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Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Staalmeesterslaan 410, 8272 Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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“Almost ready as of August 2012”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This property is brand new, and situated beside the Rembrandt Park (which has quite a questionable reputation among the local Dutch). Nonetheless, we found the place reasonably safe and had no bad experiences walking back at 4am on a Sunday morning. It's a little out of the way from the city centre, and if you're not driving, requires a tram ride to access.

The check-in staff kept us waiting a good 5 minutes before acknowledging our presence to check us in. Once that way underway, we made our way to the room to find music playing and the interactive television switched on with a welcome note addressed to my name. It would all have been very impressive if they had only addressed me as Miss instead of Mr. This faux pas just left an impression that the hotel was trying a little too hard to impress, and yet overlooking the details that really matter.

The beds were incredibly comfortable and the room was very spacious. There was a nightlight with motion sensors that kept clicking on and off in the night, disturbing my friend's sleep. That aside, we have no complains about noise, and the curtains blocked out the sunlight in the morning, allowing a good sleep in.

The bathroom was very slick and clean. The only problem was that the door of the shower area was not designed to reach the wall so we had wet floors upon stepping out of the shower. The bath towels were a little thin so we could barely rectify the nightly flooding from our shower.

We did not eat breakfast - the price quoted killed all appetite, but the same area gets converted into a bar in the evenings, and the hostesses were very attentive. We were informed by one very friendly staff member that Friday nights was when the party happened.

We found the gym and were thrilled to have a decent workout after all our gourmet escapades, but were slightly disappointed to learn that the sauna was not yet up and running. Neither was the solarium but we didn't really care about possible skin cancer.

All in all we were happy to enjoy the luxuries and it was a hotel with high standards, but perhaps a tiny bit more effort could be put in to actually meet those standards they have set.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Imre H, Manager at Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Dear guest,

I have just read your review about your stay in Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre and would like to thank you for your kind words, and also for pointing out in which areas we could make improvements!
Your comments are therefore highly appreciated and of great value!
It was a pleasure having you as our guest, and I do hope to get the chance to welcome you again as our guest at Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre in the future!

Kind regard,

Imre Heijboer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Stayed in Ramada apollo august 27th to august 31st 2012.This is a high rise hotel 18 floors.Set in the beautiful Rembrandt Park.There is a no13 tram stop directly outside hotel a 15minute ride to central station(end of line) will set you back 2.7euro.However this ticket lasts 1 hour so you could catch a second tram from central station to go for example to the zoo.When we arrived four hours early for check in we were very warmly greeted by reception and allowed to check in immediately.The rooms were magnificently decorated with coffee making facilities and tv with free internet.The views were magnificent.Went up to 17th floor to restaurant/bar to have breakfast and to look around.What views! Price for breakfast was very overpriced at 17.50euro per day but if booked for duration of stay the price is reduced to 12.50 euro per day.Still overpriced in my opinion.We had breakfast.Plenty of choice including great British breakfast.Later drank at bar where the drinks prices were lower than most places in Amsterdam and staff wonderfully friendly.Did not eat at hotel for dinner prefering to try restaurants in Amsterdam.Will say however I thought restaurant menu was poorly designed with only three hot dishes available.I could not bring myself to purchase a Caesars salad for 12.50 euros.(Nearly £10 English pounds for a bunch of leaves).This is the ONLY complaint I have about the hotel.Everything but everything was perfect very friendly helpful staff I was treated like a king.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Imre H, Manager at Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Dear guest,

We are so happy to read that Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre is the best hotel you have ever stayed in!

This is a big compliment for us and we really appreciate your kind comments.

We would be pleased to welcome you again in Ramada Apollo masterdam Centre!

Kind regards,

Imre Heijboer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Nice, recently renovated, modern hotel. Upmost friendly and helpful staff! Located at the border of a big park just outside of Amsterdam’s center. City center can be reached on a convenient 10 min tram 13 ride stopping at the back of the hotel. Secured parking for 25 € a day, and this is a deal for Amsterdam. Fast, free wifi in room and rest of hotel. Free secured luggage lockers available. Nice view over Amsterdam from the upper floors rooms and restaurant at the 17th floor. If booked in advance nice deals available for an affordable stay in Amsterdam. Have the feeling this will grow to a top hotel in Amsterdam. Found only a few realy minor minus points that management will have to look for to become a top hotel: Our room didn’t have a waste bin, no cups available in bathroom for tooth brushing, no stirring rods available at complementary coffee and tea, phone was dead in our room (but we didn’t need it so didn’t bother). Cover around extra pillow was missing but provided within 5 minutes by staff. We will certainly be back!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Imre H, Manager at Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Dear Linda Bruno,

Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion with us.

We are very happy to read that you were satisfied with your stay. Your feedback is very much appreciated by us.

We would be pleased to welcome you again in the Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre Hotel!

Kindest regards,

Imre Heijboer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

we recently stayed in the Ramada hotel, the hotel provide a shuttle bus service from the airport to the hotel which was very handy. the staff at the hotel were very friendly. The hotel its self was modern and clean, the rooms were a great size and the beds comfortable. great views over the city from our room on the 12th floor. would use this hotel again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Imre H, General Manager at Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Dear Guest,

I greatly appreciate your comments posted on Tripadvisor and we are delighted to hear your stay at Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre was an enjoyable one.

