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“Ideal for a cheap stay near Amsterdam” 4 of 5 stars
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Tulip Inn Amsterdam Riverside
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Provincialeweg 38, 1108 AB Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #206 of 343 hotels in Amsterdam
Scherpenheuvel, België
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“Ideal for a cheap stay near Amsterdam”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Last summer, me and my girlfriend decided to visit Amsterdam for a couple of days, so we went online to look for affordable hotels. Since parking in the centre of Amsterdam is ridiculously expensive (€5/hour) and few hotels offer a paying parking spot (€25/night), we hoped to find a hotel with free parking.

After having stumbled upon a few disappointing hotels with bad reviews and high prices, we found the Tulip Inn Riverside. Prices were cheap (€178 for 4 nights for 2 persons), breakfast was included (normally €15/p.p.p.n.), parking and wifi were free and the rooms looked OK, so we booked.

The hotel is located at about 1 mile from the highway exit, so we had no problems getting there. We arrived at the hotel with little expectations for the price we paid, but were pleasantly surprised. The personel at the check-in was friendly and helpfull, didn't take more than a minute or two. There's an elevator, what might come in handy if you're heavily loaded with luggage. The room was nice, had a nice view on the river and the beds were cosy, but to the more trained eye it probably needed some minor upgrades (3 or so small holes in the curtains, room keycard failed to work 2 times during our stay and some other little flaws, but overall not to be whined upon). It had a shower with bathtub, which was a nice extra if you'd want to relax after a long day of walking through Amsterdam.
The breakfast was served as a buffet and was more or less a brunch instead of breakfast. There was bacon, scrambled eggs, 3 types of bread, oven-baked sandwiches, ham, different cheeses ... To each his liking. The coffee and hot coco are also to die for!

The hotel is not exactly in Amsterdam centre, but after a 10 minute walk you can take the metro at the Gaasperplas station. Just cross the street from the hotel and go straight on, it's at the left side of the road. There, you can buy a travel pass for the public transportation system - ours was about 20 Euro per person for 96 hours of carefree travelling to, from and in Amsterdam centre. Daypasses are also available at about € 7 or € 8, if your stay isn't as long as ours. There are metro trains departing every 10 minutes from Gaasperplas and Amsterdam Central Station. On weekdays, the last metro back to Gaasperplas leaves the Central Station at 0.33am, so if you don't want an overpaid taxi driver to bring you back to the hotel, make sure to be on time.

Before you go to the centre, ask the hotel receptionist for a free map of Amsterdam, since you have to pay for one when you're in town. There are many maps available in tourist shops, but the one we got from the hotel we found to be better.

If you're planning on experiencing some culture in Amsterdam, go to the Tour & Tickets-shops, they offer great discounts on many popular tourist attractions. You can save up to 50%, so think smart ;-) They're located all over the city, but most you'll find at Damrak, the large shopping street in front of the Central Station.

To conclude my report: I can recommend the Tulip Inn to anyone who's interested in visiting Amsterdam, since the prices are great, the staff is friendly and the rooms are more than OK for what you pay. Be sure to use booking.com to book this trip, we rebooked last week and their prices were still the cheapest ones around!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 154, if that's any help. While booking our second stay, we requested this room...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

If you are driving your way on Holland's main highway and need an overnight stay arround Amsterdam without entering the city - this can be one of your best choices.
Located at the southeastern side of Amsterdam, close to a highway. Clean and nice as a dutch hotel looks.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

The restaurant is pretty good ate breakfast there 3 days and 2 dinners Bar was also good. Rooms were old in need of updating (which they seem to be doing) TV hardly worked. Room was pretty dirty for the price like others mentioned it is a Hike to the Metro but at least it's a pleasant walk. The real reason for the poor rating is I keep finding things missing First it was cash then Headphones and some Candies. Theft is never acceptable at any Hotel and so goes the rating.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

really helpfull english speaking staff. returned to the hotel too late for dinner and they helped me order in pizza. breakfast was fab. as mentioned in the other posts it is quite dated but the price makes up for it. It is a ten min walk to the nearest metro station along a main road (Gaasperplas station, route 53 ) which takes you into the city centre but walking from the station to the hotel at night wasnt great fun. we had dinner in the hotel on our second night and it was very good the light menu option was huge ! all in all for the price I really cant complain

