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“Nice hotel, but it has some quirks”

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Ibis Styles Amsterdam Amstel
Ranked #179 of 372 Hotels in Amsterdam
Reviewed 26 July 2014

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.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

My family and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. The hotel may not be near the city centre, but it is very close to tram no. 4 which takes you directly there and to the Museum Quarter. The hotel may be small (it has around 30 rooms) but the staff is very friendly and willing to help you. As an example when we were given the one of the two rooms in the basement the receptionist told that the next morning we could move to the 4th floor (the elevator goes up to the 3rd floor). The breakfast was good! It had croissants, bread, cereals, cheese, ham, jams, fruits, yogurt etc.
Advantage: Very spacious rooms (both rooms were big enough)
Disadvantage: Steep stairs to/from the basement and to/from the 4th floor. The rest are more comfortable.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

On our way home from a River Cruise we had 3 days in Amsterdam. This hotel, altho pretty basic with small rooms. was a good place for us to explore Amsterdam. It is in more of a neighbourhood, but close to everything. including excellent tram service and about a 5 minute walk to the Hop-On-Hop-Off tourist bus. A short block away we found the Albert Cuyper market, and a little further we walked through a family neighbourhood with a large park. Our room was small but clean, beds not the most comfortable, but the staff were helpful, breakfast was included and fairly well laid out. We ate at two nearby restaurants, one of them, the White Elephant had wonderful Thai food.

Room Tip: Rooms toward the back of the hotel are less subject to traffic noise.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank happyjazzwoman
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

nice place with friendly staff,,,, great location.only thing problem is car park,no more space at all.that is for my own experince for this hotel ibis,break fast included for the price, thats all i can ,say.

Room Tip: just walked around to get the centre.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

The greatest thing about this Ibis, is that it's close to everything without being in the middle of everything. That way you can feel the city's atmosphere, without being surrounded by tourists all the time. The hotel and rooms are renovated, extremely clean, very modern, with nice views. It would be best to require a room on the second floor: that way you can get the view and make sure you avoid any street noise. Coffe and time are complementary both in the room and the lobby. Breakfast is rather basic.
Reception staff was great, providing maps and tips, indicating bars and things to do, wifi was very fast. Overall it was a nice stay. Would suggest this hotel to anyone who doesn't need anything super fancy or super romantic, but seeks a nice urban stay in a modern hotel.

Tip: There's a nice bar (Hutspot) with a local crowd around the corner and a coffee shop around the other corner. You can also give a try to the M. Heinekenplein square (right behind the Heineken Experience Building). Its five minutes from the hotel and full of life!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank maria p
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Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

Great hotel great location between red light and museums . All with in walking distance great choice of places to eat locals bars and restaurants . The hotel is clean and the staff excellent . The breakfast is a continental one with a buffet which is constantly topped up .
The rooms are cleaned daily with fresh towels changed daily if you desire . The rooms are fresh and functional we stayed for five nights and they we comfortable and secure ( safe in every room ) . The air con was a blessing . A tram stop is very close for central station. The Albertcyup market is just round the corner and is well worth a visit for gifts and all sorts of tasty treats .

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Took 20 minutes of waiting for check-in because hotel personnel did not have correct information. No real airport shuttle (32 euros for special hotel service) It does not pick up. Carpets need to be cleaned.... Mattress was old and hard. Does not meet up to Ibis standards.

Good breakfast and Good channel selection!

Room Tip: This hotel was just 2 miles south of the Centrum with good tram access.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Ibis Styles Amsterdam Amstel

Address: Stadhouderskade 131, 1074 AW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > De Pijp , Stadsdeel Zuid
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Wheelchair access
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Ranked #179 of 372 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range: £83 - £209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibis Styles Amsterdam Amstel 3*
Number of rooms: 45
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