Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw
What We Love
- A stylish and modern base in the city's historic center, near the Royal Palace and more sights The superb location in the historic heart of Amsterdam, with Dam Square and the Royal Palace on your doorstep
- Staying in a hotel that's as historic as its surroundings, with a heritage dating back to the 15th century
- The modern guest rooms with a sleek, minimalist edge
What To Know
- The onsite restaurant is currently closed for renovations; you might hear construction noises during weekday office hours
- Guestrooms were recently renovated
- The hotel is a quick walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station
Whether you search by foot, tram, bike or canal boat, you won’t find a better base for your Amsterdam explorations than Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw. Located in the heart of the city’s gorgeous historic district, this four-star urban oasis puts some of Amsterdam’s top attractions just a stone’s throw from your doorstep, including Dam Square and the National Monument, as well as the Royal Palace, Madame Tussauds and more.
With roots dating back to the 15th century, when the site was home to an inn, the hotel was rebuilt in 1911 and bears the distinction of being one of the few remaining independently owned hotels in the city. The modern and brightly refurbished rooms offer minimalist-inspired décor and make for a comfortable base where you can recharge your batteries after a day spent exploring one of Europe’s most enchanting cities.
How to Get There
Our experience in short – “Don’t expect to get anything that you pay for”
We had the misfortune of staying at this hotel for 2 nights. The experience right from the time of check-in, all the way till the end was painful to say the least.
In this hotel, you don’t get what you pay for. Don’t get fooled by the lovely images that you see on the websites, the rooms that you will eventually get are not even a fraction of what you see online. The hotel will justify the same by saying that there must have been some problem on the website, hence you don’t see the category of rooms that you have actually booked.
When we arrived at the hotel around 5:30 PM, we were given a room which seemed like a storage compartment, converted into a room. The room did not have enough space for 2 people to walk across, the toilet hardly accommodated 1 person.
We requested Jade at the reception to change our room. After some persuasion, she acknowledged the situation and agreed to show us another room. This room was slightly bigger than the room given earlier.
On highlighting that this is not the room category we booked, she mentioned that we will get a new room the next day, provided we come to the reception desk around 10 AM.
At 10 AM the next day, I met Rose, the “Manager” at the hotel, she was very unprofessional with the whole situation. On highlighting that the pictures are not the same, Rose mentioned that the website has made an error and not showing the right pictures under the comfort category, which obviously dint make any sense to us.
She made me visit the reception at least 5 times and during all this while I could see the rooms were clean and ready for use. But like I said, Rose was unprofessional and really unhelpful. She finally told us to continue with our planned sight-seeing and promised to move our luggage in to a different room whenever the guests decide to check-out. For this trip being a short 2 day trip for us, we decided to step out, unfortunately we had lost almost half the day already, struggling to get the room which we had actually booked.
Next time, whenever I come, even if the hotel pays me to stay with them, I would rather decline the offer.
Perfect location, good service but very expensive for a four star service. Loved the mobile/tablet although app was slow. Few staff were rude but many others were so kind, helpful, and friendly. I would reconsider staying there in case they revise their pricing.
After week's of reading reviews and hotel price and quality comparing, I chose Hotel Amsterdam 2 days before departure. I'm so glad I did! This hotel was clean and fresh. Myself and my partner stayed in a comfort room, the only minor detail I would of changed was to have a double bed rather than 2 singles pushed together, but then this would suit better 2 people not wanting to be so close to one another haha, the room had a mini fridge with 2 free bottles of water (more could be provided for cost), a coffee pod machine with plain, decaf and mocha pods (highly recommend the mocha pods), English tea, coffee whitener and sugar were all provided and refills were of no problem to the very kind staff. Room had air conditioning and this was an absolute blessing walking into an ice cold room on one of the hottest days the Netherlands have ever had. The hotel was perfectly situated just a 10 minute walk from Dam Square where Dam Square Souvenirs is located with every type of souvenir you could want (look no further prices here are same as every shop and range of gifts is the best). Right next door to the hotel was McDonalds, on the same row was Bodyworlds Museum, Venustempel, Holland Frites chip stand, a supermarket, currency exchange, a tours and tickets shop where you can buy all your tickets, excursion combis, tram tickets etc. Tram stops are also just a 5-10 minute walk from hotel and Centraal Station is only 15 minutes walk. I can't recommend this hotel enough for location and price!! Also worth mentioning Dirk supermarket located just a short walk from hotel near Players Bar, it sells lots of nice food, yoghurts, cheese, drinks (alcohol to), snacks at very reasonable prices and got us through our stay nicely and Vondel Park in museum quarter is beautiful, great sunny days with tree shade to sit under and water to splash around in. Hope this review helps :)!