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Cityden Museum District City Suites
Ranked #215 of 368 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Great location for exploring the arts....”
Reviewed 11 August 2013

This 18 room boutique property was once a typical home, located in a leafy, upscale neighborhood right by the Concertgebouw (concert hall), the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh museum. It's quiet and perfect for culture-lovers. My room (double for single use) was the smallest hotel room I've ever had, yet it lacked for nothing. Appointments were excellent: AC, WiFi, flat screen TV, ample closet and storage, safe, small fridge, good lighting. Tiny bathroom, ingeniously designed with everything you need. A very nice buffet breakfast (10 Euro) is served in their pretty breakfast room. The staff is extra-accommodating. I would definitely stay here again. NOTE: There are no phones in the rooms, and the reception desk is open from 7 AM to 9 PM only. In case of emergency, there's a night porter.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

We got a very small room but it was nice and clean and cosy :) We only stayed for 3 nights so it was good enough for us!
The service was great, they cleaned up everyday and made the bed. Very helpful and they also gave us a map of the city telling us special places were we should go and so on. Will definitly stay there again, if longer, a bigger room i a must though.

Room Tip: Room 41 was really small but modern and clean! It was on the fourth floor. Nice elevator.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We chose this hotel due to its proximity to the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum and it didn't disappoint.
Arriving mid morning at Schipol we caught the 197 connexion bus to museumplein.A short walk bought us to the hotel with the intention of leaving our luggage and hitting the city but on arrival our room was ready so we were able to check in.
We had booked a deluxe room with breakfast and found our room ( 12) on the 1st floor situated at front of the hotel.Yes the room is on the small size but this is Amsterdam,however there is all you need and more! Lovely little balcony overlooking quiet street, nespresso coffee machine, blackout curtains and very comfy bed.Breakfast was plentiful, cereals, yoghurt,fruit juice,cold meats, cheese, bread,rolls,pastries( so fresh and lovely)tea and coffee.
Our tip? Hit the museums early ,enjoy a picnic in Vondelpark then visit the sights in the main part of city.Most enjoyable surprises would be the Scheepvaartmuseum and the museum of handbags ( have afternoon tea here in it's beautiful surroundings), the men will enjoy the building if nothing else!
The photos don't lie, the hotel is as charming as it appears. A special mention is required regarding the staff, they were all so attentive and helpful we especially enjoyed our chats with Robert in the evenings when we were enjoying the lovely nespresso coffee (all free ) in the dining area. He gave us an interesting insight into everyday life in Amsterdam.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

This is a lovely little hotel in Amsterdam. It is located close to the museums and is only a short tram ride from the city centre. Tucked away off the main road, it feels like you are actually living in Amsterdam rather than a tourist. The hotel itself is beautifully decorated and its small size is one of its biggest qualities. The rooms are good and feel homely. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom is very nice too. The breakfast was yum (the coffee was amazing) and the staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Would definitely stay here again without hesitation.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

We had chosen this hotel a month before our trip because it was located close to all the major museums. I liked the property a lot, there are several nice cafes and restaurants in the area and the Stedelijk, Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum are all within five-ten minutes walk. Several tram lines travel close to the hotel, making the rest of the city very accessible, we had taken the IAmsterdam card that gave us free local transport and access to all the museums as well.
The room was well, smallish, as we were on the top floor and the sloping roof was a slight issue. Service staff fixed a loose sink on the first night, leaving us wondering why this hadn't been done before we had checked in. The WiFi was relatively fast albeit patchy in some parts of the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

This lovely hotel is right by the Museumplein, a quarter mile from the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh and Stedelijk. It's not on the very main drag, but on a smaller, very safe side street. (Everywhere feels safe here!)

Every single person on the staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, attentive to every detail without being intrusive. There are coupons and vouchers for attractions and the staff makes very good recommendations and gives accurate directions.

Good restaurants are everywhere-the College Hotel, two blocks away is wonderful for a fancy dinner or a drink and snack, Toussaint, about a mile away (on Toussaint Street) is wonderful and we ate at least two meals at Pompas, a Spanish inspired restaurant a quarter mile away. Loetje is about two blocks down in another direction, popular with locals and packed every night.

Breakfast is lovely. Juices, water and milk, warm hard boiled eggs and cheeses and meats, rolls and breads and fresh fruit and coffee-tons of coffee. They have a Nespresso machine (this makes wonderful coffee, espresso and cappuccino, hot water and steamed milk). Honey is also available for tea or coffee. Coffee and tea are complimentary all day, breakfast begins at 7, ends at 10 and is an hour later on weekends. The coffee area closes at 9PM. Seats are comfortable and there is a banquette that runs the length of the tables with chairs on the opposite side.

