Spent a weekend here in late Aug 2013 and I can honestly say it was one of the best hotel experiences of my life.About two months before I booked this hotel, I was struggling to find accommodation in AMS city centre and the prices being asked were astronomical. So I checked out CP AMS South. Wow! Euros100 per night (excluding breakfast) when the competition in town was charging 2, 3, 4 or even 5 times that amount-no contest!
My only concern before arriving at the hotel was that it it is quite far out of the city centre. However, that turned out to be largely irrelevant. I arrived at Schiphol Airport from EDI at about 1pm on Fri and was in my hotel room within 30 minutes of landing. Took a train from Schiphol to AMS Zuid station (cost Euro3) and walked for less than 5 minutes from the station to the hotel.
Checkin was incredibly quick, efficient and friendly. As IHG loyalty member, I had free high speed internet access during my stay in my room and throughout the hotel.
Room was on the top (11th) floor and was exceptionally well-appointed, with some interesting, thoughtful and innovative touches. Lavender spray on the bed to aid sleep has become an IHG standard and was here as well. The shower was massive, with a huge fixed glass screen and this was very effective at containing the spray. Plenty of lighting and plug points, including both European and British standard plugs.Really comfortable bed and a nice array of bathroom goodies, including robe.
Eating in the hotel was a good standard of quality, reasonably priced and served in a very friendly manner. The Manhattan Bar has a really nice vibe. Breakfast was British/American buffet standard and was perfectly suited to the hotel with attentive staff.
Getting into town on the number 5 GVB tram was easy-walk back past Zuid Station, up a few stairs, then catch the frequent tram. A 24-hour GVB ticket, that covers tram, bus and metro, can be purchased from the hotel and in many other places (incl on the tram itself) for Euro7.50.
This tram stops frequently, including at Concertgebouw/Rijksmuseum/Museumplein, before terminating at Sentraal Spoorwegstasie in the town centre.I reckon Rijksmuseum is 10 mins from hotel, central station maybe 20 mins. So, frankly, being outside the city centre is really no big deal.
Bottom line; this hotel ticks all the right boxes and does what it does exceptionally well. It is rare to find such a useful combination these days. Highly recommended.
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