets can be booked a the hotel to save you queueing. We would definitely stay again!

Room Tip: We had Room 4 at the back on the ground floor, so no stairs (which are very narrow) and no traffic n...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank westwales07
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Nottingham, England
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21 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Ok, first the good stuff. Excellent location just 100 m from the lively Leidseplein with it's many bars and restaurants. It's also where the 197 bus delivers you direct from the airport. A 40 minute journey for just 4 euros. If you're staying in this part of the city it's a good alternative to the train.
I only made it for breakfast once, but enjoyed the bread with meats and cheese and a boiled egg! All served by a very friendly lady.
The not so good stuff started on arrival when I asked to borrow the advertised iron. I was informed that it was broken, so I just hope that the crumpled look was fashionable this summer in Amsterdam. As mentioned by others, the stairs are steep and in common with many older hotels, there is no lift. I was on the third floor and now have super strong calf muscles. Not good for the elderly or infirm though.
I was in a single room, number 12, which was pervaded by a rather unpleasant aroma for the period of my stay. Had the iron worked, there is nowhere to hang your clothes (no wardrobe), except for a row of 5 pegs located a foot above where your pillow is. Very strange. Although the bed was fine, the main problem was the noise from the bars across the road. Due to the smoking ban the noisy patrons are outside till 3 am every night (the weather was nice). I got kind of used to it after zero sleep the first night, and I guess it's hardly the fault of the hotel, but don't have a street facing room if you have trouble sleeping.
I think I probably suffered from the curse of the single traveller, as a peek into a neighbouring room showed a much more spacious and well appointed arrangement. Unfortunately then, if being alone again, I would probably not choose to stay here again.

Room Tip: Avoid room 12
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Russnot
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Singapore, Singapore
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33 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

This hotel is in a rather old building. We had a room on the top floor, that means climbing 5 to 6 flights of really steep stairs. I wouldn't recommend heavy luggage as there is no elevator. Room comes complete with an old school CRT TV. Staff are friendly and the hotel has a cosy feel.

There seems to be the smell of weed lingering around the air, not sure where it is from as it is supposed to be non-smoking.

The hotel is quite a distance from the train station and near many eating places and bars. Room rate is reasonable compared to the other rates in Amsterdam and comes with a basic breakfast.

Don't feed the cat, because it is overweight.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank hot_devil
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Northampton, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Don't expect a 5-star American hotel. This is a family-owned hotel. As far as I remember all rooms are non smoking. There is tea on every floor as well. Location is excellent! Hotels in Amsterdam are notoriously expensive, but this one is affordable. I love this city & I will go back eventually & this is where I plan on staying!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank bc21578
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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47 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I had a very small room, smaller than my bathroom at home. Old and ugly furniture and bad smell in the room.

Price was also not that good, especially that they charged 20 euros more than booking.com showed. The guy from the reception didn`t want to charge the correct price.

The only good thing about the hotel is it`s location, but for sure I wont ever go back.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank Stefan G
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Property: Freeland Hotel
Address: Marnixstraat 386, 1017 PL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Stadsdeel Zuid
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #199 of 364 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Freeland Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We - Pascale and Rick- offer you a heartily and open-minded atmosphere in our two star hotel in downtown Amsterdam. Beside our outstanding service and hospitality we offer you many free extras: free coffee, tea, internet and wifi in the room, city maps and discounts. That's why we say: Feel good at Freeland. ... more   less 
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