My husband and I stayed at the American Hotel for six nights in September. We asked for a room with a balcony and got room 408 which was really wonderful. The room had a balcony with two chairs that overlooked the canal. Aside from the great view this room was less noisy at it was not facing the street or busy square. Apparently only several floors of the hotel have been renovated and while I did not see a non renovated room, the halls on the renovated floor were so much brighter and upbeat. The staff were terrific and all requests from housekeeping came promptly and efficiently. This is a great area of area of Amsterdam but you have to like the hustle and bustle of an otherwise quaint city. The best is that the hotel is within walking distance of Melkweg, Paradiso and Boom Chicago which is great if you want to attend musicconcerts and the show at Boom Chicago. Boom Chicago is also where you sign up for the St. Nicholas canal ride which is a small boat tour of the canals. The hotel is also within walking distance of Mike's Bikes where you can take a city or countryside tour on bikes. We did the countryside tour which was fabulous. We also walked to the museums although you could take a tram which stops outside the hotel. There are also many inexpensive places to eat around the hotel which worked well for us. I wish the internet was complimentary. We paid 35 cents a minute which mounted up fast. I would recommend this hotel and would stay again but would ask for a canal facing renovated room.
- 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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- American Hotel Amsterdam