A large picture window on the ground floor provides ample sunlight to the restaurant reception area
Rooms are bright and streamlined; some have small balconies
Breakfast, served in the restaurant, is included in the hotel rate
Elevator on the premise
Bikes are available to rent
A tram ride away from the city center and its main attractions
On a busy street missing the charm of Amsterdam's canals and bridges
Rooms can feel generic and lack personality
Hotel is missing a proper lobby
No business center or guest computer
A sunny and serviceable mid-range hotel, the Larende provides solid if somewhat generic lodging. Located in the Old West neighborhood, this 14-room hotel is a tram-ride away from major attractions and on a busy street lacking historic details and charm. Rooms are streamlined and bright with touches of blond wood. Double Rooms include small balconies that bring in more natural light. Breakfast is free, but little else is included, and for the rate, the mid-range Hotel Piet Hein has more features and is closer to major attractions.
A casual restaurant acts as the lobby, and the front desk multitasks as a bar
A small parade of flags wave over the top of the Larende's sign just below a floor-to-ceiling picture window that brings plenty of sunlight into the entrance. True to the hotel's name, the ground-floor restaurant doubles as a lobby where guests can lounge. A tidy grouping of simple square tables make up the dining room area and just beyond that sits the front desk, a plain cube of blond wood where one side handles check-in and the other acts as the restaurant's bar. From the elevator or stairs, an unadorned hallway of dark gray carpeting and white walls leads to the 14 rooms.
On a busy street, a tram ride away from Amsterdam's main attractions
Situated in Amsterdam's Old West neighborhood, the Larende is far from the city's main attractions. Crossing into Jordaan, a photogenic neighborhood of coffee shops and canal houses, requires a 13-minute walk. And most other attractions -- the Anne Frank museum, Dam Square -- require a tram ride. (Thankfully, the tram stop is a two-minute walk away.) The street scene lacks some of the charm of the historic city center: Large brick buildings and a road with two lanes of busy traffic aren't the stuff of picture postcards. But the Old West neighborhood does offer an opportunity to separate from the tourist pack and see how locals live, if that appeals. Still, guests who prefer being closer to the heart of the city should consider the similarly priced Bridge Hotel right on Amstel River.
Clean, sunny, and streamlined, rooms have white walls and dark floors. A small dose of color comes from the blond wood panels accenting the walls and the bedding in a soft camel hue. All Double Rooms include a small balcony adding to the natural light. (Twin and Single rooms are without outdoor space and slightly smaller in size.) Useful features include a minibar, a safe, and a desk. Bathrooms are equally streamlined in gray tile and white fixtures. Overall, the look is pleasant, if somewhat generic. Those seeking more character could consider the Bridge Hotel, housed inside a 19th-century building with more quirky architectural details.
The bright and cheerful ground-floor restaurant offers free breakfast to all guests. And dinner and drinks are served later in the day (not included in the hotel rate). Guest can also rent bicycles from the hotel for a fee. But features here are sparse, especially compared to other mid-range properties like the Hotel Piet Hein, which also includes a business center and a communal, ivy-covered terrace.
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