My wife and I spent an enjoyable city break in Amsterdam at the beginning of December and we stayed in this hotel for 4 nights.Having not stayed in Amsterdam before we chose this hotel at random through the internet.Amsterdam is a really friendly city and we had no problems finding the hotel after arriving in the airport thanks to the staff there.The travel from the airport to the hotel was so simple and quick - we just had to get a train from the railway station, which is integrated with the airport, to central station and thereafter a 5 minute walk from there to the hotel along the waterfront.I have never come across such friendly staff before and they could not do enough for you.The hotel was faultless and worthy of 5 star status which I am sure it will be when they have got their restaurant finished.We had a top floor room which had great views so I would recommend anyone going there to ask for a room on this floor as rooms from 2- 7 may well have obstructed views although I could not say for sure.The breakfast display was impressive and whilst mostly continental style they still had bacon and scrambled eggs each day on offer.Amsterdam is a lovely city although I would advise anyone going there for the first time to watch out for cyclists as they think they are god.On two occasions we were at a green light crossing and my wife had to pull me back,as a cyclist came speeding round the corner - they totally ignore red lights and seem to think they have the complete right of way.We were lucky enough to visit the Anne Frank museum at a quiet period and it is well worth a visit.We also went to the Ice Bar and whilst I enjoyed the experience my wife was none too impressed - you had to put these large thermal jackets on with hoods and gloves and they piled you into this freezing strongroom type bar where you enjoyed a couple of drinks whilst watching a Heineken ad in 3D.I feel they should restrict their numbers to 12 as it could get really claustrophobic in there if you were that way inclined.Our highlight of the stay was a trip to Zaans Schans which is a little quaint area(like a small village) to the north of Amsterdam where the windmills are.I would not bother with the tour - just take the 391 bus from the bus station on your own time - the buses run every hour there and back and you can wander around at your leisure - the pancake restaurant is worth a visit if you are hungry. Our stay at the hotel made our trip to Amsterdam very memorable and if we returned to the city there is only one place we would stay and that is the Room Mate Aitana.
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- Room Mate Aitana is a modern designer hotel built in 2013 on the new artificial island in the IJ river 500 meters from the Central Station and 19 min. walking from Dam's Square, the heart of Amsterdam. It is equipped with free Wi-Fi and a 37'' flat TV in all rooms, 7 meeting rooms, restaurant, lounge bar, breakfast buffet until 12:00, business area, fitness center and a marina with 60 moorings for recreation boats. ... more less
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