I have stayed at this hotel for city breaks a few times already, but having not been able to visit last year, I was stunned by the extent of the renovation which has happened when I arrived for my 4-night stay last week.
Whilst the old decor was more than acceptable, the look today could not be more far removed. I suspect that an African theme runs through some of the changes (specifically in the "Living Room" and my own room), but however it has been conceived, the result is stunning. There is without doubt a 21st century feel to this hotel now, and the quietness of the public areas stood out tremendously.
The old Dorrius restaurant is now known as the Queen of Holland Room, and I suspect opens for special functions only. The Dorrius Brasserie which was only open for breakfast and lunch is now renamed The New Dorrius, and all meals are served here. This is also where the bar is located.
The seating area outside the old bar is now a "Living Room" with a very large seating area with low tables in the middle, and an artificial-flame fire across the width of the area. There are also some seats around the perimiter. On the far wall is an extensive bookshelf, complete with a selection of books to read (many were in Dutch). The small gift shop by the main lifts which also sold daily newspapers is a casualty of the changes, and is no longer there.
My room was excellent. Large, and very well appointed. Crucially, and this is the fantastic attention to detail which this hotel pays it's guests, there is a range of international plug sockets available on the desk in the room (in my room at least), so that if you should forget your plug adapter, you need not worry when visiting this hotel.
I ate breakfast in the New Dorrius. This has not changed from the offering in the past which I am pleased about. The staff are as ever excellent, and once again I am pleased that some familiar faces still work there, given that staff turnover in many hotels is so high. It's clear that they are content to work in such a fabulous hotel, and their professionalism shines through.
The hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from Centraal Station, but if you are looking to use the public transport system in the city, you would be very wise to read up on the new ticketing system now in exclusive use on the trams and buses. The ov-Chipkaart is the equivalent to the London Oystercard, and if used correctly is good value. No other form of ticketing is valid on GVB or Connexxions buses, and in the not-too-distant future this will also be the only acceptable form of ticketing on main line NS trains as well.
There is a reasonable amount of construction work taking place around the station as there is a new North/South Metro line being built, but this does not affect the hotel in any way.
In summary, my stay was as usual fantastic. Lovely room, beautifully comfortable bed and pillows, quiet room, even though it looked out onto the main road (I could only barely hear the trams outside, but not once did I have any problem getting to sleep, nor did I get awakened by noise outside). The staff were great and the service thoroughly efficient and professional. I can't wait to get back again, but this time I will not leave it so long before doing so.
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