Having stayed in Amsterdam several times before in hotels ranging from 1 – 5 star, I can honestly say that this is my favourite hotel in the city and would highly recommend it to anyone.
I booked the hotel for myself and 3 friends for a ‘boys’ weekend away, to celebrate a fairly significant birthday. We wanted to stay in a good value, mid-range hotel, in a central location. However, what we got far exceeded our expectations and I would argue that this was more top-end than mid-range, but at a very competitive price – in fact it worked out less than the nearby 3* Ibis (because we got an early booking discount).
On arrival (fairly late on the Friday), we were all checked in very promptly by the friendly and helpful staff. The hotel has obviously been refurbished fairly recently, as the décor was very trendy – all the way from reception to the guest bedrooms. I asked for a quiet room and was given an absolutely top class room up in the 5th floor – at the end of a corridor in the hotel’s ‘quiet’ zone. I really was impressed by the décor and comfort of my room and was never disturbed throughout my stay. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom had everything that you could have ever wanted and there were even some British style plug sockets which saved the day, as I forgot my adaptor. My room had a balcony with table and chairs that had views out over the roof-tops (although based on the shape of the building, I am guessing that not many of the other rooms had this).
All of the other guys in our group were equally impressed by the rooms and they were on different floors in different areas of the hotel, so the quality seemed to be fairly consistent.
In terms of location, we were minutes away from the Central station where most people would arrive – had they flown into the airport and taken the train to the city. Also the hotel is minutes away from Dam Square, very close to one of the major shopping streets and surrounded by restaurants and café’s which are ideal for breakfast, etc.
We didn’t eat in the hotel, but did use the bar on Saturday afternoon where we received great service and benefitted from a happy hour (in fact for a major hotel, in a major city I didn’t think that the standard drink prices were too bad).
The only minor negatives than I can think of, were the price of breakfast (around 25Euro’s), which compared to some of the options in nearby café’s was fairly pricey (although is probably consistent with other similar rated hotels). Also, unless I am mistaken, there didn’t seem to be any free WIFI in the rooms. From the outside, the hotel looks a bit drab, however that is soon forgotten once you get inside.
Just for reference there are some great café’s nearby selling a decent sized breakfast for around 6-7Euros. A taxi from the airport costs around 50Euros, so if there are 4 or more of you, this isn’t too bad – although the train is still cheaper and only takes 18 minutes. Don’t bother getting a taxi from the station – the hotel really is just across the road!
In summary – I would definitely stay there again and recommend it to anyone. It was only slightly more expensive than some of the mid-range hotel chains, but is significantly better. Having previously stayed at the Marriot Renaissance (which is considerably more expensive), I can honestly say that the Crowne Plaza, represents much better value and is arguably as good, if not better.
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