Football teams from around the world were staying here over the Easter weekend for the youth team matches and they would not stay here if it's wasn't an amazing hotel. Also, as someone who never stays in hotels that allow children (I am a primary school teacher and want peace and quiet on my holidays) a hotel full of teenagers filled me with horror but you would not have known they were there. I can't rate this hotel enough and I wouldn't change anything about the whole weekend if I could do it all over again.-don't be put off by the grounds outside the entrance as they are landscaping to make the hotel even better.
The food is outstanding both room service, breakfast in bed and the restaurant which is expensive but worth every penny. The rooms were bigger than I expected and very clean. Free use of the internet for 20 mins every day was fantastic to check up on flight details especially with BA striking. The staff at the hotel couldn't do enough for us especially Oliver at the bar who I would recommend asking for an ATB (Ask The Bartender) or a Jack in the box cocktail. The hotel is not in the city centre but once you have seen the number of tourists pouring in and out of the hotels to check them out or book dinner you will be pleased to have chosen this hotel. After 12o'clock you need to get a taxi back (20euros) as no trains or metros go to Rai station directly and for this price it is cheap! (I am comparing this to Amsterdam prices where a Macdonalds happy meal is £8 -yes you read that correctly!!! 4 times the price of ours!!!) Ask at Reception for a hotel card so that if you are too drunk or stoned you can show it to any taxi driver who will get you home and there is no haggling over prices as everything is done on a meter.
Hotel Location is perfect next to Rai station and the number 4 tram (where we were first on and last off so you will get a seat). (Note you pay for the tickets actually on the tram) We brought an 'I amsterdam' card which was worth every penny as free transport (just scan your card like an oyster card) as well as getting into lots of places for free e.g. Van Gogh and the map and information inside the guide book were fantastic as it tells you everything you need to know e.g. what transport you need to take, opening hours, prices and information on all the attractions and restaurants in Amsterdam City.
Note on Amsterdam itself: Lots of fun but very, very expensive so take LOTS of money.
We didn't leave our hotel until midday each day and in 3 days managed to:
Day 1: Anne Franks house, sex museum, erotic museum, candle light canal cruise & red light district. We walked from central station to Anne Franks house it is not far!!
Day 2: Nemo science museum, Heineken Experience & the Ice Bar.
Day 3: Van Gogh, House of Bols, Amsterdam Dungeon & Grasshopper Coffee shop
We even had time to spare where we couldn't think of anywhere else we wanted to visit and so relaxed back at the hotel. Only had to queue for Van Gogh and Anne Frank all the rest we just walked into. Personally I would advice you to do the Heineken Experience out of everything - as there was so much to do and it was FUN!!!
I hope this review is helpful as I read every review on tripadvisor before I stay at a hotel and even though this is my personal opinion I don’t know anyone who stayed here this weekend (especially the liverpool football team) who would not rate it as the best hotel in Amsterdam and I know you will enjoy staying at the Novotel Amsterdam City.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Amsterdam City is a 4 star hotel near the Amsterdam RAI events centre and the WTC. RAI station,within walking distance of the hotel, offers frequent connections to the city centre and Schiphol Airport. This 100% non smoking hotel is an idealbase for a business trip or weekend away.The modern rooms feature an extra long bed, mobile desk, sofa and airconditioning. The hotel offers a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven meeting rooms, a business centre, pub and coffee corner ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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