My best friend and I ventured to Amsterdam last summer when we were both 18, for four days and nights. We had booked the Turkish Delight room in the Greenhouse Effect hotel. We got checked in immediately by the ultra-friendly American barman. Now, the stairs on the way up to the room were a trial they were mind boggelingly steep and smaller than the average foot, especially when you have been sampling some of the local herbal produce but after a few trips you get used to them, then the only trouble being when you have to move your suitcases up/down, you do have to be extremely careful.
The room was comparable to a bedsit in size. It was all we required really, a small toilet and shower alongside. My favourite aspect being two large windows which were perfect for smoking cigarettes and joints out of on the hot summer nights long after you return home. Although we privately wondered about fire safety, especially with the stairway I previously mentioned!
I also found the decor quite pleasing, the floors seemed clean and shiney and we enjoyed sitting in the bright pink florescent chairs beside the windows. The beds were quite comfortable (but pushed together) and posed a problem - being that my bedsheets caused me a nightmare of itching, the worst I have ever encountered! I don't know why, or what reason, fleas, mites etc - I don't want to know! My friend and I swapped and that seemed to sort the problem, only I couldn't help feeling heavily disappointed and put off by the clear lack of hygiene, especially for the prices we payed.
We had a safe in our room - which didn't seem to work. We read the instructions but couldn't get it working so gave up and didn't bother complaining and made sure our important stuff was taken with us or hidden.
We entered our room via an entrance beside the bar, using a key-card system, which was convienient, as we got in nobodys way when we wanted to hurry upstairs to our room, which unfortunately happened several times, due to many overly persistant local men who frequent the coffee-shop constantly.
It can be quite disturbing at night as we lay in bed; the thin walls allow you to hear everything going on around you and outside and the door locks are fighteningly simple and could be very very easily picked or probably just shoved open by anybody.
The Greenhouse is however, perfectly situated in the heart of Warmoesstraat in the centre of the sex shops, smart shops and coffeeshops, you can spends hours and hours exploring the busy shops and bars in the area and then head down to the Red Light District and walk along the beautiful canalside.
From our experience the staff at the Greenhouse Effect were friendly and knowledgeable about everything you want to know about. Happy Hour discounts are constantly available to guests and breakfasts are simple and freely available in the morning.
I wouldn't say that this is the best place to stay, even as a young traveller who wasn't expecting the five star treatment, I remained freaked out by the itchy bed experience, something I wouldnt expect to concern me at all.
The location and customer discounts of the Greenhouse Effect coffee-shop, hotel and bar is the best thing about it. I highly rate the bar and coffeeshop, but I feel the hotel offers slightly less in security and most importantly hygiene.
I plan to visit Amsterdam again this summer as I enjoyed my last trip immensely, although I am planning to stay in a higher quality hotel this time around, as although Amsterdam itself could make up for any poor quality room, I would rather feel secure and comfortable and prepared for a non-itchy nights sleep when returning to my room.
Overall if you are looking for the ultimate basic stay in the perfect area, above a cool bar with a wonderful coffeeshop next door and willing to pay a bit more than you should and accept a few rough edges then this is perfect for you. I would definately stay again could I ensure a cleaner room.
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