Based in the heart of the city centre this hotel is perfect for visiting many of Amsterdam's places of interest. It is surrounded by restaurants and bars and is only 1 minute walk to the shops, 3 minutes to Dam Square, 3 minutes to the canals in Jordan and 5 minutes to the red light district. The hotel is okay but is probably in need of some attention. We did not eat here but the breakfast room did not look very appealing. The staff were excellent. We were initially on the front of the hotel which overlooks the restaurants and bars so is very noisy. After our first night we were moved to the rear of the hotel which is much better.
Traveller from Berkshire
Bordered by a warren of narrow streets lined with pubs, cafés, and restaurants, this hotel faces a small square, and is 400 …More
We stayed at the Avenue hotel after getting off a river cruise. We were able to walk to the hotel in about 20 minutes. We walked through the train station and picked up tickets for future travel plus a 24 hour pass for the transportation system in Amsterdam (which is wonderful). We unfortunately experienced a medical emergency while at the Avenue Hotel and the staff could not have been more helpful. They located medical assistance, an appt. was made and a taxi called.
The experience was overall a positive one and we would stay at this hotel again.
Traveller from Ottawa, Ontario
Located in the heart of Amsterdam, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Berlage Stock Exchange, New Church, and Dam …More
Our second trip to Amsterdam and the second small hotel that we have stayed in.
Nice hotel, close to Dam Square and Central.
Front desk staff were efficient but not very outgoing. Overall the hotel was in good condition but is a real rabbit warren when looking for your room, Luckily our room (204) was just across from the elevator. Remember that Europeans count the ground floor as "0", therefore, the second floor is three floors up which is a long walk with suitcases.
Our room faced the very busy street but was surprisingly quiet. The bathroom was large with a great rain shower and hand held shower. Lots of hot water.
The negatives: Limited storage space for hanging clothes. The room was a strange angle which caused the (very comfortable) bed to almost touch the wall causing us to bang our shins on the corner of the bed and then catching one hip on the window sill. Not the greatest of problems unless one person gets up in the middle of the night and must crawl across the other occupant. The reason for this issue is the cabinet holding the safe, the hanging storage and the only drawer and the coffee pot. Why the unit isn't on the other side of the bed is a mystery. TV programming was limited for English programs, but we spent very little time in the room. There are many eating and drinking places close by and we found good food within steps of the hotel. I would definitely stay there again.
Traveller from Lincolnton, GA
This new boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dam Square, the Centraal train station, and the Red Light District …More
Great hotel - had a spacious room on the 4th floor overlooking the canals. Staff were friendly and helpful - great restaurant recommendation.
We used the spa which is very relaxing.
The room was clean and the facilities were excellent.
Staff kindly provided a birthday cake too - a very nice touch.
Would definitely recommend and stay there again.
Traveller from Manchester
This hotel, built in 1912, is located in the monumental Scheepvaarthuis and adjacent to the harbour. Nieuwmarkt Square and …More
"located in downtown, where the tourists hangout!"
The Hotel De Roode Leeuw was nice and great for the first time visitor to Amsterdam. I recommend staying closer to the Rijksmuseum area or further out. Even better stay in any other city in the Netherlands then visit Amsterdam, if you want that real Dutch experience. Not many Dutch people hangout in Amsterdam its like a New Yorker hanging out in Times Square! We don't!
In the downtown area 4am till about 8am the place is dead. I walked around everywhere and it felt great. Try to walk on the flat stone or sidewalk not on the small bricks your feet will hurt after a while. The tram ride was like 3 euro for a hour ride, in 6 hours you can see the whole city if you switch trams. I rode the tram for about 40 min back to the hotel cause I walked all day. There is a great steakhouse called Black and Blue, try their specialty steak of the same name. Delicious!!!
This was my 2nd visit to the Netherlands and if I do come back I will follow my own advice and stay in another city like The Hague or Rotterdam. The city is cool but not a true dutch experience.
Traveller from New York, NYC
Situated 100 metres from Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwe Kerk and Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, this small …More
Pocket Guide: Amsterdam Dam Square - Central Station Hotels
The bustling heart of Amsterdam, this district attracts hordes of visitors teeming from Centraal Station to Dam Square and its beautiful Nieuwe Kerk (14th-century). The oldest part of town, Oude Zijde, is famous for its Red Light District, but the University and the docks bring a different kind of colour and buzz to the narrow streets. Don't miss the Oude Kerk, the Amstelkring Museum or the paintings in the Amsterdam Museum.