A large, modern hotel, with large rooms that have good closet space. Our room was very quiet, but I would avoid being too close to the lobby bar which was fairly loud. The couple of blocks surrounding the hotel is sort of an industrial harbor area, so not particularly attractive. The hotel is actually on a man-made island in the harbor. There is a Beans & Bagels across the driveway from the hotel, which is a good place to get breakfast. We found the location to be pretty good. It is a 10 minute walk to Amsterdam Central Station - which is the main transportation hub for trains, ferries, trams, metro, and buses (we used our OV-Chipkaarten transportation passes often). It is also a 10 minute walk to the north end of Jordaan. Getting to any other part of Amsterdam will be a longer walk. It is fairly easy and cheap to get to the hotel from the airport, if you know a few things ahead of time: the airport-train station is in a shopping center attached to the airport; the fare to Amsterdam Central Station is about 4 euros; the people at the ticket window are very helpful; the train leaves every 10 or 15 minutes and takes about 15 minutes; when you get off the train, walk towards the ferries (away from main entrance) and cross the busy street; when you reach the ferries, turn left and follow the harbor's edge for 10 minutes (keep the water on your right); the sidewalk will become too narrow (less than a foot wide) for rolling suitcases, so you will have to walk in the bike lane (there will be A LOT of bicycles); you will cross a drawbridge over a canal and then take the pedestrian bridge on your right (which looks like it goes to an office building); continue past the office building and turn left: the hotel entrance will be on your left (and Beans & Bagels on your right).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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