The WORST of the worst...do NOT stay at this so-called hotel!!!
After 2 weeks of a brief backpacking trip around London, Brussels, Luxembourg and Paris, staying in reasonable backpacker and hotel accomodation, my boyfriend and I decided to round off our trip in Amsterdam, with the hope of a relaxing and enjoyable week before heading back to Australia. Having made the mistake of not booking accomodation in advance (in July - the summer season), we trekked around the 'Dam for a couple of hours trying to find any available and affordable accomodation. Finally, in despiration, we tried a 'hotel booking service' who, to our relief, agreed to arrange accomodation for us. If only we had known what we were in for!! We ended up at the Hotel Jimmy (shudder!) where, for the sum of 80 euros a night (which we had to pay upfront) we had an army barracks style room on the fourth floor (no lift!), which contained one bed slightly only larger than a single, a small sink, and a TV that could not be turned on without the remote (which was not provided). We also had shared bathroom/shower facilities, which were unpleasant to say the least.
On top of this, it turned out that the cleaner only came every second day, and guests had to request in advance for their room to be cleaned, bins emptied, and sheets/towels to be changed. As a result, in our 6 night stay we managed to get a change of sheets once.
These features of the hotel, combined with the lack of air conditioning (in the sweltering summer heatwave of '06), non-stop noise from the street, inability to block out much light from outside, and the surly service from the owners, made our stay unforgettable for all the wrong reasons!
The only good thing was the proximity of the place to the train station, so as to provide for a quick escape!!
What a SCAM!! Do not be sucked in like we were. Book ahead is all I can recommend. And read the reviews first!! You have been warned.
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- Also Known As:
- Jimmy Hotel Amsterdam