Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw

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Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw

4 star
Damrak 93-94 - Amsterdam - 2042 GD - Netherlands Hotel Website | | (+31) (0)20 555 06 66
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Rooms are the size of a large closet!
Submitted by: Frank in 26/04/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
The rooms are clean at this hotel but they are SMALL! The rooms are not cheap here either for the size of the rooms. The bathroom is also very tiny and narrow. An overweight person would have an impossible time navigating in the bathroom. Although the hotel is well located being close to mass-transit, there are many other hotels I'd look at first in this centre city area before staying at this hotel again.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw

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from leftyamazed
I've literally just got home after a weekend in Amsterdam with my family and I have to say I chose the hotel blindly on Expedia and will definitely choose the same hotel again.

I took my brother and my parents and none of us had ever been to Holland before, so it was very much a trial and error trip. When we disembarked at Centraal Station and started to walk along Damrak, it ocurred to me that every other shop was a 'restaurant with hotel' and that I had potentially played Russian roulette in my choice of hotel. After walking along Damrak for no more than 5 minutes, we reached De Roode Leeuw/Hotel Amsterdam and I found the presentation of the hotel and restaurant to be extremely good. Whether or not they have had to work harder to raise standards, I don't know. Checking in time was stated as 2pm. We actually reached the hotel almost 2 hours before this. The duty manager wasn't phased by this and didn't even mention that we were early. One of our rooms was ready, the other was still being serviced, so we took our luggage to the first room (room 301 - elected as my parent's room) and we surprised to find a large room with dual aspects over Dam Square. I found all of the staff friendly and very helpful, giving me maps and leaflets upon checking in and even making telephone calls on my behalf when I asked then where to locate the office of a particular tour company.

We didn't use the restaurant in the hotel, simply because we were there long enough and also the prices are higher (as I'm assured is the quality of the cuisine)

There are niggles about this hotel. The lift is suppose to house 6 people, but was barely big enough for 4 people. The position of the hotel is great, being a 5 minute walk from the station on the road directly in front of the station and being located almost on the corner of Dam Square. Obviously the price for being so centrally located is that everyone passes by the hotel and congregates in Dam Square, so the outside noise is a little greater than usual and also the price for this hotel is a premium at an advertised basic rate of €225 per room per night, but you can get deals on the price. Another quibble we have with the hotel is the bathrooms in the rooms. They have frosted glass doors and no means to lock the doors. Admittedly the only other people in your hotel room, should be people who you are not 'bashful' around, but being stuffy Brits, we found this strange. Then again it's no stranger than the urinals that can be found in Amsterdam (see the Leidseplein!).

So nice hotel, nice location, very helpful staff, but small lift, odd bathroom doors and tends to be noisy area and the prices are quite steep (but the hotel is very comfortable)

It was ok

from A TripAdvisor Member
Got to say I was expecting more for the price we paid, but they were nice enough to let me have a view of Dam Square, room 404

really unimpressed

from A TripAdvisor Member
Terrible is an understatement - the room was very small accompanied by some unidentified "mass"on the mirror and walls. Cleanliness was very low rated and the bathroom is tardy. The staff were friendly enough but would not use again.

Perfect Location, friendly staff, very plesant stay!

from 3eph0
I stayed there in late jan 2005 as a single traveller, got a great deal of 85 euro per night, and upon arrival, got upgraded into a double room! The room was at the back corner of the building, very spacious, and the state of the bathroom impressed me. Yes, it may not look like your average 4 star hotel, but the staff were friendly and helpful, and the location was perfect!! Makes it very easy for me to walk out to the Dam Square at mid-night just to take pictures of the snow!

I would definetly stay there again when I return to Amsterdam.

t need mass transit-Perfect Location

from Lifetraveler1
Reviewed many hotels before picking this one. The location as perfect, because it was right next to the Dam Square, two blocks up from the Central Train Station.

The rooms were small compared to American types, but it did not matter. They were clean, well kept and warm (30 degrees outside). We had a corner on the top at the back. It turned out to be the best spot. With snow we got some great shots of the roofline of other building. Plus we were above a major shopping street and could see when it was best to go down and join in the crowd. It was totally quiet. This is where I will be staying when I return in May.

