We would like to recommend this hotel. The staff, even before we arrived were helpful...knowing we would get into Amsterdam by 10.30am and not wanting to carry our cases all day we contacted them to see if we could leave the bags at the hotel. They were very accommodating and were able to allow us to our room by 10.30am, even though check in at 2.00pm. When we were leaving we also appreciated the booking out time of 12 noon. We were again able to leave our bags all day with them until our evening flight. Both these accommodations made our 5 day trip full and unhindered.
Location is great – 5 minutes’ walk from the central station. Train ride was 13 minutes and only 3.80 euro....why take a taxi? Although on a main road in front of the port it was not noisy, and as you exit the entrance and turn left you are in a small road along a canal, great bar just over a bridge and in 3 minutes you are in the main canals/ shopping.
There were simple touches in the hotel such as the free mini bar, free rental of DVD’s, the complimentary slippers and robes and the nepresso machine rather than sachets of coffee which made staying a pleasure. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms very clean, the bathroom sparkled. A nice touch was that there was a second knock on the door in the evening to enquire if you needed anything, like extra coffee and we found that when we weren't in at that point we would return to a tidied room.
The spa and pool is beautiful and allow a sense of luxury. The pool has a power jet (I had not experienced this in any other hotel pool). It is a great addition to a small pool where most people are just relaxing. It allows you to have a swim if the pool is busy with guests or children playing, but also allows you to swim constantly rather than continuously turning even when alone in the pool. The gym is not big, but adequately equipped.
The minibar was well stocked – 5 small bottles (gin, vodka, whiskey, brandy and Bacardi) 2 fat cokes, 2 thin cokes, 2 beers, 2 sparkling and 2 still water, 2 orange juice, and 2 tonic water. The breakfasts were too expensive for our wallets (25 euro’s) but to have coffee, orange juice and buying a croissant earlier was fine, or going out to the many places to eat for breakfast was easy. We found a good place – the Pancake Bakery at Prinsenstraat, Along the Canal Belt, not far....doesn’t look anything from the outside but they are busy. And the pancakes are good! We took the cokes out with us and enjoyed sitting in Dam Square with them rather than paying 5 euro’s for a coke at one of the bars!
We have put great value for money because we were able to book as a Top Secret hotel...so it was great value for money. The going room rate for superior deluxe is 450 euro's....out of our price bracket...but that was what they displayed in the room, I’m sure many people don’t pay that. The £400 we paid for 4 nights we thought was great value.
Car parking was secure, cost 40 euro's for a 24hour period.
- 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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