Don't be misled by my overall rating. This is at best a 2.5-star hotel. However, it was a very good property considering what it is.
I led a group of 14 university students who spent 5 nights at the Blyss. Before the trip, many of the students had read reviews on Tripadvisor and had serious concerns about staying there. Those fears were unfounded. We were scattered throughout the hotel--I was in Room 22--and I heard no serious complaints from anyone.
I wonder if the people who have written the seriously negative reviews have stayed at other hotels in Amsterdam? If not, they may not be able to put their experiences at the Blyss into persective.
The location is excellent. It's just off Overtoom Straat, with easy access to Tram line #1. There are many eateries and a Starbucks close by. It's also a short walk to Leidseplein.
The hotel itself is solid. My room had a double bed with a desk and fridge. As far as rooms in Amsterdam go, it was large. It wasn't as large as my room when I stayed at the Asterisk in 2012, but there was still plenty of space. There was some noise from the hallway and the neighboring room, but I anticipate that at any hotel. That's why I always travel with earplugs. Any noise there was in the hotel did not interfere with my ability to sleep at night. The linens were not luxurious, but they were clean, and housekeeping did a good job each day. The bathroom in the room was basic, but I did not experience any of the mold or smells that other reviewers mentioned. Also, the wifi was very good. It was not ultra high speed, but it accommodated FaceTime calls.
The breakfast was the typical Amsterdam hotel breakfast: bread, cheese, meats, boiled eggs, cereal, apples, canned fruit, and a few other items. Having stayed at a few Amsterdam hotels, I don't understand why some reviewers complained about it. My only complaint about breakfast would be that it starts late: 7:30 on weekdays and 8:00 on weekends.
I also don't understand the complaints about the service. Everyone I encountered was pleasant. Having found service in general in Amsterdam to be indifferent, I would attribute some of the negative comments about service to be from people who are not accustomed to service in Amsterdam. (I stayed at the Hotel Pulitzer in late 2008, and the people at the front desk of the Blyss were just as friendly and accommodating as those at the Pulitzer.)
I gave the Blyss the 4/5 rating, because that's what I gave the Hotel Asterisk in 2012. These are both basic hotels that are very good at what they do. I would suggest that potential guests not be put off by the negative reviews or have unreasonable expectations
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel BLYSS in the centre of Amsterdam on a quiet street near Leidseplein and Vondel Park is known for its location, outstanding service, very friendely and pleasent staff. The hotel is surrounded by many attractions Museums Van Gogh, Stedelijk, Rijks Museum,floating Flower market, Theaters, bars, restaurants, clubs,casino, bike rent etc.etc. are within 5 minutes walking distance. RAI the exibition centre is easily accessible with in 10 minutes by tram or taxi. Vondel Park is 50 meters from the hotel and is a delight for joggers, bikers and in summer for music and theater admirers.Hotel Blyss has a cosy lobby with open fire place, study room with internet, a bar, breakfast room, a terrace and a garden to relax. Complimentary wireless internet is accessiblee all over the hotel. All 40 rooms are well equipped with facilities and most of the rooms have flat screen TVs. Blyss is a unique hotel in Amsterdam providing standard, deleuxe, suite and family rooms for 3 to 5 guests. ... more less
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- Blyss Hotel Amsterdam