Leidse Square Hotel Amsterdam
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A quite place near the centerfrom A TripAdvisor Member
I have read some other reviews (as we did as we were getting ready to fly from Madrid to Amsterdam) and believe me: I cant understand why some clientes are claiming about the Hotel's staff. That is unfair.
Sure that the place is not perfect (what is?), but what the hell can you wait for a Hotel that is cheaper than the average around (in spite of having a lot of good services, breakfast, a small bar, a waiting hall, internet services, being a quietful place and having very nice rooms) and it is not placed in the most centric place? (though it is very close, 2 minutes far, to Leidse Plain and Leidse Straat, two of the main touristic and centric avenues in the city, where you can pick up a tram to get in Centraal Station and the Dam Square in 5 minutes, full of restaurants and shops... and what is better: you get ride of the NOISE coming in from the street in a more central area!!).
We had no problems at all with the staff. They were polite and helpful in any time. Perhaps if you want to ask for your towels to be replaced you should throw them INTO the bathtube or the shower plate... (as we did each time that we wanted to be renewed) that is a very basical sign' language that everyone can understand perfectly.
What I missed: language commodities.
Being an international hotel, having a spanish flag in the outside we had to deal with the staff in english most of our time what it was somewhat boring. I also missed at least one Spanish TV channel, above all since there was a very significative number of other spaniard tourists hosting there as well. I do not understand why the satellite (or cable) received two or three channels of german, brittish and even turk stations while there was only France 5 and none from Italy or Spain in roman languages that we are most able to understand, what did quite difficult for us to get any news from our country since we left Spain and throughout all of our stay in Amsterdam (there is a very BAD service of international press distribution there, we olnly were able to get La Vanguardia in a shop press in Leidse Straat).
About Amsterdam in general, just say that most of the places consideer you a wallet on two legs.
The standards of life there comparest to the ones that my country offers are quite deceiving:
- Food is scarce, bad and expensive. They have the annoying custom to serve you drinks first and wait until you've finished to serve the food (half an hour later) in order to force you to ask for a second drink (which is almost the same expensive than the food itself).
- Weather was quite painful (a big part of the time was raining, the other cloudy, and it was some cold at night with temperatures from 18º to 10º in august)
- Museums are completely "inflated": their outsides seems to offer a lot of hallrooms and stuff but when you are in, after you've paid, you get just a few halls (like in the RijksMuseum).
- Streets are in general quite dirty: there are no trash containers in the city.
- Street traffic is a chaos. Bikers left a lot to wish for what refeers to politeness, most of them are rude and walking the streets may turn an odissey trying to avoid the trams, cars and bikers.
- Gay life there is completely provincian in spite that they sell what they have there as if it was the Meca of the Gay world, what is not realist at all.
- Shopping was boring: there is little that you can find there that you couldn't find easily everywhere in Europe (yes guys, even the wooden tulips are easy to find wherever).
- Coffeeshops and Smart Shops didn't catch our attention as we are a fortysomething's couple. We noticed some freaks and junks around in the streets but, as a very surpringly good new, they were completely peaceful besides a few ones asking for money.
In the good side of the city: a nice architecture, a city which is very comfortable to walk, very nice, charming, liberal and kind people (the best!) always ready to be helpful.
My advice: Amsterdam is a GREAT city for students and people aged between 18 and 35, ready to eat fast food (which is cheaper and there is a lot of places), get inmersed in the coffeshops scene, and ready to drive a bike.
For mature people is not so interesting. I would never come back but for experiencing again the architecture, the channels and the charm of the walks there.
If I had to return I would probably host again in the Leidse Square Hotel without hesitation.
Ask for room 255!from Little-Lottie
As reported by others, we could leave our bags on the day of arrival and they were locked away for us until our room was ready. We were also allowed to leave them on our final day. The hotel proved to be an excellent base for exploring as we could walk to restaurants and the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Casino (free entry and complimentary drink on Wednesdays!) in minutes and the rest of the city was within walking distance but far enough away that we weren't disturbed by late night bars etc.
The room and bathroom were clean, of a good size and towels and toiletries were provided. No tea/coffee making facilities but we were in a city with more coffee bars than you could shake a stick at! There was a television but we never got around to switching it on! There was also a safe. We found all staff to be helpful and friendly. Breakfast was an all-you-can-eat affair and the answer to 'what's hiding under the silver dome in the breakfast room' question is boiled eggs!
