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Hotel Luxer 3.0

Old Centre, Amsterdam, North Holland Province

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Pros

  • Plush and cozy interiors
  • Set in the heart of Amsterdam's Red Light District
  • Minutes' walk from Centraal Station and Dam Square
  • Clean and modern rooms with flat-screen TVs
  • Reasonably priced buffet breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • 100-percent non-smoking property (a con for some)

Cons

  • A few rooms are tiny
  • Internal and external noise issues
  • Surrounds might be too racy for some

Bottom Line

The Hotel Luxer is a mid-range, 47-room property set in the salacious heart of Amsterdam's Red Light District and is still looking good from its 2012 overhaul. Plush interiors hint at decadence while avoiding seedy, and the vibe is cozy and welcoming. Rooms are well-finished with good amenities, though noise -- both from inside and outside -- can be a problem. The location is certainly not for the prudish, but rates are good for the city, if a tad pricier than the comparable -- though less inviting -- Hotel CC just along the road. 

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Scene

Inviting, low-lit, small hotel

Unlike many similar properties in the immediate area, the Hotel Luxer -- despite its purple neon signage -- stands out as looking something approaching respectable. Founded in 1970, the hotel underwent complete renovation and relaunch in 2012, breathing new life into dated-looking interiors. Today, guests are met with a plush modern lobby area finished in the hotel's now signature black and purple color palette -- hinting at the area's louche heritage. Sleek jet-black furnishings, plump patterned seating, and original tiled flooring are low-lit by spotlights, contemporary sconces, and a trio of purple glowing ceiling lamps, combining to a slightly decadent yet cozy ambience. Clientele tend toward younger groups and couples keen to stay in the debauched heart of Amsterdam while avoiding the more seedy options in the vicinity. 

Location

Set in the heart of Amsterdam's Red Light District minutes from Centraal Station

The hotel is situated on the busy Warmoesstraat in the center of Amsterdam -- the first street of the infamous Red Light District filled with coffee shops, strip clubs, and sex shops from one end to the other. This is one of the busiest streets in the city for foot traffic, mostly slow-moving groups of tourists gawking at the "attractions." The hotel is also very conveniently positioned for exploring Amsterdam's less salacious sights, with central Dam Square, pretty Nieuwmarkt, and the Waterlooplein flea market all within a five-minute walk. Centraal Station is also just a few minutes away on foot and provides direct connection from Schiphol Airport in just 15 to 20 minutes. 

Rooms

Comfortable, modern rooms though with some noise issues

The hotel has 47 rooms, all of which were renovated in 2012 in a simple, modern style with dark-wood furnishings, white walls, and purple accents. Bathrooms are clean and well-maintained with walk-in showers and wall-mounted toiletries and hairdryers, but lighting is generally poor. Standard amenities include tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and a safe (though not big enough for a laptop). While rooms are reasonably well soundproofed from the outside (as much as they can be) noise between rooms can be an issue.  

Features

Reasonably priced buffet breakfast and free Wi-Fi throughout

A buffet breakfast is served in the breakfast room at the back of the hotel -- it's lacking slightly in natural light but is tastefully decorated with a book wall running down the opposite side. Breakfast is not included in the rate, but the price is more than reasonable for Amsterdam. The bar provides a cozy and welcoming spot to relax with a drink and Wi-Fi is free throughout. The hotel can also book boat trips around the city's canals and, unlike some hotels around Amsterdam, the property is totally smoke free.

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Address

Warmoesstraat 11, Amsterdam, North Holland Province 1012 HT, The Netherlands

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