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“Boutique - not for everyone”
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Hotel Roemer
Ranked #79 of 368 Hotels in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Boutique - not for everyone”
Reviewed 29 September 2011

We selected this hotel largely due to Tripadvisor reviews; I'm not sure we'd stay here again. There was nothing egregiously wrong with the hotel, but I'm not sure "boutique" hotels are for us. Our check-in experience was fine, and our initial impressions of the room and hotel were fine. We thought the shower and sink in the bathroom were stylish, but not very practical (in fact, our stay at this hotel has prompted us to jokingly define "boutique" as "the people who designed this stuff may not have ever actually used it themselves"). The DVD player in our room didn't work properly, which was no big deal in itself, but we were surprised when we called to report it that the hotel had to send out for someone from their "sister hotel" to come and fix it. It was indeed fixed, but the player is oddly located in the coat closet by the room door and in order to pause, ff, rewind, etc, you need to jump up from the bed and point the remote at the player in the closet. Very strange. On checkout, the elevator was not working and they again had to send out for someone from the "sister hotel" to come and fix it. Again, maybe not a huge deal but we were on a timeline to catch a train and had to tell the hotel ourselves that the elevator wasn't working - and then it took some time for the "sister hotel" person to arrive to fix it. We got the impression that there was really only one person in charge at this hotel, who for the vast majority of issues had to call the "sister hotel" for resolution.

It seemed to us that, compared to other hotels in Europe at which we stayed on this trip, the Hotel Roemer was skewed a bit low in terms of value for money. Were we to return to Amsterdam, we'd probably look to stay somewhere else (although we thought the location was fine). Don't get me wrong - there was nothing obviously bad or objectionable about the hotel, it's really just an accumulation of small things that make you go "hmm".

On the plus side, the hotel embraces an "all-inclusive" concept, which in part means that they provide you with carafes of liquor in your room that are complementary. Now if only they'd picked a decent Scotch...

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle, England
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

This was a small hotel in a side street in Amsterdam. Great location if you don't have a car but a nightmare to park near! The room was ok in size but the safe didn't work nor was it ever repaired to a working condition. Everything seemed to take an age to get right so couldn't recommend staying here

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

Most of the time the location is even more important of the HOTEL it self and this was the case.

Queen's Day in Amsterdam is crazy but I strangely find a room here.

I slept in the room at the ground floor, and I think i overpaid a bit since the room was really small, or better not well lay out. You enter the room and you can barely pass to go to the "living" since the bed is set in the wrong direction according to me and it makes only a little path with the wall.

The bathroom was not too big but i found the shower pretty good and quite large.

The room service was quite good and also i had a nice breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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Paris/Bruxelles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2011

Stayed there in the winter 2009.
We were thinking that we were going to have a wonderful stay in a charming boutique-hotel but...
The room was very small, and not very clean.
Most of all: the heating was not working properly and it was very cold inside, and the staff couldn't do any thing about it...
Breakfast room was too small for the number of clients which lead to long waiting times to get placed or served...
Breakfast itself was good though, but it's not enough!
We won't return at Hotel Roemer.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled on business
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Santa Monica, California
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

Keeping in mind that this isn't a 5 star hotel, it was a great place to spend a few days in Amsterdam. We loved the location and the room was clean, though a bit on the small side. They no longer have the bikes for rent, but the front desk was so helpful in directing us to a rental place. We didn't do the hotel breakfast as we preferred to check out the city and eat at local cafe's, but it did look good. Because of the location, cleanliness, modern rooms, and friendly staff, we would totally stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Roemer
Address: Roemer Visscherstraat 8-10, 1054 EX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Vondelpark
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#39 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#53 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#53 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#94 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Roemer 4*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Roemer has 37 rooms, all of them equipped with air-conditioning, flat screen and a espresso machine. Build in English and American adaptors assure a comfortable working environment for every guest. All rooms are individually designed with high standard design furniture combined with own designs. ... more   less 
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