This hotel is a wonder in Amsterdam. Very good rooms, very good infrastructure, really friendly staff and all for a good price on Amsterdam standards.
Situated in a calm and good location of the city, you can just walk through the lovely Oud Zuid area for 10 min and then you are at the Vondelpark. Nearby the park you have nice restaurants and bars, that cost less and offer better drinks/food than the city centre area (tourist traps). Well, if you want to go there (centre), you can just walk from the hotel, or get the tram 1 that is really quick, like 10-15 to there. The hotel even rent bikes. I cant see why this is such a big problem when I see some people complaining here. If you want just stroll around the city centre, get a hotel there, don't complain.
Still about the location, it is very good for people that arrive by car, as it is situated on the city rings and you can park the car at the World Fashion Center Park and Ride (only EUR 8 a day with transp. ticket included). And this parking is less than 800m from the hotel.
The rooms are modern, comfortable and good sized. The Skyy bar has a good view with very good cocktails. Breakfast was really good with nice variety. Dinner at the restaurant was really good, with classy food and friendly waiters.
The only down for me would be the bill-to-the-room system that is a bit confusing. I was happy that the hotel was already paid on the Internet, but I was asked on the check-in if I wanted any "extra service" (I did not know what this was), then I said no. When I tried to get an beer from the automatic minibar (EUR 3,50 too expensive), it said "Guest not checked in". The same happened with me trying to put on the room the restaurant bill and the bar. You need to prepay like EUR 100 to put as credit for your room that you can use. This is not really optimal in my opinion, as it creates the impression that the hotel does not trust on the guests, and that you need to pay something before being able to use basic things like the minibar.
Other bit negative was the room cleaner, asking to clean the room before the breakfast. We were not leaving the room this day, so it does not make sense as we will return after the breakfast to take a shower or similar. We let her do the cleaning, but it was not really a great idea.
We let the baggage at the secure locker, they were really friendly about this. The only missing thing is that we haven't used the spa area (pool and sauna).
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