Had to make a fuss
First room we were shown was extremely shabby & dirty plus the bed was extremely small & we had booked a queen size over the internet. I called reception & they were rude & unhelpful so my partner went down to make a fuss. We were shown a second room, a triple with a double & single bed & advised to push them together to make a queen size bed! As this was unacceptable to us we made more fuss and were eventually offered a club room upgrade. This room at least was 4 star standard but still had problems (the hairdryer did not work and the plug on the keetle looked unsafe). Despite the fact that the location was good I would not stay at this hotel again as the initial disagreement with unhelpful staff took the shine off the first day of our holiday.
Great Stay at the Park Hotel
Had a great three-night stay at the Park Hotel in Amsterdam in April 2004 following a few days in London. The hotel is situated right on a canal and next to Vondelpark. At first we were put into the old section of the hotel and the rooms were VERY small, but we requested to be moved and the hotel management then switched us to the new section where the rooms were much larger.They were quite comfortable and had all of the necessities--cable TV, direct-dial phone (so I could hook up my laptop), coffee-maker, nice bathrooms, etc. The food was also good and we usually had room service in the evening rather than going out since we enjoyed the vegetarian pizza and caesar salad!The location was also convenient as it was only a few minutes to the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, Leidesplein Square (very cool restaurants, bars and coffee shops--we enjoyed the Bull Dog Cafe), Vondelpark, and many nice shops.Walking to Dam Square only took about 20 minutes so that was nice also, but when we were lazy, we walked over to Leidesplein and hopped the tram. Be careful of the trams and bikes!Overall, it was a great stay in one of my favorite cities and I'd definitely return to the Park Hotel--to the new section anyway!
Bad eggs and ear plugs
Myself and two friends stayed at The Park for 2 nights in August. It was a very disappointing experience from an accommodation point of view. My friends requested a room move on day 2 as they could not sleep at all due to the noise from the street below and lack of air conditioning (their window was tiny). Their request was granted but their sleep was further prevented by noise from adjoining rooms and from rooms above/below -the walls are paper thin. If you do stay here, take along some effective ear plugs as you'll be needing them. Most off-putting of all was the smell of bad eggs that permeated the corridor early in the morning - it was possibly a stray stink bomb. The hotel overall is functional but impersonal. I agree with the other reviewers in that it is certainly mis-placed as a four star -it is possibly a 2 star at most. Very over-priced indeed.