I was booked to stay here for one night but due to the volcano one night turned into three. I was attracted to this hotel because it was in a historic building and was centrally located. It turned out to be a nice, restful place to stay, also very centrally located and close to tram lines, Central Station, the RLD, the Singel etc. Unfortunately the building inside is pretty much an ordinary, older hotel and does not convey much of a historic sense except in the lobby and the old-fashioned bar (which is very nice and the bartender gave good service), but the outside is nice to look at.
The bed was EXCEPTIONALLY nice and comfortable, a large bed (not two twins shoved together or any of that nonsense) with a lot of extra pillows. My room did not have a view (I had booked one of the less expensive rooms intending to spend most of my time in it sleeping) but looked out on some picturesque rooftops. The bathroom fixtures were not brand new but neither were they ancient. They were pretty clean and worked reasonably well except that the tub stopper did not hold the water in the tub for very long before it all leaked out. The room was pretty clean although I found you have to be careful that the maid doesn't throw out things of yours (such as note papers) on the tables in her hurry to clean up.
There is tea and coffee in the room and also a minibar, although it is not "fully stocked" unless you buy a higher priced room. (I'm not sure what the point is to that policy as I would have appreciated a better-stocked bar and don't see why I need to book a room that's too huge for me in order to get one, but whatever.) There is also a limited room service so I was able to get some soup and dessert, which was quite good. I did not try the breakfast as I don't like to eat a lot first thing in the morning normally. There is a convenience store (not part of the hotel) just across the alley a few steps from the front door, and also there is a supermarket a few blocks down the street, so you can get bread, cheese, cookies, drinks and that sort of thing and maybe keep some of it in the minibar fridge if you don't want to eat restaurant food all the time. TV was not pay and included all four BBC channels, although no US channels. Internet is pay but if you have a KPN or Tmobile subscription, you can use it to access the wi-fi, so I was able to use my subscription and did not have to pay.
Overall this is a nice place and I would definitely consider staying again. The biggest minus for me, aside from the tub that did not work, was the complete lack of a safe in the room. Really a pain not to have a safe place to store one's valuables and laptop computer.
- 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