Many thanks for your kindliness and we look forward to accommodate your future travel needs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

This new hotel (opened August 2012) is likely to be a success in spite of being 20 minutes by tram from Amsterdam Station. The hotel is only two minutes from Tram 13 Stop which offers a frequent service to the Dam and Central Amsterdam. It is amazingly quiet which suited we two senior citizens. We declined the promotional offer of breakfast at 12 Euros rather than 17 Euros each because it was a requirement it should be taken for each of the three days. We would have happily have tried for the first day if it had been offered at the same price! We used the bar, which like the restaurant is situated on the 17th Floor - the top and were given a most warm welcome from the young and enthusiastic staff. We graciously turned down, however, the invitation to join them for the DJ evening on the Friday. Our room on the 11th Floor overlooked the city and had all the facilities that we required, from the hair dryer, ironing board, free wi fi, good shower and comfortable bed. It suited us perfectly and we would happily stay there again. Unfortunately, we were unaware of the free courtesy bus from Schipol Airport but willingly paid the 5 euros each for the return trip which was undertaken with courtesy and friendliness.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Imre H, General Manager at Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Dear guest,

Many thanks for posting your comment on Tripadvisor. I am very happy to hear your stay with us was an enjoyable one!
We would love to welcome you again soon at Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre.

With kindest regards,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Just returned from a 3 day break in The Dam!! Stayed at the Ramada Apollo... Great hotel ... not in the centre like it describes, however there are frequent trams just outside the hotel which takes you straight in to the centre of Amsterdam within 20 mins.
Hotel is brand new, so everything is clean, tidy and great value for money.... Can't fault the staff as very polite and helpful...
Arrived early and allowed us to check in at 11am instead of 2pm.... rooms are very modern and stylish... English channels, internet access on the TV... all free of charge. Clean towels every day, maid very helpful and tea and coffee facilities in the room which are replenished everyday.
Fab 17th floor bar and restaurant which does great cocktails and free shots... great views overlooking Amsterdam Rembrant Park ....However did not eat there as too many great restaurants in the town centre :)
Hotel offers pick up and drop off at the airport for just 5 Euros each way per person... Bargain!!! Totally worth arranging, as new hotel taxi drivers and locals not familiar with location.
If you get the train from the airport its the 2nd stop so don't make the mistake of going into the town centre as it's out of the way and you have to come back on yourself. A taxi can cost around 16 Euros.. so well cheaper arranging hotel transfers :)
Cheap to get around on the trams at 7.50 Euros for a 24hour tram pass .... the number 13 takes you in to Amsterdam Central and by Dam Square...
So if your looking for a bargain hotel worth value for money well worth booking this hotel :)

Room Tip: Rooms on the left side of the building overlook the park!!!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Imre H, General Manager at Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Dear Kelly Pritch,

Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre would like to thank you very much for taking the time to remark on your stay.

I am pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your overall stay! Thank you for leaving your comment, reviews as these encourage us on continuously improving our service.
I look forward welcoming you again at Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre.


Kind regards,

Imre Heijboer
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

My wife and I enjoyed a 2 night at the Ramada Apollo in August of this year, a newly opened hotel in a peaceful location.
The room was nice, clean and modern with amazing view of Rembrandt park, and right around the corner from two tram stops. The coffee served in Floor 17 is amazing, with great views if the city so definitely worth a visit - and the staff there seemed very friendly as well. The hotel transfer to/from the airport is a great idea and certainly took away an confusion we had about how to get to the hotel. The transfer coach driver was very friendly, professional and a credit to the hotel.

The biggest critisism of our visit is the advice provided by a member of the reception staff, who told us that the closest tram stop to the hotel was Postjesweg, so we took a tram back to here very late at night and found ourselves in a unknown location from which we had to find our way back to the hotel through a park in pitch darkness. The correct stop is in fact Adm. Helfrichstraat (tram 13 from Central Station).

Other minor points are: we'd have liked it if the complimentary teas/coffees in the room were replenished every day. There were no vegetarian food options in the bar on Floor 17.

Overall a great base to explore the city, we'd return to this hotel.

Room Tip: A high a floor as possible, facing Rembrant park for the views over the city.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Staalmeesterslaan 410, 8272 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #75 of 345 hotels in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:4 star — Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This spectacular 4-star hotel, containing 446 rooms, is not only one of the biggest hotels in Amsterdam, but also the biggest Ramada hotel in Europe. The imposing building is situated only 15 minutes from the historic city centre and is ideally located on the Amsterdam ring road and next to the RembrandtparkRamada Apollo Amsterdam Centre contains 446 luxurious rooms and suites, 8 state-of-the-art meeting rooms, sauna and fitness facilities, solarium, 300 indoor parking spaces and a spectacular restaurant & skybar on the 17th floor; Floor17! The hotel is ideally situated next to the Amsterdam ring road, with a perfect connection to Schiphol International Airport as well as Amsterdam city centre.All of the meeting rooms have natural daylight and a magnificent view; 5 Sky Lounges on the top floor (18th floor) and 3 meeting rooms on the ground floor.The newest hotspot in town is Skybar Floor17! Richard Matulessy, former Executive Chef of the well-known Amstel Hotel, is in charge of the kitchen team. Enjoy Food Entertainment on the ‘highest’ level, while enjoying the staggering 360-view on Amsterdam and surroundings. An open kitchen, trendy staff and good music are the perfect combination for a great night out. Drink - Dance - Dine on Friday and Saturday night with DJ’s, drinks and bites; the ideal start of your weekend! ... more   less 
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