Over the Easter Weekend, two friends and I cycled from London to Amsterdam and back via the Harwich to Hoek Ferry (just got back yesterday and my legs don't feel like they will forgive me for a while!). Amsterdam was absolutely rammed over the Easter weekend and the Corner House was one of only a handful of budget hotels available when we booked 3 months in advance and the only one with three rooms available (excluding dorms/hostels). We booked out of desperation to have somewhere to stay despite having read some very negative reviews on here and I felt I had to post a review here to document our favourable experience of the place, if only to offer a bit of balance. It's not the Ritz but the accommodation was of a satisfactory standard, clean with towels, soap and shower gel provided. The room sizes seemed to vary quite a bit - two of us were on the fifth floor which only has two rooms on it (12 and 14). 12 is large and encompasses what used to be '11' (an extra locked door onto my room shows a wall has been removed - they would have been tiny rooms before) whereas 14 is a little over half the size. Our other friend was on the first floor and I didn't see his room. There is a shared shower and toilet per floor and the one on the fourth and fifth floors were clean and worked well (although the light flickered in the shower on the fifth floor). There is a strong family resemblance between the members of staff and they were certainly very warm in their greeting when we arrived. The bar serves as a check-in desk and we were asked to pay for the rooms in advance. We showered after check-in and arranged to meet back in the bar so we had the opportunity to have an Amstel there while we re-grouped - the staff were again full of smiles and very welcoming. We returned to the hotel a little after 9pm (the day's cycling having taken its toll) and the bar was now full but the staff gave us our keys back very quickly. Contrary to tales of sleepless nights, I slept like a log. The streets in the centre of Amsterdam are very noisy at night so I think being on the fifth floor probably helped to dampen it a bit - I certainly slept very well. I didn't get to try the breakfast as we checked-out first thing, keen to see a bit more of Amsterdam before we headed back out on the road. I would stay there again. By the way - there is secure bike parking at MacBike in the Centraal Station (east and west sides) for E1.20/calendar day. We used it overnight with some reasonably flash bikes without incident.
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