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Royal Taste Hotel Amsterdam
Ranked #229 of 369 Hotels in Amsterdam
west yorkshire
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Disappointing room (misleading website photos) - Good location”
Reviewed 13 March 2011

Easy to find to hotel - right in the heart of the red light district. I was looking forward to the 70's inspired room as seen on there website but unfortunately it didnt meet my expectations. Our room was very basic and had not been decorated for years -and was nothing like the photos. The room overlooked the main street which was noisy until the early hours but wasnt a problem for us as it added to the atmosphere ! We felt that the room was expensive for what we got (£75 with no breakfast) I would recommend that you research well before opting for this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2011

This is a bar with eleven?? hotel rooms upstairs. All four reviews are correct. You check in with a lady behind the bar. She was nice and helpful. Very steep steps. One luggage per person & use the handrail to be safe. Single bed room was tiny by US standards, huge by Tokyo standards. Basic sleep accommodation, Euro type low sitting bed. bare desk, hotel, one lamp, a wind-up clock that needed to be wound, clothes closet. Bathroom vent was loud. High water pressure, very hot water. Comfortably heated, regulated by opening the window. Barred window had ugly view of roofs. Window bars probably a good idea since I might climb out the window to get on the roof. Since I'm in the middle of the RLD, I expected city sounds. Got the expected ones, and none of the unexpected, thank goodness... sirens, woman shouting/fighting in street, church bells ringing, distant car horns, street sounds, etc. Have to leave key with bar each time you leave. Very quiet in dawn/early morning. Street & hotel construction ongoing. Paid 55 euro for Sunday night stay. Would I spend that on this hotel again... possibly. Amsterdam is a great city. But I think I'm ready to stay in other parts of the city.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2008

Stayed here for two nights over the Easter break. Have used the bar on previous visits, I knew the location was very good. The room I had (No.1) was just above the bar with windows looking out to the front over the canal. Very steep stairs to the room (an Amsterdam speciality!), the room didnt have a manual lock on the inside so you need to lock it with the key from the inside for security.
The furnishings were extremely old and the 12 inch portable telly didnt work (although I only tried it out of curiosity!!).. The bathroom was dim and hadn't been updated for many, many years. The bed was ok. (two singles)

I was told that if it got cold, to turn on the rads, these didnt work, eventually (the day I was leaving) it became apparant that a customer had turned off the supply to my room from the BAR!! None too pleased.

All in all the room was if nothing else... clean, one thing I wasnt happy with was the price at 130Euros per night EXCLUDING brekkie.

That was my first experience staying in the RLD, I will return to my norm in future which is the Barbizon Palace or Ramada which you can normally get for just a few more Euros when booked in advance.

One thing to mention if you are going to stay at the Rolay Taste - take some GOOD ear plugs!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — needs updating
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled solo
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London
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Reviewed 22 March 2008

Very over priced at €60 per night considering breakfast is not included either (it says breakfast included on their website but it's not available)

the view out of the bar window has changed from being red light windows to fashion dummies, now they have closed the windows opposite. it's a bit lifeless in this area compared to what it used to be.

i wouldn't stay again or recommend for anything other than stag parties etc just wanting basic accomodation.

their website needs updating as it is false advertising at present.

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  • Stayed March 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 March 2008

Me and three buddies stayed at the Royal Taste Hotel in amsterdam and it was great. the hotel is three blocks from the main Dam Square and three blocks from the train station. its located right in the heart of the RLD. linked to many canals with restaurants and bars, the royal taste is a perfect spot for a group that needs an inexpensive hotel to pretty much crash at... Nice spot, the owners are super nice and helped us around the city...

  • Liked — The Red light District and the old art deco buildings
  • Disliked — Alot of walking
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with friends
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2007

set in the heart of the red light amidst all the bars and night life, the hotel offers value for money, we have stayed there for the past seven years, around twice if not three times a year, the rooms are basic but clean, what more do you need, in amsterdam you really should not be spending much time in your room. bar is open tyill late. we are very good friends with the staff, in fact two of the came over for our wedding.
would not stay anywhere else in the dam, the hotel is a great base. Back again at the begining of march with husband and at the end of march with the girls.

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Property: Royal Taste Hotel Amsterdam
Address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 47, 1012 DB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #229 of 369 Hotels in Amsterdam
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Number of rooms: 43
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