Chic & Basic Hotel Amsterdam
13-19 Herengracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, NL 1015
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, No fuss
Expert review of Chic & Basic Hotel Amsterdam
I'm a big fan of the half-dozen chic&basic hotels and hostels in Barcelona and Madrid. Having stayed in the mini chain's Amsterdam outpost recently, I can also give this one the thumbs up, too.
Outstanding in every respect. The three, interconnected old canal houses are under 10 minutes' walk from the Centraal Station, in a picturesque and quiet spot overlooking houseboats and curvaceous bridges, with the lovely Jordaan district a short stroll away.
Large backlit photos above beds depicting couples about to get amorous give the rooms a sexy feel. They are nonetheless simple, with green-painted floorboards, white walls, and minimal hanging space. Shower rooms are good, though: modern, with attractive light blue tiling, and well functioning. Cheapest rooms are small and don't have a canal view - you're better off opting for one labelled L or XL.
Just the space at the rear of the reception: white leather banquettes and swivel chairs, with images - eg a dancer - projected on to a wall.
All that was offered when I stayed recently was a very basic breakfast: toast, jam, and machine to make yourself tea and coffee - which you can eat in the lounge area behind the reception, or take to your room. Hot drinks are free round the clock though.
Bikes and a small motor boat to rent.
Generally welcoming, though can be a bit brusque.
Twenty- to forty-somethings with a sense of style but not much money.
The basic breakfast is included in the rates.
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- 13-19 Herengracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, NL 1015
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