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““Location perfect” 4 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) (Centrum)   |  
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Ranked #146 of 357 Hotels in Amsterdam
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Stayed for 4 nights... I agree the rooms are small, but spotlessly clean and comfortable... the staff are very friendly and helpful...nothing is too much trouble... I was on the ground floor so could not comment on stairs or access to other floors. Breakfast was adequate, not a huge selection, but some hotels don't serve breakfast at all, so that was a bonus. The Hotel is situated close to the Centraal Station so is very convenient for trains, &. trams . The only down side for me was some noise at the back of the hotel , but as it was such a busy area I suppose that should expected.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights back in May. We were a group of 4 adults and 2 young kids and stayed in the family room. The room is located at the highest floor and you have to go up through a flight of stairs to get to the room. The stairs are quite small and steep, so it might be a bit of a chore for some people.

The room itself is quite roomy for European standard. The furniture's a bit old and there's musty smell in the room. The kitchenette was basic but functional. The room, particularly the toilet, is a bit too dark for my liking. Otherwise, I'd say it's quite comfortable and totally met our expectations. The small children bed and play area is a nice touch. My daughter loved it!

Basic continental breakfast is provided. Selection is rather limited, but it's good enough. Staff were attentive, friendly and very helpful.

Location is great. Less than 5 minutes walk from the Centraal Station. You can also get trams and buses nearby. Lots of restaurants around the area. A grocery store is also just a few doors away.

Overall, I would definitely consider this hotel again when I come back to Amsterdam.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Mumbai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

The hotel is located bang opposite the station. Major tour/excursion operators are just one street away from the hotel. Hotel staff is cordial and helpful. However, the rooms are small. I traveled with my wife. After keeping our 2 bags there was hardly any space to move around. Nevertheless, we were there only for one day so were hardly there in the room.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Victoria
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72 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

First the good, the hotel is very close to Central Station for connections everywhere. The staff are quite friendly and helpful.

Now the rest, tiny rooms and the bathroom was smaller than those on most cruise ships. If you have long legs you won't be able to use the toilet from a sitting position. Carpet and towels were pretty threadbare and there are lips to go over to get into the room and into the bathroom so watch your step in the dark. Speaking of which, it is always dark in the bathroom, maybe a 20w lightbulb at most. They want you to hand in your key when you leave the hotel and present a card to get it back when you return. Why?
The breakfast is just OK, minimal offerings, hard boiled eggs, and I do mean hard, toast and some sort of cereal. Coffee was OK from a machine.
The beds were comfortable and the temp in the room was OK, only because it was cool outside, there is no AC and heat is either on or off.

No free Wi-Fi in room, and extra to watch a movie on the TV. They do have a computer down in the breakfast area that you can use but it is very public and don't forget to clear the history and cookies if you do use it.

I would stay there again only if I had to be close to Central Station.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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BIGBOSSAmsterdam, Owner at A-Train Hotel, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
WHY do you have to hand in your key?
The one and only reason for leaving the key in the hotel is SAFETY! Of course we now which rooms are occupied, but in case of an emergency we did not know if someone was in the room or not. By leaving the key at the desk we now know.

We serve our (complimentarily ) continental breakfast buffet from 7.00 until 10.00 and it consists of:
· White, dark and raison bread, toaster available
· "Beschuit" (special Dutch breakfast biscuit)
· Butter and margarine
· Jam assortments, chocolate paste, honey, hazelnut paste and peanut butter
· Ham, chickenfilet and cheese
· Cornflakes and muesli
· Boiled eggs
· Various coffees, teas and hot chocolate
· Milk, yoghurt and fruit juice
. Fresh fruit and vegatables

As from this week we have 70! (was 34), free sattelite TV channels on Flatscreens.

Trust you had a good time in beautifull Amsterdam.
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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66 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in this hotel for 3 nights. Its right opposite Amsterdam central train station so we could hop on any train/bus/tram when we wanted to. The room (family room) was specious by european standards, well furnished and had microwave and fridge which was very convinient. Many restaurants are close by so eating late dinner is not an issue. Their breakfast was quite nice and our family was very happy with the overall experience and service. Please keep up the good work.

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new orleans
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65 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

You can't beat the location which is accross the street from Central Station. The reception staff were extremely friendly and engaged in conversation. We booked the Old Dutch Suite and could not have been more pleased. The bed was comfortable and the windows opened so you could allow fresh air to circulate since there isn't a/c. There was a fan in the room too which was a nice addition! The bathroom was basic with toilet/shower and sink, but adequate. It did have a hair dryer. You are centrally located to the ferries, the coffee shops, the bars. The continental breakfast is included in your room price and it offered the basic toast/cheese/meats, cereals, hard boiled eggs, coffee and juices. We were there a week and I only wished they changed it up a little, but no complaints since it always seemed to hit the spot. I would not hesitate to return to this hotel and do recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Address: Prins Hendrikkade 23, 1012 TM Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Schirmann Hotel)
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum , Dam Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#74 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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