The hotel is located in a nice and quiet area, a bit off the beaten path, but still close to most tourist attractions of the city, which are quickly and easily accessible by local transportation. A direct tram line to the main railway station is just a one minute's walk away, while a five minutes' walk gets you to the nearest sightseeing tourist bus station (at the Heinekken Experience).
Although the neibourhood can be considered quiet by a modern city's standards, you must take into account that the Stadhouderskade is an arterial road, which means that traffic never stops, not even in the dead of the night. Our room was situated in the front side of the hotel (that is, the windows towards the main street), and I did wake up a few times because of horns, or loud motorcycle engines.
The wooden floor in the room used to creak whenever someone else was walking down the corridor. This didn't bother me during the day or the evening, but in the night it was a bit annoying sometimes.
The hotel has what must be one of the slowest elevators in existence. It takes an incredible fourteen seconds per floor! From the first floor below ground (where breakfast is served) to the third floor, or the other way around, it takes approximately fifty-five seconds (I've only timed the effective movement of the elevator, notwithstanding the time to open or close the doors).
Lighting in the room and bathroom was scarce. I didn't mind the room too much, but in the bathroom it was quite annoying. The darkness made the shower feel like a cave. While I agree that you don't need to be able to read the newspaper in the shower, it's still tiring and unpleasant to have just enough light to see what you're doing, and nothing more.
However, neither the slow elevator nor the lack of light account for my three-star rating. These are just trifles. I wouldn't give a hotel a low rating just for that. The reason I'm giving it only three stars is that the water pressure in the shower was unacceptably low. The shower was just barely usable because of that. In addition, the temperature of the water often jumped suddenly from cold to hot, or vice versa, when other guests were using their showers at the same time. Taking a shower in the morning was a difficult and deeply unpleasant process.
On the good side, breakfast was great, and the staff was very nice and helpful. Cleanliness was excellent. The rooms have air conditioning, which works very well.
The architecture is also very nice and unusual, with narrow corridors and very steep stairs. This is probably typical for the narrow Dutch houses, where one must make the best of whatever space is available, and every square inch matters. I find it really nice, like a glimpse into a typical Dutch house of the golden era.
Overall, I enjoyed staying in this hotel. It looks nice, it's clean, fairly quiet, breakfast is good and varied, and the price isn't bad. It's good value for the money. Too bad about that water pressure problem, which kind of spoiled it.
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