I would definitely recommend this hotel! At first I was quite hesitant due to the location as its not in the Center of Amsterdam. Surprisingly it work out brilliantly and would stay there if I ever went back. The hotel staff were polite and helpful, we had a room on the 5th floor facing the canal; we were close to the road however the traffic noise didn't disturb our sleep.
When we first arrived in Amsterdam, we took the train in to Centraal Station, we stored our luggage at the station (extremely secure, absolutely no issues) for the cost of 5 Euros for 24h use (it only takes cards, NO CASH) so we didn't have to waste time going to the hotel to drop it off and then come all the way back into the center to start our holiday. We went to the Information center and bought our tram pass for 21 Euros which was good for 4 days unlimited on any tram, bus or underground. There were other bus companies servicing the area but we didn't try to use the pass with them as the main transit run by the city is brilliant so there wasn't a need. Once we were finished touring, we went back for our luggage and hopped in the 5 Tram to our hotel (The 24 Tram goes there as well). The stop is the Appollaan (probably miss spelled) which took us 20 minutes to get to. I think the 24 is a little quicker. Once you get off the tram, cross the road (Stay on the left), walk until you get to the next main street, cross that street and you should see the hotel on the left further up.
Around the Hotel: There is a grocery store Albert Heijn (They are located all over the city, look for lighter blue writing 'ah' on the sign). To get there get off at the stop after the Appollaan, you will see a bakery, walk up the street that way until you see a Deli, turn right after the deli and its right there. We bought water (much cheaper), fruit, drinks, breakfast food, crisps and such...would definitely recommend stopping there was its way cheaper than eating out for breakfast and such. If you are on a budget buy your water there and take it with you into the center. When you come out of the store turn right and walk down the street until you see a large round office building, turn left and walk around it to the other street, cross the main street there and turn left, you should see the hotel there.There is a Shell petrol station if you walk past the hotel, however it was extremely expensive and very limited.
There is a Deli, drug store (similar to Boots) called ETO, Dixons electronic store, Bakery and coffee shop just down located at the stop after Appollaan. When you get off the Tram walk back towards the Appollaan stop and you will see them all on the right. There are also various other stores around there however everything closes early, probably 5 - 6 pm (The grocery store is open until 10 pm). There are a few restaurants further down, past the stop after the Appollaan but thats about it. If you are coming back from touring, eat before you get on the tram or buy something at the grocery store near the hotel as there is NOTHING around there fast food or restaurant wise, unless you eat at the hotel which is expensive.
The tram pass was wonderful (no need to buy the hop on hop off pass)! Its way cheaper than the hop on hop off and it takes you to all of the main attractions or a short distance away. Take the 24 Tram if you want to go to the Museumplein (I AMSTERDAM sign), Dam Square/Royal Palace, Heineken Exerience, Amsterdam Famous Market, Red Light District (get off at Dam Square and walk in the direction the tram is going, after the large building on the right, turn right and you are at the start of it). Take the 5 Tram if you want to go to the Rijks Museum/Museumplein (I AMSTERDAM sign), Vondelpark (have to walk a short distance in the same direction the tram is heading and it will be on the left), Jordaan neighbourhood (get off at the last stop before Centraal station, cross the road and there will be one of the main streets right there) - you can't miss the area, Royal Palace/ Dam Square (Drops you off on the other side of the Royal Palace). You can take the 24 Tram, get off at Dam Square, walk back towards Dam Square - turn right so you are on the right side of the palace and get on the 14 Tram which will take you to Ann Franks House and West Church.
The benefit of staying at the hotel is that the tram takes you basically where ever you want to go so you aren't starting at one in the center and having to talk to a completely different area. Although everything is pretty much within walking distance - it can save you quite a bit of walking having the tram pass. Regardless of the time or day, the trams are frequent - I don't think we waited more than 10 minutes for a tram. In fact they were so frequent sometimes we would wait for the next one if it was too busy.
We had an early morning flight so the night before we stayed at a hotel near the airport. Rather than leaving our bags at the hotel, we stored them at Centraal station until we were ready to leave, got on the Train to the Airport which drops you off close to the hotel shuttles. This was great as we didn't have to get up extremely early, worry about catching a Tram to Centraal station and then catch a Train to the airport - would definitely recommend doing this. The airport hotel was cheaper than staying another night at the hotel.
Overall we had a great trip, hotel was great, tram pass was great - really enjoyed Amsterdam!
PS if you are on a budget or just cheap like me, buy the caramel waffles (staple in Amsterdam) at the Albert Heijn store for a fraction of the price in the souvenir stores. There is one located right off the last stop for the number 5 tram before it goes to Centraal Station, cross the street and walk down the main street there for a couple minutes and it will be on the right. In general, shop around for Souvenirs as some shops are overpriced for the same goods cheaper in others. Don't wait to buy stuff at the Airport - extremely expensive!
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- Excellent location within walking distance to the main museums and well-known shopping streets but also near the RAI convention centre and the WTC Amsterdam. We can offer you the best of both worlds! The hotel is surrounded by water and tranquility, and yet so close to the city centre that you sense both the energy of city life and the heart of the business world. This is the special location of the majestic Wyndham Apollo Hotel Amsterdam, where 5 Amsterdam canals converge. Make your stay complete with a culinary feast in the hotel restaurant La Sirène. The hotel offers private parking, a spa and a marina. ... more less
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