This hotel is located in a business district on the far south side of the city. It’s a good fifteen minute taxi ride from the airport which cost us €50 and another ten minute car journey into the centre which costs around €20-€25. On a busy Friday evening the wait for a taxi to arrive for a trip to the centre took a good fifteen minutes, probably due to this distance. I certainly couldn’t recommend the Artemis for a touristy visit to Amsterdam but the hotel is a typical business friendly place.
All the staff throughout the hotel were very friendly, helpful and fluent in English. The check-in process was easy and with complimentary ‘sweet treats’ and useful maps of the city was very welcoming. The reception staff were also happy to loan plug adaptors free of charge. The lobby area is large and bright with plenty of unique art giving a very different feel. The art probably changes throughout the year but from blowup dogs to fluffy home furnishings it was worth taking a few moments to admire. The corridors of the hotel were modern and clean with an ice dispenser and shoe cleaning machine by the lift, which was a nice touch. The seating area for the restaurant was large and had an open plan feel leading into the bar. The bar area isn’t overly large but had a good mix of seating for two and more communal areas. I felt the drink prices were reasonable for a hotel and the selection of drinks would cater for all.
Our bedroom on the fifth floor was adequately sized with a large working desk and two arm chairs. It was probably a twin with two large single beds rather than a double; although placed together they gave a fantastic large and very comfortable night’s sleep. The air conditioning was silent and being on a business park there was no outdoor activity to disturb overnight. With no proper lighting (just a floor lamp and reading lights over the bed) it did feel rather dark and had I wished to do any work late in the evening I would have found this a struggle. My other criticism of the room was that it was very dusty. Presumably from the bedding, but a phone left on the bedside unit overnight was covered in the morning. Be sure not to leave any black suits etc on or around the bed if you don’t have a lint roller handy! The room had a wooden floor and tiles in the bathroom.
The bathroom was separated with a smoked glass door and had a modern feel with artwork on the wall. No bath, although the shower was powerful despite a ridiculously small shower head for the size of the cubicle. Annoyingly there was no shelf in the shower resulting in constant bending to the floor for shampoo etc. The provided toiletries were ok although combined bottles rather than separate shower gel / shampoo / conditioner.
An open clothes hanging area with some shelves, mini bar (although empty), tea / coffee making facilities with a kettle, digital safe and ironing board completed the room. Rather than UHT pots of milk, dried whitener was provided which won’t be to everyone’s taste.
The Hotel Artemis provided a very comfortable stay and for a business visit to the area would be fine. With a limited range of TV channels and dim room I wouldn’t want to stay for an extended period of time but I’m guessing few people do. I wouldn’t recommend the hotel for a holiday or tourists as there is little, if anything, in the area other than offices!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Amsterdam Artemis Hotel