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“Great place for friends \ smokers - Nemo Apartment (apartment navy)”
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Nemo Apartments
Ranked #91 of 234 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Jerusalem, Israel
Level 5 Contributor
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“Great place for friends \ smokers - Nemo Apartment (apartment navy)”
Reviewed November 9, 2011

i"ll start with the compliments: the room we had (apartment Navy) was very clean and tidy, beds were fine, a good gas-cooker, microwave, tea\coffee and a small but good sized fridge, good tv and dvd.

for the smoking traveler, this place has some extra goodies to offer: 1) they have a PS3 on demand which they don't advertise enough, in my opinion. the TV is small but very good quality and Full-HD which takes full advantage of the PS3 (and you can also bring a USB stick and watch movies with it). 2) there is smoking paraphernalia in the apartment for your use, and we also got a small treat...

now to the review itself:
they have 2 buildings, my review is only relevant to the apartment we stayed at, which is advertised as located on Prins Hendrikadde 133. turns out that the address is not the address of the apartment but the "office" or something. the apartment is just next to the office, on Schipperstraat.
the location is good but not superb. it's close enough to the central station (10 mins) and a short walk from Nieuwmarket (10 mins) but we found it a bit removed from the center.

katja, the woman with whom i made the reservation was extremely nice and helpful and she responded to my emails and many questions quickly. rose, the apartment manager, was also nice and efficient.
there are very reasonable house-rules but they are phrased in a way that makes you fell like you'll be fined for almost anything. it's just a matter of the way things are presented and we felt to do what we wanted and got no comlpaints.

the only real downside to the apartment was the sofa. we had to turn it around to face the tv, which made the "living room" quite small. but that's really ok. the problem was that it was impossible to lean back because the back-rest (a big long pillow) was too short and fell off. after some elaborate engineering we found a solution: we opened the sofa (its a sofa-bed) half way and got a great sofa with a good back-rest.

one more thing - Navy is located at the very top of the house. there are a gazillion (67 to be exact) steps which start out ok but become very steep in the end. this is common in amsterdam but i think this set of stairs is the steepest i've ever seen. it makes going in and out of the apartment several times a day a bit of a challenge.

to conclude - for anyone who plans a trip to amsterdam and requires a clean, pleasant apartment but also intends to smoke, this is a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2011

The Apartment was just what we expected, nothing more nothing less... We did have a problem with the "noise" and "leaving lights on when gone." Although we were out of the Apartment most of the time Katie the woman who runs the NIEUWE HERENGRACHT 181 location is a bit overbearing about the noise and lights situation... 1st of all we're walking into a place in which we don't know, therefore I would prefer a light or 2 being on when returning to the apartment after a long night of drinking and partying... 2nd the Noise level wasn't all that bad to us... There were times in which we were "whispering" and she found problems with our level.... I understand that she has a business to run and the question is at which will she sacrifice business for what she thinks is a good living quality.... I also understand that their Niche customers are primarily smokers... well me and my friends didn't smoke.. all we were there for was drinking and partying so perhaps we didn't fit their niche customers... Also Be prepared they WILL enter your room/apartment when you're not there which I found was inappropriate, as we paid for this space and it's not their position to enter it without our permission. It was better for us because it was an apartment but beware you Must be Super quite and not leave lights on and deal with her runaway cats.... Again.... If you're a smoker chill type of group then this is the place for you, but if you're vacationing with friends who love to laugh and have fun... then look for somewhere else... Katie is not the most tolerable person!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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nemoapartments, Owner at Nemo Apartments, responded to this review, August 12, 2011
As the owner, I find myself defending my good name to a review from a customer who thought they could do whatever they want , since they have rented a room in my guest house .
Nemo apartments has house rules and 95% of all our guests have no problems with the rules .
I do all I can to ensure a quality stay for All of my guests .


