Hotel Agora is located in a renovated 1735 canal house at the Singel canal.
The hotel has 16 rooms and free WiFi Internet.
Directions: Between the Flower Market and the Spui.
We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights over a weekend. At the night of Saturday upon Sunday we went out and came back around 4:00 AM. We could not open the door. The keycard worked, but the door was stuck. There was nobody at the front desk to open the door even the reception should be open 24h. We had to wait one hour outside in the cold (-2 and wind) and could not reach someone from the reception. After one hour the night receptionist came back and he promised them to stay longer then the official check-out time. Also he promised them that he will tell everything to the morning receptionist and that the problem would be solved.
The morning receptionist did not know anything about this matter and could not help us. We would the last night to be refund. Only the manager can decide about this. Unfortunately she was not reachable before 4.00 PM. After 5 days, we are still waiting for her reply. After many phone calls and research on the Internet I called another hotel (the name of the hotel was a part of her email address) and called her. She answered nicely and when I asked her about this situation she was almost laughing at me and telling that she didn't have time to take care of that.
I also would like mention, that pictures of this hotel you can find on their website, or other booking sites, are far away from the true. The eating room was very dirty and a glass door to the terrace were broken. First snow freezing cold was coming in all day long. The hotel is also very noisy. We also booked for 90euro per night and we had to pay 100 + 5 tax on top of that which made it extra 45euro at the end. The price is a way to much for this hotel.
Horrible experience, I hope I will never have to deal with such a bad service ever.
Unique Quality: Good location.
During our anniversary trip to Europe we landed in Amsterdam with reservations at the Hotel Agora. As our hostess led us to the top floor she then led us up a spiral staircase to the top of this 18th century canal house. As the door opened we found ourselves in a wonderful top floor suite with views both of the canal from our sitting room windows or back from our bedroom. The breakfast room was wonderful with the standard fair of meats, cheeses, eggs and breads. It's not a 5 star but it was clear, comfortable and very romantic.
Unique Quality: The Hotel Agora doesn't 'present' well on first appearance. The facade looks like a business rather than a charming canal house. You have to be buzzed in. The lobby is long and bare. From the front door to the room it took 3 swipes of your key card. It initially felt like a youth hostel in a bad neighborhood. The rooms are simple, with maybe one 'antique' apiece. [I saw 2 rooms] The rooms are clean and well-maintained, but not charming or chic.
So why recommend Hotel Agora? First your hosts. They may not know all the answers, but they are very kind and accomodating. For example on the morning we left they gave us breakfast early and gave our [early arriving] taxi driver a cup of coffee!
Breakfast was great! The assortment of breads was augmented by meat, cheese and yogurt. You could eat all you wanted.There was a candle coffee warmer on each table, a candle chandelier AND classical music playing. The bathrooms were VERY modern with ceramic tile, a GREAT shower and a hairdryer. The location is also great. You are an easy walk from almost every major Amsterdam site. Hotels aren't cheap in the central area, and this one isn't 'gorgeous', but it has a lot going for it.Picture is of the breakfast room looking toward the garden.
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Address: Singel 462, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1017 AW, The Netherlands