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Hotel Seven one Seven
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

First, the good – which is indeed very good! The location can’t be beat (smack in the heart of town, in walking distance of roughly everything). The staff is kind and responsive. And some of the décor almost flirts with greatness. They’re going for an Olde Europe vibe, mixed up with some modern touches and the occasional African mask. The public rooms downstairs feel like the work of almost great designer. However the guest rooms feel more like the work of that designer’s intern (definitely in the same vein, but rather relatively ham-fisted).

Alas, 717 face-plants on the small & simple things that are nonetheless important to modern travelers. Their wireless network is incompetently maintained, so plan to either pay up for data on your cell phone, or hit an Internet café. The breakfast offering is meager, and the service is glacial (it takes about an hour for your basic continental breakfast to trickle out in small bits & pieces). Lamps in the middle of your room are powered by cords that stretch right across your carpet (making bike-choked Amsterdam sidewalks seem pedestrian friendly by comparison). Two rival faucets in the shower share partial control over both the temperature and the water pressure, and getting a bearable shower requires that you first coax them through a maddening consensus-building process. Meanwhile the whole point of the private safe is undermined by the fact that the key to it (that’s right – no digital code) is lashed to your big, clunky room key, which you’re all-but required to hand over whenever you leave the hotel. I could go on (don’t get me started about climate control…) but you get the gist.

To be clear, 717 seeks to be an eclectic, old-school place, so no one should come here expecting iPhone docks and color-controllable LED lighting. But at these prices, you shouldn’t have to choose between old world charm and baseline post-Clinton conveniences. Prior to coming here, we traveled East Africa for a month, and almost everywhere we stayed blended authentic local flavor with functioning WiFi and electric plugs that didn’t snare our feet. This sort of balance is surely attainable in a place as stunningly modern & cosmopolitan as Amsterdam.

All of that said, let’s bear in mind that these ARE small issues, and 717 delivers nicely on most of the big ones. The mystery is why a super-pricey place that flirts with greatness is so careless with details that low-end Sheratons routinely nail. If 717 were in a significantly different price bracket, I’d write off its irksome quirks and give them five stars. And if you’re blessed with unlimited travel funds, this could still be an OK hotel choice. But if you just do occasional splurges in this price range, this is NOT a place to blow one of your precious silver bullets. Save huge money by choosing a mid-charm, mid-priced larger hotel (e.g. the Grand Krasnapolsky is in the bulls-eye center of the city & is quite underrated). You’ll still have full access to central Amsterdam’s charm and energy, and can later throw down the big bucks at a place that respects the importance of details as much as the value of a fancy address.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seven_one_Seven, General Manager at Hotel Seven one Seven, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2013

First of all we like to thank you for taken the time to write a review on TripAdvisor. We appreciate the feedback you have given us. We are sorry to read that your stay could have been better and we'll be using your feedback to keep our services at the standards our guests can except while staying at Hotel Seven one Seven.

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Reviewed 9 September 2013

1st time in Amsterdam and we picked one of the best hotels there. Seven one Seven was wonderful. The service was excellent and the location was perfect. The room was one of the best we stayed and we've traveled throughout Europe. We would recommend this boutique hotel to anyone. Perfect place to stay in Amsterdam.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

My partner and I recently spent 4 nights in this classic, intimate property. It was our third visit since the hotel's opening in 1998. It has maintained exceptionally high standards through changes in management and retained its classic elegance through changing fashions. It is a double canal house mansion and is furnished sumptuously. Lush textures are featured in the rooms; flannel, fur, velvet and wool which give it a sense of comfort and luxury. The decor is timeless and combines modern and antique elements with the flair that is typical of Dutch design. The location is superb and the staff is friendly and available without seeming obtrusive or obsequious. They also give excellent advice on restaurants and attractions.

Room Tip: The Schubert Suite and the Picasso Suite are the largest and have the best views of the Prinsengracht Canal.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We found Seven One Seven to be a haven during the very busy tourist season. Our room was the Van Goethe, spacious and well-appointed, with lots of light and a comfortable sitting area. The people on staff during our stay were very accommodating, and carried our heavy suitcases up five flights of stairs! The location is great, on the canal and easy walk to Rjiksmuseum and other areas.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank JRH5
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We stayed for 4 nights in this lovely, well-situated hotel on Prinsengracht. We had the Van Groethe room/suite which was roomy and very comfortable overlooking the back of the hotel. The view wasn't great, but we prefer the peace, away from the road and canal, but we had loads of light through many windows. All the staff were great - helpful, polite, patient and friendly. The hotel is close to the Museum area, which was one of the main reasons for the visit. The refurbished Rijksmuseum is superb and so is the Van Gogh. Due to wet weather we also visited the modern art museum. The trams stop very close (not too close) to the hotel and come straight from Central Station. There seemed to be a fixed breakfast, but no - just ask for muesli, yoghurt, cereal, different eggs, bacon etc and they will bring them. The furnishings in the hotel are great too. All in all, a highly recommended hotel.

Room Tip: The stairs are very steep, so if you have any difficulty, don't go for the Van Goethe room or the Room at the Top!
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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