We were scheduled to go on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. In order to take advantage of frequent flyer miles, we 'had' to travel to Amsterdam five days early and were fortunate enough to select Prince Henry Suites as our base for exploring the city.
As noted in previous reviews and on their web site, Prince Henry isn't located in the heart of the tourist zone which we found to be a real advantage. Rather, you will find your home away from home in a leafy residential neighborhood close to Vondelpark, a number of fine restaurants, and just minutes away from Amsterdam's very efficient tram system. We stayed in the Executive Garden Suite but peeked into several other rooms and each is uniquely furnished. There are a lot of little touches that add to the overall experience: original art, fresh flowers, and coffee, tea and cookies stocked in the room.
A breakfast tray is delivered to your door each morning. Rather than describing it, I've attached a photo. We were never able to finish everything on the tray but if you could, you probably wouldn't need to worry about another meal until dinner. Ah, dinner. Petra provides some great ideas for restaurants: Italian, Moroccan, Indonesian, and seafood which were all excellent. Since she used to run her own restaurant, her recommendations carry some authority!
Beyond the accommodations, Petra and Joop go out of their way to make sure you maximize your time in Amsterdam. From tips on what's in the neighborhood to helping out with laundry for people like us on an extended trip, they did it all. One of our best travel experiences ever!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Individually designed spacious (30m2-40m2) non-smoking Suites with designer bathrooms in the luxury residential Vondelpark (Amsterdam-Zuid) area. Strategically located between the PC Hooftstraat fashion shops (Prada, Dior, Vuiton Chanel...0, The main museums, but still only a 15 minutes walk from the 'Leidseplein' where the old city begins. Excellent hide out for lovers, especially if they love art and culture; walk to your favorite museum and the Concertgebouw. We have two suites with an extra sofa bed. (Excutive and Apartment suite). The area has plenty of excellent restaurants, brasseries, bars and so on. We provide you with information about these. We make a delicious breakfast for you. (€ 14,50 P.P) In the morning we will prepare this with fresh orange juice, freshly made fruit salad, ham and cheese and homemade confiture (jams) from our property in France. (Petra is a chef and a caterer). We have a special little oven for our rolls and croissants. And we bake gluten free and low carb bread ourselves. At the desired hour (from 8 o'clock onwards), she will put it on a tray outside your door. For the early morning hours she will prepare you something the night before, which you can also take along with you to the airport. We don't knock on doors (except for housekeeping between 12.00 And 15.00 Hours) so you are not going to be disturbed. Our home is your castle. ... more less
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