If you're coming in from Schiphol the 197 bus marked Leidesplein drops you just up the road; as it turns onto Leidesplein you'll pass the Marriott and then see it in the rear window. €4 single. A short, even walk of a few minutes from the stop. Leidesplein is lively after dark, but it's well lit and policed. If you're arriving by car best of luck with the traffic. Either way, if you're new to Amsterdam keep an eye out for the mopeds zooming along in the cycle lanes. Accepted practice here.
Rijksmuseum a short walk away, canal tours a little further along, beautiful walks in Vondelpark behind the hotel and lots of quiet streets nearby for exploration on foot, or bike if you're up to it.
Easily the most welcoming check-in I've experienced. Large, comfortable lobby, but often busy. High floor request got me the sixth, with a view of the hotel across the street and part of the street out front. Standard size for Europe, clean and in decent repair. Firm bed, small work table, small bathroom with a shower/tub combi and the minimum of toiletries. No robe or slippers. Not sure if it was unique to my room but the extractor in the bathroom is the noisiest I've ever heard and permanently on; when I first opened the room door I thought someone was in the shower. Didn't bother me as I was out most of the time and I'm a heavy sleeper; as ever, YMMV.
Obligatory flat screen with lots of channels, enough storage for one for a week. The minibar has drinks and snacks and a small shelf for your own stuff. Small mercy, another Marriott that allows multiple devices on wifi, although the speed fluctuated. If it isn't comped you'll be stung; €19.95 per 24 hours if memory serves.
Gold also got access to the lounge. Standard spread at breakfast - as usual in Europe the hot options are limited to the holy trinity of bacon, scrambled egg and sausages - limited after breakfast, but the free drinks through the day are welcome and the lounge is spacious and has some very friendly staff. As with the wifi, though, if it's not comped I'd be loth to pay for it, unless I planned to drink them out of house and home.
Didn't try the restaurant or bar. Prices didn't look ridiculous for Europe but a quick look at a map - even Apple's - will light up with places to eat and drink in the area.
Downsides ? Quibbling largely. Flannels not replaced one day, the carpets in the elevators are a bit worn, the interior's uninspired. The only real niggle is that as with most Marriotts in Europe you'll leave thinking it was too expensive for what it offered, but that's the price you pay for a known chain in a good, central location.
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Thank you for writing such a detailed description of your stay with us at the Amsterdam Marriott. We were honored to learn that you had the most welcoming check in you have ever experienced and that the location was a perfect combination for business and pleasure. Complimentary internet is available in the lobby and restaurant area so we hope on your next visit we can invite you to try our restaurant Midtown Grill for one of the best steaks in town. We appreciate your comments and look forward to welcome you back at the Marriott.
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