We traveled to Amsterdam for the first time as a couple for a 3 night stay at the Golden Tulip. It was fairly easy to find. You need to get on a train to Sloterdijk station from the airport. It was about 7 euros. We took a taxi to the airport from the train station on the way back and it costs us 45 euros.....So well worth jumping on the train! We walked from the train station to the hotel, it took about ten minutes. But Tram number 12 from the train station has you at the hotel in two stops...Which we would do next time.
The hotel was in a quiet location but just 15 minutes or so away from the centre of things. We were confused by the tram system at first, (The maps are not quite as easy to understand as Paris) but soon worked it out with the help of a stranger.
Essentially, come out of the hotel doors, turn right and walk down the street. You will see two tram stops. You need to get on the tram that is going in the opposite direction. You don't want to come past the hotel on the tram, if you do, you're going the wrong way for anything except the train station!
It was 4 stops on Tram 12 (Ranstad Recruitment was how we remembered it) and then change to Tram 14 there. From there it was 6 stops to Dam which is the stop for Amsterdam Square. That's where we spent most of our time. Madame Tussauds, coffee shops, Anne Frank House, Amsterdam Dungeons...All of that is reachable from this stop. Hope that helps people as we could have done with a walk through guide like that to look at!
As for the hotel itself. Staff were great. Friendly and helpful. The guy with the glasses has a big personality, he was good to talk to. The woman on the desk as we left had a good craic with us too. No complaints on that score.
The room was nice but a little smaller than we'd expected. Nothing wrong with it but we just felt it was probably the smallest hotel room we'd stayed in...But certainly one of the nicest as well!
There is no smoking in the rooms but there is a smoking area near reception for cigarettes. Just go for a wander over the road if you want to smoke the other stuff as it isn't allowed at the hotel.
One thing that was lacking was amenities close by. There was a Lidl around the corner but other than that nowhere to really buy drinks or food....We ended up stocking up in Dam Square on Day Two. The Lidl didn't really have the sort of food you might want after a day of touring Amsterdam!
Overall it was a 5* stay for us and price permitting, we would definitely stay here again if (Or more likely, when) we return to Amsterdam.
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