The 19th-century building near the Anne Frank House is an architectural extravaganza with Art Nouveau portals and redbrick trimmings, but inside, it’s more of a '70s show (and not in a hip retro way). Service is friendly and helpful; staff are eager to offer recommendations for restaurants and attractions in the bustling adjacent neighborhood.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Prepare to climb lots of steep stairs to reach any of the rooms. We repeat: very steep, twisty stairs. Lots of them. The staff will help you with your baggage, however.
Affordable yet very small rooms are terribly dated: think wood paneling, chintzy bedspreads, Moroccan lamps, creaky beds and red carpets. On the positive side, some have great canal views, and there’s free Wi-Fi and loads of shelf space.
Sleepers bothered by noise should opt for rooms in the rear.
The pink and off-white private bathrooms are dated, cramped, and some have cracked tiles and threadbare towels.
Up a steep flight of stairs (did we mention the stairs?), you’ll find the chintzy red reception area, where you’ll be welcomed with a drink.
A basic breakfast (included) is served in a small breakfast area.
Located near Dam Square, Hotel Nadia offers excellent access to the Canal Belt, 9 Streets shopping district, Jordaan, and to the remainder of the Old Center. There are also lots of trams nearby to get you across town.
For some of the best pancakes in town, you can’t go wrong at Pancakes! (7-minute walk from hotel). Sustainable seafood specialist, The Seafood Bar (11-minute walk), offers smoked fish varieties from Volendam, delicately-battered fish and chips and four varieties of oyster. If it’s comfort food you’re after, La Perla Pizzeria (8-minute walk), is famed for its authentic wood-burning oven Pizza Margherita, and convivial vibe.
Drink in the authentic old “brown café” atmosphere at Café ‘t Molentje (4-minute walk), which has been around since the 1870s. Popular Café Gollem, a dark and cozy Belgian beer café with more than 200 bottled brews and 14 on tap, is only a 7-minute walk away.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s affordable and central, with helpful and friendly staff.