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Hotel Library, Amsterdam

Mom and I just spent 3 nights at this hotel. It’s priced decently for center-city Amsterdam and is very near the train station and about a 15 minute walk into the city center. The hotel lobby is actually set up as a lending library and has a charming spiral staircase that leads to a second level with comfy chairs and lots of books. Guests are encouraged to borrow and/or leave books. The lobby has a free coffee machine and fresh fruit 24 hours a day. The staff members we interacted with were friendly and helpful. Breakfast was included with a direct online booking (not a 3rd party booking) and it was a nice selection in a beautiful room with original murals on every wall. There is a lift, but it doesn’t go up to the top floors and the stairs are quite steep. We knew this in advance from reading reviews and were able to request a room on the first floor that was accessible by lift. The hotel has free WiFi, which was spotty at times, but adequate unless you are doing business. The room was an average size for European hotel rooms. Overall, we would recommend this hotel to those on a budget who enjoy a bit of character in your lodging!

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Thanks Kristen! Sounds like every book lover’s dream - spending the night in the library!!

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Thanks, Kristen. We stayed at the Hotel Nieuw Minerva in Leiden a couple of years ago, and they also had a library. We read some while we were there, and left a couple of our own.

The Aberdeen in Rome used to have some bring-borrow-take books in their lounge, as well.