When my friend and I decided to go to Amsterdam we got what we considered a good deal on the flight so decided to look for a nicer hotel than we would have normally looked for. One of the first ones we found was Die Port Van Cleve and after that we did not look at anything else. It worked out at £124 a night between us with breakfast an extra £12.
The hotel is just a couple of tram stops away from Central Station and it stops right outside. That is great in the first instance but if you like an early night or a lie in it is not ideal as you hear the bells from around 5 am until the early hours. I did get used to it but my friend found it a bit distracting. The hotel did not look quite as delightful as it did on the picture but that was a small point and virtually everything else about it was amazing. While I am doing the downside there was one other issue and that was with dinner. We planned to eat there on Saturday night and while there were no vegetarian meals listed it did say that each meal had a vegetarian option. When I asked what that was they said that they left the meat out!! Basically it was potatoes and carrot with whichever vegetable the particular dish was served with.
The location was ideal for us as it is on Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal and it is a nice location, close to many attractions and also a bit out of the way of the rowdy nightlife. It is right opposite the Niuewe Kerk and a five minute walk from the Amsterdam Museum. Dam Square is a few minutes away and then onto the Damrak which has all the shops you could want and is the entrance to the red light district.
On entry the reception area was dark and discrete. The staff were amazingly friendly and helpful, and we found this throughout the stay. Check in was quick and easy and we were able to buy our Amsterdam cards here. We could not go straight to our room as we were far too early but when we returned we had our cases back and were in our room in a matter of minutes.
First impressions were a bit worrying as the beds were right next to each other and the bedside tables were fixed so could not be moved. The room was big enough to put the bed around the cabinet and still allow me room to get in and out on both sides of my bed. On entering there was a large wardrobe on the left - much more spacious than in other hotels I have stayed in. The bathroom was on the right and this was well decorated and had a bath with a shower head, toilet and basin. Nothing outstanding, but certainly there was nothing to complain about.
Down three stairs was the main part of the room - 2 single beds a dresser with a TV above it and a good sized table. The walls were plainly painted, but the picture was so typically traditional old style Dutch - blue and white clothed children dressed in clogs and an apron.
We had booked breakfast and got this at a rate of 14 euros rather than 19 as we arranged it before we arrived. This was a much better experience than the evening meal, as it had everything you could wish for. There were a couple of cereals and then fruit and yoghurt and the normal things you would expect for a continental breakfast. It included bread and rolls, with cheese, meat and bits of salad, and a couple of trays of pastries. There was a hot section where they had scrambled eggs, chicken sausages, bacon and either waffles or Dutch pancakes. Tea and coffee was also self service and each day there were 4 different fruit juices.
The hotel is 4* and has 122 rooms and all are different from each other. As the hotel is 3 building linked together, it was not possible to have them all the same. Rooms are single, twin, double, superior, executive and business.
There is a bar that is quite small but seemed popular with guests and there were a few people eating in there. It seated 30 comfortably and we managed to get a seat whenever we went in. The beer was 5.50 euros for two halves and that was pretty much the same as we paid everywhere else.
The rooms have pretty much everything that you would expect from a 4 star hotel. There is a TV although only a few channels were in English and free WiFi which was very helpful. We had a phone and air conditioning although we did not really get the hang of that, but the one time we got it to work it was lovely and warm when we got in on the Sunday night. There were toiletries in the bathroom and tea and coffee facilities hidden away in the wardrobe which was a pleasant surprise. It said there was a mini fridge but we did not find it but the safe was big enough to get everything we wanted to store inside.
You can have lunch and dinner in the hotel and apart from the veggie issues, it is a good menu. Lunch is served at 2 different times and the menu varies. One is 11 am until 5 and this is mainly sandwiches and snacks. They have cheese salad, ham cheese and egg salad, meatballs or ossenwurst - all served with mustard mayonnaise. If you want something warm there is omelette and bread or croquettes and bread. Soup is asparagus and there was also avocado salad. These range from 4.50 euros for the sandwiches up to 12.50 for the more substantial items.
The later lunch has mash, carrots and beef or red chicory mash and Dutch steak. This was served from 12 until 5.
The evening menu had 5 starters - beef broth, asparagus soup, veal kidneys, avocado salad or prawns. The main courses were pan fried sea bass, lamb stew Dutch shrimp and suckling pig chops. The website shows zucchini stuffed with goats' cheese but that was not on the menu while we were there. Prices range from 17.50 euros to 26 euros. Desserts were Dutch biscuits, a cheese selection, buttermilk mousse or coffee and chocolate mousse.
