First I'd like to say I'm not the kind of person who wants all hotels to be five stars establishments. On the contrary. I like hotels which are modest and charming, but the one thing they should be, is being clean! This hotel was a real nightmare. There were blood stains and sigarette burns on the blankets. The room had a view on a wall covered with pigeon droppings. Television was defect. The carpet came loose on the borders, revaling a whole collection of dirt and dust underneath. Our room was never cleaned during our stay, nor did we get new blankets. Our night lamp was broken on arrival and we had taken the bulb out and put it on the bed to give them a clue the other day it needed replacement. It worked, we got a new light bulb.
We didn't shower during our three day stay, since the shower was a public commodity and smelled nasty. On the brochure we read there were at least three showers on each corridor, we only found one in the entire hotel. Breakfast was simple but good. We got some roasted slices of bread with a boiled egg and only one (1) glass of orange juice. We could choose from jam and a slice of cheese and ham.
The staff itself was warm and welcoming. We did have the impression the owner was getting too old to run this establishement.
When we stayed there, the facade was being renovated (februari 2005). Maybe now the hotel is in much better shape?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a family run hotel in the centre of amsterdam.Typical canal house with spacious rooms, some ensuite and most are budget rooms with shared bathroom. The rate includes a dutch continental breakfast.We are located very near the van gogh museum and just walking distance from leidseplein.We have been 30 years established hotel owners.This building is a goverment historical listed building. From june 2013 we have eight new ensuite rooms with lovely new bathrooms, some are smaller than others and the price is adapted to the size of the room. We also offer low rates room only and our clients can buy breakfast if they wish.Our ground floor has been totally renovated as well as all our public bathrooms. We hope you will enjoy your stay at the kooyk hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kooyk Hotel Amsterdam