The Mint Hotel is located right beside the Central Station in Amsterdam, which makes it a great location for anyone who plans to travel into the city by train from Schiphol airport (the quickest and easiest way to get into town). It also means that you’re located right by a central hub for trams, taxis, and buses and that you’ll be in a place where you can easily walk to attractions such as the Anne Frank house or Rijksmuseum.
The hotel is brand new and it shows in the furniture and fittings that have been used. Rooms have an iMac that can be used as a computer (obviously) or to play the DVDs that the hotel makes available free of charge. The iMac is also used as a TV so it’s got a smaller screen than the usual flat-screen TV that now seems to be the norm for hotels. Both wired and Wi-Fi Internet access is free. The Wi-Fi signal was good for PCs, iPhones, and iPads throughout the hotel.
The hotel personnel are cheerful and made checking in an easy process, even though we arrived before noon. Everyone seemed pleased to help, which is a nice change from the dour attitude that is sometimes met in other hotels.
We had a room overlooking the canals and Central Station square. The rooms on the other side of the hotel overlook the railway line, which isn’t so attractive. In our case, we could still hear the noise of the trains as they passed over a steel bridge en route into the station until approximately 1am.
The rooms are small and compact, which is what you expect in a city center hotel, but they are comfortable and clean so they are a nice place to spend a couple of hours relaxing while you figure out what to do next in Amsterdam. The beds are very firm and seem to be a small queen rather than king size, which might be important to some.
Like many hotels the contents of the mini-bar should be avoided unless you delight in spending large amounts on items such as EUR4.50 for 0.5L of water (sparkling or flat). There are supermarkets close to the hotel where you can stock up on items at a more appropriate price.
The breakfast buffet is a tad expensive at EUR24/head (the continental breakfast is EUR14/head). Cheaper breakfasts (less than EUR10) can be found if you take a short walk across the bridge in the direction of Dam square or you can grab a pastry and coffee in the Central Station. Alternatively, you might be able to book a rate that includes breakfast and save some money that way.