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Amsterdam: Best Western Eden

144 Amstel

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Reviewed by: WillTravel from Canada, review #1333

When: August 2005

Excellent location, fully-equipped and pleasant rooms (if a little basic), good breakfast buffet, good staff. {3 star}

I had booked the Best Western Lancaster on for 64.50 per night, including breakfast. We had indicated a late arrival. When we arrived at that Best Western, which is near the zoo, around midnight, we were told that our room had a non-functional lock, and we were being sent to Best Western Eden.

I'm a bit suspicious of the story, but the outcome was very positive for us, as the Best Western Eden is much more conveniently located. We also kept the same rate, which is perhaps a 50-75% discount off of the usual website rate. We know that we were very lucky to get such a steeply reduced rate.

The Eden is a 3* hotel. When we were there, I read signs that renovation was underway to turn this into a 4* hotel. I'm sure it will be wonderful when that happens, although it will certainly be out of our price range.

The one drawback was that our room (#175) overlooked a nightclub, and some noise filtered through to us late at night. We're late to bed, and sound sleepers, so this wasn't a huge problem, but it could be for some.

The twin room we had requested had two adjacent twin beds, with no separation. The room decor was basic, but everything was clean and in working order. The TV had numerous channels. The bathroom, with a tub and shower, was fine. The breakfast buffet was not deluxe, but it had good variety, and everything was nicely arranged. During our stay, Amsterdam had cool weather, so air conditioning was not a concern. The room only had a fan, which might be a problem in hot weather, particularly with the noisy adjacent nightclub.

The concierge gave us some discount coupons and some tips. We found him very helpful.

The location near the Rembrandtplein and Waterlooplein allowed us to walk almost everywhere. If you don't want to walk, you are close to several tram lines at Muntplein or Waterlooplein.

Tip: At Amstel 30, there is a laundromat with staff that will wash and dry your clothes for you for 8.50 per load.

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