Stayed at the American for 4 nights and was very happy. Good location, nice rooms, great dinning options and attentive staff. The hotel is very cool from an architectural standpoint and sits on the southern edge of the Liedesplien- with a nice fountain in front. It is definitely the more upscale side of the square and is very pretty while offering great people watching from the outdoor cafe. And it is close to everything- Melkweg and theaters, restaurants, Bulldog, canal boat dock steps away, Museums, trolley stop,etc.
I think I paid for the deluxe vs the standard room- and it was great- on the 5th floor with a little balcony overlooking the square.
The breakfast was in the amazing dinning room but in good weather all other meals are outside at cafe American. Breakfast was a big spread of self serve which I frankly prefer to ala cart, coffee and tea brought by a waiter.
But the cafe has waiters and such. And as an American you do have to remember to slow down a bit when at the cafe- the point is to milk it. So if it takes a while for the guy to come take your order, don't fret. If you want quick- go across the square to McD's.
Found the staff helpful, courteous and attractive. Very used to storing bags and helping out.
A few hints for travelers:
1. You enter the trams on the second to last car- there is a conductor sitting in a little booth there- you buy and validate your tickets there.
2. Bikes rule here. They are the top of the food chain. They will run you down- always be aware of your place on the street- do not stand in the bike lane. You might think it is a sidewalk- it isn't. But cars and trams will go out of their way to brake for you and expect you to take the initiative and right of way.
3. If you have done some urban biking- rent a bike. If not- stick to canal boats and walking - maybe ease into it with a guided tour. Biking is a fantastic way to see the city- especially the edges- zoo, museums, Pijps, Jordann, etc. Would avoid the Centre.
Hope that helps.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hampshire Hotel - Amsterdam American has a rich history. In 1882, the first hotel guests stayed at this unique location on Leidseplein. The current building dates from 1902 and is a wonderful example of Jugenstil. Right at the centre of this national monument is Cafe Americain, the hotspot where (hotel) guests and Amsterdam residents enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. ... more less
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