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“Cheap, modern, hostel/hotel, excellent” 4 of 5 stars
Review of MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West

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MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Orlyplein 1-67, 1043 DR Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #91 of 346 Hotels in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Cheap, modern, hostel/hotel, excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012 via mobile

Excellent location for quick easy access to Amsterdam central station- one stop on train. Room and en-suite was perfect. Clean, simple but comfortable and modern. The downstairs area was hostel like in style. We choose not to eat at the hotel and buy food out, however good for drinks etc. The staff were polite and friendly although everything seemed to take time. Maybe still new teething problems! However we witnessed them dealing very politely to some very rude guests.
The only negative is that the wifi was only available downstairs and when busy it was impossible to use.

I would highly recommend for people wanting cheap accommodation close to but not in the centre and for groups and couples. I will stay at again when I next come to Amsterdam!

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

My wife and I spent two nights here at the end of July, weeks after the hotel had opened. Everything was brand new and I felt the staff had got over any minor teething problems as mentioned in reviews on the Booking.com site.
Room : We had a private double / en suite. (Judging by the international junior backpacker crowd, there were dorm style rooms available, but once inside your own room you wouldn't know.) It was very stylishly kitted out in contemporary design. I would pitch this somewhere between a good Premier Inn and a Mecure. The flat screen TV offered many multi lingual options which was a bonus, as we caught a lot of the Olympics on several BBC channels. The shower was always hot and very powerful. Free gel and handwash came in wall mounted dispensers and the stock of towels was constantly replenished. There was a small desk area. (I think I saw an ISDN socket,) and reasonable cupboard / hanging and luggage storage. The communal areas were clean and tidy as one would expect of a new hotel.
FYI : We were in room 629 next to the lifts. We slept well with earplugs but light sleepers may be affected by the "humming". (Probably goes for rooms 529 / 729 etc).
Ground Floor : The reception area can be a little cramped when large parties insist on assembling a luggage "Stonehenge" in front of the main doors. The main bar / dining area was light and bright and ressembled a benched Wagamama's restaurant. The attatched kitchen was small but very well stocked with pans / utensils / plates etc. As an introductory idea, Meininger had stocked the shelves with a few complimentary sundries for the would be cooks - pasta / garlic / oil / pepper / paprika etc. There was a small sealed display cabinet which I guess meant you could buy pasta sauce etc. The bar prices were reasonable in relation to Amsterdam generally. Two luggage rooms behind reception provided free storage. In theory you used you room key to open them, but I found one open on the first occassion. Small mini lockers next reception were also free, with a small deposit for the key return. (A nice little touch was the plug point at the back of the locker so you could charge your laptop / notebook / phone while it was stored.) There were 4 internet terminals. (I can't comment on the speed or the wifi as I used neither.)
Staff : Again, some reviews I have read mention the number of desk staff at peak check in/out times but I think a bit of flexibility and an extra keyboard + screen would solve this. I found the young crew to be very pleasant and helpful. If they could not answer a specific query they knew who to ask. Well done to Patrick, Freddy and particularly Sara, who happily refunded my late check out fee as we actually left "on time" the next morning.
The Area : The hotel may well have been an office block at some point as it sits in the middle of a small yet modern looking business park. Even on work days, there seem to be very little local foot traffic. The only ammenities are all based in Sloterdijk station. There are multiple snack outlets and a Starbucks, but most would be closed by 9pm. There was a hot-dog type outlet behind Starbucks which did sell take out beers. If you're self catering then shop in town first.
Transport : From Schipol airport it was very easy to hop off at Sloterdijk and deposit our luggage on the first morning. Train is definitely the most direct option to Amsterdam Centraal. Check out the ticket desk at the station. If you tell them your travel plans they will sell you the least expensive and most appropriate ticket. We also bought a 24h GVB ticket which was good for trams / metro / buses although unless you're heading for the far side of the city, both the trams and the metro took quite a roundabout route. Looking at the metro map, I believe there may be plans to extend the Green line beyong Isolatorweg to Centraal but don't quote me on that.

