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We stayed in the Retro room for 3 nights over a weekend. I confess the retro deco is looking a little tired, however, the room was clean and the shower lovely - a nice big shower head that now makes mine at home feel like a trickling stream!
I've been to Amsterdam many times, and found the location to be perfect; you really are in the heart of everything, but just far away enough for it not to be really noisy. The breakfast you get in the morning really sets you up for the day, with homemade jams, warm croissants, fresh bread, cheeses and coffee.
Overall, a good location, pleasant staff and a friendly cat.
Fabulous honeymoon 7-day getaway
This was our "home away from home" for 7 days on our honeymoon. The location was perfect. The owners were smart, kind, friendly and offered numerous suggestions to make our stay memorable - which it was. Rent a bike and bike to the countryside, purchase the museum pass, go to jazz clubs, linger at the various cafes, see the street performers on the square - just enjoy - we did.
We can't thank Papijn and Rachel for spoiling us as much as they did. Breakfast was fabulous - albeit we rarely showed up until 11:00 a.m. or later. We only hope they will tolerate us again. We certainly would not go anywhere else.
Fantastic place to stay *****
Just come back from a weekend stay at this hotel, lovely location, super breakfast, friendly people who run the property, very helpful on guiding the most spots in the area whether you want to relax to enjoying a few drinks in a spa nearby...
Would definitely stay here again, quite a good rate for the weekend, central location, close to the red light district, close to bars and shops, walking distance to centraal station and dam square....
One thing though... the stairs to go to your rooms are very steep but then again I think its the same everywhere you go, espec in touristy places like churches/ musuems etc.. so be careful....
Rooms were a perfect size, we had the Retro room, lovely room, nice little garden view, nice bathroom size, very clean and mini bar if your thirsty, prices were about the same as anywhere, Cola or Sprite 1.95 euro or Pringles 2 euros but if your peckish in the night, its always handy to have some luxury by your side!!
Sat by the window each morning for brekkie, lovely choice to have, boiled eggs each morning with crossaints and jam, coffee and juices... it was just a perfect relaxing break, a must if you want to stay in a close proximity of all the good sights....
Great place to stay in Amsterdam
What a great place to stay. Hotel Misc. is more like a B&B than a hotel. I recently stayed there for three nights and had a great experience. I was with three other people and we got 2 rooms. Both rooms had canal views and a private bath. The rooms were in good condition and each had a safe available. Pepijn and Rachel were outstanding hosts. They answered any questions we had and prepared a wonderful breakfast of breads, jams, eggs, coffee, tea, juice, etc. The location of the hotel was great for us. We walked there from the train station in around 15 minutes. If you are a family, or don't want to be around the red light district, be warned that while this hotel is not in the red light district, it is very close. When I go back to Amsterdam, I will be staying at Hotel Misc. again!
A little secret in central Amsterdam
My husband and I have traveled to Amsterdam for 8 yrs. straight. We've stayed at Hotel L'Europe, The American Hotel, NH Amsterdam Centre and Radisson SAS and on this latest trip we stayed at the College Hotel for 2 nights before checking in to Hotel Misc. I cite these hotels just so you have an idea of the standard we are using when rating the Hotel Misc.
Hotel Misc is more like a bed and breakfast. By that I mean is that there's always an "innkeeper" present and during our stay it was Pepjin. Pepijn added value to our stay by being able to recommend 2 excellent restaurants for dinner and by pointing us in the way of a safe and clean laundromat. He also arranged for our taxi to the airport (flat rate of 35 EU). And on one night he gave us 2 local beers on the house.
We stayed in the "Wonders" room at a rate of 125 EU per night inclusive of tax and service and a light breakfast. This hotel is located in a canal building so naturally the rooms are very small. (you will see in the pictures). The room was very quaint. The bed was comfortable and the linens clean. The bathroom was large enough for two people to be in there at once. It only has a shower stall; it comes with a hair dryer. There are no bathroom amenities available other than soap so be sure to bring your own. Keep in mind that if you are going during warm seasons the room did not have any air conditioning. Be sure to inquire about this if it is important to you. There was free wi-fi available so we were able to connect to the internet after some troubleshooting with Pepijn.
If you are handicapped or disabled or have trouble climbing stairs keep in mind that this hotel may not be for you since it does not have an elevator. The stairs to the rooms are so narrow that you need to be careful carrying your luggage. We didn't carry our up but did carry them down when we checked out and it can be a challenge.
