I really want to start with the few positives, as the majority is going to sound negative. What also has to be taken into account, is the hotel is in Amsterdam which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of Europe. But at the same time on face value here is my review;
We checked into the room after arriving at 7am in Amsterdam from Sydney via Malaysia with a 10 month old, so we really appreciated that they had the room ready including the baby cot. The bathroom was a decent size and very clean. The reception team were very friendly and knowledgeable about the local surroundings and Amsterdam in general.
Transport is actually relatively easy though it’s a little out of the centre, really close to the zoo. Take the No.9 tram from Amsterdam Central (which kind of goes more vertical across or the No.14 tram which travels more across town.
Now for the bad.
This hotel was so run down and whether it was the wall paper peeling off, the baby cot which fell apart the third day (with the babe inside, he’s okay). The room being exceptionally small (though probably normal for Amsterdam). The rooms were also damn, and rather hot and sticky. The heating was set on too hot but didn’t take away the humidity or dry out the room – unless you open the window to 6C fresh air, you feel like you’re in sauna.
Toiletries are not replenished at all, only once per stay on arrival. We stayed for 4 nights.
For those with heavy luggage and there are a few narrow stairs to negotiate before you get to the lift. This was a major drawback every day with our pram (push chair) and baby. Once you get the lift, it only fits the push chair and a very thin person, so the second person either has to wait or take the stairs.
Last negatives is City Tax, though I know Hotels have to charge this, it did come as a surprise at checkout. Many hotels have a sign on the front desk so it’s clear to the customer on check in and you can be prepared for it.
Sadly I would not recommend this hotel, even when you compare it only to Amsterdam Hotels.
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