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A historic property located on a central road, close to central trams and tourist sites
The Convent Hotel is a beautiful historic property located in a safe and quintessential area of Amsterdam. Dam Square, Amsterdam Centraal, as well as all other tourist attractions are all within walking distance. To access other areas of the city, the hotel is located along a major tram line. There are bars and restaurants nearby, yet the neighborhood doesn't have a late-night party atmosphere. Tram and traffic noise, however, can be heard from lower rooms facing the street.
Marked by cobblestone roads, street-level canals and an abundance of coffee shops (which are most often known for something other than coffee), Amsterdam is both a quiet and lively city without the pretention of European metropolises.
In the summer, visitors can enjoy live music at the Openluchttheater, an open-air venue at the Vondelpark, or the Roots Music Festival. The Gay Pride parade also takes place in the summer, and the city's many museums -- including the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House, where Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during World War 2 -- are popular year-round. Visitors in April can experience Queen's Day, which celebrates the queen's birthday and includes a massive flea market, parties, and outdoor concerts.
Noordermarkt is known for its antiques, and Brouwerij de Prael is a recommended stop for beer enthusiasts. Fun dining spots include the famous sandwich spot Van Dobben, as well as Pancake Bakery, which offers more than 70 types of pancakes and a slew of other breakfast goods.
The Convent Hotel Amsterdam is a friendly 148-room hotel with a unique history: It previously housed two monasteries from the 13th and 14th centuries. The beautiful entrance makes way to a comfortable but chain-like lobby, while The Duke of Windsor bar has a cozy "Orient Express" theme. There's no full restaurant on-site, but breakfast and room service are available. Other amenities include a business center and a sauna, which is attached to a sparsely equipped fitness center. This multi-use space can also be reserved for private massages. Guest rooms are clean, though a bit outdated in decor, and have modern touches such as flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, minibars, and free Wi-Fi. Beds come with soft pillow-top mattresses, and windows let in lots of natural light. Tram and traffic noise can be heard, but light sleepers can request a room on the other side of the hotel (though views may face a brick wall). Lovers of original craftsmanship can request a room with a vaulted wood-beamed ceiling.