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“Unique hotel near Amsterdam central station” 5 of 5 stars
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A-Train Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Prins Hendrikkade 23, 1012 TM Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Schirmann Hotel) (Dam Square)   |  
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Ranked #138 of 350 Hotels in Amsterdam
Herzogenrath, Germany
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“Unique hotel near Amsterdam central station”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

A nice train themed hotel with very great location. It's across Amsterdam central station and took only few minutes walking to the center of Amsterdam. We stayed here for 2 days and felt very comfortable during our stay. The room was small, but very clean and neat. And the staffs were very friendly and helpful. They even had a guest book at the reception where we can write our experience when staying at this hotel. The breakfast was very good and the breakfast room was decorated nicely just like inside a train. Overall it was a very unique experience staying at this hotel, and will reccomend it to our friends and family :)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BIGBOSSAmsterdam, Owner at A-Train Hotel, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Thank you! We aim to please in an informal atmosphere.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Our son is somewhat of a train buff and was delighted with the hotel's train theme. There were train models, pictures, artifacts and decorations. Very unique and definitely a cool twist.
The staff were very friendly. Breakfast was pretty good and was served in a train-like hall. The location is excellent, right across the central train station and minutes by foot to the Dam square and most of Amsterdam's attractions.
However, two gripes prevent me from granting this hotel 5 stars:
1. Though the location is great, it is also on one of Amsterdam's busiest streets which meant you get traffic noise all the time, even at night. Non-front facing rooms may be quieter.
2. The room was TINY. The smallest room I have ever stayed in. The bed was against two of the room's walls. The passage to the bathroom and the door was very narrow. Right after the bed was a small closet. We were constantly shifting our suitcase around to be able to get around. This isn't a deal-breaker in my opinion, yet one should be aware and be prepared for this.
Overall a great experience. My son loved it and we enjoyed it as well.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BIGBOSSAmsterdam, Owner at A-Train Hotel, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
The A-Train Hotel is a unique 3 star hotel.
We have two buildings one from 1820 and the other one from late 1600, that is way some of the rooms are relatively small. Drastic changes, as replacing walls, were not allowed when renovated in 2002, by the "Department of the Environment Historic Buildings Bureau".

We have however tried to make rooms as comfortable and complete as possible.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

I will stay here again next summer when I'm back in Amsterdam. Definitely nothing luxurious, but you'll get comfort, convenient central location, friendly staff and a unique themed hotel. It was perfect for my 4 night stay and very reasonably priced.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

The rooms are not great and the furnishings are a little old But the service staff are really nice and friendly so that makes the stay more enjoyable. The location is really good and makes up for the room. And there's cable tv! The breakfast is mediocre but I didn't expect anything from it.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Good location. A short walking distance to the central train station,tourist office,most attractions in Amsterdam. Near to shopping areas and food outlets. A reasonable good simple breakfast at the hotel The hotel has a lovely decor in the breakfast area.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about A-Train Hotel

Address: Prins Hendrikkade 23, 1012 TM Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Schirmann Hotel)
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Dam Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#66 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — A-Train Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The A-Train Hotel is a unique 3 star hotel with a train-theme. It is ideally located in front of the Central (Railway) Station, right in the beating heart of Amsterdam. Shopping areas, tourist attractions, pubs, restaurants, theaters, are all within walking distance. All 34 rooms are comfortably furnished and have modern bathrooms with a hair-drier and are equipped with radio, satellite TV with pay TV, safe, work desk, direct-dial telephone with wake-up system and FREE WIFI. The hotel has a lift, a luggage store room and 24 hours check in. An easy chair, coffee and tea making facilities, fridge and a great view off the Central Station are the extras in our 4 excellent 'First class rooms', also very suitable for business guests. For special occasions we have the 'Old Dutch Suite' with a small private garden/patio. Furthermore smoking and non-smoking rooms and 2 excellent family rooms. No two rooms are alike in our surprising train-themed hotel! All major public transport lines operate from the Central Station, only 15-20 minutes from Schiphol Airport, RAI and WTC. There is an (expensive) underground public parking opposite the A-Train Hotel. Cheap parking, from €10,- per 24 hours at 5 minutes walk from the hotel.. The A-Train Hotel is a cozy hotel, run by Jos and Erika Heijnsdijk and manager Ali Hassan and will be a comfortable place to stay during your tourist or business visit and will make you feel like "Home away from Home". We aim to please with an informal atmosphere and are looking forward to see you soon in our hotel. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
a Train Hotel Amsterdam
Europe Train
Train Hotel

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