The Barbizon Palace sits opposite the Central Station, and right on the edge of the Red Light District.
I emphasise this for those of you thinking of going and really wanting a quiet experience.
It is on the edge of one of the liveliest areas in Europe and is opposite a major railway station.it is not quiet.
You can however use the earplugs provided or as we did, ask for a room with an internal view ( and it was quiet) but outside it is like Soddam and Gemorah .
Amsterdam is a heady mix of culture,hedonism,sex,drugs and rock and roll , although I didn't see any of the latter, I saw plenty of all the others.
The Hotel is not by modern standards a real 5* , it caters for a business clientele! and has an expensive restaurant! the rooms are tired and need a refurb?!but they are large and clean?Although our room did have some writing on the wall and some holes in the wall paper. My main problem was based around a great day walking round Amsterdam and coming back late afternoon to find the room had not been serviced but the cleaner was in the next room. after waiting downstairs for half an hour we found that the cleaner had left and not only not done our room, but also posted under the door, the "clean our room " sign the hotel provides. A complaint by phone led to know action over the next 20 minutes and so a visit to Reception and a demand to see the Manager got the room cleaned by 5.55pm and we had arrived back at 3.45pm.
The offer of 2 lots of free drinks was OK ,but if Hotels get the basics wrong like cleaning your room, what hope is there of it matching it's 5* billing.
It is a great location and it was cheap....no wonder?!!
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- Also Known As:
- Nh Barbizon Palace Amsterdam
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