Hi, all. I wanted to alert everyone (including Rick and Gene Openshaw, who write the guidebooks) that Hotel Ambassade in Amsterdam, which is listed on p. 191 of the latest Netherlands book and on p. 140 of the latest Pocket Amsterdam as providing a Rick Steves discount, no longer provides a Rick Steves discount, if it ever did.
I am planning my stay for 8 nights in May 2019. I went on the website to find out the total cost for 8 nights, with and without breakfast. Once I had the total, I sent an email to ask about the Rick Steves discount promised in his guidebooks. I received a reply the next day (July 2, 2018) from Ms. Femke Kettenis that they could not provide a discount to Rick Steves customers because everyone that books directly with them gets a 10% discount. In other words, because emphasized texteveryoneemphasized text who books with them on their website gets a 10% discount, they can't provide anything more to those who mention Rick Steves. Because Rick Steves always recommends booking directly with the hotel, this reply made no sense to me, but there it is.
I shall likely stay with them anyway, just because it looks amazing, but the next editions of the 2 guidebooks (the big one and Pocket Amsterdam) need to take out the language that the Hotel Ambassade provides a Rick Steves discount. It doesn't.