This is a fine, upscale hotel near the very centre of Amsterdam.
It's about 100 m from the back of the Oude Kerk and the Magna Plaza. The street and area around the hotel is typical of the centre of Amsterdam. Nothing sordid, but you have to walk around a bit to find the charm. Lots of small restaurants, cafes, bars, etc. A convenience store nearby. (And of course the Albert Heijn near the Magna Plaza.)
The hotel has an impressive exterior. Here is a building with a story. Inside, the lobby is large and comfortable. It feels like a standard 4-star hotel of the kind that businessmen and well-off travellers stay at.
The staff were all friendly, accommodating and helpful. No problems there at all.
The room was surprisingly affordable when we booked it (considering the quality of the hotel) but then perhaps this is because we booked almost 8 months in advance. The room itself was about 25 sq. metres. So not huge, but not small either. By Amsterdam standards, it was as large a room as one could expect for the price we paid. We had enough room for an armchair. The decor was traditional.
The bed was unusually large and comfortable. Lot of pillows, duvet, etc.
The smallish bathroom was fine, but not luxurious. Fusion bath goodies.
The TV wasn't a flat screen TV. There were only a handful of English stations. Fortunately they had the Comedy Channel, with programming mostly in English.
On the weekend that we were there, the internet was free.
The breakfast buffet was 22 euros, but they also have breakfast plates for around 12 euros. The buffet was very nice. It had salmon. I wouldn't call it a large buffet though. For that reason, to me this buffet was not worth 22 euros.
- 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