For the price the Belfort charges, they give exactly what you pay for. It's very simple, very basic. The rooms are clean enough but not sparkling, and there is the must of humidity everywhere that gets into one's clothing and belongings. It's far from the center of town, in a kind of suburban enclave, so you must expect to spend time in traveling. But the staff was enormously helpful and knowledgeable about their city. They all spoke perfect English -- one girl named Yu, who has never been to the States or to England, said she got her Minnesota accent (I kid you now!) from watching American television. Indeed, the room was equipped with a tiny 1980's style television hooked to a cable that played at least four channels of nonstop American television, shown either with Dutch subtitles or without explanation. The entire time I was there, the large flat-screen television in the lobby played nonstop football games with commentary in English. The internet is only in the lobby, which is a bit of a strain if you are trying to stay in touch with the outside world, and the room is so cramped there'd be no place to put your computer if there were a connection there. Overall, this is a place that should be rated 2-star (furniture is old, worn; carpeting is worn and dingy) but has 3, for reasons I could not discern. (After my 2-star hotel in Paris, I am guessing any place without bedbugs gets three stars? The Belfort definitely has NO bedbugs!) I am going to rate this place poor, but if it had two stars, then I'd rate it average.
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- Belfort Hotel Amsterdam