Situated 500 mtrs from Central (train) station and within easy walking distance of the centre with views over a canal, the hotel offers a v. convenient location for sight seers (BTW, 300 mtrs from red light district but not a problem as it is easy to avoid). Reception a bit distant as separated by 2 desks, however, friendly and eager to please. Room had everything: Philips flat screen TV, free WiFi, phone, Nespresso machine, great bathroom with 2 sinks, shower and bath, WC. Extra large, very comfortable bed, bathrobe, slippers, seating area with table.
Well stocked and free mini bar, replenished every day. We are not great drinkers but a G&T or vodka orange or small bottle of red or white wine goes down well after a hard day's tourism. We visited over Queen's Day which is normally a crazy day of celebrations; this year the Queen abdicated and her son Willem-Alexander ascended the throne (with his much loved Queen Maxima), so every celebration was doubled and Amsterdam became a party place filled with the Dutch colour, Orange. A great experience; the hotel provided an oasis of calm. Friendly concierge. Avoid the buffet breakfast as the eggs and bacon were cold and tasted horrible. Instead ask the waiters to bring you something freshly made; the cheese and mushroom omelettes were great. Ask for a pot of coffee / tea as you'll otherwise have to wait. All 3 mornings no milk on the table which was annoying. That said, there is a good choice of cold meats, cheeses, fruit, desert. Because of the poor standard breakfast we did not eat in the restaurant; Amsterdam caters for every taste, so no shortage of choice.
The hotel felt deligjtfully cosmopolitan with guests from many countries and predominantly very friendly.
Yes, we would stay again but hope that some improvements are made.
- 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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