I stayed few days at the Grand Amrâth and have to say that when I entered in the lobby I was a bit surprised by how old fashioned it looked.
Nonetheless I was warmly welcomed and invited to proceed to the check-in in a stylish wooden style room. The staff was nice and professional, it took a bit of time (5-10 min) to check in as it was the first day for the receptionist who was in charge of my case, but she was assisted by her colleagues and all of them were kind so it was no hassle.
The hotel itself is decorated with warm colour which make you feel like being welcomed from home. At first, it might seem to be like a labyrinth but you quickly get used to the long curved corridors. There are a night club, a swimming-pool, a fitness center and a spa in the basement of the building. I only made use of the fitness center, I should rather say fitness room as there were only 5 or 6 training machines but I never saw anybody else than me using them during the few hours I was there (~2 hours a day) so I didn't feel constrained at all. There are also a bar and a restaurant on the ground floor but I didn't try any of them.
Now, about the room itself, I stayed in a deluxe room on the 4th floor. It had very high ceiling and was of decent size (~25m2), with two armchairs a very big bed (210cm length) and all the usual features that an hotel of this category provides (a shower and a separate tub, nespresso machine, slippers, safety deposit box, umbrella, trouser press...) but one point important to mention is the mini bar which is already included in the room rate (refilled once a day). The room was really quiet, the mattress extremely comfortable, and the tub large enough to indulge yourself with a relaxing bath without feeling tight like in many other hotels I have been to.
Compared to the Hilton and Marriott hotels in Amsterdam, I would say that the Grand Amrâth is the most convenient one if you need to get to the airport of the train station and its architecture is far more charming than the others. Nonetheless it lacks the modernism of the Marriott (inside not the facade of the Marriott which seems like a council estate) and the luxurious facilities of the Hilton (lobby, private pier, bar with outside seats and garden, but not the rooms which I personally think would need some refurbishment, the Amrâth ones have higher standards) . Then it is a question of what are your priorities.
If you like authenticity, old-fashioned style, and want to be 5min walk away from the train station, the Grand Amrâth is the hotel I would suggest you to pick up! It is not a small hotel but you feel like being in a boutique hotel and the staff is really very attentive, it was a pleasure to chat with the one I met.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newest five-star deluxe hotel of Amsterdam in the monumental Shipping House. You can find us on the Prins Hendrikkade in the city center at only 500m from Central Station and 1100m from Dam Square. We have 165 rooms, of which 25 suites offer complimentary wireless internet, free minibar and from free access to the wellness center. Facilities furthermore include restaurant Seven Seas, meeting rooms and a bar/lounge. ... more less
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