Chic & Basic Hotel Amsterdam

13-19 Herengracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, NL 1015

Price from: £46

Chic & Basic Hotel Amsterdam twin bedroom

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

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#30 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:3.7 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
3.7
3.7
Eating/drinking:
2.5
2.5
Public areas:
3.5
3.5
Leisure facilities:
2.5
2.5
Service:
3.6
3.6
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, No fuss

Expert review of Chic & Basic Hotel Amsterdam

The name says it all in this simple but funky canalside hotel.

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. 

Location: 

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.

Bedrooms: 

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.

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Public areas: 

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.

Eating and drinking: 

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. 

Leisure facilities: 

Bikes and a small motor boat to rent.

Service: 

Generally welcoming, though can be a bit brusque.

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Who stays there: 

Twenty- to forty-somethings with a sense of style but not much money.

Price advice: 

The basic breakfast is included in the rates. 

Pros: 
The location
The affordable rates
The budget-chic look
Free WiFi
Cons: 
Rudimentary breakfast

More information on Chic & Basic Hotel Amsterdam:

Price from:
£46
Type:
Bed & Breakfast
Address:
13-19 Herengracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, NL 1015
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet

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