Amsterdam House Hotel
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We traveled to Amsterdam with another couple who had made the hotel reservations. We were quite pleased with our room. The price was very reasonable (less then $150) for a great location. The room was comfortable, if a little worn. Excellent shower with plenty of hot water. Terrific breakfasts with the opportunity to make any kind of eggs or omelets you'd like. The only downside was that it wasn't airconditioned and we stayed during a very warm, humid weekend. We had to decide whether to sleep with the windows open and hear all the canal noise until 3AM or shut them and practically suffocate. And our friends somehow ended up in a narrow room with two twin beds instead of the double requested, but they seemed okay with that.
Not as it looks on the website !
We stayed at the Amsterdam House apartment situated at 504 Keizersgracht
The website photos look spectacular - do not be fooled ! (they are another apartment)
The apartment is fairly large and well located but had the following negatives :
The cleanliness was below par - the couches were greasy and had human stains
The walls were in dire need of re painting
The bedrooms had clean sheets but more human stains on the blankets
The kitchen was well equipped but worn out
The hot water system was not working on arrival but fixed promptly the next day
It is located above a bagel shop and very close to a
main tram line to Central Station
In summary it was expensive for its condition but
A home from home
The Eureka is in an excellent location on the bank of the Amstel just a couple of minutes over the bridge from Rembrandtplein. 12 of the 16 rooms offer a canal view and mine was one of these. The bathroom, though small, was fitted with both shower and bath and a generous supply of toiletries. There were tea and coffee making facilities and even packets of soup on offer. A useful room safe, bookcase plus table and wicker chairs by the window completes the picture. A breakfast buffet was included with lots of fresh fruit and tempting pastries in addition to the usual fare. What I admire most about the Eureka apart from its friendly and welcoming staff are the special touches such as finding wooden boxed games on the tables downstairs in the evening.
There is restful background classical music playing and a library of books to browse through at your leisure. Just my sort of place and a home from home in fact.
Wonderful Hotel, Wonderful City
Amsterdam House is a wonderful old world hotel right in the centre of Amsterdam, just 3 tram stops from Central Station. The rooms were compact and clean with a wonderful view of the canal. The hotel is a great base from which to explore the city. The staff were really friendly and the breakfast was wonderful. The ideal location for a short break and very reasonably priced. The only draw back is that the hotel is right next door to the Oldest Gay Bar in Amsterdam so it can be a bit noisy at night - if that is a problem you will have to forfeit the canal views....... All in all a wonderful stay and will be going back again.
Definitely not going to get what you paid for!
Horribly disappointed when we attempted to cancel our stay (we even knew we would lose our deposit, as their policy states but were ok with that) and were told flat out - absolutely not.
My husband's bad back would not have tolerated their worn out mattresses with not a smidgeon of firmness to them. We immediatly returned to the front desk, and after explaining this (politely, but firmly) to the staff we were refused a refund to our credit card.
Spoke to the owner Irene Fisher (had to wait over a week after our return to be able to talk to her) who also refused to issue the credit stating, "We have a business to run here."
INSIST on seeing the room first before you let them charge the balance to your credit card.
If you would like to really see a typical room, send me an email and I'll be happy to send you pictures of the walls in the room we were given with burn marks, smudges, and a toilet that leaked.
Houseboat Rental-Fun but check it out first!
We rented a houseboat thru Amsterdam House. While the boat was clean (was just painted and remodeled prior to our rental), the "terrace" /decking promised on the back of the boat was non exsistant. We also werent told we would be sharing a houseboat with other renters. While we each had private enterances to our "half of the boat" the boat shook drasticly each time our neighbors arrived and departed when they shut the main door to the boat. The shower stall was extremely small and you were only able to run water for 3 minutes before the bottom filled up and the water had to be shut off to drain. It was fun being on the houseboat it was also VERY pricey for what we got (235E per night for 3 people). We couldnt switch to anything else as we had to pay a 35% of total rental as a deposit. Research very carefully to make sure you receive what you ask for.
Stayed at the hotel for a week . Had a great time . Hotel very well situated for all aspects of amsterdam life . Friendly and helpfull staff , comfortable accomadation . Highly recommend it . Will be going back . Bob (DUBLIN IRELAND )
A great little hotel
I've stayed at this hotel a couple of times, 2001 Jan., and 2002 Mar. I originally stayed at the Park hotel for $125.00 US a nt. but after finding someone passed out in my room and been given the presidential suite for the mistake I said screw this! Thats when I found the eureka hotel. I walked in off the street and they gave me a very fair price $55.00 the first stay, 65.00 the second. The second stay I could not remember the name so when I got to the city I just showed up, told them what I had paid before and they gave me almost the same price. This hotel really makes you feel like you're staying with family. The guy who works there and cooks breakfast in the mornings remembered me from my first stay, it must have been the story from the Park Hotel!!!!! It is a small hotel but clean, safe, and the breakfast is great, basically anything you want! The views from the rooms to the canal 20 feet out your window can't be beat. Close to everything. Its not a huge chain hotel so it lets you feel like you live there.
We made our reservation at the airport and the lady got us what we thought was an excellent price. We were surprised to find a hotel for the price of $69 Euros in that area of Amsterdam. The fact that the breakfast was incredible and the staff was very accomodating was a plus.
If you stay here don't expect luxury. It is a place to sleep with minimal comfort. There is no air conditioning but the weather was pleasant, so we did not suffer. The bathrooms are in need of renovation -- the floor tile seems to be as old as the building.
What we liked is that the hotel is very close to Utrechstraat which is full of restaurants, Peruvian, Tibetan, Indian, Tai, Mexican, Greek, Brazilian and Spanish. We went for Ricetavel at an Indonesian Restaurant named Soenda Kelapa. $20 Euros a person. The view from the window at night was like a dream. The boats on the canal, the bicycles and people on the other side of the canal enjoying late dinner on the terraces. A lot of hustle and bustle in this area.
The choices at breakfast were plenty: From salmon to cereal to omelettes to apple tarts and cream puffs, mangoes and fruit salads, brie and different types of bread with your own choice of either expresso, cafe au lait or capuccino. My husband even got a second capuccino.
Nice hotel, unfair pricing
In July 2001 we stayed at this lovely hotel. For Amsterdam the room was big, it had tea-making-facilities and a wonderful view. Breakfast was delicious and the stuff was really friendly. hfl 150,-- was a reasonalbe price.As we wanted to return to Amsterdam last summer we asked for the actual price - it was EURO 150,-- and that's a doubling of the price (only due to the EURO-conversion, the hotel was not renovated)!!We asked for the price again this year - and it's the same!This behaviour is not only illegal but also very disappointing. Asked for the boom of prices the hotel couldn't give us any reason....
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