I stayed one night at this hotel on a recent business trip. While the hotel has not yet had it's grand opening (which often means still working out the kinks) I was completely impressed with the total package it provides. From well equipped rooms in nice design (the bed is very comfortable) to a super restaurant, Floor 17, this hotel has a super price to performance ratio.
There is a free shuttle from the airport (and only €5 for the return to the airport) and public transportation just a few meters from the hotel entrance. Wifi is free and throughout the hotel. Breakfast was quite good and also on the 17th floor with spectacular views. The gym is on the small side but is very well equipped with the most modern Technogym equipment. There are plenty of places to have private conversations (good for business visitors) and the bar has a great ambiance. It feels like the 'it' place to be. Also if you need to have small business meetings for 5-50 participants, their facilities are very well equipped with reasonable rates. The sky lounge area adds a sense of luxury so book those if you want to add that special touch for your meetings.
And I cannot leave out an extra mention about the hotel, Floor 17. A great feeling with different zones for special ambiance. The food was fantastic although a bit expensive. But you're paying for more here than just filling your belly. We paid €130 for three people with main, dessert, two glasses of wine and coffee. Menu was a bit eclectic with a focus of course on fish and seafood.
The only downside to the hotel may be the neighborhood. I had read about it but witnessed nothing untoward. It is near a park in an 'up and coming' neighborhood and one perhaps should think twice before going jogging at night. For me this was not a negative point at all. Also the hotel is not in Amsterdam center so if you're looking for a hotel from which you can walk and visit the sites, this may not be your best bet. But if you want good value for money at a very high quality hotel which is great also for business events, then choose this one!
- 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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