This small, advertised as 5-star, hotel is hard to find – it is on a tiny street with no vehicular traffic. I had a rookie transfer driver from the airport who spoke neither Dutch nor English very we... more
This small, advertised as 5-star, hotel is hard to find – it is on a tiny street with no vehicular traffic. I had a rookie transfer driver from the airport who spoke neither Dutch nor English very well and had to call his dispatcher. After listening to him struggle to speak/understand her in Dutch, I took over in English and established that we were actually at the correct spot to let me off the bus – corner of Nieuwejijds and Gravenstraat. Problem was driver then told me to go to Dam Square – a block away – wheeling two suitcases on cobble stones. At Dam Square a friendly café owner gave me a coffee and directions, walk down Eggertstraat Centrum at the end of which is Gravenstraat. The hotel is almost in front of Eggeststraat but I still walked past it!! A really tiny entrance. The Hotel is in an excellent location, 10 mins walk to the Canal where the tour boats leave from, close to tram lines, including the one which goes to the Museum/Concertgebouw area.
My room (229) with double bed faced the street (more a laneway), was clean enough, adequate for one person – would be tight for two. Included a long table/desk with chair & TV. Bathroom OK but could do with a good scrub; a tiny shower (hard to work out how to get hot water) but good size basin with space for toiletries; hair dryer provided. There was what I thought to be some mould on the bathroom ceiling – my asthma did play up whilst staying there. I slept well, it was quiet although suspect weekends may not be as a number of bars, small restaurants on the street. Breakfast was continental style, plenty of juices, fruits, breads, cereals, sliced meats, cheeses - very adequate. less