Stayed here 3 nights recently and there are some good and some bad points. Over everything else, I paid @ £50 per night for the room without breakfast and the brilliant bargain meant that any niggles are just that, niggles.
Getting there and back from the airport doesn't have to be a mission. There is a 195 bus from Schipol Plaza which stops near the IBM building but this is only weekdays. A new 69 service is excellent and only @ E2 each way. This stops in the same place as the 195 and also at the number 2 tram stop and also operates at weekends. These routes are not covered within the hourly/daily etc tickets.
Check-in wasn't the best experience, with very abrupt service, but everyone else we dealt with on reception after that was lovely.
The first room we were allocated was a twin room which we didn't want, but we changed room next day so no great problem there. The twin room was quite grubby but the next room was a lot better. Why do hotels put dark coloured tiles around the shower area which show up every splash? If they cleaned the entire area every day it would be different but it is not nice to go into a shower with full evidence of the previous occupant. Also the main en-suite opaque glass door was not great. Again, evidence of many fingerprints all over it and it doesn't close fully so all can be heard in the bedroom unless the t.v is put on. The toilet is one side of the door, and the wardrobe/dressing/ironing/tea and coffee making area was the other side. There might as well not have been a door or wall at all for all the privacy it afforded.. Only really suitable for a single occupant.
I also agree with a previous reviewer about the toiletries, they were very drying to the skin. More and more of us are travelling without hold luggage and rely on hotel supplies so good quality is important.
The beds were comfy and we could have done with 2 spare pillows for the room but I'm sure the hotel would have supplied them if I asked as they did supply a dental and a shaving kit on request. We slept well but there was a lot of door slamming in the mornings. At one point, I felt the vibration through the headboard! This is more down to inconsiderate guests though and we did have good sleep quality each night. The temperature of the room was perfect and I believe the beds had a memory foam topper and there is a fridge in the room for your own supplies or a mini bar on request.. All very good. Not many hangers. Plenty of other storage and the t.v did what we needed it to and free Wi-Fi. Lighting was not brilliant, we had every single light on and the room was still quite dark but there is good lighting in the bathroom.
We didn't use any of the other facilities of the hotel as we used it as a base to sleep in only but it does pose problems getting into town. The bus that runs behind the hotel and goes to Leidesplein is not covered by the transport pass (GVB). There is quite a walk to the tram stop (@10 minutes) which would be an issue for some people. The number 2 tram is the best sightseeing tram route for Amsterdam and 30 minutes each way was no problem for us but if you like to pop back to your hotel during the day, this is not the hotel for you. I would not like the walk to the tram stop in the wind/rain/snow either, or if I was on a deadline. If there is one thing that this hotel can do to appeal more to tourists it would be to solve this problem somehow. Maybe some chargeable hotel transfers direct to the centre, or via the tram stop for a smaller charge?
We visit Amsterdam regularly and love using public transport, but the walk to the tram stop would stop me looking to return to this hotel unless maybe breakfast was included. There would have to be an extra incentive to return, even on the good rate we had. I'd rather pay a bit more per night to be closer to public transport. Overall, a decent hotel.
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- Modern Dutch design hotel ideally located between Amsterdam Schiphol airport and Amsterdam city center. With Dutch architecture and changing inspiring art and design collections. ... more less
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