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the pyramids.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Modern building. We were probably among first guests - 2 days after opening. There was no start problems at all. We didn't like modern enviroment. You can't open windows and you must listen to ventilation sistem all the time. Wi-fi is only in the lobby even the building is so modern and it works quite bad way. Beds and room are very good! Value for the money is excellent! The same is location - close to railway station and P+R. 10 minutes from Amsterdam central. Problem is there is no many food solution in close area. Belive it will be better in the future. Whole area is new!
I recomend it!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

I stayed here with a couple of friends as we were interrailling across Europe. In terms of conditions this was the best place we slept during the trip. It's a budget hotel but with very good facilities! The major down side is the location. Far away from the old city, you always have to take some kind of transport from and to the hostel to do whatever you want.

Room Tip: Ask to stay away from the train line. It's not that noisy but still...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

I recently spent two nights here, the first two that the hotel was open. The hotel's staff were incredibly warm and welcoming. The bar was excellent, with each table having its own "jenga" game. The transport links from the hotel were first rate and the breakfast was brilliant. It was however the staff that made the stay so pleasant - they could not have been more helpful.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We booked a three bedroom room in this hotel on a hotel booking website. It was very much marketed as a hotel but the reality is that it is much more of a hostel with some nicer rooms. We chose it as the price was decent and it was brand new. The hotel is not in the city centre but a very short train journey or two tram journeys from the centre in an area that's mostly made up of offices. It is immediately next to the train station and is on the main line from the airport to the city centre which is quite handy. As far as we could see there are no restaurants or cafe's apart from the food stalls in the train station. Our three bed room was very small indeed and only two of the beds were made up when we checked in. The third bed was a sofa for which I had to locate the sheets and make up myself. Although small the room was clean and the shower was very good indeed. The aircon in our room didn't work terribly well and it was a bit too hot to sleep on the first night. There was wifi but only in the downstairs public areas and not in the rooms. Although it was really a more of a hostel, it was quiet at night. I would say that this is a decent budget option and while it's clean and new its location isn't brilliant especially if you are planning a lot of late nights and will be travelling back after the last train/ tram.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

We booked this hotel because it's newly opened and we had good price for early booking. However, it is just an upgraded hostel with fancy re-packaging.
Nevertheless, it also offer you something that normal hotels do not have. Such as guest kitchen where you can cook your own meals.
The housekeeping service was not up to general hotel standard. We found the housekeeper only clean the garbage bin but didn't clean our bathroom second night.
To summary, if you are a backpacker, this is a fancy, nice and trendy hostel for you. But if you are thinking about a hotel, and pay a comparable price for that, you may feel upset with what you get!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Orlyplein 1-67, 1043 DR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #91 of 346 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West 2*
Number of rooms: 219
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Style and atmosphere of the hotelThe new MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West offers a very special atmosphere for your stay: people of all different ages and origins meet here in an unusually relaxed international atmosphere. They communicate with one another, relax, work or simply take a peaceful break. Opening July 2012.Unique aspects of the hotelWe have a breath of Amsterdam flair in store for you here, with distinctive art in the lobby. With a nod to the Old Masters, details from the great works of the golden age of painting are located throughout the hotel. The 232 comfortable non-smoker rooms offer an own bathroom with shower, toilet and hairdryer as well as a television and air conditioning. The hotel boasts spacious public areas such as lobby, bar and guest kitchen, in which use of W-LAN is free of charge. Our lavish all-you-can-eat-and-drink breakfast buffet gives you the ideal start to your day and is available at a small extra fee. Cars can be parked in the hotel underground garage, also at a charge.Location of the hotel, surrounding area and sightsThe MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West lies in the corridor between city centre and Schiphol Airport, directly by the Sloterdijk transport hub. From here it is just a 5-minute ride with the urban railway to Centraal Station at the heart of the Old Town and ten minutes to Schiphol Airport, with Utrecht less than an hour away by train. Whether you want to travel round the canals, visit the Rijksmuseum, stroll through the flower market, have a stopover in a coffee shop or complete a business appointment, the Dutch metropolis receives its guests with welcoming openness. ... more   less 
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