The Renaissance Amsterdam is a full-service hotel with modern amenities and a convenient location for transportation and activities. This historic centrally located property inherits Amsterdam’s unique character, including the local charm and quirks. It is an excellent hotel for business and leisure, but may not be the best option for travelers on a budget.
Getting in and out
The Renaissance Amsterdam is located a few blocks from the railway station, with regular and reliable connections to Schiphol Airport. Taxis to the airport are also available for approximately 50 Euro. However, parking near the hotel is costly.
My first time finding the hotel, I got lost. The lobby entrance is tucked around the corner from the main road leading from the train station, so be sure to consult a map prior to arrival. After you actually get inside, check-in with the staff is casual and efficient. However, the lobby is small and awkwardly shaped with steps and ledges, and if you have mobility issues or lots of luggage, then ask for assistance from a bell hop.
Bedroom and Bathroom
The Renaissance Amsterdam has stylish, uniquely designed guest rooms that are carved into a building with historic architectural detail. This atmosphere is charming, but occasionally constraining. Louder guests can sometimes be heard from adjacent rooms, and guestrooms on the top floor have angled ceilings. Request a lower floor if this is a problem.
I was pleased to find a large-screen LCD TV, an iPod dock, and a digital safe in each room. Some upgraded rooms also offer sitting area or couch, which is a great for relaxing with a few drinks. Internet access is available at an extra charge.
The en-suite bathrooms are sleek and modern with chrome dark wood vanities, white surfaces, and chrome fixtures. On my first visit, I was pleasantly surprised with a walk-in-shower, but disappointed when I had to call maintenance to come and unplug the drain. Also, if you are traveling with kids, be sure to request a room with a bath tub when booking or checking-in. Otherwise, you might need to use one of Amsterdam’s “sparkling” canals.
Food, Drink, and Amenities
The Renaissance Amsterdam’s surrounding neighborhood offers museums, restaurants, and shopping that attract a mixture of crowds during the day and night. Umbrellas are offered at the lobby entrance, which is convenient during one of Amsterdam’s frequent and heavy downpours. The concierge desk did recommend ticket and transportation options, but did not appear to be a dedicated expert. For a great meal, check out the Turkish restaurant across the street.
The hotel also offers a variety of in-house eating and drinking options, including a full-service restaurant, a pub/bar, and a club lounge. The squid-ink pasta at the Mediterranean restaurant was tasty and attractively presented, and and each dish features a wine suggestion. The pub was dark and cozy, with an attractive selection of light meals and snacks. I tried the burger with fries, which was excellent. Opening times for both options seemed strange, so plan ahead.
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