First of all, the pictures that they provide are NOT accurate. They make their property look very charming and quaint, which was NOT my experience. I expected to pay a bit in order to stay in a hotel with a carkpark/parking lot, but when we got inside, we were bewildered to see what our money had bought. This hardly fits the name of hotel. Hostel would be more accurate. The hotel had a derelict and dingy feel all about it. When we got into our first room, it had a funny smell. As we looked around, we found that the drainpipe in the bathroom was open. The shower drained directly into an open pipe, which had dirty, stagnant water just open to the air. We requested a change in room, which they gave us, but the new room had the exact same problem. We gave up hoping that we would find a reasonable shower and just covered the drainpipe with a spare towel. Obviously we had to move this towel in order to shower, and when the first person in our group tried to shower, his foot got caught in the open drain and he fell in the shower, injuring himself. Not promising! In the first evening, we noticed that our room seemed to have a lot of mosquitos. The room felt stuffy, as there was no real air conditioner or swamp cooler or fan, so we opened the window, but that did not help. The next day, there were still an awful lot of mosquitos. We covered the drainpipe with the towel again and were unable to shower for the rest of our trip. (Gross.) The mosquitos stopped showing up, though, which leads us to believe that they were coming out of the drainpipe all along. Also, every evening, we could hear a large number of rowdy guests up and down our corridor. Their closed doors and our closed door did nothing to block out the noises of their drinking and sometimes even fighting. It made restful sleep impossible. Altogether, not worth the money we paid, given how far out of the town it was and the horrible quality of the living situation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- West Side Inn Amsterdam is perfectly situated in the South West part of Amsterdam, next to the main highway the A10. Schiphol Airport, World Fashion Centre, World Trade Centre and RAI Congress Hall are only 15 minutes away. West Side Inn Amsterdam can easily be reached by public transportation or by car, which you can park in our own parking lot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amsterdam Hem Hotel
- Hem Hotel Amsterdam