My husband and I had always wanted to visit Amsterdam, so it had a lot to live up to!
We arrived at the airport (only just over half an hour from Manston, Kent) and then discovered that there wasn't a laid on shuttle hotel bus service as expected. We managed to find a private company running a hotel service, so coughed up our 32 euros (for the two of us) and were delivered at the NH City Centre in around 40 minutes. Reception were helpful, but "didn't know anything" about the supposed pick up (I'd emailed twice to confirm) Then we were informed that this service just did not exist. Ho Hum. However, they were very helpful otherwise. Gave me the canal view room I'd requested and mentioned about breakfast being 15 euro if we ordered the day before, but 20 euro if we left it till the morning. We thought about it and then said we would like to have it. Nothing else was said and we went up to our room. Room 407 was an excellent choice. Very large indeed. Double aspect with large windows (that opened) and a king size bed. Although a little hard, the bed proved comfortable. No complaints about the room at all, and the views were simply lovely from the canal side of the room. Had a couple of drunk neighbours arrive home about 2am, but the hotel couldn't be held to blame for that.
The TV was good and I managed to watch the Wimbledon Final and the whole of the hotel must have heard my screams of delight, but nothing was said (!)
The shower was great in the morning and didn't lack power, especially as so many people using water like mad, at that time I should imagine. We went down to breakfast and were asked for a voucher that Reception were supposed to have given us the evening before, when we booked breakfast. Obviously the Receptionist hadn't understood that we had indeed booked. However, after a call to Reception, the matter was cleared up and we were allowed to have our breakfast at the discounted price of 15 euros each. Great "help yourself at a machine" coffee, so we could have as much as we liked. The cooked breakfast wasn't exactly up to much, but they had a good stab at decent enough bacon and scrambled egg. The sausages were spicy, so a little scary for us first thing in the morning! Lots to chose from: cereals, juices and all the continental breakfast menu too. Everyone seems to speak English and they all were very friendly.
We stayed for two nights and found that just about all the sights could be seen on foot from the hotel. Although the Rijks and Van Gogh museums did take about 40 minutes to walk there, and not the optimistic 20 minutes that we had been told! Anne Frank's house was only about 15 minutes away and the canal boat station about half an hour. Flower Market 20 minutes. So really well situated.
We thought we would eat at the restaurant next door, until we looked at the board outside and decided we didn't want to take out another mortgage! Looked great though. However, lots of cafes, restaurants, etc around, so we were spoilt for choice.
All in all a nice hotel and worth the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The NH City Centre Amsterdam Centre offers guests a gateway to the historic and beautiful Amsterdam. Located in the heart of the city and overlooking the Singel Canal, the hotel is only a very brief walk to the famous floating flower market, the powerfully moving Anne Frank House, and the bustling shops of Dam Square. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nh Amsterdam City Centre Hotel Amsterdam
- Nh Hotels Amsterdam
- Nh Hotel Amsterdam