Chic & Basic Hotel Amsterdam

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

Star rating:

3.7

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
4.6
90%
Eating/drinking
2.5
90%
Leisure facilities
2.5
90%
Service
3.6
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Bedrooms
3.7
90%
Public areas
3.5
90%

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.

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.

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. 

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • The affordable rates
  • Free WiFi
  • The budget-chic look
  • The location
  • Rudimentary breakfast
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