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Hotel De Mallemoolen
Ranked #281 of 361 Hotels in Amsterdam
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“What a spectacular DUMP!!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2011

The worst experience of my life. I just about managed the ladder type stairway to doom and gloom and after one look walked out. There was not a toilet anywhere near the several rooms that end of the building, a disgusting shower cubicle on the stairwell with a sliding plastic door no privacy obviously it becomes the toilet for the several rooms. The room had no sink, mirror or anything to make your stay remotely pleasant. It should be classed as a DOSSHOUSE for vagrants at best and closed down. This is the worst accommodation I have ever seen, my money has been lost as they charge the first night which was our only night, I had to pay to stay elsewhere. When booking this accommodation it was not rated a one star hotel, the average rating on feedback is a 7 which all in all puts you off the scent of this being truly sickening.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2011

The staff were very friendly and always round to help. The room was excellent for the money we paid and although the toilet and shower were shared with 2 other rooms, we never saw anyone else at all. The hotel was easy to find and was in a great place, situated 10 minutes from the train station and a walk down the road to Dam Square and also very near the Red Light District. Overall, very impressed and would definitely come back.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2011

This is a cheap, basic hotel right in the heart of Amsterdam, minutes from the famous cafe - The Grasshopper. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

I would not recommend this hotel for people looking for a quiet night, but who goes to Amsterdam for that and stays in a 1* hotel?! A lot of these negative reviews are from people who seem to have booked the cheap option without properly considering the implications of this.

If you're looking for somewhere to crash with a few friends whilst experiencing everything Amsterdam has to offer then this is somewhere I would definitely recommend. I am intending to go back to the 'Dam in the next few months and will not be looking further than here to book.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2010

This place is pretty junky and run down, but since it was during the IBC convention I had no choice. Good for smokers and people who like the red light. Anyone with hopes of a "nice stay" should consider elsewhere.

Staff was good though.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2010

The Hotel De Mallemoolen is a friendly, hospitable hotel inbetween the Centraal Station and the Red Light District (in fact, it is at the top of Warmooestraat, one of the first streets in the RLD).

As others have mentioned the staff are polite (although it's an odd kind of aloof politeness which we noticed from many other Dutch staff everywhere), there is a luggage room in the main building which you can use before or after checking in/out, there is a PC in the reception which is slow as hell but at least it works, there is a daily breakfast with some nice food and drink, and for getting to the train station or the tram terminus it's in a perfect accessible location.

We stayed in Room 10, for which one must climb three increasingly steep and narrow flights of stairs (it's almost as though you're climbing into your loft/attic). A bit annoying but as long as you spend most of the day out you don't take too much notice, although in an inebriated state I'd advise caution. Our room was clean, had a small TV and sink with mirror, and a couple of bedside tables and a single chair. The room can smell of cannabis when you arrive but it's easy to latch the window open whilst you're out to keep it fresh (of course, then you have a problem of fresh cannabis smoke coming in from the many coffeeshops and residences neighbouring your room!).

My girlfriend and I both suffered back pain for the first two days since the mattresses are incredibly soft, and difficult to get on/off of. The room is also quite cramped, as it is at the top of the building (although I think rooms on floors below ours might have been just as cramped for having more beds in them). Yay for being able to watch the BBC and on the Dutch channel Veronica, American sitcoms like Two and a Half Men or The Simpsons. You get a sink but you have to share the Hotel's shower rooms and toilets, which are almost never occupied when you need them but feel kinda small. Whilst we were there the shower drain begin to clog up more and more until our last night when we just gave up on having a shower at all. Our failure not to mention this to the staff, who probably could have unclogged it during housekeeping hours.

The location of the hotel is a huge advantage for sightseeing and entertainment, but it can be annoying as you're in the centre of the nightlife, which can be noisy even when the window is shut. We arrived in the second week-long heatwave so far this summer, so sleeping with the window shut was impossible, but even with the window open the room was too hot to move! We weren't exactly getting to bed early, but even at 7 a.m. I'd wake up to shouting matches between god-knows-who down in the street on two days, I'm actually looking forward to my first decent night of kip now that I'm back home!

Overall, some people may be fine with all the hotel's setbacks, but for the price (€72 per room per night ((€36 per person))) I feel we should have at least had more space, or a quieter location, or an ensuite toilet and bathroom, or airconditioning, or any combination thereof. I would recommend group travellers to stick to a well-rated hostel (if there's enough of you, book a dormitory room just for yourselves) and couples like us would be better advised to find someplace outside the Red Light District. I wish I'd known about TripAdvisor before I booked the place, not to imply that Mallemoolen is bad, only that I would have wanted more amenities for the price.

p.s. you get bath towels (only one other review mentioned this).

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2010

Stayed here when our epic overland volcanic-ash-cloud-induced journey required a stop over in Amsterdam while we waited for a ferry back to the UK. Found that it served it's purpose as a cheap stop-over point perfectly well. We had the quad room, which is the only room with it's own bathroom.

Good location- not far from the central station, and well located for easy access to coffee shops, gay district, red light district - not quite as sleazy as the red light district itself but still, don't stay here with your grandma. Despite being on quite a main street for nightlife we found it to be relatively quiet - our room was at the back of the hotel and most of the other guests didn't make much noise. Some bass from the argentinian restaurant downstairs but this stopped by midnight.

Cleanliness - shabby decor, smelt of stale fags (clearly they allow smoking in rooms) but the important parts ie. sheets, towels and bathroom seemed fairly clean (bar the fag burns on the bath - not the hotel's fault - and the shabby tiger blankets) and the carpet looked like it had been given a quick once-over with a hoover. TV in room could get signal for BBC 1.

Receptionist was very helpful, giving us a map recommending acitivities to do. All staff encountered were helpful, polite and spoke good English (as most people in Amsterdam seem to). Breakfast buffet could've done with a proper fry-up or even a toaster, but was extensive and all you can eat.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Limerick, Ireland
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137 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2010

I went to Amsterdam for New Years from the 31st of Dec-4th of Jan. We arrived at the hotel at around 9pm and they had problems with our reservation which made us very anxious.

What they did was put us in an amazing two story apartment for the first night and then we would go back to the mallemoolen for the remaining time of our stay. It was great! amazing apartment. Now the next day we checked into the mallemoolen the staff were so friendly and helpful and we even got a room with a shower!

The room was small with a color TV wash basin and separate shower room. Everything was very clean and our room was cleaned every morning.

The location is PERFECT! right in the middle of everything. So you dont have to rely on taxis and things.

All and all i would recommend the hotel to a friend or couple. The stairs are crazy steep so it wouldn't suit elderly travelers.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel De Mallemoolen
Address: Warmoesstraat 7, 1012 HT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District (De Wallen)
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #281 of 361 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel De Mallemoolen 2.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
De Mallemoolen Hotel offers budget accommodation in a monumental building, a 5-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station. Smoking is allowed in all rooms. The hotel rooms are basic in style and have a sink and TV. The shared bathrooms can be found in the hallway. Breakfast is served in Hotel De Koopermolen, located right next to De Mallemoolen. Here you can also enjoy a continental breakfast buffet in the morning and use a free internet computer. De Mallemoolen is located a 5-minute walk from Dam Square and the Nieuwendijk shopping street. You can easily access trams at the railway station to the Museumplein and Leidse Square. ... more   less 
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