Dikker & Thijs Fenice Hotel

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Dikker & Thijs Fenice Hotel

, Amsterdam
3 star
Prinsengracht 444 - Amsterdam - 7588 PW - Netherlands Hotel Website | | (+31) (0)20 620 12 12
285 Traveller

Reviews - Dikker & Thijs Fenice Hotel

8/10
Excellent Dutch hotel
Submitted by: Elizabeth Considine in 03/06/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
If you want to stay in a more traditional hotel than in a large chain hotel, you could do no better. The location is excellent, so easy to get to all the main tourists sites and good resturants so close. The room we stayed in was on the top floor and had a balcony, with views across Amsterdam. It was very comfortable, large and loads of very,hot water. Breakfast was excellent and in a lovely room with stained glass windows. The staff were all very helpful. A stay here certainly adds to your time spent in Amsterdam. Highly recommend it.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Dikker & Thijs Fenice Hotel

Fantastic Stay

from Ed
Stayed at the hotel for New Years Eve. The staff were really friendly and helpful, and our stay was great. The rooms were nice and big, and clean!! Will be coming back for sure, next NYE!!

A Big Fan

from A TripAdvisor Member
I only had a chance to stay here for only one night during my stay, but my visit was outstanding. The room was relatively spacious and the service was excellent. The cleaning staff had everything in the bathroom gleaming. The staff was friendly and helpful, especially compared to the other hotels I've stayed at in Amsterdam. And the location is also a plus. It's right across from the tram stop, and within walking distance of Leidseplein, a square with a bustling nightlife (an understatement). While I wouldn't pay top dollar for a room here, I was able to find a deal on the Internet that made a room this high quality into a great value. Having that room actually improved my enjoyment of the overall trip.

Good Location but hated the Hotel!!!

from tipailiptai
Stayed at this hotel last February 2004. Our room on the second floor was very small, dark and not very clean,the carpet was filthy, the bed was tiny and uncomfortable to fit 2 people. The bathroom was worse, the shower was tiny - the size of a small closet and very hard to move around in, outdated with mold and mildew on the tile, I was completely disgusted. The noise from the street was unbearable, I had a difficult time getting sleep. The only good thing about this hotel was it's location, close to all the Museums and restaurants. I will never stay there again!

Nice hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I booked this hotel through an agency at the train station, so they had a great deal...80Euro/night. And I ended up getting the penthouse suite. The view was very nice. I'd rate it 3 stars, not 4 stars as was advertised to me. Room was clean. Free breakfast was basic (bread, cold cuts, cheese, cereal, juice). The location is great! It's just a block away from Leidseplein which has tons of restaurants. The tram stop is just outside the hotel.

Good hotel, great location for a reasonable price

from JCMartin
We stayed in a room facing onto the main street for three days as a city break we organised ourselves.

Accommodation
The room was clean and well equipped with satellite TV, mini bar and hairdryer. The room was large, most of the furnishings were fairly new and the décor was in good condition. The bathroom was a reasonable size although slightly dated with a full sized bath, the shower was both hot and powerful. The whole hotel was in a good state of repair.

Service
The daily maid service to the room was fine, beds were always made, the bathroom restocked and cleaned. Reception staff were always friendly and helpful, they all spoke excellent English. We only used restaurant for the buffet breakfast, staff were slow to restock when buffet items (especially croissants) ran out. Breakfast facilities were the one area that the hotel was weak. There was just one household kettle for heating water for tea/coffee and a two slice toaster for making toast, inadequate for a 26 room hotel.

Food
As previously mentioned we only ate breakfast in the hotel. This consisted the usual continental selection of breads, cheeses, cured meats, fruit juices and eggs, everything was fresh and tasty.

Location
Location is excellent with a tram stop almost outside the front door and canal-bus stop within a few minutes walk. Shopping and restaurant areas are right outside the hotel. The obvious downside to this is that it can be a bit noisy at night, especially in the Summer if you have the window open.

Would definitely stay at this hotel again when visiting Amsterdam.

Good central hotel.

from wawawa
I have stayed in this hotel twice. It is perhaps a bit old fashioned but very comfortable.The rooms were very well furnished but the bathroom in one of them was poor for a 4star hotel.
The location is superb and having a tram stop 20metres away is a real bonus.

