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“Good location. But that's about it.”
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Il Giardino Hotel
Ranked #335 of 375 Hotels in Amsterdam
Reviewed April 24, 2014

Going for a city break, I'm not usually bothered about where I stay so long as it is clean, comfortable and in a good location. This hotel is located within walking distance of everything you would need and makes it easy to get around Amsterdam. Unfortunately that's the only good thing I have to say about this place.

The hotel is above a 24 hour kebab shop (no problem), however most of the staff we encountered seemed to have no interest or knowledge of the hotel at all. There was building work going on as we were there ('painting' apparently, although it needs more than a lick of paint!), so a member of staff had to let us in through a side door which was annoying. Being woken up from 7:30 by building work was also a pain.

The room, well... Looked ok at first, until you actually go to use something. Fancy flat screen TV on wall, just a shame it has no aerial and the plug doesn't reach any socket! Nowhere to hang clothes. The bathroom looked newly decorated, however the toilet seat didn't fit the toilet and there was only one plug in the bathroom, covered in sealant so no plug could fit in it. It was more like a wet room where everything gets flooded when you have a shower. The most disgusting thing was the cleanliness. Blonde long hairs on the floor, hair clips on the floor (?), dust everywhere. The room wasn't cleaned once in four days, nor did we ever see a cleaner go into other rooms. We had the same towels and bedding this entire time.

Breakfast was OK. Just two slices of bread (I think it was supposed to be toast), one slice of ham and cheese, a fried egg and jam with coffee or tea. Nothing to shout home about but enough to put us on.

The hotel asks for a 10 Euro deposit too, which we didn't see when booking.

Since we have returned home, both me and my friend who was staying with me in the room have developed nasty bites on our bodies. Not sure if it's bed bugs but its enough to make me write this review and vow never to stay here again!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 25. Avoid!
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

It locates next to the Central station and Red light district but it was very dirty especially the walls!The service was good, but the breakfast quite poor. It had warm water and clean covers. For it's price wasn't good.


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Reviewed April 23, 2014

Friendly staff, excellent location for low-budget looking travellers. It's a very smart option for people who dont really care about room quality and services, but a place to bathe and sleep. It's in the center of Dam, so you easily go by foot everywhere, plus Centraal Station is like 2 minutes by foot. I wouldnt recommend it to families though.

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Reviewed April 18, 2014

The tv did not work, there was nowhere to hang your clothes (back of a chair), there was no curtain on the window which had frosted glass, not that there was any view, it looked out onto an alleyway. there was only 1 pillow and a tiny cushion, it was after 3 attempts that I got a pillow which was the night before we were going home. The room did not get cleaned when we were out the room at all. We had to use the same towel twice. The 1st morning we woke to what sounded like a building site in the corridor outside our room. The staff just weren't interested in your requests. And to top it of they added an extra 10euros on to the price we already had on our confirmation paper, with no excuse or reason !!

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Thank Derek M
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

Unbelievably tatty place, so disgusting you need to wear disposable gloves and endeavour not to touch anything. Only clean thing was the bed linen. Stingy mean tasteless breakfast. Avoid at all costs!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank JohnandYasmin
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

Upon arrival I genuinely thought I'd wandered onto the set of the new Hostel/Saw movie. I believe if I had walked into the room, laid a turd onto the palm of my hand and clapped repeatedly it would have probably improved it in both looks and cleanliness. I would have given it a "Terrible" rating if it wasn't for the beds being pretty comfy and the location being decent. Myself and three of my friends paid €41 EACH for the privilege of staying here for a night, God only knows what that money goes towards because it certainly isn't used to fix the exposed wall sockets or painting over the graffiti on the walls, buying shower curtains, new mirrors or a hoover. Also, to add insult to injury there is a brand spanking new Hilton right across the road, if you listen carefully you can hear the guests there chuckling to themselves and they watch you cry yourself to sleep at night.

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Reviewed March 24, 2014

We were 4 people and the 4 of us had the same impression. This is a cheap hostel that's true and people are very nice BUT before booking, you have to know that most of (= all except us) the client stay there because it's next to the red district and cheap. The perfect place to smoke pot in your room. It was a very bad experience to smell this odor from early morning. So depending on your programm you will choose it or not

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Additional Information about Il Giardino Hotel

Address: Prins Hendrikkade 97/98, 1011 AG Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum , Binnenstad
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Restaurant
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Ranked #335 of 375 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range: $61 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 37

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