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They DON'T HAVE INTERNET access!!!
The hotel may be a nice, decent and yet cheap place...but they really drove me crazy about the internet access. There was an ethernet plug in the room, and I plugged my laptop in, didn't work'... I told them about this, they "unlocked" the ethernet in the room, and still didn't work. Apparantly there was a problem in that room. They changed my room. I had to unpack, leave my bags to the reception and move them up three floors after 3 hours. I tried the plug, didn't work. I called the reception, supposedly they had to "unlock" the ethernet plug. they did, but still didn't work. Supposedly they called the "company", reset the whole system,,, but no luck. different person at the reception every day, different answers, just playing the game, keeping me busy with a different lie every time. Finally one of them told me that I could only DIAL-UP using the phone line -that's what their customers had always done!- but they have no number to dial-in or any other info as well. She told me I was supposed to use the same thing i use at home!!! And you call this Internet connection service! The worst thing is that they keep you busy with different lies! they either have no idea or they are just messing around with customers.
Not too bad an experience
Stayed for 5 nights from 25/9/04 to 2/10/04 having booked on the internet.
Arrived during a tram strike so had to drag the luggage from central station. The hardest part of the journey was negotiating the 3 flights of narrow stairs at the Hotel -which is not near the central shopping /entertainment areas.
The first appearences of the Hotel after passing reception are that it is a little well worn in the common areas such as hall and stairs. New floor covering throughout and some paint on the walls and skirtings would improve the over-all ambience. The bedrooms are however clean, warm and the bathroom is worthy of a much higher grade establishment. We were in Room 303 at the front of the hotel which is on a busy road. Clean towels every day but only one handger in the wardrobe. The price included breakfast in a rear dining room on a self-service basis. Excellent coffee and plenty of toast, preserves, hard boiled eggs, slices of ham and cheese and cereal and fruit juice. The staff we found were freindly and perhaps got to know us after our 4th night there. If you dont want to be close to the action (though a tram stop is within 60 meters) and you are on a budget this hotel may be for you. Certainly I hadnt much I would complain about other than when checking-out the receptionist tried to charge for another night until I produced my receipt to show I paid cash for 5 nights on arrival!
Me and my boyfriend stayed at hotel linda last november for a weekend break. We booked it over the internet. When we arrived at the hotel they told us that we were not on their books and no reservation had been made, we had a receipt of the booking and they said that there is a spare room free that we could have but would have to pay upfront, with no option we paid the full amount up front and they asked for one of our passports aswell, so i gave them mine. We went to our room up 2 steep flights of stairs to get to our room we opened the door and there was another flight of stairs even steeper which we had to climb up because there was no way you could walk up them. no tv no nothing just a room with a bathroom and a bed in the living room. When we checked out i asked for my passport back and they said that they didnt have it, so waited there for ages when they finaly found it after arguing with them. when we got back we were charged another £90 for no reason and spent a few weeks sorting it out as we shouldnt have been charged it. I would never go back there as i think they are not a good hotel to go to, they charge onto you credit card with no reason for the money being taken. VERY dissappointed by this hotel!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY VERY POOR!
Really nice and good price!!!
After leaving a hotel that was filthy and more expensive this hotel was a nice surprise. Nice room with clean sheets and marble en-suite bathroom. Would stay there again!!!
Beware..they lie about internet access and service!!!!Outrageous charges !!
We chose the Linda because :a)it was near,but not in downtown b)on a canal and transportation c)not too expensive,rooms were clean,with bathtub and shower,lots of hot water, adequate for our needs and most importantly because d) they said free internet access and we use our laptop everywhere,for local info and to check mails, home,work,etc.BIG DISAPPOINTMENT and RIPOFF. It took them 5 days to get our room connected,#1... #2 ,NOWHERE,in the room, front desk or online,NOR VERBALLY DID THEY EVER TELL US THERE WOULD BE EXTRAVAGANT TELEPHONE FEES FOR INTERNET USAGE!!!. #3 ,IN 2 DAYS of having the laptop plugged in, WHEN WE CHECKED OUT THEY GAVE US AN ADDITONAL BILL FOR 4300 US DOLLARS !!! The management was never available to discuss/dispute this with, and after an overseas call from us to them , they refused to even cut the bill, or share any responsibility. They should be accused of FALSE ADVERTISING and warned by the site promoters about this.
i book this hotel last week on *************** because they had good rates for a double room and i thought it wouldnt be a nice hotel but after all i'm really glad i took this deal :) very clean decent hotel
My boyfriend and I booked into hotel Linda for my birthday and the room we had was beautiful. It had a wonderful marble ensuite bathroom. We had a small but beautiful balcony. The room was clean and tidy and excellent value for money at 50 euros per night. The location was excellent for what we were looking for. Not too far from centraal square. But in a quiet area, with an huge market just round the corner.
P.S it's room 111
Hotel Linda, cheap but ok
Rooms small but clean, no hanging space though. Some of rooms lack ventilation and those to the front get all day and night traffic noise from busy road. All in all it was ok for the price, we had no real problems in our 4 day stay. Transport links are good and it is handy for Heineken experience and museums and gallerys. May go back but would look for hotel closer to city centre in prettier location, no doubt at an increased price.
Flea bites - aaggghhhh
We woke on the first morning to find a guest in a body bag on the pavement....yet everything in the hotel seemed normal....no gossip We woke on the second morning covered in flea bites...aggghhhh On complaining at reception we were offered no explanation or deduction...this was truly a hotel experience I would rather forget...but feel I just have to warn other travellers. I would recommend people to stay away from this flea pit.
Please don't stay here
My partner booked the Hotel Linda, as part of my birthday celebrations as a surprise weekend in Amsterdam. On arrival we were told that they couldn't find our reservation and were full, but luckily they had a room kept back just incase of double bookings etc !!! We were shown to a room 3 metres square, that housed a double bed, but nothing else - not a wardrobe or even a chair.
We complained and were told we could upgrade to a nicer room but would have to pay extra - we paid
the 20 euros per night extra, and the room to be fair was decent - but in my opinion we'd been conned - and charged extra for a room we'd already booked.
My Girlfriend paid the Hotel bill by credit card, when she eventually got her credit card statement she noticed the Hotel had put an extra bill through on a different day for an additional 100 euros.
We are still fighting to get this returned.
We stayed on b B&B basis, the breakfast was self service and fine for what it was, except there was never enough food put out and the coffee\hot water maching only worked intermittently, and finding a member of staff to sort anything out was always a pain in the neck.
On the whole i'd say this hotel was set up to rip off the tourists and guests were there to be endured instead of catered for.
Amsterdam was fantastic and we plan to go back, but not to this hotel.
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