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For today’s Hotel Crush, I’ve chosen the Hotel Museumzicht in Amsterdam, an old-time EuroCheapo favorite. Audrey Sykes, our Amsterdam correspondent, visited this month and just submitted her review, along with more than 80 photographs! Apparently, the hotel was rather photogenic! (We only published 37 of the photos due to space constraints and iPhoto fatigue…)
The Museumzicht, which means “museum view” in Dutch, is an old fashioned one-star hotel, offering 14 rooms in a classic Art Nouveau mansion across the street from the Rijks Museum and two blocks from the Vondelpark. Rates start at €65 for a double.
Rooms are rather simply furnished in antique (or simply old) pieces, and decorated “a la grandmother” with floral wallpaper, vintage oil paintings, and some dainty old lamps. As far as amenities go, the list is short (no TV, no telephone), but all rooms have free Wi-Fi access.
Most rooms share (spotless) bathrooms in the hallways, although they are still equipped with their own small sinks.
Many of the bathrooms, meanwhile, sport gorgeous old varicolor ceramic tiling.
Did we mention that many of the rooms have views out to neighboring buildings and gardens, along the (sometimes too busy) tram-lined street, or across the way to the Rijks Museum?
The lounge / breakfast room, meanwhile, is a class act, boasting restored period furniture, a TV, lending library, and plenty of chairs waiting for you to sit and gaze down to the museum sight below.
One downside: As in many hotels in Amsterdam, the stairs are rather steep…
The best part: The rates. The Museumzicht offers doubles, with and without private bath, from €65-115, including breakfast. Is there any question why we have such a crush on the place?