Excellent location, friendly staff
I was really pleased with this hotel in 2010 and decided to stay there again in 2013.
The hotel has been created from three old canalside houses, so is full of odd ceilings, changes of level and so on and so forth: a hotel with character! It's just a couple of minutes' walk from Amsterdam Centraal (so ultra-convenient for getting to and from the airport as well as for taking daytrips outside the city) and is ideally situated for exploring the old part of Amsterdam.
Although it's possible to drive along Singel (the original canal-moat of the city) there is very little traffic other bikes, so the hotel is very quiet.
The modern reception area and breakfast room, and the bedrooms, are sparklingly clean and the kitchen is open to view. On both my visits I've found my bed particularly comfortable, with two pillows available and the possibility of another quilt if I'd wanted it.
Rooms vary in size and shape (as one would expect with such old houses). My singleroom in 2010 was fairly small, set slightly to the side of one house (I either had to go to the 2nd floor in the lift and walk up some stairs, or to the 3rd and walk down) with a view of the church which is now a conference centre. Its ceiling sloped to a point, for it was in effect an attic room.....but it was perfectly cosy for just me, with a creatively-fitted tiny bathroom (shower, toilet, washbasin, hairdryer), TV and good-sized safe, wardrobe, chair and working surface.
Me 2013 room was in a different 'house', with no view apart from the back of another building. The double bed was comfy, the free wifi speedy, the even-more-creatively-fitted...and exceptionally tiny...bathroom was beautifully clean. Although the room was fine for just me it would have been cramped for two people, and I have to be honest and say that the bathroom might have been impossible for people who are...well...very large.
It was very cold (well below zero at night) on both my visits but the heating system is excellent and there was always plenty of hot water (and good shower pressure).
Breakfast is good, with juices, rolls, cereals, preserves, yoghurt, cheese, cold meats, fruit and hard-boiled eggs available. The coffee is also good, but teas or chocolate are also available. There is a (tiny) bar, with hot and cold drinks available for purchase.
There's an efficient lift too.
The young staff are exceptionally friendly helpful and pleasant, with excellent English. You have to pay in full on arrival, which is not really surprising given the popularity of Amsterdam.
Unique Quality: A really good location, just on the very edge of the Red Light District but with none of the potential unpleasantnesses and all of the advantages (loads of restaurants, cafes, bars and coffeeshops within easy walking distance).
The hotel is set in historical buildings, and Singel itself is a lovely canal.
The hotel boasts 'the smallest single room in Amsterdam'! That wasn't the one I had in 2010: it's even smaller! :-)