I wasn't expecting too much from this hotel as we just wanted somewhere to lay our heads and not much else. we paid for a triple room (£125 each for 2 nights). while the decor is dated, it was very clean and adequate for our needs.It looks exactly like its picture on their website. The room overlooked the vondelpark and was so peaceful you could hear the birds singing - not bad for a City room on the weekend Scotland were playing the Netherlands!! The receptionist was really helpful - she arranged some tickets for the Anne Frank Huis. Breakfast is cereals, toast, scrambled eggs etc (not full English) where there is a friendly sign saying eat all you can - and we did!! There is a PC for free reasonable use of the guests, so make use of it by booking tickets for the musems on line to avoid the queues.The street the hotel is in, is really safe, enough that i felt fine walking there on my own at night. Because the end of the street is basically a gate to the park there is no through traffic. At the far end of the street are the fabulous designer stores of the city (Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vitton) and also has a few nice bistros so therefore giving it a really chic feel. At the end of the street you are nearly at the Leidsplein area which is much less touristy than central amsterdam but has every type food and drink you could want wether its cheap n cheerful or something a bit more special. The coffee shops are not quite as seedy as they can be in amsterdam central. The Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum are round the corner as is the House of Bols Museum which was a surprisinlg good find (google it!) There is both tram and canal hop-on-hop-off stops near the hotel which is great news so you can avoid the riduclous taxi fares (€20 to go less than a mile!!) . My one (small) niggle was the hairdryer - it was an old 70's style thing that barely blew any heat (not good for 3 girls sharing but not the end of the world either!) Overall, i had to keep reminding myself this was a 2 star hotel, because in my opinion it certainly deserves more!
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