Avenue Hotel offers a central location and basic rooms spread across several historic buildings, including a former United East India Company warehouse.
This hotel is in desperate need of a refurb and with Amstedam's recent hotel boom there are now much better options in the area within the same budget range, including interesting boutique options such as Hotel The Exchange.
Rooms are small with tired furnishings and stained carpets, however, there’s free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, desks and tea-making facilities.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There have been several reports of bed bugs at this hotel on the internet.
En-suite bathrooms feature a bath and/or shower, plus all the standard amenities but are cramped.
The beam-ceilinged lobby offers leather couches and vending machines with snacks. Reception staff are friendly and helpful.
A large and varied breakfast buffet is included in the room rate but eat early as it otherwise sits out and gets cold.
Set within the Old Center, this hotel offers good access to many top tourist sites and Amsterdam’s main shopping streets. A tangle of trams nearby will take you to Museum District and beyond.
Fix your morning woes with some of the city’s richest croissants, butteriest brioche and most perfect pain au chocolat at artisan French bakery Gebr. Niemeijer (3-minute walk). With its cozy fireside Chesterfields and low-lit, theatrically-inspired décor, The Lobby Restaurant (10-minute walk) sets the scene for delicious tête-à-têtes. It is a popular local hangout and dining destination (the flammkuchen, are famous!), and there’s a covered outdoor terrace, too. Or if it’s comfort of the Cantonese kind you crave, head to three-story pagoda-style Sea Palace (14-minute walk) to grab dim sum and Peking duck.
Drink in the authentic old “brown café” atmosphere at Café ‘t Molentje (9-minute walk), which has been around since the 1870s. Or, if you’re heading to the Red Light District Mata Hari (6-minute walk) offers a welcome respite with its retro atmosphere, comfy leather chairs and menu of local beers and bar bites (there’s a decent upstairs restaurant, should you want to stay for dinner, too).
WHY WE LIKE IT
We’re not sure that we do. Yes, it’s reasonably priced and conveniently central, but it’s dated and dingy. Frankly, you have better options.