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“Modern, busy hotel at Sloterdijk Train station” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #89 of 343 hotels in Amsterdam
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“Modern, busy hotel at Sloterdijk Train station”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

My first stay at the Meininger Hotel which is right at the Sloterdijk train station on the edge of downtown Amsterdam to catch an early flight from AMS the next morning. This train station is a major hub for local transportation and the last stop for most trains on the way from AMS airport on the way to Centraal Station. It is maybe 5 minutes on the train to downtown but this is more expensive than taking the bus (20 minutes) or the trams (20 minutes with a transfer) that also stop here using a 24-hr or longer transit pass available from the front desk. The area is a very isolated transportation-hub and nothing in the immediate vicinity. The hotel is a modern multistory hotel with a young and lively clientele (at least on Sunday in May). I had a very nice but very small single room with a clean, modern bathroom. Cafeteria style food and drinks in the hotel, only a Starbucks and convenience store in the train station. Check in starts at 3pm but I was able to leave my luggage when I arrived in the morning. A good value if you are willing to ride the transit to see the sights and eat downtown just returning in the evening.

Room Tip: The side that faces the train station is brightly lit all night, not so much noise from the trains.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Meininger H, General Manager at MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
Thank you very much for your comments, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcome you again at the Meininger Hotel in Amsterdam!
Your Meininger Team Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

A friend and I stayed at the Meininger in a dorm style room, and we had a pleasant stay. The hotel and room was very clean and the beds were very comfortable. each bed had it's own outlet, shelf, and light. The room had its own private toilet and shower to share between 7 people which was fine. The only issue was that they are in two separate rooms and the sink is in the main room. It was inconvenient when we wanted to get up early and get ready in the morning but our roommates were still sleeping; we didn't want to turn on the lights over the sink because it would disturb or wake them. But when that happened, we just went to the bathroom downstairs near the lobby. Also, the lockers in the room were fine, but if you bring your own lock, make sure it isn't a small lock, because they don't work very well with the lockers. And if you forget, there are locks for purchase at the hotel too. Otherwise, the rooms were very satisfactory.

We didn´t eat at the hostel, so I can't comment on the breakfast, but I know it was available for around 6 euro, all you can eat. The staff was friendly, and fairly knowledgeable. There is also a storage room if you need to store your luggage if you arrive before check in.

Lastly, the location was conveniently located just steps from the train/bus station. From the Schipol Airport, you can easily hop on a bus that goes right to the station near the hotel (about 40 minutes). To take the train to the Amsterdam central station from the hotel station is about 5 minutes. To take the bus from the hotel, it is about 20 minutes to Amsterdam central station. Night busses also run every half hour going to and from the city center. My friend and I got the Iamsterdam card, so taking the bus to the city was free.

Overall, we had a nice stay at the Meininger Hotel Amsterdam!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Meininger H, General Manager at MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
Thank you for your review, we are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcome you once more at your next stay in Amsterdam.
Your Meininger Team Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

Group of 8 stayed in 2 4 bed rooms. Plenty of room, private shower and toilet (separate to each other). Linen, towels, shower gel provided. Very clean. Facilities great. Would definitely recommend for a budget stay in amsterdam. Close to train station with frequent trains to centre. Journey time about 10mins. Frequent trains to airport.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Meininger H, General Manager at MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
Thank you for your review, we are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcome you once more at your next stay in Amsterdam.
Your Meininger Team Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Me and 5 friends stayed here for a hen do, and were really surprised with the hotel- it was great! The hotel itself was clean, modern and really good value compared to other prices we were quoted. Yes its about a 10 min train journey to the centre but trains are cheap it really wasn't a problem for us. Would definitely stay again.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Meininger H, Front Office Manager at MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West, responded to this review, May 21, 2014
Thank you very much for your nice review!

We appreciate you taking the time out to write something here and hope to welcome you and your friends back some other time:)

Have a lovely day!

Warm regards from sunny Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

A good place to stay in Amsterdam:
- Alternative place (don't except anything interesting in this business area), with easy access to Central Station
- as a consequence, affordable rooms
- a friendly hostel atmosphere with an interesting mix of populations (young adults, families, etc. from many nationalities)
- rush at breakfast time but it is acceptable compared to the affordable price
- a usefull common kitchen area
- a helpfull staff

Will I return? Yes, unless I find good rates for places more central

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Meininger H, Front Office Manager at MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West, responded to this review, May 21, 2014
Thank you very much for your lovely review!

We hope you will return either to us or to any of our other Meiningers in Europe!

Warm regards,

Meininger Amsterdam
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

It's okay and clean, but doesn't have a good hostel vibe. Takes 25 minutes by bus to get to Central. Also really expensive, they tried to charge my friends 180 euro EACH to share a room. Charged a 10 euro late check out fee for 45 minutes which I have NEVER had to pay at any hostel or hotel that I've ever stayed at before.

Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Meininger H, Front Office Manager at MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West, responded to this review, May 21, 2014
Dear Kevin,

Thank you for taking the time to write down your feedback!

We would like to advise you to take the train to Central Station next time - this only takes 5 minutes from our hotel. From the price you mention it seems you have staid with us during a very busy time. As this happens in hotels, when the demand is high, the prices get up. This is why it is always advisable to book ahead and get the best price possible.

Again we appreciate your comments and hope you might consider coming back again - perhaps in low season when you can book a bed for 10 EUR a night!

Warm regards,

Meininger Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

We booked the Meininger as part of a girls weekend to Amsterdam. We were really pleased with the price compared to other hotels in the city and the hotel looked safe too.

The Meininger is only a 5 minute train journey from Amsterdam Central which was super convenient. The staff were really helpful and spoke good English which made our stay a lot easier too.

The room was quite small but fine for what we needed. We were quite impressed with the "split bathroom". The beds aren't great. They were quite uncomfortable and the pillows were far too soft. The bed on the top bunk also hadn't been made up and it was really difficult for us to make it up so that made for quite an uncomfortable stay for the person with that bed.

Overall though, for the price we paid the hotel was ideal.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Meininger H, General Manager at MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
We'd like to thank you for your kind comment, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcome you indeed again in Amsterdam!
Your Meininger Team Amsterdam
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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 #89 of 343 hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West 2*
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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