Room Tip: rooms facing the canal are quieter
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We stayed in the hotel in the August 2012. We booked it for a very reasonable price for four nights. We came by car, so our goal was to get a cheap hotel with possibility of parking. And Tulip Inn it was. I was a bit sceptical, because it is marked as a motorway hotel, but in fact, it is a bit off the motorway. Anyway, the sound of motorway is heard very much. There are plenty of parking spaces, behind the fence(which is never closed), in front of the hotel. We were given a spacious (25m2) room on a second (top) floor facing inner yard, countryside and a canal. Room was a bit tired, but its size, amenities and large bathroom compensated everything. Everything in hotel looks a bit tired.Maybe because it is always full.
Breakfast was ok, without surpluses, hotel also had its own, rather expensive and not very tasteful restaurant. Bar/restaurant also has a neat seating area in the garden and in front of the canal, but the chairs are dirty and scraped, there is full of fag ends etc.
The biggest thing that bothered me was, that they advertise bicycle rental in the hotel. Everybody cycles in the Amsterdam. But its "rental service" has only about 10 bikes for 192 rooms! We payed for two bikes and were given one bike with a flat tyre and there was no one that could fixed it. As we asked on the recption were we can rent a bike in vicinity of ther hotel, they were not able to give us an answer. Their only answer was in the city center, 8 km away! Luckily we found bike rental shop in the nearby camp site, about 500 from the hotel and we even got better bikes with gears, even cheaper as in the hotel.
As I said, hotel lies almost in the middle of nowhere, on the outskirts of the Amterdam, rather far from the Subway, about 15 minute walk from the hotel. Subway takes you in city center in 15 minutes or it is a 45 minute bicycle drive, through some Afro-arabian immigrant neighbourhoods.
To summarize, we really enjoyed Amsterdam and were away in the city for whole days, so I did not have troubles sleeping, inversely, I slept like a baby. Though the people really did not used the doorknobs, doors were slamming all the time. The food was mediocre, location was ok, because of the free parking, everything in the hotel was tired, many bus tour guests but the value of the hotel was excellent.

Room Tip: Always ask for the room facing the canal (away from the motorway)!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

I would say, nice Motel....as opposed to Hotel. Building and furbishment is fairly old and dated but quite doable.

Tariff is all important for such establishments on the outskirts of a City. . I would not go with the high rack rates. Book only via the various hotel websites.

The below niggly points are probably acceptable but hardly a big deal for the hotel to rectify......very sloppy management given the fact that similar comments have been left by others.

Niggling problems experience in a standard room.::
- No TV channel reception during my three night stay - not rectified by reception.
- Noisy. Both form corridor and ventilation ducts.
- Blocked wash basin - not rectified by reception.
- Telephone present but not connected.
- Alarm/Radio broken.
- Poor quality mattress.

Bright points:
- Nice staff.
- Plenty of parking.
- Very broad property with large and airy public areas
- Food OK

Room Tip: Careful with rack rates for a standard room. Definately not worth more than 75 euros.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I like the hotel a lot. Great location even for those who is going to visit Amsterdam by public transportation. 10 minutes to walk to the station and 20 minutes by train to the central station. Train leaves every 7 minutes. 5.40 for 2 tickets for 1 hour. If you are going by car to Amsterdam, it will take from 5-8 euro per hour for parking in the city.
Standard rooms, not super clean (carpet and floor in bathroom), but ok. We had the room on ground floor and the view is very nice. The bathroom is big. It was quite a challenge to regulate warm water for shower. It is either very hot or very cold.
Breakfast is not worth of 15 euro per person, nothing special. The same thing you can have in McDonalds for 5 euro.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Provincialeweg 38, 1108 AB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#25 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:3 star — Tulip Inn Amsterdam Riverside 3*
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