My first attempt at booking online led me to find this little place.
Well located near the "Heineken Experience" I found the Kap Hotel a cheap but clean establishment from which I could explore Amsterdam.
The only drawback were " those stairs" - my room was on the third floor and to reach it carrying a 20kg suitcase and small back pack was like conquering Everest!
Unique Quality: Small, personal, clean and well located.
Directions: Near the Heineken Experience
On a quiet residential street, the Hotel KAP is clean, the service accomodating, and the rooms are quite sufficient. A typical breakfast is served daily in the breakfast room, which is open to a back courtyard, very nice for a morning coffee.
I had a small single room, which included a sink and shower in the room, with the toilet shared with one other room directly outside my door.
Long, straight up Dutch steps, so be ready for the climb as there is no lift!
24-hour access provided, with a manager on duty at the front desk.
Unique Quality: Very quiet on the inside, facing the backside courtyards of the street. Balcony window opened enough for a look out. I paid 57 euros a night, which included all taxes and breakfast daily.
Directions: From Centraal, trams 16,24,25 will take you down Damrak onto Vizjelstraat exit at Weteringschans. Cross over to park on left, Den Texstraat diagonally across park, Hotel KAP six doors up on the left side.
Unique Quality: Hotel Kap is located in one of the charming houses of Amsterdam, in a nice quiet street.
Breakfast buffet is served in a spacious, attractive reception- and lounge area, looking out on the oudoor patio.
Directions: the hotel is situated very conveniently, in the centre of Amsterdam. It's just a ten minute walk to the major museums, the floating flowermarket and the shoppingcentres.
We paid 160nlg per night for 4 nights, this included a Friday and Saturday night stay in March.
UPDATE: stayed here again for a couple nights in 2006, cost me 95E per night in April (start of high season). Same rooms we had in '01. They did replace the carpeting on the stairs - which are just as narrow and steep as they were in '01.
As for value, I'd say about average, but we were satisfied (except of course the steps, but they 'go with the territory')
Unique Quality: Clean, friendly staff, and a superb 'breakfast' included. Breakfast isn't anything out of the ordinary for this type of hotel - just plentiful and fresh, with a nice presentation.
Nice quiet residential location, near a major Tram 'intersection'
Directions: Den Texstraat 10, 1/2 block from 2e Weteringplantsoen and the intersection of several tram lines.
About 190NLG for a double room with it's own toilet and shower. This also included 2 double windows, a small balcony and a television.
Unique Quality: The rooms were very spacious and well laid out. Breakfast is very filling and the staff are very helpful.
I would appreciate any comments about Hotel Kap on Den Texstraat. Is this a decent and safe place to stay? How is the area in location ? Is it a terribly long way to walk to popular areas of the city? What is in tne general area and the best way to arrive there from he airport. Is 91 euro a night for double room ( for 2 people ) with toilet and shower a fair and reasonable price? Thank you... Renee
The hotel has its own website: http://www.kaphotel.nl/
If you click at "click here for a citymap" you can see the location of the hotel wrt the major Amsterdam attractions. You can walk to all of them, because the location is within the canal-area.
It looks like a safe and quiet place. It's at an in between street and away from RLD and the Leidseplein- and Rembrandtplein Nighlife.
If you value safety do some reading at the VT amsterdam page WARNING tips.
The price seems fair. I consider Euro 85 as average for 3-star (without breakfast) and the breakfast is included here.
If you are travel light (backpacking) you could consider taking the train from Schiphol to Amsterdam Centraal (Euro 3.10) and take tram line 4 to your hotel.
Otherwise take the Airport Hotel Shuttle bus. I think it will have a stop in the neighbourhood. Just check at arrival at the airport.
Check VT's Schiphol page - Transportation tips for more info.
Thank you PJ for all your tips and comments, I really appreciat your time... Renee
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