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“Location is faultless” 4 of 5 stars
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Ibis Amsterdam Centre
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Stationsplein 49, 1012 AB Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Location is faultless”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Went to Amsterdam in September 2012 with two friends. We took the train from Schiphol and got off the Central Station. Spotted the hotel from a distance while we were on the train so it was pretty much easy to locate once we got off. The location is faultless - a minute walk from the side entrance of the Central station and right next to a H-U-G-E bicycle rental and parking station.

Room for three is small, but what is there to expect? Booked the hotel for a very decent price, anyway. Bathroom is clean although not that big either. But a separate, elevated shower area with doors makes it feel bigger.

Breakfast is like any other hotel elsewhere, several cold cuts, cheese, sausages, breads and rolls, omelettes, and the usual orange/apple juice and coffee/tea option.

Unlike others, we were not bothered by the noise from the train tracks at all. What bothered us was how humid and warm it was in the room. We had to open the window one night to get some air in.

Check in was a breeze and staff was great. Did not try the hotel's restaurant at all since we were mostly out. All in all, a very budget friendly hotel that does not feel like it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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 January 13, 2013

Hotel is in a great location, nice staff, good beds and good value. We will definitely stay again when we are in Amsterdam. Had a 7th floor room overlooking Amsterdam below, not the train track side. Very quiet in the room as well.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

So, I’ll start with some basics. When you land at Schiphol Airport you’ll need to make your way to Amsterdam – It’s about 15km away. By far the easiest and cheapest way to do this is by getting the train. You CAN get a taxi – it will cost around 40 Euros and really isn’t any quicker, especially when you’re staying at a hotel that’s a five minute walk from Central Station. If however you do get a taxi, ensure 2 things. 1) Only get taxis from the taxi rank outside the airport and 2) Make sure you know up front how much you will be expected to pay. As you exit arrivals you will find taxi drivers touting for business, do not use them under any circumstances – They will rip you off. To get the train, head out of arrivals towards the main concourse and you can either use the ticket machines or go to the ticket office. It’s about 4 – 4.5 Euros including the supplement to use the high speed service. The train deposits you at Central station, upon getting off the train head down off the platform and follow the signs to Trams/Taxis. Once out of Central Station turn right and the Ibis is less than a five minute walk and next to the multi-story cycle park (yep, you’ve read that correctly).

You can check in from 2pm but if you arrive in Amsterdam earlier than that don’t worry, still head to the hotel as they have FREE ample luggage storage leaving you to start exploring the city. (In fact, we deliberately arrived early on the first day to give us more time in the city). So, on to the hotel itself. I’ve given this 4 stars mainly because the staff were simply brilliant. If the staff had been ‘okay’ (rather than brilliant) I probably would have given it 3 stars. The reception area and bar/restaurant area on the ground floor and very nice and welcoming, the staff at check-in are all very helpful and speak excellent English. They will more than likely provide you with a map of the city when you check in but if they don’t make sure to ask for one. The room itself was clean with a very comfortable bed but as is often the problem with Ibis hotels it is quite cramped and there wasn’t much space to unpack your luggage in to, as we were there for 5 days it would have been nice to unpack everything rather than living out of our suitcases. They is some hanging space (with about 5 hangers), however there was room on the desk to place 2 suitcases. The bathroom was very cramped but was adequate. There was always hot water and the shower water pressure was reasonable (we were on the 7th floor as well). The cleaners came in daily and did a good job of tidying the room. The bar on the ground floor also serves as the restaurant, but you don’t need to order food to sit in there and have a few drinks. The bar prices are comparable to the rest of Amsterdam (around 5 Euros a pint) and again the staff were brilliant. As with the majority or bars in Amsterdam if you simply go in and take a seat at a table someone will come serve you and run a tab. If in a bar though, it doesn’t do any harm to mention when ordering that you’d like to run a tab – but be wary, as I’ve previously mentioned drinks can be expensive 5-6 Euros for a pint so the tab can run up quite quickly.

