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“Extremely unpleasent experience!”
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Hotel Vondel
Ranked #131 of 373 Hotels in Amsterdam
Reviewed 18 May 2011

My husband and I had high expectations for this hotel but were deeply disappointed! Upon arrival we were informed that our room wasn't ready yet and that we were welcome to sit and wait, for how long, we weren't informed! After what seemed like a lifetime we were told our room was now ready. The room was minuscule to say the least and it was apparent that the cleaning had been a rushed job. The next morning we went down for breakfast and it was very chaotic. It seemed that the restaurant/breakfast area was too small for the amount of guests the hotel had. There were not enough members of staff working to help everyone and ensure a pleasant dining experience. The only exception being the lovely Mathew who seemed to take on the entire work load by himself (while still finding time to make jokes with us and the tables beside us) while other members of staff stood chatting behind the bar! The food was bland to say the least and the bacon was so overcooked it was like eating glass. However compared to a few other hotels we have stayed at the choice of food wasn't bad. The hotel was very noisy in the evening both outside and in with constant footsteps passing by the door. Our trip to Amsterdam was lovely and it is a beautiful city. We will recommend that our friends look elsewhere for accommodation if visiting Amsterdam.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2011

I was disappointed with our room which was tiny and could only be reached by climbing up a very narrow spiral-like staircase - not easy with luggage. It was also very difficult coming back down the stairs. Some of the staff on the reception and in the restaurant/bar were not very customer-friendly and were actually quite arrogant - very offputting and although the hotel is in a good location I would not stay there again. I think it was quite expensive for the service/quality of room etc.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 April 2011

The location was perfect close to all attractions and city centre, all in walking distance.The hotel rooms were tiny, but then again we went for the budget small room.

The bath room floors was so ice cold. When we called reseption, the house keeping came and told us to let the hot wather from the shower run to heat up the floor. Did not really help that mutch. And the bathroom was always cold. The sink was itsy bitsy tiny, you almost had spit ekstra long when you were brushing your teeth just to hit the sink. Because of the shelf placed over the tiny sink. Didn`t like the bathroom at all!

But the rooms were clean and very helpfull staff! And ok beds, as i can remember...
Would not go back. But didn`t hate it :)
If you dont mind freezing your but off while taking a shower ore just taking a S...
Sure i would recomend it. Really depends on what youre looking for. Good luck! :)

PS Really bad internet conection.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank LiloMilo
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Reviewed 28 April 2011

The primary duty of a 4 star hotel is to provide a restorative nights sleep. This the Hotel Vondel failed to do. Room #106 under the breakfast area so the LOUD scraping of the chairs on the tile floor overhead begins at the crack of dawn. It also goes on at night, as it is the bar area in the evening. The hotel was booked and we could not be moved to another room. It was extremely unpleasant, and the desk was totally indifferent. They did not charge for the bottled water to make up for the inconvenience. Too little, too late. Also, the couple in #105 across the hall from us had a very loud altercation. The Hotel Vondel was our worst experience in a month of touring Italy, France and Holland. This was the only hotel that charged 10 euros a day for wifi!!

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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Orca5
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Reviewed 18 April 2011

Let me start off with the only 2 bad points I could find with Hotel Vondel 1st Hotel room was a bit business like it needed a few homely touches. 2nd Our room was number 130 Executive room with jacuzzi and is situated by the main reception ,there is also a stair well located by your front door and bath room and you could hear people walking past your room and going up/down the stairs but not to the extent of waking you from your sleep . The Hotel is located in a very quite residential street a few minutes walk from the town,its very modern and clean and our room was great A tip for you hire a bike to get about we wish this is what we had done as it would of made things a touch easier 13 euros for the day.

Now that is over the Hotel Vondel is a very nice hotel and I would definitely recommend you stay in this hotel if your thinking of visiting Amsterdam. It is situated 10-15 mins away from all the main attractions and it is a very pleasant walk to the main parts. When you 1st arrive at centrel station jump on trams 1,2,or 5 to Lieplinsen cost 2.60 euros you can get any of these trams back to centrel station from outside the Bull Dog. Like any city Amsterdam has its own problems with pickpockets and shady people just be vigilante act normal and enjoy yourself don't let other stories worry or put you off visiting Amsterdam as you do feel very safe there anyway.
Lieplinsen town centre is a busy, bustling,lively up and coming place there's lots of restaurants ,pubs, theatres,cinemas and coffee shops to visit.

Out of our 3 days we visited the red light district 4 times out of curiosity and is well worth a visit you can not go to Amsterdam and not visit the RLD .
We will be going back to Amsterdam and Hotel Vondel will be the Hotel we will be staying at again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2011

I stayed here with a friend recently. The hotel was clean and comfortable with ample room,on arrival we were given a free upgrade which was nice. The Decor was nice , The beds were really comfy & the bathroom was clean.. The shower was really good, we had a little small balcony with 2chairs on which was nice for the air on a sunny day - The staff seemed friendly enough when we spoke to them, The only bad thing if I were to nitpick would be the layout can be a bit confusing to find your room..
We had slight trouble finding the hotel as we were never in Amsterdam before - The website we booked it through didn't seem to offer us directions. Basically if you get the tram to Leidseplein look for the Marriot Hotel & it's on the road adjenct to that. The area seemed very well kept and not dodgy at all. We were really happy with our stay and would very much stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Selinab_85
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Reviewed 26 March 2011

I had a business meeting last week and enjoyed it! So Did my colleagues. Everything that was needed for a succesfull meeting is in the package. Great location, after the meeting we went to a restaurant, 2 min. walk from hotel Vondel. Friendly and helpfull staff. I will come back nxt time :)

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Address: Vondelstraat 26, 1054 GD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Vondelpark
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#79 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range: £67 - £259 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Vondel 4*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Vondel is nestled among Amsterdam's lively centre. The hotel offers outstanding accommodation at an excellent location. Distinguished by its extraordinary interiors, the hotel has a very stylish and unique ambiance. The 86 guestrooms have been specifically designed to provide comfort for everyone's taste. Start your day with an extensive breakfast buffet at Restaurant JOOST, or just stay in and enjoy it in your room. The bar extends into a charming garden for guests to relax during the summer months. The hotel its exclusive and intimate size doesn't prevent it from possessing an array of facilities oriented towards both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is located a stone's throw away from the Leidseplein, Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum right in the museum quarter & fashion district. ... more   less 
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