If you have an Amsterdam card the three courses will be 32 euros and that would be a 5 euro saving as they already offered 3 courses for 37 euros.
All in all this has been about the best hotel I have stayed in in Amsterdam and one of the best ones anywhere. The location is ideal, the view of the church was lovely, and it was close enough to all the attractions without having them on top of us.
Phone: +31(0)20 714 2000
fax: +31(0)20 714 2001
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 176-180 | NL - 1012 SJ Amsterdam
My partner and I stayed in this hotel from 1st-5th January 2009. We were looking for a cheap new year break and booked it very last minute - on New Year's Eve!
We booked via hotels.com. Every other hotel in Amsterdam were looking for extortionate rates - obviusly because of the time of the year coupled with such a last minute booking. We regularly travel to Amsterdam and stayed in many hotels over the years - mainly the same ones as I usually stick to what works best! We saw the "Die Clieve Van Port Hotel" on the website offering room rates of only 120 euro per night and decided to try it out as it seemed to be the only half decent hotel available at a half decent price.
The Hotel is located on a corner of Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal which is directly opposite Dam Square, behind the Royal palace. This made accessibility to Central Station and the amenities of central Amsetrdam very easy and manageable (especially as it was too cold to walk long distances!)
Externally, the Hotel is beautifully presented and well-kept. The lobby area is small, but nonetheless tidy and decorated to a good standard. A concierge is at hand for luggage and staff seemed extremely friendly and polite. We checked in easily and used one of the two elevators beside the check-in desk to go to our room which was located on the second floor.
The room, for Amsterdam Hotel standards was fantastic. It faced the rear of the Royal Palace. Although many of the rooms at this hotel offer a mini-bar, we did not have one - which was disappointing at first but then I realised that it was not such a bad thing after all, as when the "munchies" hit at night time, it costs you dearly! The room consisted of a large queen size bed, two lamp tables, safe, tv and table and chairs. It was certainly the largest room I have had in Amsterdam. Walking down the corridor on our floor, we had a quick glance to see what size the other rooms were whilst they were being cleaned by the Housekeeper and it seemd that other rooms were of the same proportion. The interactive television offered internet tv and gave you the opportunity to view our hotel bill in real time. Wifi access for your laptop or smartphone costs 10 euro per day - which is standard really for Amsterdam. The room was well decorated and most importantly, extremely clean. The bathroom offered a bath and shower and it too was extremely clean (dirty bathrooms in hotels are a pet hate of mine!)
We did not use room service and breakfast was not included in our stay. For the first couple of days we went to various restaurants/cafes for breakfast and found eating out in Amsterdam (especially at breakfast time) to be becoming more and more expensive. So, on the third day, we decided to try the hotel breakfast, served from 7 until 11am at a cost of 20 euro per person. It seems a little steep, but in comparison to breakfasts in cafes with limited choice, this offered great value. The buffet breakfast offered a selection of breads and pastries, croissants, scrambled eggs, beans,sausages, bacon, toast, hard boiled eggs, a wide selection of cereals, fruit, cheesed, unlimited tea/coffee and juices, meats and yoghurts. My partner is vegan (and extremely fussy!) and was certainly not disappointed with the selection on offer. I would highly recommend enjoying breakfast at this hotel. With the pound being so low against the euro when we were there (almost like for like), breakfast was well worth the 20 euros. Again, the staff in the breakfast room were very friendly and helpful.
As our flight was late, we decided to take advantage of a hotel offer which enabled us to keep our room for another five hours after the checkout time for a 20 euro charge. This meant that we could have a lie-in on our last day. It also meant that we did not have to trail our luggage about with us for hours until we got to the airpory and I know that some people dislike the idea of leaving their luggage locked up in a hotel luggage room with other people's for hours. Checking out was very easy and straightforward.
We did not take the opportunity to avail of the bar in the hotel, which also offered meals and snacks. However, it's appearance seemed welcoming and the menu seemed very reasonably priced.
In summary, our experience of this hotel was great. I cannot honestly think of any dislikes! I would highly recommend staying here. It is advertised at a four star hotel and matches it's ratings in terms of standards of service and appearance. As some readers are aware, booking a hotel in Amsterdam can be a bit like taking a lucky dip and hotels do not always live up to their expectations. Die Port Van Cleve is certainly an exception......