The hotel itself was just right for our three-night stay for three in Amsterdam. Don’t be tricked into thinking you need to pick the much pricier ibis in the centre, or indeed any other central hotel, as the accessibility of this hotel is superb. The hotel is situated about 100yds from Contactweg bus stop where the 48 bus takes you straight into Centraal Station, every ten minutes from 6am ‘til 11:50pm, and the journey takes about 15 minutes. The hotel sells good value season tickets, ours was 72hr at €16,50/person, and that also got you unlimited journeys on the trams too; we certainly got our money’s worth since you could get from top to bottom of the city by tram in just a couple of minutes, rather than walking, or hiring bikes to look like the locals! Transfers from the airport to the hotel were easy; the train took us from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station quickly- buy tickets from the machine in the airport to avoid over-the-counter fees. However, be warned that at Schiphol you need to pay by card (Mastercard and Visa incur a small fee) but on the way back from Sloterdijk you need to pay in coins or by Maestro card. Also, don’t go for First Class on the train, the journey is short and the two classes look hardly different. We got a little lost getting from the train station to the hotel so it’s best to check the route on Google Maps in advance, when you hit the right direction just follow signs for Burger King; the walk is about seven to ten mins. We booked in advance on Expedia (recommended) as the hotel charges €89/night and €16 for breakfast. The breakfast was buffet and was average, we didn’t pay the standard price and to be honest, it’s not worth it when you can get a Full English in the centre for €4,95. The rooms were quite large and had an en-suite shower room, satellite TV with BBC channels and two proper beds with a decent third (I slept in that and I’m 6’ 1”). Other nice bits include AC and wireless net with computers in the reception you can use. No tea and coffee making facilities though so bring a travel kettle or nip to Burger King (cheaper than the ibis café-bar) which is next door. With regard to what to do in Amsterdam it’s whatever floats your boat but our highlights were the Anne Frank House and a trip on the canals. It’s best to book Anne Frank in advance (at least two weeks), we were too late but found hardly any queues about 90 minutes before closing, giving plenty of time too to look around. Another tip is to leave plenty of time to get through the airport on the way back; we had some very slack check in staff and no time whatsoever to look at the hundreds of shops, despite arriving at the airport 2½ hours before boarding. When you initially arrive at the airport, it’ll be about 40 minutes before you leave, just to give you an idea of how large it is. Anyway we thought the ibis hotel Amsterdam West was a brilliant hotel just correctly located for the city centre. You can’t go wrong. Highly recommended.
Rooms facing the car park to the rear as opposed to the road at the front are a tad quieter; however...
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September 2, 2013
Dear Connor M,
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Wow, thank you very much for your very detailed description of our newly renovated hotel. I am sure that all your information will be used by our future guests.
We are very proud to get a 5 out of 5 score for your recent stay. This will keep us definitely motivated to continue providing the best possible service to all our future guests.
We hope to welcome you back soon in the hotel.
Martijn van der Graaf
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