Nieuw Slotania Hotel
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I'm wearing the red polka-dot dress I bought in this city with Heidi a thousand years ago! Once we check in to our Hostel I'll be sure to eat some Gouda for you, Heidizzle!
Also, Happy Independence Day to everyone back home!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNieuw Slotania Hotel Amsterdam
Stayed in a triple share, room a little small but clean n comfortable. Good shower, comfy bed. Wifi :)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Nieuw Slotania Hotel Amsterdam
I read all the horrible reviews a couple of weeks before 50+ of us from my kids' high school would be staying at this hotel. I was very concerned and had shared this with some on the trip. When we drove up to it, the "T" in "hotel" was burned out, so the huge sign going down the right side of the building read HO EL SLOTANIA. We nervously laughed at the irony of some of the reviewers calling it a hell hole.
I read these reviews the night before I was due to visit this hotel and did not sleep a wink!
I'd strongly advise against booking this Hotel. Particularly so given the price that we paid. Not only is it exceedingly difficult to get to and from the city, and the airport, but the hotel room and facilities were simply woeful. On arrival my girlfriend and I were given a twin room despite booking a double. The room was small and dirty with two massive stuctural pillars in the middle of the room which meant you couldn't even see the TV. What really upset me most was that the pillows had hairs on them and stank. I shudder to think of the state of the sheets. We were unable to change hotels at short notice and elected to suffer through the two nights we had booked. Overall, i'd have to say the Nieuw Slotania was the worst hotel I have ever stayed in in my life and I consider myself a frequent travellor.
I don't really understand how a place with a 3 star rating could be soo bad. To get to our room we had to go down the longest corridor I've ever walked. When we arrived in our room first thing we noticed is the bed has no head board and the bed is stupidly low. I had a shower after a long day to find once I had finished although having the shower doors closed the bathroom floor was flooded, all I can assume is that the piping under the shower was damaged. We went out for the evening into Amsterdam discovering it was a twenty-five minute tram ride to and from the centre. On returning from the city we found the key card to our door was working but the door never opened, we had to get assistance, in all fairness the staff were very helpful. It still gets worse though trying to get some sleep is nigh on impossible, you can here people in the next room walking about watching television, as well as getting rudely awaken first thing in the morning by noisy trams and buses and a hateful clock tower just outside. Breakfast consisted of a few peices of bread (Hard) some cheese and meats and jam (Not Impressed). Despite the staff being friendly and helpful this place is not to standard for a three star hotel and I would most definetly not recommend anybody stay there.
Avoid this place
I only stayed here for 2 nights, and hated every single minute I spent here. You can forget about sleep, cuz you won't get any. The walls are so thin you can hear ppl fart in the corridor. Furthermore, there seem to be lots of Asians 'living' there, playing cards, hanging around all day in the lobby, and most of all, makeing lots of noise at night on the balcony. Furthermore, there is no such thing as a bar or restaurant, so if you want to be deprived of sleep and be hungry, please come to this place. As far as I am concerned, I'd prefer to sleep in my car, with open windows, in Harlem, New York.
Come and stay here!
This play was excellent. Good service and great food. Highly recommend coming here!
We were booked into another hotel and on arrival were told that the bathroom was broken and so we were transferred to another hotel by taxi at their expense to the Slotania. It looked a hell hole from outside and was in a very rough area and as me and my elderly mother travelling, we didn't feel safe. In the hotel the receptionist demanded payment up front and then we were given a card to the furthest room away in the hotel. The room was big enough for a dog with not even the most basic of facilities and the bathroom was mouldy and so caold that you needed to wear a jumper in the bath. Early evening when we came back to our room there was a load of guests who were drinking and smoking in the hallways because there was no bar available. After climbing over a dozen people laying across the floor we got to our room. Between 3 and 7am in the morning we were awaken by drunken revellers stumbling into their rooms and trying to get into ours as well. After no sleep we went down to an atrocious breakfast which consisted of dry bread, cheese and a cold boiled egg....mmmmm Would never stay here again and certainly would not recommend anyone else to.
The hotel does not reach the cleanliness standards required by a 3* hotel. It is completely out of the way. A 20 minute bus ride separates you from the centre. You can hear the guests next door talking and walking, soundproofing is inexistant. Actually I stayed for 3 nights during which I haven't slept more than 8 hours .
I booked another hotel right in the centre of Amsterdam but 2 days before i was due to go, the company told me it was full and that they had arrange me an alternative. This was over £100.00 more expensive but i did not mind as this was the only 1 available and this included a breakfast. We arrived on a night time, we went for a walk expecting bars and clubs, but instead there was nothing but young gangs of asian men hanging around, this was scary, the Hotel did not have a bar so that thought quickly went, there was 1 pub down the road which was a local pub for locals so as soon as we walked in we felt very unsafe.
Don't understand the usual honesty required to be a hotel
Nieuwe Slotania told us we could book a double room with a bath. This was a clearly stated and specific requirement. When we rang again to confirm, it turned out that they would not "guarantee" that we could get a double bed and a bath at the same time. They said we should confirm by fax. When it turned out that faxing wasn't possible (for us) they said we could email. I sent an email (saying please phone to confirm reciept) - result - no phone call. The next day my wife rang to be told they hadn't received the email (yeah right!). I spoke to their receptionist quarter of an hour later to be told that he'd never accepted a telephone reservation in 20 years in the business.We'll look for another hotel!