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Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kattengat 1, 1012 SZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #57 of 345 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Excellent Experience at the Renaissance Amsterdam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2009

Just returned from a great European holiday with my husband and 16 yr old son.
After much advance research I selected the Renaissance Amsterdam and was very pleased with the experience.
My goals had been :
-A good location
-A large spacious room that would sleep 3
- A very comfortable bed for my picky husband(princess and the pea syndrome)
-Ambiance, quality, decor, cleanliness etc.
The hotel is near the Central Train Station which is actually very convenient and easy to access both in the arrival and in the departure from the city.
The hotel has JUST been totally renovated and apparently fully reopened in May of 2009. The hotel is modern, well designed and appointed and very well maintained.
As I was looking for a large room I asked the staff and they cheerfully supported my desire to actually look at and compare 5-6 rooms from a standard, deluxe and superior size. It was a Monday so maybe it was not as busy as later in the week. but it was very helpful for me. I found the front desk, the bell man(Marcelino) and the Concierge on duty(Leo) to be Excellent. Leo is originally from Indiana and knows his history and all areas of the city. from museums to restaurants. All of his tips were excellent. He was exceptional. I loved the location of the hotel although some might by looking at a map ask if it is really that convenient and the answer is yes. We like to walk as a matter of exercise(wearing off all the delicious food calories). But I liked the quiet street(this is a big deal in this city as it has a lot of young and energetic, visitors and residents) the modern sophistication of the hotel and the decor etc. So for us it was perfect. The city is fairly compact so walking to virtually all the areas we wanted to visit was very doable or if you prefer, the tram is readily available.I am very glad we selected The Renaissance over some of the more "famous" upper end hotels which frankly looked a bit tired from the outside and in noisier neighborhoods. While we mostly walked the tram is very easy to use and reaches all desirable areas. Biking was also great fun and while there are several rental shops one is very near the hotel.
I have posted some photos of the room and the very nice size closet. The bathroom was very nice as well. This was a standard room but was spacious, quiet and comfortable. It was on an inside courtyard so no view but that ended up just fine. (rm 429). Each room has a similar overall interior decor but most rooms have differences in shape and view etc.
There is an older portion to the hotel (back side I believe) that is thoroughly updated and modernized but some of those rooms were really great in their unique shapes. The first room I looked at on the 9th floor had a cool peaked ceiling, tall windows reaching up to the peaked ceiling and great light. A lot of ambiance but we decided was too small for 3 of us so we selected the 4th floor. There is also complimentary coffee in the lobby in the morning! A nice perk. Typical in the States but not so much in Europe. Good luck. This was a very nice and enjoyable hotel!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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32 hotel reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2009

Our stay in this hotel was very good from when we arrived until we left two nights later. We arrived early on a Friday and were lucky to get an early check-in at 13:00 hrs. Our room and bathroom looked newly renovated (5th floor) with fresh colours and nice lightning. The beds were very comfortable and it was very quiet at night as our room was facing the backyard.

The location of the hotel is also perfect. It is a 5 -10 min walk from the Central Station if you arrive with train. You can also walk to most attractions in town from the hotel. We loved the area between Herenstraat/Prinsenstraat – Herengracht/Prinsengracht and down to the 9 streets. This area has several nice cafés, pubs and small shops.

We did not have breakfast included in our hotel stay as we thought it was too expensive, hence our breakfast place was Café Baton on the corner of Herengracht and Herenstraat (less than 5 min walk from the hotel). For lunch (weekends only) and/or dinner we recommend Envy (Prinsengracht 381, www.envy.nl) and for an overwhelming beer experience try the ‘t Arendsnest (Herengracht 90, www.arendsnest.nl )

We did have a drink in the 2B lounge bar in the hotel, very tasteful and very expensive. However, the bartender was very professional and made a drink from his own fantasy based on some input from me, hence it was worth it.

We did not use the concierge service for anything, except for asking for a map. Our general impression of the staff is that they were service minded and helpful.

The only negative thing that is worth mentioning is that it is not wireless internet access in the rooms. It is only wired internet access and it is not worth the rate the hotel charge for this service.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2009

Our room was clean, roomy to European standards, and had a comfortable bed. The HVAC unit left something to be desired but it was manageable. Club lounge was teriffic and had a nice array for snacks and drinks. The lounge actually saved us a lot of money on otherwise overpriced drinks in the hotel and city in general. Be prepared!

Check in and check out was a bit slow but friendly. Friends traveling with us got a room in the dreaded 900 block. They actually had to go to the second floor and then down a really long corridor and proceed up and down an auxilary staircase to look for room numbers in the stairwell! Quite a strange set up, but their room was bigger with much more character than ours. Overall a nice stay in a good part of town.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Southern California
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2009

nice hotel and good location- walking distance to lots of places and close to train stops. the rooms are a little small, but the bed was very comfortable! they have free coffee and tea in the lobby in the morning and always have a candy dish out!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cagliari, Italy
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2009

Idally located in a safe lane 5 min walking from the Centraal Station, the Reinassance has a 5stars hotel charme without being too posh :) Rooms are clean and cosy and the breakfast is very tasty. Yep, it is a litte pricey, but sometimes you can get cheaper fares.
Don't forget to drink a coffee or a beer in the lovely bruine cafè on the ground floor!!

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boston
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

Once again, Marriott didn't do anything special for this gold member. I got access to the executive lounge with it's paltry breakfrast spread and that was about it. Not sure what Gold status gets me with them other than executive lounge access (when they are open). Anyway, hotel is clean and modern, location is great, 5 minute walk to most everything, tram stop is 2 minute walk. Set just enough off the beaten path to avoid most of the undesirables that seem to be filling up amsterdam more and more these days. The room was clean but rather small, even by Euro standards. The hotel restaurant was good not too expensive. Not great food or great value but it does the trick if it's raining and you don't want to walk anywhere. Pricing was inline with other 4* hotels in the area so that means it's pricey and not a great value. I would stay there again mostly for location and cleanliness, not for value. As with anyplace in Amsterdam, leave the car outside the city and take the train in. Parking at the hotel is non existant and I heard it's 45Euro/nt. A taxi ride to the airport is also 45Euro.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Turin, Italy
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2009

The hotel is 5-10 min walk from Central station but you need to check on a map beforehand or you won't find. The interior is very nice, very modern. The breakfast buffet is wonderful. But our room was a connecting room, then we could hear the neighbour snoring...and internet is 12 EUR/day!!!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kattengat 1, 1012 SZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#34 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#36 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#39 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#54 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel 5*
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