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Marnix Hotel 1.0

Amsterdam, North Holland Province, Netherlands

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Pros

  • Three-minute walk to bars and restaurants in Leidseplein square
  • One-minute walk to bus and tram stops
  • Variety of private and shared rooms available with en-suite or shared bathrooms
  • Most rooms have in-room sinks; some rooms have flat-screen TVs and desks
  • Kitchen and dining area with microwave, toaster, electric kettle, fridge, and coffee machine
  • Breakfast buffet or to-go breakfast (for a fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Luggage storage and lockers available
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Bike rentals available for a fee

Cons

  • Property is tired and spaces are not clean
  • Rooms are basic and lack amenities
  • Rooms have thin walls so noise can be an issue
  • Breakfast incurs a charge

Bottom Line

Location is the highlight of this budget hostel-like property, which is a three-minute walk from popular nightlife destination Leidseplein Square. The no-frills hotel is tired and in need of updates, and many guests have reported cleanliness issues. A variety of rooms are available with either shared or private en-suite bathrooms. They're all quite simple and don't have much beyond beds; some have flat-screen TVs and desks. A shared kitchen is available for guest use and breakfast is available for a fee. Other amenities include computers, bike rentals, laundry facilities, and free Wi-Fi. The easyHotel Amsterdam is a cleaner alternative that doesn't offer much in terms of features, but it has simple, modern, and clean rooms.

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Scene

Tired hostel-like property

The main highlight of this budget property is its prime location that attracts tourists and groups looking to be conveniently situated in the city center. Interiors are simple and functional, with not much going on decor-wise. The small lobby offers conveniences like a vending machine, tourist brochures, and computers for guest use. A small flight of stairs leads down to a common kitchen and dining area that is the main gathering space for guests. Overall, the property feels tired and is in need of updates, plus many guests complain that it's not clean, citing mold on the walls and even rodent problems. Decor is also lacking and spaces don't feel particularly inviting. Nevertheless, the central location attracts budget travelers looking for a short stay. Note that there is no elevator here and several steep flights of steps with which to contend.

Location

Convenient location in city center; close to attractions, dining, and shopping

The hotel occupies a convenient central location that's just a three-minute walk down the street to Leidseplein Square, which is full of bars and restaurants and is a popular nightlife destination. It's also close to plenty of shops and is well serviced by public transportation, with trams and busses stopping within a minutes' walk away of the hotel. The Museum Quarter, home to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, is about a 15-minute walk away. Other popular tourist destinations nearby include the Anne Frank House (15-minute walk) and Dam Square (20-minute walk). Amsterdam's central train station is about 20 minutes away via public transport or a 15-minute drive. Schiphol Airport can be reached in about 20 minutes by car (depending on traffic) or a half-hour via public transit.

Rooms

Simple rooms with private or shared bathrooms; some rooms have flat-screen TVs

The hotel offers a variety of rooms with either private en-suite or shared bathroom facilities. Room categories include Twin, Triple, and Quadruple Rooms with bunkbeds. The no-frills spaces are simply furnished and fairly dreary, with not much else beyond the beds; some have desks and chairs as well as flat-screen TVs and in-room sinks. Towels and bedding are included. Both the shared and private bathrooms are small and in need of updates. They're equipped with showers with old fixtures. Body wash and wall-mounted soap dispensers are provided. Note that rooms are poorly soundproofed and noise can be an issue, plus many guests complain that rooms aren't clean, citing stains, mold on the walls, various critters, and unpleasant smells.

Features

Kitchen for guest use, breakfast for a fee, bike rentals, and free Wi-Fi

Features are mostly limited at this budget hotel. There's a kitchen and dining area for guest use, which is equipped with a microwave, toaster, toaster oven, electric kettle, fridge, and coin-operated coffee machine. This room also functions as a luggage storage space, plus there are lockers here. A breakfast buffet is available for an extra charge, or guests can also opt for a to-go option. Breakfast includes breads, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, ham, cheese, and coffee/tea. Other amenities include bike rentals, self-service laundry facilities for guest use, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.

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Address

Marnixstraat 382, Amsterdam, North Holland Province 1016 XX, The Netherlands

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