Thijs - well located, but not a 4*

from TeamOChristchurch
We chose the Dikker and Thijs Fenice Hotel because it included breakfast and 4* comfort all for £228 for three nights. On arrival, the bedroom and bathroom were clean, yet compared to other 4* hotels we have stayed in in Europe, it didn't compare. The bathroom was in need of attention with quite an old-fashioned decor and cracks in the tiles. The shower ran hot and cold water intermittently at extreme temperatures, with the hot water almost scalding me. Washing my hair was not fun! Even though it may sound pedantic, the towels were of poor quality, which, for us, summed up the 'cheapness' of the place and certainly not what we have come to expect from 4* accommodation. On the plus side, the room was clean and comfortable and of good size. It had all the mod cons expected apart from air con. Considering we went in July, the room was boiling when we arrived, which made sleeping difficult. Being in the centre of town around high buildings, even with the windows open not much air got around. Having the windows open every night was a must, but it meant a noisy night! If you want some peace and quiet, don't come to the Dikker! The tram goes right outside the building which makes everything vibrate, along with the constant dinging of their bells and engine roaring. The hotel is also very close to the Leidseplein, which is an open square of street entertainers. Also, it is a hotspot for drinking and late night revelry, and being as the Dutch are so liberal, this continues well into the early hours with large groups of people walking by the hotel shouting and laughing at 4.30 in the morning! Fortunately for us, we tired ourselves out every day walking round the city and discovering the museums, so we managed to sleep alright after the first night, but if you are a light sleeper it is something to consider. The hotel is placed in a very good location though, within easy reach of all the main attractions, museums and entertainment places. Three tram lines operate outside the hotel that travel in various directions all over the city and they are clean and always on time (although avoid rush hour!). It is best to go to the tourist info centre across the street from the hotel for a comprehensive map as the hotel does not provide a good one! They serve a continental breakfast in a lovely beamed room every morning, but the breakfast is pretty average - enough, but not very wide-ranging. The days we were there, the staff seemed quite stressed and not too polite at times, so if the hotel is fully booked don't expect big beaming smiles! All in all though, our stay was pleasant. I suppose for the money we paid, it was ok, but considering it prides itself on a 4* it didn't really match our expectations. If you see this hotel offering a good price, then take it. Otherwise, shop around a bit more. Some other hotels (4*) seemed a bit classier than this one!

central and dutch

from bombizer
Had a great room with huge windows overlooking canal. Strange layout of room - loo was tiny but huge area leading to wardrobe. Didnt mind as dont really spend much time in room anyway. Minibar was brilliant as was very central location. I can understand what people mean about noise - but you are central in a busy city and i think the odd (rare) siren sounds very dutch and very sweet - we even sang along. woohoo!!
By the way the staff are a little reserved but were extremelly helpful with keeping our bags safely before and after checkin/out. I would definately stay here again.

1st timers experience in Amsterdam a real gas!

from Bigguy180
We just returned from Amsterdam and had a great time. Here our some of our tips. Hotel: We stayed at the Dikker and Thijs Fenice Hotel. This was a perfect hotel for us. We asked in advance for a room with a view of the canal and that's just what we got. The hotel has a small elevator and breakfast is included in the cost (We paid a very resonable 110 euros per night). Call them directly to bargain with the cost. The staff was friendly and accomodating. The room was a good size for the two of us. The best part of the hotel was its location in Amsterdam. This, in adddition to having a stop from the tram right outside your door at this hotel.

We were a brief walk to Leidsplein, the "hotspot" of Amsterdam. The area is bustling. In Leidspein you can find reasonable restaurants great bars like the Alto (live jazz) and Bourbon Street (live blues and rock). In addition there are a couple great "coffeehouses". One restaurant we liked in this area that did not break the bank was the Santa Lucia for pizza for 5 euros.

As far as the coffeeshops go there were two in this area we liked: Rookies and Rokerij. Rookies had cold beer and a nice atmospere. The other was the Rokerij. Look for the purple light in front at night. Great atmospere, hot waitresses and good tunes. We spent most of our time in this one.

Leidspein is also a great area just to walk around people watching and also if you want to do some limited shopping.

One other coffee shop we liked was called "Barneys" on Harrlemmerstraat just west of Central Station, north of Jordaan. Great american breakfasts as well as other things and the people are real friendly.

The transportation in Amsterdam is a snap. When you get into Central station by some stripenkarts. These are strips of tickets which can be used on trips within town on the trams, the preferred way to travel. We bought a total of 5 strips while we were in Amsterdam each has 15 strips on them and each trip typically costs 2 strips each and were good for an hour in case you need to transfer to another one right away.

