We recently returned from a European trip which included a cruise out of Rotterdam. The trip was with my 72 year old parents, so we needed a quality, safe hotel in Amsterdam that was in a good location. We selected the Renaissance based on the reviews and a relatively good rate that was available.
My parents loved the hotel, and even said it helped make Amsterdam a much more comfortable place to visit.
The renovation was very well done, so that all the public areas are beautiful and the rooms are top notch. I agree with another poster though that you should avoid getting a room with a number in the 900's, as these are in a separate building on the SECOND floor (not the ninth floor as the number would suggest). Also, it's a long walk with your bags to the room.
A couple of other things to watch out for at this hotel. First, the senior concierge staff are on the take, so to speak, as they have side deals with cabs and will try to make things using public transportation seem very difficult so they can book you a cab or a tour. They had my parents convinced to take a taxi to Rotterdam instead of the train (and a cab once we got there to the cruise terminal). The cost was $150US, but we took the train AND the cab in Rotterdam for 4 people and it only cost $70 Canadian. Needless to say, I wasn't very impressed with this concierge.
The other thing has been mentioned many times. Unless it is included in your hotel rate, and you cannot get a lower rate by rejecting it, do NOT get the included breakfast. It is very, very over priced (although nice) and with the savings per person you can enjoy a nice breakfast at many of the area restaurants (within an easy short walk). Again, this will ensure some significant per day savings.
Overall, this is a quality Marriott property in a good location, within easy walking distance (even with suitcases) from the central train station. By the way, you go out the front of the train station, across the canal and walk to the RIGHT past two main streets with lights. Turn left and walk along that street for about 200 yards, then the road forks, take the right one and you'll see a small Renaissance hotel sign (this is not the front of the hotel, relax!). It is also centrally positioned for public transportation (trams, subway, HOHO etc), as well as being within easy walking distance to Dam square and the famous Red Light District.
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