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“No Frills At All But Nice Staff ,Shame There's No Air Con”

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Max Brown Hotel Museum Square
Ranked #115 of 367 Hotels in Amsterdam
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
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“No Frills At All But Nice Staff ,Shame There's No Air Con”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Don't expect air con, don't expect a fridge, don't expect coffee/tea facilities in your room. This really is a two star hotel and to be honest i'd rate it one star. The staff were very friendly. As you enter the hotel you are faced with an extremely steep flight of stairs ,so, if you're disabled or unable to climb stairs then forget this hotel. The same is said for the stairs within the hotel itself as they are extremely steep. Fortunately there is a lift BUT, it does not serve the breakfast room which is on the ground floor, so, if you're having breakfast you HAVE to tackle the steps. The website for this hotel does paint a very glossy picture, leaving you wondering where the two stars apply. This is discovered once you enter reception and then your room. If you are unfortunate, like us, to have noisy neighbours then the whole experience is made worse. This hotel is best catered for young people who aren't fussed about comfort. As we entered the hotel we had to side step the people smoking on the steps which was a regular occurrence ,so much so, that they could make it a feature ! :) If you're anywhere above 5ft then expect to be extremely cramped when on the loo, theres a facing wall that loves to hit your knees. The staff were friendly though. Our first room, a family room (number 303) was so hot !!...and there was just one small window that could be opened but gave no relief at all. I did mention this and the next day they moved us to another family room (number 109) which had a balcony and doors that opened thankfully. Breakfast consists of a buffet of cereals, continental meats and two types of sliced cheese and various spreads. In addition there is ample bread for toast making and lots of hard boiled eggs. Would be nice to have seen some sausages and alternate options for eggs but this is certainly a no frills hotel where they do not cook anything(except boiling hard boiled eggs) there is also a coffee machine and fruit juice type drinks. This is a two star hotel so expect two star facilities. Just would have been nice to have air con at the very least. Location is fantastic though, right there in the middle of the museum quarter with easy access to trams.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

I dont think it lives up to the glitz of its website. Rooms very small but usable, reception staff quite helpful and a nice little bar area. The Wi Fi is not free as stated above and the breakfast was really disappointing. The upside is that its located in a nice quite street unfortunately some noisey American guests did not realise that others might be trying to sleep st 3.30 am. Great location for the museums snd tram stop 2 mins away.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Near museums, nite life, bus and trams. Easy to get to from airport. But, hotel is older, steep stairs, hot! Not for older or those that will have a hard time carrying bags up a narrow, dark, stairs. There is a lift but you have to climb stairs to get there. Can't open window. Smallest room we've seen. Also, since this is a budget hotel, there are a lot of young party guys that get noisy. Wouldn't go back.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights, and found it very nice. It's in a great location right next to the museums and a tram stop at the end of the road.
The rooms were snug, a little small but manageable and comfortable with a window and a TV, bathroom etc.
The breakfast was a good little extra to have although the stairs down were a bit steep but they could be avoided by using the lift. It was a little warm in the rooms at night, but it is immensely hot in Amsterdam at the mo, and the walls were a bit thin but didn't keep us awake at night.
Overall I would revisit!

  • Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Considering this hotel cost over £300 for 3 nights it was very poor value. More like a backpackers hostel than a hotel. Shabby foyer...male receptionist not at all helpful...extremely hot with no air con, anywhere. The rooms have seen better times. Near the museums & clean Towels every day is the only positive I could find. Breakfast included is a bun fight to find a seat & food very very poor quality. I would say do not touch this hotel/hostel !!!!

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

Great location in the museum district. Close to public transportation. Traditional dutch building with steep and narrow stairs. No air conditioning. Simple but filling breakfast. The Poet offered us what we needed for a long weekend in Amsterdam when we spent most of our time sightseeing.

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

nice hotel, rooms with modern photos, good location, a lot of museums, and interesting places nearby. good service, clean rooms and fresh food. most important- not very expensive. i recommend this hotel

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Max Brown Hotel Museum Square
Address: Jan Luijkenstraat 40 - 46, 1071 CR Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly TRYP by Wyndham Poet Amsterdam)
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Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier)
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #115 of 367 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Max Brown Hotel Museum Square 3*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Max Brown Museum Square settles down at the Museum Square, known by locals as the central hub of the city. Location is everything in a city like Amsterdam and the Museum Square, located South of the old city, has it al. You are just a block away from the world famous Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum, escape outdoors to the Vondelpark where you can join locals for a lovely Picnic or go for some high end shopping in the PC Hooftstraat, van Baerlestraart and Beethovenstraat. The Museum Quarter (the neighbourhood around the Museum Square) is, despite all its touristic attractions, largely a residential neighbourhood with tree-lined streets and gorgeous 19th-century architecture. ... more   less 
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