Another big advantage of the Ibis is its locality to Central Station and therefore the trams/metro. The public transport is excellent in Amsterdam and once you know the basics of how it works, really easy to use. You have a couple of options for the best way to get around, if you are staying for several days and/or plan to return to Amsterdam again I would recommend purchasing a Chip-Kaart. The purchase cost is 7.5 Euros and you must top it up with a minimum of 5 Euros. It can be purchased from the Tourist Information Office opposite Central Station (white building, a little over to the left). The Chip-Kaart works the same as an Oyster card and when you use the public transport you simply ‘check-in’ and ‘check-out’ by placing the card next to the yellow machines by the door (or at the barriers if you use the metro). Journeys cost around 1 – 1.2 Euros as opposed to a single ticket (valid for 1 hour) that will set you back 2.70 Euros. The other option is to buy travel cards that can be bought for 24, 48 or 72-hour periods at around 7.50 Euros per 24 hours. I won’t go into too much detail here, but trams 1, 2 and 5 all go to Leidesplein (great area for drinking – also where the Hard Rock Café is) and Museumplein. Trams 4 and 9 go to Rembrandtplein with tram 9 going on to Artis Zoo (well worth a visit). For the Heineken Brewery you want tram 16 or 24 (there’s a lovely Irish pub called O’Donells behind the brewery as well). If you want to go to the Hermitage, I’d recommend using the Metro instead. You need to get off at the Waterlooplein stop and all Metro trains go to that stop.

We had breakfast included in our stay (so can’t advise on the price) and it was served from 6am – Midday, which was fantastic timings. If, when booking the hotel you are offered breakfast I would (only a personal opinion) be prepared to pay up to 12 Euros for it. There was a good selection of breads, pastries, cheeses, cold meats, cereals and some hot food - mini sausages, bacon, scrambled or fried eggs. It’s all self-service so you can make as many trips as you like and have as little or as much as you like. The restaurant it located on the first floor and looks out on to the platforms at Central Station. There’s free WiFi in the hotel, which I found to be very quick. It’s worth mentioning though that over Christmas the hotel was not very full so I don’t know how fast it would be with more people using it.

So, on to the final question. Would I stay here again? I would, but only at the right price. As I’ve mentioned if it wasn’t for how brilliant the staff were I would have given this hotel a lower rating. Great location though, convenient for the station and public transport. And in reality, just how much time are you really going to spend in your room?

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Stay 2 times because of travelling on train. Efficient service, nice staff. Great location on central station. Walk in few minutes and you,ll be on dam square. Hundreds of shops to browse, various restaurant to choose. Buy a one-day tram tiket of €7,5 and you'll be anywhere in the city. Room is small, a bit cramped. Practical if you need to move fast on train. If not, try to wlk further to city center, many hotels to opt.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

I have stayed at the Ibis many times before. The location is perfect, just 100 meters from the Central train station. The price is very competitive and staff very professional. Be sure to get a room as high as possible as the lower room are subject to noise from the train.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Stationsplein 49, 1012 AB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#77 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#103 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibis Amsterdam Centre 3*
Number of rooms: 363
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paul van Ommen, the manager of the ibis Amsterdam Centre hotel, would like to give you a very warm welcome.At the ibis Amsterdam Centre, you are in the middle of the action. The city centre is at your doorstep. Within walking distance you will find the famous dam square, the red light district, historical canals and hundreds of bars and restaurants. Right in front of the hotel there are trains, metros, buses, canalbuses and trams to take you to museums, the airport (15min), the Rai convention centre and the Anne Frank house.The hotel offers 363 modern, convenient rooms equipped with all the necessary facilities such as a hairdryer, tv, Free WiFi, glass fibre internet, safe and phone (a water kettle can be borrowed at the reception desk).Feeling hungry? Breakfast is served daily from 6am to noon; our restaurant is open until 10:30pm and a variety of snacks and sandwiches are available 24/7. After a long day of exploring the beautiful city, you can relax and enjoy a hot or cold beverage in our stylish bar, while having a view on hundreds of bicycles. Our friendly employees welcome you until 1am.We’ll see you soon at the ibis Amsterdam Centre! ... more   less 
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