There is also a Nespresso machine in each room. When we were there they didn't have instructions on how to use it, but I overheard the staff talking about that, so by the time you stay there it will probably be explained.

Our room was number 43, in the back of the building. It was quiet with a lovely view of the street below and the rooftops across the street, and the bed was the most comfortable I have ever slept in. The room was tiny-just room for a bed and a yoga mat, but the space was used so economically it worked-like a boat. Small desk, but large enough for a laptop or for writing. Good sized armoire with six shelves and hangers. Wonderful hot water. Wonderful. Hot!!!!! Housekeeping was meticulous-we came home to a fresh made bed, clean towels, toiletries and a clean room.

It was cold while we were there. It rained every single day-not just rain, but downpours. Even the Dutch were soggy. The radiator warmed the room nicely. The windows were large and let in lots of light. If you wanted dark (it stayed light until almost 10!) there were blackout curtains that worked very well.

Bathroom fixtures were a little silly. The handles were cylindrical and fit inside each other, so it was hard to turn once you got soapy. The shower is one that isn't completely enclosed and it's glass. It is, however, part of a tub, so that's a plus for me. The open shower isn't my preference, but it was fine and the water was hot enough that the bathroom was warm.

We would not hesitate to stay here again. We loved it!

Pros:
fantastically friendly, attentive and informative staff
hot water!!!!
clean
really, really, really comfortable bed
good breakfast, wide variety-fresh fruit, juices, breads, meat, cheese, egg, coffee and tea
coffee and tea all day
comfortable, welcoming common area
free wifi
Location! Location! close to museums, restaurants, music venues
nespresso machine in room
as if that isn't enough........
great design touches - the interior was designed specifically for them-wallpaper and all.
artwork by local artists-some very good stuff, and it's for sale, though we were never pressured to buy
Cons:
silly shower fixtures,
open shower

Room Tip: Our room was number 43, in the back of the building. It was quiet with a lovely view of the street b...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rochester, Minnesota
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

There's a reason one survey company found that hotel customers' emotional connection with their lodging rose or fell on interactions with staff members. Staff makes the difference between a hotel visit that's as comfortable as a feather bed with servants rubbing you down with Cristal and waving palm fronds over your furrowed brow, or one that feels like you're enduring an 18-hour flight in an economy-class airline seat when bathroom's broken.

That's why the NL-Hotel Museumplein ultimately was a reasonable-priced haven in a city where the best hotels have a cost the 1% can afford but only if they fire one of the butlers first, or decide to rent a yacht instead of buy.

First, as its name implies, the hotel's set right next to the Museumplien, meaning it's within 15 minutes' walk to the Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh museum, the Rijksmuseum, and Vondelpark. It's also near several outstanding restaurants, including Cafe Pompa, Cafe Toussaint, and the College Hotel. If you want to save money and shop at a market, an Albert Heijn supermarket is just a few steps away from the Stedelijk.

With all of the city's offerings (pot, half-naked girls in windows and, oh, yeah, Vermeers and Rembrandts you can go visit like they're a next door neighbor), you may not spend a great deal of time in your room. But if you do, you'll enjoy the most comfortable bed I've ever had the pleasure to drop into an inebriated slumber on. While rooms are small -it's Europe, people, not the Grand Canyon- the diminutive size is compensated for by the stylish design and amenities. The room had four cabinets for storage and a safe; good lighting (including reading lights next to your bed); a bathroom with decent space for toiletries, excellent water pressure, and a built-in hairdryer. The beds have enough open space beneath them to slide your suitcase in. There's a coffee machine to satisfy your 24-hour-a-day coffee jones.The housekeeping staff is outstanding. Free wifi is available in the rooms and throughout the hotel.

Downstairs, the quirky design reflects the hotel's relaxed charm. Cut-out figures adorn the front window, while a photo mosaic of Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring (great,though not as luminous as The Kitchen Maid, but that's not important right now) adorns the eating area, along with a lovely selection of Delft plates arranged on the wall.

Speaking of eating, the morning breakfast was substantive, including cereals, croissants and other pastries, fruits, sliced cold cuts, hard-boiled eggs, yogurts, orange and apple juices and coffee. Bottled waters and sodas were available were purchase too, if you want something to take with you when you leave for the day.

All of that would have earned the hotel several stars, but the staff was the gild on this lily. Fun, friendly, always willing to find a restaurant for you or map out how to get from point A to point B, concerned over any little problem that crops up, the staff, collectively became one of NL-Hotel Museumplein's truest attractions -and one of the best reasons to return.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cityden Museum District City Suites
Address: Frans van Mierisstraat 34, 1071 RT Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly NL-Hotel Museumplein)
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier) , Museumplein
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Ranked #215 of 368 Hotels in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:3 star — Cityden Museum District City Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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