Raadhuisstraat 51, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Housed in a historical building just west of Dam Square, the two-star Hotel Nadia delivers cool views, friendly service and reasonable rates.
The Nadia attracts a lot of repeat guests, and it’s not hard to see why. This charmer may be light on the traditional frills, but welcoming touches—from the quirky to the downright heartwarming—abound here.
Pros: Brilliant location. Canal views. “When you’re here, you’re family” service. Sweet, homey touches.
Cons: Noisy streets. Steep stairs (no elevator). Small rooms
The Nadia Hotel’s 52 guest rooms come in about 10 different variations, from a super-small budget single to a larger “deluxe family room.” Rooms are decidedly unpolished and unpretentious, although fanciful Moroccan lamps add a little ambiance. Their diminutive sizes and wood-paneled walls, make them feel a little like ship cabins—and the canal views in some enhance that vibe. The thin, patterned bedding feels a little dated, but all is in good condition.
The Nadia is located in a monument building, leaving little to no room to legally expand its room sizes. Single rooms can be especially limited in space (tip: grab one with a balcony for a fresh and splendid extension).
All rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, a TV, safe, mini-fridge, telephone and plentiful shelving. Some rooms come with lovely wrought-iron balconies (reserve ahead). Note that the canal-side rooms are the quietest.
The private bathrooms are frill-free but functional, with a hair dryer, soap, drinking glasses and fresh, soft towels. A little cramped but always clean, they sport soft coloring that feels warmer than the usual sterile white.
Although it’s a mid-size hotel, the Nadia has a cozy, small-hotel vibe. There are no shortage of homey, welcoming touches, including two house cats and a crew of cheerful staff members who are happy to help arrange everything from excursions and bicycle rentals to babysitting, parking services and airport shuttles. Guests are even given given a quick orientation, a tourist handbook and refreshing drink on arrival.
The Nadia’s interior décor is quirky (if not to say kitschy). You’ll find a mishmash of plants, character figurines, plastic Dutch novelty dolls and large aerial photographs of the capital. The reception desk is stocked with fliers and deals for Amsterdam’s main attractions. There is also a "secret garden" that resides in the center of the hotel. Decked out with all manner of greenery (including a few carniverous plants and even sometimes a bird or two!), it's more of a hobby for the staff, but guests who ask nicely can usually take a peek.
Breakfast, included in the room rate, is served in a breakfast room that is nothing short of inspirational: an ample old-fashioned dining room replete with ornate ceiling medallions, lavish Middle-Eastern lamps and plenty of greenery! Pretty picture windows offer stellar canal views and a close look at the grand Westerkerk.
Tea, coffee and other refreshments are available all day long. Note that the Hotel Nadia does not have an elevator. There is a steep flight of stairs leading up to reception, and more steep stairs to many of the rooms (there is, however, usually someone on hand to help with bags).
The Hotel Nadia boasts an enviable location in Grachtengordel West, just a stone’s through from Westerkerk and the Anne Frank Huis. Centraal Station, Dam Square and the Old Center are all within easy walking distance, and there is a tram stop just steps from the hotel for trips farther afield.
Guest reviews in brief
The Nadia wins guests over with her charming staff, brilliant location and homey feel. Most guests rave about the hotel, praising its cleanliness and sweet touches like fresh flowers in the rooms and a welcome drink. They also love the historic building and serene garden.
There’s no denying that the Hotel Nadia has tiny guest rooms and lots of steep stairs. Guest mention both, but most don’t seem to mind either. In fact, many report that there are friendly staffers on hand to help with carting bags up the stairs. The occasional guest complains that rooms are dated, but most overlook the hotel's simplicity in favor of the excellent value it provides.
The Nadia is located across the street from the Westermarkt tram stop, which is serviced by trams 13 and 17.
From the airport: Trains leave the airport for Centraal Station 10 to 15 minutes. It’s about a 20-minute journey to the train station, and from there you can take the tram (13 or 17) or the bus (170,171 or 172) to Westermarkt. The hotel also arranges airport shuttles or taxi service (for less than you would pay picking up a cab on the street).
Taxi: A cab from the airport to Hotel Internationaal will cost you about €50. From Amsterdam Centraal Station it’s about €12. The hotel will arrange cheaper taxis from both the train station and the airport, so call ahead to arrange.
Reviewed by: Audrey Sykes, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended 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
Grachtengordel West, Amsterdam, Netherlands
About the Nadia Hotel neighborhood
Grachtengordel West is an expansive area in the center of town, near the Dam and the Old Center. It's also home to gorgeous 17th-century canal houses, Westermarkt, the Homomonument, the Westerkerk (Amsterdam's grandest church and the final resting place of Rembrandt) and Anne Frank's House.