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... the other orange. We ten had desert morris z& rulee (they were eating a set menus) had bread in butter pudding and it was the best custard bread & butter pudding I have ever ever tasted it was filled with sultanas that apparently are soaked in alcohol like a schnapps and we ordered a apple strudel also we all shared our yummy desserts and then ( Benjamin) gave us a shot of the schnapps and told us about his visit to Australia it was ...
... sex worker. He told us about his experiences in both London and Amsterdam. He also gives history tours of the city and was able to give us a lot of background information on prostitution in Amsterdam and how it evolved into what it is today. His tour was great, he was absolutely hilarious and had so much personality! I think his tour was my favorite part of Amsterdam.
Today we had an early morning. We needed to be in the lobby and ready to go at ...
... sure whether it is really a tour of the brewery and how to make beer or an excuse to have a lot of interactive games at the end to make more money before suckers get to the gift shop. One of the games was to ride a stationary bike in front of a scene of Amsterdam. A photo is taken and you have the option to buy the photo printed on to a t-shirt. Okay we did it and when we found out it was going to cost 20 euros for the t ...
... ring). All cool stuff.
The trip home was quiet, except for the brief Dutch lesson, and we hopped on another "free" tram for the Hotel. With a need for dessert, I ran around the neighbourhood to find anything and grabbed some yoghurt with fruit from a Starbucks. That must have worked alright, as all are making happy sleep noises ready to calmly awake, pack, brekky, chill, and head to the airport for the leg back to London before we're (sigh) homeward ...
... so you could be waiting up to and hour to get in. I was lucky. I arrived and walked straight in, and was the last one admitted for that time. There are still the photos famous people that she cut out of papers and magazines stuck to the walls, she said it made it feel more like home. Finishing there I went to the Amsterdam ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Roemer Amsterdam
We stayed at hotel roamer in Amsterdam
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Roemer Amsterdam
True boutique experience, best location.
Stayed for 5 days at this recently refurbed hotel and had just a great stay. Being Dutch (from Amsterdam) and living abroad, this hotel is just the best. I loved the smallness of the hotel, open fire place, easy breakfast, magazines, newspapers, the whole comtemporary living room atmosphere.. It's so close to the Vondelpark for me to run my old rounds and on walking distance to the down town area. I best like the old fashioned bikes the hotel offers you to use. Eventhough the weather was bad/wet, I really felt back home riding the bike through the city centre to couple of meetings and seeing friends. Oh, yes the rooms are so nicely done, espresso machine in room and i-pod docking station. All very well lay-out..big bathrooms, however I could do without the flatscreen in the bathroom..but that's just me I think. Hotel is best for individuals and couples, I gather. Will stay again soon on my next trip over for sure!
Did not stay here!!!
I booked this hotel through Easy to Book about two months before my stay in December for two nights. I had read all of the reviews and was really looking forward to staying. We were arriving on a late flight so I emailed this to the hotel. When we arrived they said there had been a mix up and there was no room for us so they put us in the sister hotel, Vondel, just down the road. The hotel was ok but we were put in a "really nice" room (112) which was in the basement overlooking the garden. This was not a great problem until 7am in the morning when everyone in the world walkes across the wooden floors above you! They also offered us free breakfast so it seemed bad manners to kick up a fuss! We were in the frame of mind that it would be more of a hassle to move and it was only for one more night so we left it. The next night when we were waiting for the taxi to the airport (we booked it at lunch time with reception, they forgot to order it so it eventually arrived half an hour late and cost 5 euros more) when my partner overheard the exact same story being told to another couple! So stand your ground and make a fuss because this seems to be the norm. It was my impression that when you book for this hotel it is sheer luck if you stay in it (or book an early flight in case it is first come first served).
Loved the hotel
I stayed at the Roemer hotel for 2 nights at the beginning of December 06. Initially I had booked a double room at the sister hotel - the Vondel, but upon arriving apparently there was some misunderstanding with my booking and they redirected me to the Roemer. I was not at all annoyed as the staff apologised and tried to make it up to me by giving me a better room for the same price, and on the other hand I was curious to check out the Roemer as I had read some good reviews about it and knew that it had recently been renovated.
I was not at all dissapointed. The hotel is very well located, close to Liedsplain and the museums, but in quiet residential area. It's not a big hotel, it's boutique style and has a very intimate air about it. Right by the reception and bar area there is a lovely sitting room with a fireplace and that, on the wet and cold winter evening when I arrived, was just what I needed to relax and begin to enjoy my stay.
