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.
- 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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