We stayed as a 'birthday surprise' long weekend, with an early morning flight out of Bristol. This meant us arriving at 9.30am in the knowledge that we couldn't check in until noon. Faced with the prospect of dragging cases around Amsterdam (not easy on cobbled streets) we decided to ask if they could mind our cases in the hotel until check-in time. What a fabulous reaction we had from the front desk staff. 'No need to store your cases, we have a room that you can check into straightaway'. After a rapid check-in, Rob, who I assume was the manager, and his assistant on reception (whose name I didn't get) proceeded to point out loads of places on the map that we may find of interest, including the brilliant Noordmarket which was only a 15 min stroll away (in fact, everything was a short stroll away!!). We then went up to our room which was absolutely perfect for our needs, including a bath / shower, mini-bar, multi channel TV, and bath robes among other things. We didn't find the room run down or 'tired' as other reviewers have mentioned. Every time we returned to the hotel after our trips out the concierge and front desk staff were very friendly and took time out to ensure we had everything we needed. Another welcome surprise was the free use of the fitness / sauna room for which you could book a slot for your exclusive use. Lovely after a long day out walking along the canals and checking out places that we didn't know about (thanks to Rob), although we have visited Amsterdam many times. To sum up. We found it to be amazing value (having booked a promotional offer through their newsletter), comfortable, spotlessly clean, excellently located, and very well run with the most comfy bed I've ever slept in, hotel-wise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 100 % non-smoking hotel is located in the lively heart of Amsterdam between the Central Station and the Royal Palace (on the Dam). Also within easy reach of Schiphol Airport. Housed in three historic buildings - 13th and 14th century monasteries anda 19th century printing factory - the hotel offers 148 non-smoking rooms. For a cozy lunch or dinner try our "Duke of Windsor" Bar & Brasserie. Public parking (200 cars) under our street. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Convent Hotel
- Amsterdam Sofitel