We had planned this trip to Amsterdam rather last minute and to be honest, booked this hotel because it offered the best price for a 5* hotel only 3 days prior to traveling. The reviews we read were somewhat mixed, but this hotel turned out to be a gem that I would return to without hesitation! We arrived at the hotel from Schiphol airport quite early in the morning and were advised that they might not be able to offer us a room until the afternoon, so we checked our bags in with the bellman and went out for some breakfast. Upon returning to the hotel only about 2 hours later (1000) to inquire on the status of an available room, we were told that our room was ready!
The hotel itself is of fantastic "art deco" design and was formerly used as a cargo/shipping center. The hotel, through it's renovation was able to keep much of the charm and many of the unique features from it's past. Upon entering the room, I noticed the high ceilings and comfortable design, very inviting! The bathroom was well appointed and had a luxurious feel. The only downside to the bathroom was that the door was glass, with only the middle section of glass frosted so a view from the room wasn't possible. The bathroom situation is not conducive for families, at least not in the king room. On the upside, the minibar in all of the rooms in this hotel is free of charge, INCLUDING wine/beer and spirits and is replenished once daily! I've never stayed at a hotel where this service is offered free of charge and found this to be a pleasant surprise!
The hotel also offers a very nice fitness/pool and spa area with whirlpool tub and a saline pool which proved to be a relaxing oasis after a day of walking and touring around!
Aside from the hotel itself, the location was fantastic, offering access to the central train station with only a 5 minute walk or so.
All in all, this hotel turned out to be a great find! Value for the money spent was great and the location, amenities and service made the entire package worthwhile!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam is a five-star deluxe hotel situated 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 and suites, offering complimentary wireless internet, free minibar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and free entrance to the Spa & Wellness center. Facilities furthermore include restaurant Seven Seas, meeting rooms and a bar/lounge. ... more less
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