We realized that being a brand new hotel (it opened two days before we arrived), there would be some things they would still be working out, but were rather surprised at some of the 'loose ends' we discovered. Overall, this was a beautiful, stylish place to stay, but it lacked an obvious polish of a hotel that had been around for awhile. The front desk staff was quite young, at times a little disheveled, unsure of protocol and lacking in neighborhood/popular restaurants/parking option knowledge, but were overall pleasant and helpful. This hotel is located away from any major restaurant or bars, which makes for a quieter part of town, but it's still close enough to walk to almost everything.
I'll give them a pass on most things they were still working on (i.e. getting mini fridges for the room, fixing the elevators to go to the right floor, buckets of dirty tools laying around), but there were a couple of things that did get to me. One was the wastefulness of the maid staff. They tossed out the open soaps and replaced the towels every day (they also tossed out our personal soap that we had brought). When we realized they did this, we left the 'do not disturb' button on (everything's very modern and electronic) because we didn't need all new everything, but they came in anyway. Minor, but it would be nice to give guests the option to not be so wasteful and to decide when they didn't want someone in their room.
The major thing that bothered me is probably more of an American thing, as it has to do with modesty and privacy. The door to the bathroom is completely transparent glass. I've seen a lot of this travelling throughout Europe in the last year, but this is the first time that anyone on the bed had a direct view of the toilet (how romantic) and a door that didn't even close. The door had a handle and latch that looked like it would go into a door frame - but there was no frame there. There was just a three inch gap all the way around and the door just hung a little open. I'm assuming based on the door design that this is something they're still working on, but it was quite off-putting.
The room we had faced the street, but was still a nice enough view with the trees and the canal off to the right. The tram stops right in front of the hotel, which is convenient, but sounds like a low roll of thunder every 20 minutes or so. Not overly loud, just surprising at times. The room was a good size, by European standards, and being new, was spectacularly clean. The bed was quite comfortable but I was surprised how awful and lumpy the pillows were. I thought that was something that resulted from wear, but apparently that's how they're purchased.
With some more polish in the service, crossing off the outstanding 'to-dos' and doing something about the bathroom doors, this has the potential to be a really great, 4-5 star place to stay. I hope to hear from reviewers about improvements so we might stay here again on our next trip to Amsterdam.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Notting Hill Amsterdam is a boutique design hotel, in which you will feel right at home. The hotel is situated in an attractive and historic building in the heart of the bustling city of Amsterdam. Discover Amsterdam from your doorstep with Leidseplein Square, Rembrandtplein Square and the Museum Quarter right around the corner. The blend of classic elements, modern facilities and historic features make this former governmental building a perfect place to stay in Amsterdam. This stylish luxury hotel is the key address for cosmopolitan and international travelers. ... more less
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