Den Texstraat 5, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Doubles from: $103 to $149
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Located on a quiet street away from the tourist draws (and across the street from another EuroCheapo pick, the Hotel Asterisk), the two-star Kap Hotel is a calm, civilized place to stay. Rooms show a bit of wear, but its upcoming renovations should help out significantly.
Pros: Peaceful, but central. Large, green patio courtyard. Breakfast included.
Cons: €5 for internet per day. Credit card surcharge. Steep stairs. Rooms show some wear.
Hotel Kap's 17 rooms are attractively furnished and simply equipped with a television and safe. Some have a minibar and balconies, and rooms can be turned into family-friendly triples or quads for an extra €50 per person.
Rooms are simple and clean. That having been said, the rooms that we checked out showed a bit of wear. We're talking about some scratches in the wood paneling, a crack or two in some fixtures, and a few scuffs along the way. The hotel, however, is renovating the rooms, and they plan to upgrade to three-star status. (We hope that they don't upgrade their prices, too!)
Half of the rooms face the back garden and half look out onto the quiet street.
All rooms are outfitted with a private shower, but singles and some doubles share a toilet in the hallway. Shared showers are clean, but cracks and buildup were noticeable in some. Plans to make all bathrooms private are in the works and set to be finished in 2012.
The Kap is wedged between the Heineken Brewery, the Canal Belt, and a short walk from endless entertainment options. Honestly, it’s a wonder that this quiet, hidden hotel can keep their rates Cheapo-friendly.
The reception area doubles as a lounge/breakfast room, with cozy lighting and tasteful décor. A lovely outdoor patio in the back is both covered and open, with flower bushes, trees and a small bike rental station in the corner.
Notably, breakfast is included in the room rate. Little extras like umbrellas, shoeshine and snacks are available for purchase at reception.
Note that the Kap, like many Amsterdam hotels, has steep stairs. The hotel also charges a 5% surcharge for payment with credit card (which is another peculiar, although not uncommon, Amsterdam practice).
Guest Reviews in Brief
Most guests note that the hotel’s location feels safe, and that the Kap is quiet and quaint. Rooms are noted as small, but functional. Guests give high marks to the staff and to the hotel’s breakfast, and many feel like they scored a great find.
Steep stairs are the main concern, as is the case with almost every old hotel in Amsterdam. Some guests complain of thin walls, and most take issue with the 5% surcharge on credit cards. The €5 charge for the internet is steep, but the connection is fast and reliable.
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Trams: Trams 4, 16, 24 and 25 from Amsterdam Centraal stops at Weteringcircuit, and the hotel is just between the stop and the Heineken Brewery, on a small street on left side of the roundabout. The hotel is a 30 minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal.
From the Airport: Trains to Amsterdam Centraal leave every 10 to 15 minutes.
Taxi: A cab from the airport to Hotel Kap will cost you about €50. From Amsterdam Centraal station it’s about €15.
» Audrey Sykes, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Hotel Kap neighborhood
The most elegant area within the city center, Grachtengordel South features opulent residences, mansion-lined streets and a hot nightlife scene. The area boasts both Rembrandtplein (the city's one-time butter market) and Leidseplein (a former horse and buggy drop-off point). Both squares have been reborn as hot spots for bars, clubs, restaurants and no small number of tourist traps.