Just spent five nights here. We commend the reception staff on both their friendliness and helpfulness. Our bedroom and bathroom were spotlessly clean and our bed was very comfortable. Large walk-in shower in bathroom. Tea and coffee were replenished daily. For those who enjoy their TV, an added bonus was that apart from other English programmes, there were BBC1 and BBC2. Re breakfast - staff were very efficient and polite. Food, drink and crockery etc. were replenished quickly. There was only one day that we found the breakfast room quite full, but staff were clearing the tables as soon as people left, so there was no need to queue. Food/drink were of excellent quality and this was a continental breakfast 'plus' re the variety of items available, including hard-boiled eggs. The hotel is next to the buses/trams/metro and train station. If you only want to do a return journey into Amsterdam, i.e. not use any other form of transport whilst in the city centre, the train is brilliant and costs 4 euros 20 return; journey time five minutes, and there are six trains an hour.
If you know you'll want to use transport in the city centre, then it's more economical to buy an OV Chipkaart. (You cannot use these on the trains.) A 24-, 48- or 72-hour one can be bought at reception, or 96-hour from the machine at the station. Unfortunately, if you want one for 120 hours, you can only buy these from the GVB tourist info. place opposite Amsterdam Centraal station. They are activated at the start of the journey, not when bought. No 12 tram goes from Sloterdijk, and then you might need to change depending on which part of the city you want. Bus/train maps are available and very easy to follow in oder to plan your journey. Timetables are available on the buses/trams from the conductor.
When arriving at Sloterdijk station from Schipol airport, there is a lift to the main concourse. You do NOT have to struggle with luggage to get to the hotel entrance as a lift is available. On the concourse in the main entrance, head for the AKO shop. Go to right of shop following signs M, pictures of buses/trams and 'Chaniway'. At the end of the passage on right is the metro entrance. Exit through doors here. Go over very small bridge and at the end of this turn right to lift. Exit lift and do a U-turn. The Holiday Inn Express is a few metres ahead. Enter and take the lift to floor 1 which is reception. However, if your train stops at platforms 9 or 10, you will have to walk approx. 150 metres to the main entrance in order to follow the above directions. Again, no stairs are involved because there is a lift from platform to street level.
To sum up - excellent value for what we paid for accommodation. Much cheaper than staying at something comparable in the centre, including buying our transport tickets. Anyway, you'd pay extra for return journey from Schipol airport to Amsterdam Centraal, and the chances are you'd use the trams once there.
Thank you Holiday Inn Express.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam - Sloterdijk Station is now open!The hotel is ideally located on top of one of the main train stations of Amsterdam. With great connections from the Airport terminal building by train (every few minutes in 8 minutes door to door) and excellent onward connections within 5 minutes to Amsterdam Central Station (50 times an hour by either train, metro, tram and bus) it has never been so easy to enjoy Amsterdam without worrying to much about your budget. The train on your doorstep will bring you into the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam city centre within 5 minutes where you can enjoy famous sites like the Dam square, Anne Frank House, Portuguese Synagogue, Van Gogh Museum, famous canals (grachten), Rijksmuseum, canal boat rides, Begijnenhof, red light district, Bijenkorf, shopping, sightseeing and clubbing at your convenience. With spacious, well-furnished rooms offering great bedding and walk in shower and modern equipment like LCD TVs with satellite TV, free Wi-Fi (in the whole hotel), free coffee/tea facilities and free Continental breakfast, this hotel is your best central point to start your journey into so many main destinations like Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague, etc in the Netherlands. Next to the parking spaces at the hotel our guests will also find special low-cost parking facilities next to the hotel and the train station. ... more less
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