Kate
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2011

Beds very uncomfortable, location good except for constant sirens due to major hospital and police station next door!!
Kate seemed very nice to begin with but then turned bit crazy due to people talking to each other in our apartment before 10am!!
Very very hot in rooms with no option to open window either.
Not too cheap either considering 6 of us squeezed into apartment on fold out beds at a cost of €155 per person for 3 nights!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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nemoapartments, Owner at Nemo Apartments, responded to this review, August 12, 2011
As the owner/manager I feel this review was only half the story and I need to respond to a couple of things .
Firstly this reservation was originally for 2 apartments and 8 people but 2 days before arrival the customer asked if we could change his booking because 2 people could not make it and if there was a cheaper option , so we accommodated 6 people in a 5 person apartment at a discounted rate . We apologize that the folding beds were not that comfortable . . As far as the group being loud , they were yelling and screaming and slamming doors like they were the only people in the building .
We are a service orientated Guesthouse and do work very hard to ensure the comfort of all our guests .

Kate
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Saint-Petersburg, Russia
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Reviewed January 14, 2011

If you want to experience the best side of the Amsterdam's truly friendly and relaxing atmosphere - that's the place to stay! We enjoyed living in such a wonderful apartments,from the first minute when we were met by cool owner Katya,till the last,when we realized that it was quite a breathtaking holiday!
Truly recommended!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Halfmoon Bay, Canada
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Reviewed December 18, 2010

We were met by our host Katie who was most friendly and accommodating. Our apartment had a great canal view and was centrally located near "everything". Our suite was like a home away from home. I will be highly recommending this property and look forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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London
Level 6 Contributor
50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2010

I found this on a google search. I contacted Katja by mail and she immediately gave a quote. Now if we had stayed friday, saturday and suday night the minimum 3 nights it would be cheaper. But for 5 of us for 2 nights we paid 100 Euros each, 50 Euros for the key deposit which we had 2 sets that was brilliant so we could split up into 2 groups if we wanted, 50 Euros deposit for the flat. Which was returned to us on the check out. We asked Katja on the first day to book out taxi back to the airport which was 30 Euros. Trust me this is a great option after all the clubbing and late nights.
We all bought the All-in One Travel Tickets from Schiphol Airport at
Holland International tourist information desk (opposite Arrival Hall 2, open
daily from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.). This allowed for one train journey from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station and back and by the esculator to go down to take the train you have to validify the ticket with a yellow machine, we took a 48 hour OV-card for the public transport in Amsterdam which included the tram, bus and night us at 17.25Euros. Remeber you must touch in a out a bit like the oyster card in UK
We met Katja opposite the Centraal Station at a church called St Christopher. We turned to the left and walked 10 mins, close to an office license, restaurants, cafes, well light roads, alley way straight into the red light district, bus stop, she brought us upstairs, now the stairs are steep so take your time, the apartment was stunning and so well laid out, she showed us all the rooms, all included with cooking stuff, towel, beds were very comfy, hair dryer, radio, DVd's, CD's, great Wi-fi, you really only needed was your suitcase. We paid her at the check in, she explained how and where to go, it was so nice and relaxing, she is so welcoming, We kept in contact on text messages. Really great place, we had our own party in the flat with the local off license and paid 3 Euros to the local restaurant to get a bag of ice. Then we would venture out to the clubs in Rembrant square the latest club ESCAPE was amazing Euros 15 to get in. The flat was round the corner from the trams station and easy to access the canal tours and to get to all parts of the city. Definately going back and will always use this place. It was so quiet, nice to chill, you could do your own fry ups and bring takeaway to the flat and have a few drinks and enjoy your time.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2009

We stayed in Nemo for almost 2 weeks and we truly felt at home. We chose the golden room which was located at the top floor of the building, no elevator but at least we could relax quietly, and we had a nice top view. The owner Katjia welcomed ua very early morning and she had everything ready for us, she was kind enough to give us the room at 5am, and helped carry the bags to the 4th floor(dutch stairs!!) She also gave us the map of the coffeeshops! After couple of days we started calling the studio "home" and we will be just happy to hang around watching TV, reading, or just chatting. The kitchen was well equipped and hot water was always available!
We are looking forward for another stay next year :)

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Nemo Apartments
Address: PrinsHendrikkade 133, 1011 AR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum , Binnenstad
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #91 of 234 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Nemo Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nemo Apartments offers its guests comfortable and clean rooms in a beautiful property close to Central station and the Red light district. Each apartment has a bedroom and a private bathroom. The kitchen is equipped with all the essentials for the stay (crockery, cutlery etc) so guests can use the kitchen to cook but need to leave it clean and tidy. A free wireless internet connection is also available. ... more   less 
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