We started planing for our European trip in the Fall of 2011. At that time TripAdvisor gave its number one rating for all hotels in Amsterdam to the Boutique Hotel View, a three-star hotel in the Leidseplein area. I think there were two types of rooms available and since the deluxe room wasn’t much more than the regular room we chose the upgrade and are very glad we did. The hotel has 14 rooms plus a couple more for overflow in an annex a couple of doors away. Only one or two rooms per floor are spacious and have great views and ours (#304) was fabulous!
We arrived by taxi fresh from our cruise at around 11:00am Sunday morning, a few hours before check-in time, and our room was not yet ready. No problem. We had a nice talk with Natalie, the proprietress, and she introduced us to her cat who acted like she owned the place. She then allowed us to store our luggage and we decided to stroll over to Leidseplein a couple of blocks away for a bite to eat and then spend some time in a museum. Lucky for us, Museumplein was about seven blocks away. Unlucky for us, it was pouring rain. Oh well, we had our umbrellas.
We returned around four hours later and Natalie showed us to our room. Uh-oh. Our room was on the third floor (which really means 4th floor because Amsterdam hotels start with floor zero) and the lobby / kitchen / dining area was on the first floor and we had to maneuver up two more flights of steep, narrow stairs. Now if you are young and in reasonable shape this should not be a problem. Since we are not young and a tad out of shape this was a problem. But no problem for Natalie. She lifted all of our bags and started up the stairs, telling us to follow. Our room was very large and very nice and the only room in the hotel with a large balcony. But the next day we were still in a complaining mood and Natalie told us we could transfer to the room directly below us in order to save going up and down one flight of stairs. We took her up on her offer and Bennie, the friendly night manager / room attendant from Curacao helped us with our bags. Our new room (#204) was just like the first room except for the color decor and a large view window in place of the balcony directly above. The extra space allowed us a very convenient spot to store our luggage and we were contented for the rest of our stay. Natalie and Bennie took good care of us and on Bennie’s night off his son Benito was just as helpful as his Dad. We even met Benito’s Dutch girlfriend who came to visit for awhile that evening.
Natalie served us delicious hotcakes every morning. We also had orange juice, pastries and our choice of coffee (including cappuccino) from a coffee machine. As I recall, breakfast was eleven euros. On our first day my wife asked for some tea but there was none available. Shortly afterwards Natalie jumped on her bike and went shopping. When we returned from our day excursion there was a shelf full of assorted tea bags for my wife’s perusal.
The Boutique Hotel View is about two blocks west of Prinsengracht, one of the nicest canals in Amsterdam. On our last full day in Amsterdam we strolled up Prinsengracht for about two miles to visit the Anne Frank House. It took us about 45 minutes to reach our destination as we were window shopping and canal gazing and picture taking all the way.
The hotel is also just four blocks from the entrance to Vondelpark and just past this entrance is the Marriott hotel with a fancy restaurant called Midtown Grill that serves excellent steaks.
I peeked at TripAdvisor today and the hotel is now only two stars and has been downgraded to number 16 in Amsterdam but it is still one of the best hotels for service in all of the Netherlands, ranking number 9 on that list.
It’s still number one in my book.