We arrived at the Hotel American several hours before the scheduled check-in time and were pleased to find that our room was ready and waiting for us. The hotel was able to accommodate our request for a room with a balcony, which was also very nice. Wednesday and Thursday nights were great - comfortable bed, clean room, great sleep, etc. We were also happy to be so close to the nightlife of the Leidesplein... until the weekend came. Friday and Saturday nights were miserable due to the noise levels outside. Our room faced the canal (away from the Leidesplein), but the noise from the screaming revelers and the incessant horn-honking made it impossible to sleep - even with earplugs and our own share of alcohol in our systems. The horns and yelling didn't die down until well after the sun came up in the morning. It is clearly not the hotel's fault that people are loud (and that the Dutch can't keep their hands off their car horns), but I feel the need to let people know about this issue so they can choose their hotel accordingly. There are many, many hotels almost equally close to the nightlife, but that are on quiet streets so you can get some sleep when you're done with your own partying!
The hotel is very nice and in a very quiet section if the city. That means, you have to walk about 5-10 minutes to find restaurants if you want to eat not at the hotel. There is a very interesting outdoor street market within 10 minutes of walking.
Traveller from Del Mar, CA
Modern hotel in the historical city center, just a few hundred meters from the famous canals and the Van Gogh Museum. The 163 …More
The hotel is gorgeous and the staff are very friendly and helpful. It's 10 minutes walk to Liedseplien, which is full of restaurants and bars. Just a few minutes walk from tram stops. Breakfast is pricey but tasty. Our room was very nicely decorated and comfortable. Very responsive heating/AC that you set to your desired temperature. The rooms were cleaned to a high standard each day. The hotel doesn't have a restaurant for evening meals but it's so close to town that we didn't feel this was a problem. It does have a very nice bar for drinks. I would happily stay here again.
The hotel is much better then the pictures describe it. The hotel staff is great, but not all of the are as competent as others. Very pleased with the location room facilities. The café across the street is a great complement to the hotel. Internet was slow though, that´s my only complaint.
Good location and comfy bed. The breakfast was very average - bad coffee, saccharin tasting juice and cold, dry and rubbery scrambled eggs. Not many breakfast options on the hotel block, but if you head 5-10 mins walk out there are loads to choose from (I liked the variety of south canals and de pijp). There is no minibar in std rooms, I bought cheese thinking there was one and was disappointed.
We didn't actually stay at the JL Hotel. We were upgraded to a sister hotel the Hotel Vondel and were given an apartment. The rooms were excellent and spacious with great facilities. The staff were very pleasant and helpful.
Home to Amsterdam’s big three museums, the Museum Quarter includes the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk. The former is the huge national art collection. The Stedelijk is largely cutting-edge post-1945 art. The Van Gogh is home to 200 of the artist’s paintings. Nearby Leidseplein is the centre of Amsterdam’s more raucous nightlife, with famous clubs such as Paradiso and Melkweg. By day, visit the Art Deco Café Americain.
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