Here are some of our other sightseeing highlights not in any particular order:

1. Riks Museum- There still renovating but there is still alot of paintings worth seeing.
2. Sex Museum- Fun, eye opening with a few surprises
3. Red Light District- Pretty safe althogh the wife wasn't the most comfortable.
4. Jordaan- Beautiful canals, shopping and homes, a great walk.
5. Anne Frank House- A must see for the historical value
6. Van Loon Museum- See how people lived in the "old" days. A good look at a house that had a great deal of wealth surounding it. Each of the rooms are decorated differently.
7. Delft- Get out of town and take this one hour trip, you'll be glad you did. This is where that fancy blue china is made but there are also many shops and restaurants in addition to some wonderful canels and old houses.
8. Albert Cuyper Market- Fresh fish, trickets and T-shirts abound in this area just south of the Heineken Brewery.
9. Heineken Brewery- It cost 7.50 euros to get in but I thought it was worth it. Two decent rides, 3 Heinekins and a complementary glass are included in this excursion.
10. Singel Flower market- Beautiful flowers and good people watching.
11. Walking the canals.
12. A boat tour of the city- It's a great way to get your bearings once arriving and to see some good sights.

Areas we wanted to get to but didn't:
1. Van Gogh museum
2. Vondel Park
3. Electric Ladyland- In the Jordaan, if you like Jimmy Hendricks or neon this is for you.

Places that we felt were overated:
1. Torture museum- Overpriced and not worth your time or money.
2. Moudenslot- This is a old castle in Mouden that we took a train and bus to and we thought it was alot of traveling for very little payoff.

Final Tips:
1. Make sure you have some euros on you. Many of the restaurants, bars and coffeeshops only take cash.
2. Bring your ATM card. It's the easiest and most inexpensive way to get money.
3. Beware, many of the restaurants are pricey $20-40 american dollars. The menus are listed outside the restaurant so you can check the prices.
4. Buy a laminated map of the city to carry around with you. Make sure it lists the trams and the stops so you can plan your day accordingly.
5. Hae some comfortable shoes, you will be doing alot of walking!
6. Make sure to take time to walk down many of the canals.
7. Talk to people in Amsterdam, they're wonderful and so laid back. Most of them speak english as well so dont worry about the language barrier.
8. Pay a little more so you are in a good location near a tram. It makes getting around alot easier.
9. Everything is smaller in Amsterdam. Smaller rooms, restaurants, glasses of beer, elevators if you have one, stairs are narrow, many hotels don't. Be sure to check with yours if that's important to you.
10. Remember the conversion when purchasing anything. 1 euro=$1.31 in american money. Coffee in a coffeeshop is about 1.75 euros and that's the same price for a small beer.

Good Luck and have a great time in Amsterdam!

Jay

A Gem in Amsterdam

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the Hotel March 2005.

Selected this Hotel as it appeared to be reasonably priced for a 4* in Amsterdam, room rate included Breakfast.

Entrance and Reception are small, and could be mistaken for a “Oh well! Where’re only here for four nights”, however it turned out to be a very good place to stay, the rooms were spacious and with the facilities that would be expected, Staff were friendly, efficient, courteous, and ‘human’, not like some other places I have stayed.

The location,a 5 minute amble from the Liedseplien, is superb. There is a Tram Stop (Lines 1, 2, 5, 11) close by, and Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, and Shops all within minutes of the Hotel, that said, we had rooms at the rear of the Hotel in the new part, and there was no noise at all from the busy life outside. This in effect gave us a base in the middle of an active, but not raucous, part of Amsterdam but was quiet enough to get peace, quiet, and sleep when needed.

The showers took a little bit of adjustment to get the temperature right; they could however scald the unwary.

Adjusting the heating in the rooms was essential, as during the night it did tend to get hotter for some reason.

Hotel bar closes early, midnight, but there are so many bars close by, it is not a real problem.

All in all a good place to stay if visiting Amsterdam, combined with a cheap flight, gives a reasonably priced comfortable City break.

Top Local Tips for Amsterdam

Canal cruise The canalcruises are a bit pricey (€12 for just 1 hour), and only run at certain hours (I think these are guideline times, they took off 1/2 hour early for us). But it really is a great way to get your first look at the city! They will fill you in on bit of the history, point out some key places of significance, while you are seated comfortably (well more or less), in window-covered boats, driven by local, experienced captains. Take it as a taste of the city - not a complete tour. You will have to do that on your own after the cruise :) You can bring your own bottle of water or softdrink - well, actually you should; they don't have anyhing on the boat.

good buzz take canal cruise

Vondelpark The Vondel park has to be one of the absolute best city parks I have seen. Good atmosphere with people enjoying the spring sunshine everywhere. Worth a visit!

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