Found a great deal for about $130 US per night!

Not even close to 4 stars.

from A TripAdvisor Member
On seeing this hotel with a 4 star rating, I booked for a weekend in march 05. This hotel is located centrally, but should be noted that it is not a 4 star hotel. Infact it would not get 1 star in my opinion. I travel Europe regulary and have never stayed in a smaller room. This was a cell, not a hotel room. Whatever rating system is in place here is a joke. It is expensive for a cell too. They are charging 3 star prices, but you get a 1 star experience. If you have to stay here, just beware it is not even close to European 4 star standard.

Fantastic hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the "Red Lion" for a weekend with my girlfriend in February. Perfect location to explore the city by day and night. Room was small but very well decorated, great view of one of the cities major streets, but not noisy. Half a minute walk to Dam Square and all sorts of restaurants and bars.

Staff were very helpful, hotel was immaculately clean.

I can't recommend this place enough for a weekend break in Amsterdam!

Loved the Roode Leeuw

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have traveled to Amsterdam many times and when we can we stay at the Roode Leeuw. But, this time it was even more delightfull. The staff was extremly helpfull and kind. The resturant is wonderfull. The room was big and very comfortable. We would like to thank all the staff at the hotel for making this visit so nice.

d stay again, depending on the rate

from A TripAdvisor Member
I found a really good deal for three nights (330 Eur. total) on the hotel's own website, I requested a smoking room, which was ready when I got there at about 10:00 AM. It was kind of dingy, which I chalk up to the fact that it was a smoking room, and the bed wasn't very comfortable, but it was clean enough. The room had two large windows, which opened into a balcony, which I just loved - I really lucked out in that aspect, because most of the rooms apparently don't have one. I never got around to trying the food there. My favorite thing about this hotel is the location. Just feet away from Dam Square, which made wandering around the city really easy, and a lot of tram lines stop either right in front or just around the corner. If I make it back to Amsterdam, and can get a similar rate, I'd be glad to stay again.

Singles beware!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I used to be a regular guest of this controversial hotel, mainly because it's one of the very few in Amsterdam that offers a wired high speed Internet access in every room. However, it proved to be almost impossible to survive more than one day in its “solitary cells.” So I began to book double rooms instead, paying the higher room rate. But these too never were really comfortable. It was only until recently that I realized what was going on. Last September I arrived twice for stays of two and five days in double rooms. Both times the (friendly) receptionist replied to my question about the type of room I was given: “It's a superior single”, and added that it was a large room. The first time I accepted this because the stay was short and I was curious about the quality of the accommodation. Well, the room had twin beds with a few square centimeters more space around them than the average single room. Upon the second arrival I was of course not willing to accept the inferior room type again. A rude guy who is not often seen at the front desk intervened and offered me a free upgrade to a double room. How generous. An upgrade to what I had actually booked and guaranteed by credit card! The room I got then was better than any of the other ones I had been given in the past.
It seems that the hotel silently changes the reservations of individual travelers. Most guests probably don't verify the room type upon arrival. So they remain unaware of the overcharging. This presumably happened to me quite a few times before I started to ask questions.
Due to the ongoing tourism boom in Amsterdam, the demand for hotel rooms is constantly high. As a consequence, many hotels have become greedy and don't care about business integrity. My confidence into the “Red Lion” is gone and I will look for another place in the future.
Management Response from De_Roode_Leeuw
While booking a room via internet sites granting rates which are more than 50% under our rack rate, the guest is entitled to a so-called "Run of the house" room, which means that the hotel can allocate any available room.
During the 8 times that this gentleman booked a single room in our hotel he was automatically upgraded 7 times to a double/twin room. We are open to any criticism or request but this guest never complained at our Front-Office desk. If he had done so we could have explained how the room allocation was done. It is unfair and completely unjustified to accuse us about not caring about business integrity. One can not expect to receive superior rooms if choosing for the lowest rate. This is not only the case at our property but at any hotel in the world

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Other names for Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw

  • de roode leeuw amsterdam
  • de roode leeuw
  • Address: Damrak 93-94 - Amsterdam - 2042 GD - Netherlands
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