A lesson learned. On a telephonic inquiry about parking, I was told that the hotel had it's own facilites. They do! Down an obscure alley way in a car park that makes London's urine soaked Cambridge Circus NCP smell like a Jasmine Bush. Then, unexplained to us, through a building site at the side of the hotel (it's undergoing referbishment). We went back out via the street because we thought we'd exited on the wrong floor. I do feel very sorry for the poor girl on reception because (after a 6 hour drive from London feeling very tired and very hungry) she then informed us the hotel charged 50 euros for the pleasure. HIndsight being 20/20 I shouldn't be surprised that parking in Amsterdam is at a premium and that only fools like us take a car, but it's in the best interests of the hotel to inform their guests that there is this charge on top of the hotel room when these inquires are made. Tired, hungry, stessed out drivers (have you ever driven in Amsterdam?) don't need anymore suprises. 150 euros (as we stayed 3 nights) wasn't what I wanted to hear. That said, the location is superb. The hotel however, and maybe I'm getting a little grand in my old age, is very ordinary and rather disappointing. I think that they should drop the 'Grand' the same way BA dropped 'Worlds Favourite Airline'. The reception staff were terribly professional and were both apologetic and understanding when confronted with a couple of grumpy tourists. In other notes, the breakfast is great and plentyful and staff helpful (if a little uninformed). I'd never heard of (let alone used the NH chain) and was left, sadly, underwhelmed. A NOTE ON PARKING. DO CHECK THE ADDITIONAL COST IF DRIVING. In Metz and Reims they only charged 20 euros per day - bit of a difference if driving and on a budget.
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