A really difficult one this - we've just come back from a few nights at this hotel and picked a gorgeous sunny time in wonderful Amsterdam. My other half says 'it's just somewhere to sleep' but if you're like me, you look forward to day trips then coming back to your hotel to freshen up etc so it's a bit more than that. The good sides - we loved the location, it was totally spot on and not at all noisy even though it was right on Damrak. The main square is less than one minutes walk and the tram stop is just outside. Staff were friendly, well presented and breakfast was good with a wide range of food on offer. If things run out, don't be afraid to ask as they are really happy to help. The not so good side - the hotel (according to signs up in it) has had a smoking ban since July 2008 - all the rooms on our floor had smoking signs on them (we stayed on 2nd floor) and there was an ashtray and matches in our room. I have to be brutal here but our room absolutely STUNK of smoke. The curtains, the chairs, the over cover on the bed - it really was off putting -I was all for complaining but my 'keep the peace' other half said he could live with it as we were hardly going to be in it. In the shower (which was FAB and hot and lovely) there was nowhere to put your shampoo/soap etc so it had to go on the floor around your feet - not ideal. The toilet was a 'shelf loo' so everything that goes down there sits on a shelf before being washed away - I had a real problem with this as we didn't see this anywhere else in the City. Maybe it was because it was smelling of stale smoke, but the room felt dirty and unfortunately it was only as we were leaving and did an 'under the bed search for stuff left behind' did we find someone elses slippers - it looked like it hadn't been hoovered in weeks. The reason this review is hard is because we've agreed that if we go to Amsterdam again, we would probably stay here for the location but ask to be transferred to another room if there was a problem. Halfway through our stay a lovely staff member asked if all was ok and I stupidly said 'yes' - I just hate to make a scene so thought it easier to shut up - I now wish I'd said something as although not for my husband, for me it really made the whole trip a little tainted. Such a shame as a great location but please guys, give room 225 a deep clean, get fresh furnishings and keep on top of the cleaners - and get rid of the ashtrays!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Great central location, affordable rates, clean & comfortable rooms and friendly & attentive hospitality. In an amazing location, just off Dam Square and right in the middle of Amsterdam's city center, you'll find Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw. This is where you want to stay if you're coming to Amsterdam. We offer authentic friendliness and true hospitality with rooms that are comfortable, well maintained, and always spotlessly clean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Roode Leeuw Amsterdam
- Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw