We found this hotel through last minute deals and decided to splurge on a non-typical European hotel for the last three nights of our 16 day honeymoon. First of all, for a five star hotel, we expected a lot so we may be a bit more critical than we would be for a 3 star but that being said, the hotel in general was very comfortable. It is not near the main hubs of Amsterdam but we didn't mind taking the tram and having to walk. We were adventuresome when we arrived and rather than take the 35 euro taxi from the Central train station, we finally found the right tram (number 24) and rode to the Apollean stop. We had to ask for directions and then walk for about 10 minutes but did arrive for only 5.60 euro for both! (Would be a nightmare if you had a lot of luggage!)
Our room was very good size, a nice bed and very clean! We had read about old rooms verses newly decorated and frankly, I am not sure what ours was. There was purple everywhere - carpet, paneling, paint but it wasn't obnoxious--again, very clean and very large compared to everything else on our trip. It felt like an American hotel in Amsterdam.
Here are the minor complaints. We would expect a five star hotel to replenish the shampoo/body wash stuff every day. They didn't and by day 3, they were gone. Although they provided a nice tea pot, after day 1, they did not replenish the creamer or the sugar--and only one tea bag the last day. I hated the pillows - too bulky and huge but hubby liked them. Also, the internet was an issue. Only one device can be used per room and we were advised that they were beginning to charge starting November 22. Again, a 5 star, one would think, would provide free internet services. Note of caution: if the shower head sprays on the small glass door, you can have a minor bathroom flood!
Our room deal included the breakfast buffet and when we went to check in, I mentioned this to the desk person who looked very skeptical. I pulled out my iPad, showed him the reservation confirmation from Last Minute, which he then had to take to show his manager. She then confirmed that it was included but we felt like we would not have been "believed" had I not had the iPad confirmation.
The breakfast buffet was FANTASTIC! There is so much food, the service was outstanding and it really was great to have this to start our three days. Our flight left early on the last day so we had to be there right at 630 and eat fast but the staff was accommodating and we were really glad to have the option.
Wyndham Apollo is a nice place, not a typical European joint at all but after a long trip, we were pleased to have the comforts at the end of our honeymoon. I don't know that I would stay there if I didn't have a great rate that included breakfast...but it was clean, relaxing and perfect of us---this time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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