I was a little apprehensive about this hotel after reading the mixed nature of the reviews but I needn't have worried as it was an OK little budget hotel.
I went with 5 other friends and we had two triple rooms - the room that I was in was a bit on the small side but we managed. The bathroom was a wet room which is not something I am particularly fond of (coz everything gets wet!) but it was clean and there was no shortage of hot water. The towels were a little thin and one we had was a bit tatty round the edges but they were clean. One slight criticism is that there was nowhere to hang up towels.
Our friends were in a downstairs room to start with which was a bit dark but they were moved with no hesitation the next morning when a higher floor room became available. Their room was a better size than ours too.
Breakfast was a good continental type affair - cereal, juice, boiled eggs, cheese, ham etc with bread rolls and there was always plenty to eat.
The hotel is right on the Kaisergracht and is next to a cafe which was a little noisy but it didn't keep me awake but lighter sleepers might suffer but I was happy to be at the front to see the canal view every morning. I presume the rooms at the back would be quieter if this is a problem for you.
Location wise it was ideal - just next to the number 4 tram stop and only a few stops from the Centraal Station. A short walk took you to the Rembrandtplein with lots of bars etc. Around the corner from the hotel was a great little Indian restaurant called the Meghna - we all agreed the best Indian food we had tasted in a long time and at a very reasonable price. The reception staff were perfectly pleasant and gave us all the help that we asked for including keeping our luggage for us on the last day.
All in all if you are on a budget - you could do worse than this hotel - it's not fancy but clean and in a great location.
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