To get to the heart of it, I'd say that the Schiller strikes a lovely balance between old world charm and new school conveniences. If you like some character in a hotel but also want the perks that accompany a remodeled room, this could be the place for you.
The 1910 building has lots of endearing details like the stained glass window in the stairwell, the pillars supporting the arched ceiling in the lobby, and the beautiful but slightly slick marble staircase. The elevator is small compared American counterparts but large enough for a couple of people and their luggage.
We were given a room on the first floor that had a balcony overlooking Rembrandtsplein. There is an unfortunately huge and bright neon billboard on the other side of the plaza but the heavy red curtains in our room blocked out the glow at night. There was some noise from the nightclub nearby, but it didn't keep us up at night and we chalked it up to the price of a cental location. Two large glass doors lead out to the balcony, which had a table and two chairs. The room was adaquately sized...no room for cartwheels but the two of us could move around without feeling too cramped. There was a desk, two nightstands with lamps, two chairs, and an end table. The bed had a large painting for the headboard which spiced up the room a bit. The armoire was small but efficient with lots of deep shelves, space to hang coats and a safe for valuables. There was a small electric kettle for heating up water for tea or instant coffee. The bathroom was larger than expected (as we have found many European bathrooms to be roughly the size of a hall closet!). The bathtub was 3/4 the size of a typical one. The showerhead and water supply was fantstic. Endless steaming hot water and very high pressure. There was a pedestal sink and nice long ledge to put toiletries on.
The location was fantastic. Super easy to get to from the train station; trolly 4 or 9 will stop right across the plaza from the hotel. We got to museumplein and Dam Square easily using the trolleys and never had to transfer. There were lots of good restaurant choices on Utrechtsestraat, a street that lead off the plaza on the right as you exit the hotel. Cute little plaza, decorated with Christmas lights during our December stay and complete with Rembrandt statue and waffle stand.
We didn't eat at the restaurant since it was a bit pricy and did not need internet service so I can't comment on these aspects. I reserved our room late and got a good price; I would probably be less enthusiastic at the regular plrice but it would still be a decent hotel choice given it's location and charm. We had a very nice two night stay at the Schiller and would probably stay there again if we return to Amsterdam.
Oh, and gezellig is Dutch for "creating an atmosphere that allows good times to happen".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One look at NH Schiller’s sculpted facade, wrought-iron ornaments, and art deco embellishments and you’ll know you’ve stumbled upon a place rich with history. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nh Schiller Amsterdam
- Nh Schiller Hotel Amsterdam