My room wasn't too big but not too small either, it had a very nice big bed - king size - very comfortable with a warm winter feather quilt and crispy clean sheets. There was a flat screen TV in the bedroom as well as a smaller one in the bathroom which was very well eqiped - there were the usual (and good quality) amneties, as well as a weighing scale, blow dryer etc and there was a big bathub with jacuzzi and a separate rain shower. There was a small sitting area and the usual coffee/expresso machine free of charge and minibar. The room I stayed in had a good size balcony but couldn't enjoy it because of the bad weather. Everything was very clean and comfortable and the option of having air conditioning was an advantage. You can tell the hotel has been recently renovated, and if you want to be picky you may notice that the fine details (like the space between the tiles in the bathroom or the corners of the walls) have a bit of a rough finish but that really didn't stop me from enjoying all the other pluses.
I can't say enough how helpful and kind and pleasent the staff was, ready to answer any question, giving me a small map of A-dam and helping with directions, lending me an umbrella, and they also had free of charge DVD's to watch as the room came with a DVD player as well.
Upon arrival I had a complimentary drink (I had asked for a glass of champagne at the bar and was pleasently surprised when presented with the bill to find out that I didn't have to pay for it as it was complimentary) and after I checked out I had a few more minutes to kill before my airport shuttle came and I was offered (again free of charge) one of the best capuccino's I've had.
All in all had a very good stay at the Roemer and will not hesitate to recommend it or go there myself again.
Possibly the best hotel I have ever stayed at (definitely in Amsterdam)
My friend and I have just returned from a 2 night stay at the Hotel Roemer and similarly to the previous reviewer I cannot describe enough how impressed we were with both the quality of accommodation and the friendliness of the staff. Our room was elegant and sumptuous with 3 plasma screens, expresso machine, jacuzzi and walk in shower...we couldn't believe our luck! Generally the interior decor is contemporary, stylish, warm and welcoming and as an architect I could appreciate the quality and attention to detail. The young and glamorous staff did everything to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Previous 'boutique' hotels I have stayed have suffered from arrogant service whereas at the Hotel Roemer it was like staying with (new) friends.
I am a fairly frequent visitor to Amsterdam and have stayed in numerous hotels especially around the Vondel Park area and this has to be the best hotel I have stayed infact I am struggling to think of anywhere else that matches up. It is still a well kept secret but I am sure that is about to change. The room rate was very reasonable but as this was an opening offer I am hoping it doesn't increase too much because I will definitely be booking a return trip in Spring.
This is the first time | felt impressed enough to write a review of a hotel I have stayed in... I can't recommend Hotel Roemer highly enough.
We stayed at the Hotel Roemer for 3 nights over the American Thanksgiving weekend. We reserved 2 rooms adjacent to each other (numbers 29 and 30) for my wife and I, and our three young children. Our stay could not have been anymore perfect! We specifically looked for a new, modern, design boutique hotel, of which there are very few in Amsterdam. This one truly fit us perfectly. The staff (every single one of them!) were young, friendly, and fun; we were told that our rooms would probably not be ready upon our early morning arrival from NYC; however, when we got to the hotel, the previous occupants had just checked out and the staff bent over backwards to have the rooms cleaned and readied for us. In the meantime, we were offered complimentary cappucinos and breakfast, in front of the blazing fireplace!
The rooms are truly gorgeous - our room had a huge, REAL king size bed, wonderfully comfortable. The rooms have TOTAL blackout and are dead silent, assuring a great night sleep. The large windows make the rooms bright and cheerful, and there is soft lighting at night (which can be cranked up for brighter atmosphere). The stone bathrooms are gorgeous, with a huge jaccuzzi tub and a great separate rainshower. It is true that the small touches have not been completed - a few pieces of artwork and full length mirrors - but rest assured, on the day of our departure they were being delivered on our way out. The hotel staff even deliver tiny goody-bags (different each day) at turn down service. There are two free computer terminals for internet access in the lobby - so convenient. The ipod speakers were great in the room, as were those infamous flat panel TV's (great for watching French and British news while taking a jacuzzi!). We even rented bikes directly from the hotel to do a family tour of Amsterdam (all the way to the Eastern Docklands) - so incredibly convenient and very cool black bikes! The hotel is perfectly situated - 2 minutes to Leidseplein, but in a gorgeous residential area so totally quiet and not 'rowdy' like some parts of the city. Just around the corner from the lush Vondelpark (read: Central Park) and the inspiring Museumplein (van Gogh museum and Rijksmuseum). All in all, couldn't have asked for anything more from this hotel - perfect, warm, intimate, friendly, and incredibly luxurious and convenient. Many thanks for treating our children so wonderfully, and for indulging us on this holiday. We will absolutely be back, and can't wait! A highly recommended 5 star stay in Amsterdam!
