This is the third time my wife and I have stayed at The Convent this year,and the cracks are,unfortunately beginning to show.
Lets start with the good. Wonderful beds and pillows, probably the most comfortable we have ever experienced on our travels.The girl on check in was very welcoming. She knew we had stayed before and was happy to check us in around 10.30am as well as offering us a room with a view (looking out onto Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal).
The lobby is pleasant and the three jugs of flavoured water upon arrival is a nice touch.
Our room, number 245 was certainly different (in a good way). Once you've entered the room you are faced with stairs leading down to the actual room. Interesting after a few drinks.
Decor wise its the same as the rest of the hotel rooms. More of that under the "not so good bits!".
The bar is a nice enough place to spend some time and the little taster plates the bartender brings over are always devoured. (nuts, cheese etc).
I feel asthough I am being generous with 4 stars, 3.5 would be closer to the mark, maybe even 3 if I was writing this in a bad mood!
Lets get to the not so good bits.
Drinks are expensive in the bar, 15euros for a single malt whisky, ouch!
The room we had this time was really starting to show its age. (I am aware the hotel is having a refurb in 2014, it can't come soon enough in some of the rooms). Worn carpets, wallpaper starting to peel, dirty, scratched and worn sinks. Maybe I'm being picky?
Our main issue this time around was we had a late flight home so decided a late check out would be a nice idea. 60 euros to check out a few hours late! Wow, I was prepared for maybe 30 euros but 60 seems very steep considering the hotel was, no doubt no where near full capacity. I paid the 60 euros and we checked out just gone 5pm, it has however left a slightly bitter taste in my mouth this time. Not really sure what being a le club member actually gets you?
Anyway, to sum up, we look forward to visiting after the refurbishment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- REDEFINING LUXURY AND TIME INK Hotel Amsterdam redefines luxury into the freedom of time. The hotel is build upon local heritage, as it was formerly known as the headquarters of newspaper “De Tijd”. ‘Time’ is the signature of INK Hotel Amsterdam and has ruled the design of the hotel. The hotel living room, once the place where stories were written and printed, will now turn into the F&B concept. This hotel will boast a unique food concept and iconic bar with a convivial cast offering high-end cocktails. At INK Hotel Amsterdam YOU define your time: whether you work, play or sleep. INK STORY INK Hotel Amsterdam houses a rich history. Formerly the building was functioning as the headquarters of the Dutch newspaper “De Tijd” from 1904 to 1986. This illustrious past has been translated into the modern boutique design made by Concrete Architects. In the design you will discover different and surprising elements, all relating to its past. Time is the new luxury: the time to read in the pressroom; the time to write, to draw, to discover, to smile at others, to socialise, to share, to enjoy... endlessly. INK HOTEL IN AMSTERDAM INK Hotel Amsterdam will be the perfect place to stay, work, play and relax. Its location in the center of Amsterdam is ideal for visiting the city. It is a five-minute walk from Central Station, situated next to Dam Square. From the moment you enter, the hotel will show it’s characteristic design. A small square, in the midst of the hotel shows the original state of the canal houses. As one of the few, this hotel will have her own courtyard. Inspired by the past, the hotel plays with the hectic energy of a pressroom. The F&B concept will offer a unique all-day food and drink concept. There is a garden room that offers meeting facilities and private dinning. The hotel has 149 rooms, including 4 Suites, each personalised with their own story. INK Hotel Amsterdam is part of the MGallery collection. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Convent Hotel
- Amsterdam Sofitel