I was a solo traveler in a room with two beds (had no other choice due to late booking), and the extra bed left almost no room to move. No one is in their hotel room in Amsterdam anyway, but if there are two friends traveling thru the city and looking for a cheap room, the size may discourage you (the beds were up against the walls and there was about a foot between the two...with really no wiggle room on either end).
The staff situation is interesting. There was a younger girl that I thought was terrific. Knowledgeable of the city/transportation/etc. Friendly, willing to help, great. The owner was flat out rude to me each time I spoke with her. She has no desire to be helpful or affable. I asked her if there was a nearby cafe that she could recommend, and she responded with a sneer and "A cafe??? At this time???" The "time" was lunchtime. Then she gave me a half-hearted point in some direction, and mumbled something. I even tried 'killing her with kindness' at one point, thanking her for breakfast and effusively wishing her a nice afternoon, and it was still greeted with aloofness and rudeness.
The stairs are slightly insane: almost vertical in their steepness, extremely narrow, very tough to navigate with luggage. But then, the novelty of it is almost fun.
Breakfast I thought was good to very good. As much bread (white or wheat) as you want, along with an assortment of jams, nutella, honey, butter. A boiled egg, ham, cheese, a small OJ, plus coffee or tea. You eat in a neat old room with the other guests, and there is fitting music playing gently.
I didn't have a shower/toilet in my room, but, at least on the second floor, it wasn't an issue. Both of the communal rooms (one for toilet, one for shower) were kept clean, and there wasn't much of a congestion issue in my three nights there.
There was construction going on outside hotel, and with no A/C and my window open, I was woken up to the sound of jackhammers one morning. But obviously I can't blame the hotel for that.
The hotel is a good value and has a nice location near the major hotels and not far from the Leidesplain area. Bus 197 took me from nearby directly to the airport, which was nice. Free WiFi too.
Don't break your neck on the stairs (and pack lightly), ignore the rudeness of the owner, and enjoy.
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