Nice - but still not finished
Like some other posters here, we were originally booked into the sister Hotel Vondel, but our room wasn't ready and we were directed to the Roemer round the corner.
We were a little dubious about this, as we were informed the Roemer had only re-opened a matter of around eight weeks previously.
The staff were terrifically helpful and explained that there were bits and bobs still to be completed around the hotel. Once we reached our room, this was confirmed.
Although hardly Carry On Abroad (British readers will know what I mean), we found some annoying details which still need attention. The wardrobe wasn't ready, so we only had a sort of cloth Ikea number instead. Neither the bath nor the sink could be filled as the plugs didn't work (although the rest of the bathroom was very nice), so we couldn't enjoy the jacuzzi bath.
Apart from these niggles, the room was great, although a little on the small side. The bed was huge and very comfortable, and it was a nice touch having three lcd TVs around the room.
The lift was also out of order on the day we checked out, which was mildly inconvenient considering we were staying on the second floor and had quite large bags to carry.
On the plus side, it's worth saying again how pleasant and helpful the staff were, and the bar area is great (although drinks are a little on the expensive side).
Location is excellent - you are just a five minute walk away from the Leidsplein, where you can catch a tram around the city. There are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby - Puri Mas is an excellent Indonesian joint just a short stroll up the Leidstraat.
One tip - when arriving at Centraal Station, take the tram down to the hotel rather than paying for a taxi - you'll save a fortune.
All in all, pretty decent value, and it'll be great once everything's finished.
Took advantage of an intro offer and glad I did.
Nicely appointed, stylish rooms in shades of beige and brown. The staff could not have been nicer or more determined to make for a pleasant stay. I look forward to returning.
Fantastic Boutique hotel
I took my boyfriend to the Hotel Roemer as a surprise for his birthday... we were greeted on arrival with a glass of champagne and very welcoming staff. The decor of the hotel is striking and very modern... it does still manage to retain a cosy feel in the rooms which have clearly been finished to a high specification.
We stayed in room 34- the Romantic Loft Suite... it was just gorgeous! The bath was massive and had powerful jacuzzi jets which we had great fun with and there was also a lovely rain shower....
We were treated like Rock Stars or Royalty... nothing was too much trouble... we had a bottle of chilled champagne and strawberrys waiting for us in the room and room service was brought up whenever we wanted! The mini bar is also well stocked...
The room is equipped with a lovely tassimo coffee maker, dvd player and also an Ipod speaker which meant you could enjoy spending time in the room to your own music...
I would definately recommend this hotel- the staff were very helpful and we had a great weekend here!
I stayed at three different hotels while I vacationed in Amsterdam. Hotel Roemer is by far the best out of the three. The staff is very friendly and is perhaps the best part about staying there. I loved it so much I spent over two weeks there.
Most hotels in Amsterdam don't have air conditioning. Hotel Roemer is one of the few exceptions. If air coditioning is a must for you, stay at one of the American-style hotels like the Ramada or the Hilton, and of course Hotel Roemer. It is very close to the Leidseplein a very happening place...specially at night without being too close and within a couple minutes of the Vondel Park when you want to relax.
I want to thank the members of the hotel staff for helping make my vacation in amsterdam truly memorable:
Simone, Julie, Floris, Marc, Joost, Laura, Virve, Thomas, Johan, Maureen, Carola, Martha, Audry, Harram, Arjen, and Dimitry
Perfect, one of a kind!
What a great place. I was booked in the Hotel Vondel but they send me out to the hotel Roemer (sister hotel) The hotel is not totaly finished, they are waiting at some furniture. The rooms are very big with relax chairs, a big bed, 3! tv's in the room, nespresso machine. The bathrooms are beautiful with a rain shower and a jet stream bath! The staff was great and very helpfull. You could see they were very proud to work in this new hotel!