Quiet luxury and friendly competence. There's nothing about this hotel that screams out for recognition - just a lot of things that work quietly and well together.
Service is friendly and capable, rooms are large (generous, even) and the beds wonderful. Views (12th floor, looking east along the Ij) were wonderful - like Hong Kong meets Blade Runner with a dutch/cargo-ship twist.
Restaurant excels - the morning live-cooking of omlettes etc really lifts the experience and makes it more akin to the industrial 5-star hotels you get in Dubai but on a more intimate scale.
I was staying for a conference and while not always a choice of the individual delegate the hotel was a great venue - spacious, well-equipped and with excellent catering (including the Movenpick Ice-cream options!).
The costs are reasonable for the level of quality, if not actually a bargain.
The only downside of the hotel is that it's a 15 minute walk from Central Station. There are taxi options (long queue and they hate the short ride), hotel bus (every half hour, need to book in advance) or the much-more-fun tram (number 26 goes from Centraal to just-ish opposite the hotel). I like walking, but the route into the centre from here is a bit of a schlep so ended up using cabs.
If you habitually take a cab everywhere, aren't arriving by train or are staying in the hotel then you won't care and will love your stay. If you have Amsterdam as your aim then after a day or two the location may frustrate you, however, given that the can't exactly move the hotel (!) the quality of the rooms and your time there may compensate :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center. With a prime location in the city of Amsterdam, this elegant hotel is the ideal venue for your executive travel, meeting and conferences or private ventures in matters of art and culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Moevenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Amsterdam
- Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam