We stayed for 4 nights at the end of July and really enjoyed out stay. We booked a deluxe room but paid for an upgrade to executive deluxe.
We were greeted by name as we arrived which was a nice touch and the staff were polite and helpful (and spoke excellent English). Our room was a decent size (by European standards), well decorated and very clean. The air conditioning worked well. The location is great - a lovely quiet street but very close to the museums and tram stops. The decor downstairs is great - we liked the Delft-style bust of Lenin on the front desk.
I had hesitated slightly about booking this hotel as I had read a few reviews talking about noise from the cleaners or the lift. I had asked them specifically not to put us next to the lift although as we upgraded we did then get a room next to a lift. Apart from being able to hear the occasional conversation of people getting in and out (which you can of anyone who walks past your door) there was no noise from it at all so this doesn't seem to be a big problem (although there does seem to be a room next to the lift on the ground floor that I probably would avoid)
So, why not a 5-star rating. A few small things. The sink being outside the bathroom I can live with but the mirror above it was too high for my wife to see into without standing on tiptoe and the light above it was too dim to be able to shave easily. My wife ended up doing her lipstick in the lift! The bed was too soft for my liking (although it was huge). You also had to go an ask at the desk for wi-fi and movies (there is a DVD player but no in-room movies). The staff seemed great and I'm sure it would have been easy to sort out but both of these seem like things I should be able to sort out myself in the room. Why not leave the wi-fi code and at least a list of what movies they have in the room? Also, I had hoped that some of the idiosyncratic decor from downstairs would make it into the room. Once we'd made it through reception there wasn't really a feeling of being in a boutique hotel in Amsterdam, we could have been in a nice hotel anywhere in the world.
That said, this is a great hotel and we're glad we booked it
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel JL No76 is located in two 18th-century mansions in the heart of Amsterdam, right in the middle of the museum & fashion district. Leidseplein, Vondelpark, Concert Hall and its two sister hotels, Hotel Vondel and Hotel Roemer are a stone's throw away. Hotel JL No76 has 39 luxurious rooms, a lounge, honesty bar, restaurant and a private inner garden. The honesty bar allows guests to make or serve a drink or bite at any convenient time. The hotel is decorated in boutique style with the use of high quality materials and has a large collection of art on display. Barbara Broekman, a well-known Dutch artist, has designed a special range of wallpaper for each of the 39 rooms. This wallpaper is based on details enlargement of originally embroidered artworks. The rooms are decorated in 5 ambiances and are equipped with modern facilities like free use of iPad, wireless internet, iPod dock station, Nespresso coffee machine, Flat Screen TV, DVD player and DVD library. All executive rooms have a Jacuzzi with built-in TVs. The comfortable COCO-MAT beds in all rooms ensure a relaxing stay. ... more less
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