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Hotel Imperial
Ranked #46 of 340 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Reviewed 12 June 2005

We loved the central location and the availability of fast wireless internet in the room. The area is the absolute center of Amsterdam. Of course you will have some noise from outside at night but you can crawl home from the bars and send some snapshots with the web cam before you go to sleep.

We loved it!

  • Stayed: June 2005, travelled on business
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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed 20 November 2003

Terrible breakfast, noisy hotel, indifferent owner. What a disappointment! The family staff avoids providing assistance. The noise from the square goes all night long and the breakfast was sad. Nothing gracious or welcoming about this hotel.

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Reviewed 4 November 2003

Having read the reviews on this site (certainly relative to other reviews on tripadvisor.com) I was really looking forward to visiting the Imperial.

Unfortunately, the experience was not all I'd hoped for so I thought I'd add my tuppence worth.

Sure, location is OK - above a pizza restaurant on the Leidseplein - one of several 'hearts' of Amsterdam nightlife. But there are many, far nicer areas to stay than this in Amsterdam which, while not bang in the middle of a major entertainment center, are no more than 5 - 10 minutes walk away. Great bar just a couple of doors down though, with live music most nights.

The Hotel entrance and lobby are scruffy, with loose, grubby carpet - if I was even older and more crotchety than I am, I would say that this could actually have been hazardous. Management are generally OK, though the manager himself was very gruff with us for daring to come for breakfast 5 minutes before it ended.

Worst of all was our room - with that heart-sinking feeling of disappointment upon entering. All I can say is that the photos on the website (and dotted around the hotel) are very flattering. A vile smell of cleaning products pervaded everything, though facilities (bathroom, tv, etc were all functional).

Noise was a problem at night - both the sounds of other guests (especially above) and more seriously, sounds from the Leidseplein (early hours drunken bellowing, glass smashing).

I'm not saying this hotel was a total disaster (bed was comfortable enough!), but it was quirky in an annoying way and I wish I'd paid a few $$s more for the Best Western Eden where I've also stayed before.
That's hardly the Ritz, but at least is recognisable as a proper hotel, big, clean rooms, proper breakfast room, centrally located, concierge service, 24 hour lobby, proper facilites for business, etc. I'm not big on chain hotels (though I like the anonymity they offer - you don't get the creepy feeling your every move is being scrutinised) and other indepenents like the (admittedly much more expensive) Seven Bridges are lovely.

Overall, I wouldn't return to this one, given what else is available.

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Belfast, N.Ireland
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Reviewed 28 August 2003

We stayed at the Hotel Imperial at the end of August 2003 and had a great time. The hotel is located just off the Rembrandtplein in central Amsterdam. All major attractions are within easy walking distance, and the hotel is serviced by the city's excellent tram network.The hotel was extremely clean and the staff are very helpful.The bedrooms were very clean and well equpied, although you have to pay 3Euros per person if you want tea/coffee making facilities in your room. Rooms are individually decorated but have TV, fan, ensuite facilities, and they are cleaned every day.Breakfast was included in the price and included cereals, toast, ham, cheese, fruit and youghart.On a down-side, you have to climb very steep stairs to get to the rooms. Also ask for a room at the back as opposed to the front, as the hotel looks on to a busy square full of restaurants, bars and cafes which don't close until late at night at weekends.The price per room is 135Euros per night which is a bit steep for a 2 star hotel, but all in all, we had a good time and would consider staying here in future.

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Reviewed 24 April 2003

I stayed five nights in March 2003. The hotel is very nice. It is very well located in the center of the city. The rooms are clean and breakfast is not to bad. It is a bit expensive for a two star hotel, but if you are going to stay several nights it is better to not take the risk. I recommed it to everyone that does not want to have a bad experience with the hotel on his trip to Amsterdam.

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Reviewed 6 January 2003

I have stayed at the Hotel Imperial four times since 1999, and it is the only place I will consider staying every time I travel to Amsterdam. The location on Thorbeckplein is convenient to the bustling Rembrantplein with all of its restaurants and other activity. Trams stop a couple of hundred meters away, making connections from Centraal Station quick. Otherwise, a taxi to Centraal Station would only cost about 10 Euros. As for the rooms, they have to be the cleanest, most comfortable rooms I have stayed in anywhere. Rooms are airy with big windows, including TV, safes, and comfortable beds. The rooms I have stayed in (15 and 21) had Jacuzzi showers, though I understand not all rooms have these. Breakfast is served on the first level, and includes coffee or tea, toast, ham and cheese, juice, and an assortment of jams. The owner/manager Peter gives his guests personal attention, and his staff is efficient and friendly. Peter is also able to help with any questions you have about Amsterdam. Overall, it's a find. If you want elevators or room service or other major hotel conveniences, you should go to a major hotel. Otherwise, give the Hotel Imperial a try.

  • Stayed: November 2002
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Thorbeckeplein 9, 1017 CS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) , Rembrandtplein
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Ranked #46 of 340 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range: £107 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Imperial 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small, intimate hotel, located in the centre of Amsterdam on a picturesque traffic-free square, surrounded by restaurants and cafes and a short walk to museums and shopping. The hotel is cosy, comfortable and clean. ... more   less 
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