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“Well located, friendly hotel but small (single) rooms”

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Nicolaas Witsen Hotel
Ranked #148 of 372 Hotels in Amsterdam
Reviewed 27 October 2011

Starting with the good news: the hotel has a nice, fairly quiet location near Frederiksplein and Singel canal - the main museums, Leidseplein (the Leicester Square of Amsterdam) and the Albert Cuyp street market are all within 15 minutes' walk. The nearest tram stop (Frederiksplein; lines 4 & 25 to Centraal, 7 & 10 to Leidseplein & Jordaan) is 2 minutes' walk away. The staff is friendly and speaks good English (as does everyone in the city), the breakfast was OK (although no toaster), and my shower was new & powerful.

The worse news was that I had the smallest single room imaginable (a single bed, TV, wardrobe, small desk & chair) and it was too far from the reception for the free WiFi to get a signal! So avoid room no. 38 if you want to browse. Also had some noise from the main street nearby and more from the neighbours' TVs. The decor is slightly dated but everything was clean and tidy.

Not sure if the tiny room was worth €113 that I paid per night, but I guess the location made up for it.

Room Tip: Avoid room 38 if you want to use the free WiFi - no signal!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 September 2011

Great location - next to tram stop. Small but very clean and decent hotel. Very well maintained interiors though the room is tiny. Nice breakfast. Centrally located to see Amsterdam and at the same time the hotel lane is calm and next to a canal - nice to walk around! Recommend for city tour stay.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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3  Thank Aviral J
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Reviewed 2 September 2011

Location
If you are visiting the RAI conference center, the location is probably one the best with a stop for tram 4 just in front of the hotel; and Leidseplein and Rembrantplein are about 10-15 min walk from the hotel. (In some older maps the tram route for number 4 is outdated, but it is correct in the google maps.) There are also many restaurants already on the way to Rembrantplein. Easy access to the old city center etc. by tram as well. The location is also quite good for those who prefer quiet good night sleep without noise from a bar downstairs and reasonable walking/tram distance to places. If you want to be a bit closer to Leidseplein but still in a quiet area, for example the museum area might be even just slightly better location for you, for example Bilderberg Hotel.

Hotel
The breakfast was good and was included in the price, which seems to be rare. I don’t remember seeing it in our reservation form via hotels.nl, but the Wi-Fi was free as well; the codes are in the hotel book in the room. There were some problems with the connection at about 10 am in several mornings, but since we originally thought we would need to pay extra for the connection, this did not bother us too much. Otherwise the hotel was small, beautiful and very fresh with good new beds, elevator and a doorman during the nighttime. Our room was a bit warm during the daytime even though it was only about 20 C outside, but you can open the large windows.

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Café Kale just across the street served excellent simple meals. There are plenty of lower-quality tourist-trap steakhouses in the busier areas. Few blocks south from the hotel is the bazaar area with some tourist-stuff but you can also get some freshly fried waffles there.

All in all I would recommend this place and would stay again.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

A very nice staff was willing to help with tips and advice all the time

Rooms were very clean. The triple room had a good light and space. In the double room not much of a view

The location is amazing we were able to arrive by foot almost to every place in Amsterdam and it is also close to public transportation (trams and boat)
It’s a residential reach and calm neighborhood far from the noisy dirty area of Central station

Room Tip: The triple room is nice
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2011

Our "deluxe" room was TINY but it had a nice carpet, good bed, comfortable pillows and good double glazing that cut out all noise from outside. The bathroom had a full size bath with overbath shower, toilet and washbasin. Again, very small but a good use of available space and lots of very HOT water even at peak times so we had great showers. Just a handtowel and bathtowel each and some basic bath products but these were restocked. The staff were helpful and friendly and the breakfasts (included in our room rate) included fresh fruit, a selection of breads/crackers/crispbreads, cheeses, cold meats, hard boiled eggs, cereal, juices, tea or coffee. We ate well and would return to this hotel in the future. Trams 4 and 25 take you to Dam Square and/ or Central Station and nearby is a massive street market and a short walk to the museums, the Heineken experience and Vondel Park.

Room Tip: Request a street view.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Nicolaas Witsen Hotel

Address: Nicolaas Witsenstraat 4-8, 1017 ZH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#64 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#75 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#77 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range: €94 - €238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Nicolaas Witsen Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Nicolaas Witsen is a recently renovated hotel in a quiet street in the city centre of Amsterdam. Most of Amsterdam attractions/ sightseeings are within walking distance from our hotel. All rooms and public area's have free WiFi.We are ready to welcome you and promise you a wonderfull stay! ... more   less 
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