Calling this 1902 assemblage of turrets, gables, stained-glass, and a clock tower home for even a day or two is a pleasure, and guest rooms are sizable, bright, and furnished in a modern Art Deco style. All have views of the Stadhouderskade canal or a bustling square—the latter option come with small balconies. Newlyweds might want to indulge in the Mata Hari Honeymoon Suite, which is named after the spy fatale who celebrated her wedding here. Nightlife, dining, sightseeing, and shopping are near at hand, and the hotel's own boat landing is handy for excursions.
Leidsekade 97, Amsterdam, 1017 PN, Netherlands
Jan 20, 2005
When I can get a decent rate (www.hotel-booker.com) I jump at the chance to stay here. I don't understand the previous comments about musty, old decor. My room was very clean and modern and exceptionally well appointed. A sitting area looked out on the canal and the location on the Leidespleine couldn't be better. I also really like the Hotel's restaurant Cafe American. It's said that Mata Hari had her wedding receoption here. It's very cool
and art deco.
May 31, 2002
This hotel was more like a cheap Days Inn along an interstate than the cosmopolitan refuge it purports to be. The decor is incredibly ugly and it smells musty, like clothes that haven't been cleaned in a while. Plus the staff is incredibly rude. When I tried to go in to the bathroom on the basement floor, the woman who was cleaning made a grunting noise and yelled what sounded like expletives in Dutch at me. Then the front desk staff was extremely
rude about hourly inquiries about whether a room was ready. Like many people flying in from the States, I had taken a red-eye and hadn't slept all night. Typically, people are nice about this but at this hotel they rolled their eyes and kept repeating that the check-in time is 2 p.m. They were apparently too lazy to check the computer or call housekeeping.
Feb 27, 2001
The American is located near Leidseplein, heart of Amsterdam night life. Walk one way and you are in the old part of town, walk the other way and you are in the land of museums and elegant shops. Hotel is continually being renovated. Older rooms have more charm but less amenities like AC. Newer rooms are more sterile but comfortable. Make sure your room does not face the marnixstraat where the tram tends to clang most of the day and night.