We think that we had the only room with a balcony, hence supplying our room number in case that appeals! Oh, and the best deals we found for the hotel were on expedia : )
Great valuefrom A TripAdvisor Member
The location is fantastic - close to tons of shopping, nightlife, canal walks etc...and on a very quiet street, only 1 minute away from the bustling square. Only down-side was that our room was quite small and was 2 single beds pushed together rather than a king/queen. IMO a minor detail when compared to cleanliness/location etc....
The hotel was very clean, the staff were outstanding, it was modern - including a/c (which is unusual in many parts of Europe) and the breakfast included was a great continental brekky.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to visit Amsterdam without spending a fortune - keep your money for Heineken.
Great basefrom Beanster79
The staff were very friendly and appeared to be happy to help with any queries, directions and recommendations.
Our room had a balcony and had a lovely view. It was clean, and although fairly basic, offered good value for money.
My only niggle is that if you have been out to the mid hours of the morning, be aware of people going up and down the wooden stairs for breakfast, as it may disturb your sleep, but hey, this is Amsterdam, and not the place for sleeping.
Also, the breakfast was good but could do with more choice of fruit and lighter options.
Overall, very pleased and would definatley recommend to all.
Recommend Ramada.from A TripAdvisor Member
Quiet Hotel...Excellent Locationfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The staff was excellent and allowed us to check in several hours early. The room was located on the first floor and offered a nice view of a clean residential neigborhood. The bedding was very clean and comfortable.
The hotel is located on a quiet side street, which is just a 2 minute walk from Leidseplein. The hotel is convenient to all public transportation and within walking distance of major museums and points of interest.
I would certainly stay here again.
The location is excellent, it is literally 2 minutes walk from Leidse Square, loads of restuarants, bars, museams, tram stops, canal bus stops and stuff!
The walls maybe quite thin as we could hear a fair bit of noise at night (people coming in and taking their shoes off) although no street noise!
Breakfast is a whopping 15 euros, dont bother its nothing special and you can do much better if you can walk 2 minutes to Leidse Square or beyond!
Checkin/out easy and quick and the staff were helpful in my opinion.
You can get a shuttle bus to/from the airport right to the hotel on the main street in front of this hotel and its pretty cheap at 11 euros per person.
All in all dont expect anything special (UK readers - Travellodge style hotel) but do expect a quiet location with excellent close by access to the main stuff in Amsterdam.
Awful staff,small dark roomsfrom Spencertraveller
Not Overjoyed with Hotel - But Loved Amsterdamfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Staff are downright miserable, although, will help at a push.
Breakfast 15e???? What planet are they on? Go walk a couple of hundred metres down the road. Plenty of places to eat on Leidesplein. And you're only a five minute (1.60e) tram ride from the city centre.
Did all the usual trips - Anne Frank House, Heineken Brewery, Van Gogh Museum - all great value for money! And all, remarkably, in walking distance.
At a glance:
Hotel Location - Excellent
Hotel Cleanliness - OK
Hotel Staff - Ignorant
Hotel Value - Room was well priced - food extortionate
Amsterdam - Fantastic City
Will I go back? Certainly, but would more than likely be staying at the Marriot Hotel around the corner!
Tip for Brits - Do not be pursuaded to go see Bang Bang (American) comedy show. (In the square - you can't miss it). It may be very funny for our American counterparts, but trust me - the American humour does not translate very well, and all in all it was a waste of a night and 25e. If you're American then go for it - I believe that you guys will find it hilarious! (This is not meant to be in any way offensive).
A Veiw through the passage of timefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Yet it is gone in a flash, with only the stolen towel and a bar of soap.
Oh, take me back to the "Ramada" I emplore you. Let me hear Frau X's soft voice bill me again, and again. Serve me tea and coffe and charge me 15e for breakfast.
I may be an American but it is worth every cent!
Top Local Tips for Amsterdam
sports bar The Sports Bar in the square serves food right up til 2am.
Use the Hotel Shuttle Bus Service to reach the Leidse Square Hotel from Schiphol Taxis from Schiphol into Amsterdam are expensive. Most people travel into the City Centre by train, then proceed by taxi, tram or shoe leather. But there's also a little-known shuttle bus service run by the bus company Connexxion. It has a counter on Schiphol Plaza, close to the exit. Pay 12.5 Euros for a single ticket, 19 for a return, go outside and join the queue and before long a minibus will appear. You and several others get on board and the driver drops you off at the door of your hotel. The ACH Leidse Square Hotel is often the first drop-off. If you want to tip the driver 1 or 2 Euros is enough.
Driving tips If possible use the Olympisch Stadion Park and Ride.
Other names for Leidse Square Hotel Amsterdam
- hotel ach leidse square
- ach leidse square amsterdam
- Address: 23 Tesselschadestraat - Amsterdam - 7261 RN - Netherlands
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