Although breakfast was included we only had breakfast one morning and all I had was a croissant with jelly and coffee. So I can't comment on it. My coffee was excellent in true Amsterdam fashion. Although breakfast is offered there is no restaurant and no room service.
If smoking is of concern then keep that in mind. The "pseudo-lobby" is really more like a hallway with tables and there is no such thing as "no smoking" here. Our room was also a smoking room but it honestly did not smell of cigarette smoke; something I am very sensitive to.
The very big plus to this hotel is the location!! From here you can walk anywhere within Amsterdam city center. Walk to the major canal rings; the Dam; the Palace, Koningsplein, the Flower Market even Centraal Station if you wanted. Do not let the hotel's proximity to the Red Light district concern you. The Red Light district requires no more or less caution than any other major city. In my 8 yrs. traveling to Amsterdam I have been discreetly offered drugs on the street only 3 times and two of the times were on my first visit; the 3rd on this last visit. And a stern no thanks or just ignoring is all the defense you need. There's more crime and panhandling taking place in NYC's Port Authority terminal than you will ever see in all Amsterdam city center day or night.
Hotel Misc is highly recommended for a short stay. Staying longer than a few days may start giving you cabin fever because of the inability to spread out or have individual space in your room. The 125 EU rate was a very fair price to pay considering the great location. The Radisson SAS is about 3 blocks away and there you wouldn't be able to reserve a room under 200 EU and it wouldn't even include tax or breakfast. Hotel Misc is not a full service hotel but everything you need is within easy access and reach of the hotel. And you have a trustworthy "concierge" in the hotel staff.
Perfect, charming hotel...
I got back recently from a week-long stay at Hotel Misc and had a fantastic time. It's a great location, walking distance to everything, situated on a picturesque canal, my room was a very good size (and all the ones I saw looked very nice), and everything was very clean. The owners, Pepijn and Rachel, were fantastic -- friendly, suggested places to go, helped with directions, etc. And the breakfasts were a personal fave: very tasty & great, strong coffee. I highly recommend this unique hotel if you're looking for something with character, charm and at a reasonable price.
TLC and Perfect Location to Enjoy Amsterdam
Hotel MISC is a real find. It's just outside the Redlight District yet it's quiet and pictureesque. the best part are the proprietors, Racheal and Pepijne. They are probably the most friendly and generous hosts you will ever meet. They went out of their way to make our 4 days in Amsterdam absolutely perfect. The price makes this an incredible bargin!
Above and Beyond
Jo and Pepign went the extra mile for us more than once. We couldn't find a location, so Pepign walked us there. We couldn't find a jersey for our soccer fanatic son, not realizing the team was Amsterdam's biggest enemy. Pepign contacted a friend in the other town, who contacted the team and had a jersey custom made with the name and number of our son's favorite American player on the team.
Late breakfasts were tasty and just the thing for a casual vacation. Each of the six rooms is different from the others. They are a bit on the funky side, in both the good and bad senses of the word, but are comfortable and get the job done.
Two words of advice: 1. When they offer to carry your bags up the stairs, don't be macho and refuse. The stairway is incredibly steep, and getting bags up is a real job. 2. Don't wait to the last minute to check out. Their credit card processing is slow and unreliable. Our card issuer waited until then to decide to forget we had told them we were traveling abroad.
Full of character
We stayed at the Hotel Misc in July 2005.
The pluses were: fabulous rooms (each one has a different "theme" we stayed in the Room of Wonders which was all sort of Middle Eastern), very friendly staff, central location - you can easily walk to all the main sights of the city, good breakfast for what I believe was only a two star hotel (nice croissants, not the nasty piddly cheap ones you often get in smaller hotels! A selection of breads, cooked eggs, and good coffee). AND they served breakfast til 12noon which was fantastic as I hate getting up early on holiday.
The minuses were: although it was a lovely hotel I felt it was a teeny bit on the pricey side compared to other places I've been, and the restaurant for breakfast was very small and people could smoke in there (I know it IS Amsterdam but hey) and therefore it was so hideously smoky that it put us off eating in there on the second day as we had come out stinking of smoke the day before. To an extent we were probably just unlucky with fellow diners but it is really unpleasant first thing in the morning if you don't smoke. The breakfast was really quite good as well so I was a bit dissappointed to miss it on day two!
Overall don't get me wrong though this was a very very nice base to explore the city from, interesting rooms, clean, comfy - the absolute opposite of a soulless big business hotel. It's just round the corner from the red light district as well if that's your thing....!
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Loved it! Clean, spacious, stunning rooms
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