Clean, friendly and very, very convenient
Amsterdam is not a cheap city and, because I booked my Amsterdam accommodation much later than normal, I had little choice of central hotels within my budget. The Prins Hendrik is almost directly opposite Centraal station and offered what seemed like decent rooms for a decent rate (for Amsterdam), with breakfast included. I wasn't disappointed.
The hotel is made up of several old houses, with a separate restaurant and bar on the ground floor. Note that the houses *are* old, and their architecture is typical of Amsterdam, so don't expect wide, swish corridors and extensive views from every room! Rooms are tucked away in nooks and crannies, sometimes with a step up or down. The ones at the front have a view, of course, but Prins Henrikkade is a busy road and I was pleased to have a much quieter room on the second floor at the back, even if its view was mainly of walls and very wet pigeons. :-)
My room was simply decorated and very clean, with TV, storage and hanging space, workdesk and an ensuite with shower and lots of hot water. Just a clean, warm base for sleeping, which is all I personally want from a hotel room. I was particularly pleased that the heating was so efficient, because the high winds throughout my visit made Amsterdam very chilly indeed.
Breakfast is served in the restaurant and is buffet 'serve yourself' style, with some hot dishes as well as fresh fruit, cereal, yoghurts, ham, cheese, fresh rolls, croissants, preserves, toast and so on and so forth. The coffee (from a machine) was particularly good.
All the staff I encountered were pleasant, courteous and helpful with excellent English.
The hotel is very security-conscious. Room cards must be handed in each time you leave the hotel and the same cards control access to the lift and stairs. There are no in-room safes though safe deposit boxes in reception are available at a cost of 5 euro per day (which is a bit steep, imo).
Wifi also costs 5 euro per day. I took up the option for one day and found the connection excellent but that was in my room. I can't speak for reception elsewhere in the hotel.
The Prins Hendrik is a clean, pleasant and very convenient hotel for exploring Amsterdam with rates which are pretty reasonable for such an expensive city.
Unique Quality: In 1988, Chet Baker, American jazz trumpeter, fell, jumped or was pushed from his second-floor room in this hotel, landing on the pavement outside and dying from his injuries There's a memorial plaque on the hotel exterior and you can book the 'Chet Baker room' (room 210) if you want.
Directions: From Amsterdam Centraal: turn left on exiting the station. Walk past the tram stops and across to Prins Henrikkade at the lights. Turn right, past St Nicholas church and the hotel is directly in front of you.
The hotel with the steep stairs in the room
I spent two days in Hotel Prins Hendrik, and I must admit that the biggest advantage of the hotel was its central location just across Amsterdam railway station. It was nice to be within walking distance to sightseeing buses, canal boats, shopping districts, and above all to Amsterdam's interesting and compact city centre.
The room itself was pretty big, but too dark to my taste even if we had a big window overlooking the street. The bathroom was ok, but the main lamp did not work and after complaining they tried to fix it with....tape! It worked for about 10 minutes.....
Once you opened the door to the room you encountered a very steep flight of stairs, around 3 meters deep down....(se picture). We were totally taken by surprise, and I was so glad we weren't in a hurry rushing into the room the first time we opened the door, because then we would have tumbled directly down the stairs together with heavy suitcases and received them on top of us......
The breakfast buffet consisted mostly of pastry, white bread, and suger puff breakfast cereal, not too nice if you want fruits and cereal without sugar, but fortunately there were supermarkets around the hotel.....
Average but convenient accommodation
The Prins Hendrik is a 3* hotel located about 2 minutes' walk for the Centraal Station. So you really just need to orientate yourself from when you get out of the station, heading left after the first canal.
I stayed here because my first, second, third choices, etc. for hotels were unavailable. In fact I had a list of at least 20 hotels I would rather have stayed at based on traveller reviews, etc. However, this was one of the few places with rooms available that weekend.
We paid €150 for a twin room which to me was outrageous for what we got, but for Amsterdam standards I think that was a fair price. Breakfast (which was fairly good) was included in the price as were all taxes. Please note that you're expected to pay for the duration of your stay upon checking in.
Our room was quite spacious although a bit dated, and it was certainly not refined: different parts of curtains didn't match, our "wardbrobe" doubled as a storage room for the hotel (there was an unused toilet bowl in there!). However it was clean and that was important.
The hotel also has the dubious honour of being the place where jazz great Chet Baker fell to his death in 1988. There is a plaque on the front of the hotel paying tribute to him.
All in all, I'd say it's an OK place to stay if you're looking for a place to sleep after exploring the city.
Small but adaquate accomodations
Cozy room with small beds . european Brakefast, and Good Rates near most Tourist
Musuems, and good Ethinic Restaurants, and Albert Cuyp Open market. a short walk to Major brewery the Heineken Experience @
78 Stadhouderskade. a must see.
Unique Quality: The best season is in the late winter and early spring. hotel is not crowded. and is akin to have your own Condo the with Maid service and Cook. very quite and accomodating.
Simply the best 3 star in Amsterdam
Have stayed on 6 occasions.Nothing is too much trouble. The up front staff are helpful and friendly. The rooms I have had are large with all the expected mod cons, Very clean and all have had a bath as opposed to a shower. 24 hour reception and also two very nice modern annexes, Excellent and Varied buffet breakfast. There is also a bar and nice restaurant. In summer a very large terrace in front of hotel where you can eat and drink.
Unique Quality: Ideally situated across from Central Station. One minute walk to the Damrak or strool along the Zeediyk for three mins and you are in The Red Light and Chineses area.No long walks or taxi rides after a night out.
Rooms on the front look out across the square towards Central Station. The Chet Baker suit, which I have stayed in, is steeped in atmosohere!!
The Airport shuttle bus stops right outside at Brabazon Palace Hotel,righr next door.
Directions: As described above. Perfect location for tram station, trains, airport bus, City centre, Red Light district, Restaurants bars and anything else you may fancy!!!