I stayed for three nights in April and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again the next time I'm lucky enough to be in Amsterdam.
First, the hotel is located near the outer canal rings in a more residential area. In the evening there are plenty of little restaurants and cafes to enjoy a good meal and best of all you won't be woken by traffic or pedestrian noise coming from the street. The hotel is about a ten minute walk from the Heineken Experience, Fifteen minutes from the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. In the other direction it's about a 10 minute walk to the Floating flower market. There is a tram stop one block from the hotel which goes to Dam Square and the central train station. So overall the hotel is a good central location with good transport links if you don't want to walk.
The hotel itself is comfortable with a quirky dutch design sense. The rooms are very spacious, I had a double room that I almost felt lost in due to it's generous size -- even when compared to American hotel rooms. The furnishings were plenty, rocking chair, HUGE bed, TV, mini-bar, working desk and chair, night stands, ample lighting. The bathroom was big enough to share if you're traveling with someone. The sink had a nice delft tile like design, same as the wall tiles above the toilet. The shower was decent sized, never ran out of hot water, and had moderate water pressure. Mercure supplies you with plenty of toiletires so there is no need to bring soap or shampoo. The only downfall I found with the hotel room was the lack of free Wi-Fi access. In fact Wi-FI or cabled internet access is crazy expensive at the hotel, I think around $17US for three hours of Wi-FI (you can have multiple sessions that add to three hours or use it all at once). If you don't want to pay for internet access there is a free workstation in the lobby where you can easily check email or look up anything you may need to know while staying at the hotel.
Some people's reviews have mentioned the reception staff being rude or not friendly but I found the exact opposite. Hans (on the desk in the morning) in particular was cool -- with a witty sense of humor and the ability to speak a million languages what's not to like about him. The other two reception staffer's that I sopke with were helpful, they anwsered all my questions and filled any requests that I made during my stay.
I didn't have breakfast in the hotel as I'm more of a coffee and pastry person in the morning so big breakfasts are wasted on me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The charming boutique Hotel Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer is a located close to the Prinsengracht in the Canal Dsitrict. Completely non smoking. This hidden gem is set in a quiet street in the very heart of the city centre of Amsterdam. Shops, restaurants, museums and other places of interest are within walking distance. The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh- and Stedelijk Museum are nearby. The hotel offers 93 design rooms as well as a Dutch bar, breakfast restaurant and limited private outdoor (paid) parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer Hotel Amsterdam
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