We loved this hotel. We had a deluxe double - one level up from basic, can't remember exactly what it was called. Our room was totally beautiful with a great view of the canal. We didn't bring our toddler but if we had, the room had a nice feature of a wooden door between us and the large hallway to the bathroom. So, we would have put his crib in that hallway and it would have provided us with almost a suite with two rooms so we could put him to bed before us. Another small note to those sharing rooms - at least in our room there was that wooden door but the door to the bathroom itself was a very stylish frosted glass door that didn't seal. The bathroom was quite long so it may not be an issue, but if you are very uncomfortable with the potential of bathroom noises, you might want to ask whether your room will have a partition door between the bathroom and the bed section.
I was traveling for business but brought my husband for some QT as well, and it fit the bill perfectly on both counts. Free wireless worked great in the room and the business center let me print something without a problem. Free minibar was a nice perk with plenty of water, chocolate bar etc. The hotel is unique - absolutely incredible architecture and rooms were very stylishly appointed. We agreed this was probably the most beautiful hotel we have ever stayed in, and we've stayed in some really nice ones around the world. It doesn't have the wonderful but bland look of a starwood, rather its the same modern style but using really interesting wall and curtain fabrics, very high ceilings, etc. The hotel is not for those who want the four seasons style hotel with a huge, elegant marble lobby, 7 high speed elevators and all that. Rather, it is luxury in a very special, boutique hotel style with a very small but personal lobby, one quaint yet very functional elevator, etc. The breakfast was wonderful with a nice assortment of pastries, cold cuts, eggs, cereals, juices, etc. Everything has wonderful style at this hotel, down to the modern nouveau white china. We even saw a celeb at breakfast! The location is good, with plenty of nice restaurants in easy walking distance. It is a bit across town from some of the museums but not too far, and the trams at the central station are very close so these make getting anywhere easy (they are located across a bridge so are just a touch far if you are handicapped or have trouble walking). Also if you take any day trips out of the city, which we did, this was very convenient. And I highly recommend taking the train from the airport to central station, which saves you about $75 in cab fare. When you walk to the hotel, take a left out of the train station, staying on that side of the street and then cross a later bridge, I think its the third bridge - don't cross the first bridge right away and then walk left because it is a longer diagonal. With suitcases this was a bit annoying. Overall, I highly recommend this hotel and we can't wait to go back!
- 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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