Stayed here end of January 2014. In our party, there was 6 of us ( 3 couples) in 3 double rooms for 2 nights.
We stayed here as part of a mini cruise and stay package. As you walked into the hotel, everywhere was marble, shiny and polished. The hotel check in staff were very helpful with information about the area and how best to travel around Amsterdam. One thing that annoyed us was the fact that they take 70 euros off your debit/credit card as security. When we came to check out it was suggested that we had taken a breakfast on one of the mornings. This was not true and sorted out quite quickly in our favour. However I wanted the 70 euros put back onto the same card as we hadn`t used any of this. This was refused and I was given the euros back in cash.! Why.? What was the point.? I exchanged the same 70 euros back into GBP whilst back in England and got a shocking exchange rate back. For this my review would have been 4 out of 5, but their ridiculous security bond ended up costing me.
The rooms were spacious and clean with large windows. Our room was on the back of the hotel and the view, ten floors up, over-looked a canal and large council estate. This didn`t bother us as we didn`t come to Amsterdam for a hotel view. A few English speaking news channels on the tv and coffee/tea facilities were available (enough for one cup each). The coffee in the shop on the ground floor was decent though. The large double bed was comfortable and the bathroom was large enough for us. The room had plenty of coat hangers in the wardrobe and a free to use safe. The lift landing had an ice maker and shoe polisher on each floor. Downstairs we found that the bar was very expensive as was the breakfast price (which is why we had breakfast in Amsterdam centre).
The location is out of the centre but, the number 4 trams terminus is just over the road. These trams run about every 10 minutes and the tram takes you straight into the city centre and takes about 10 minutes to travel. The last tram heading towards the hotel leaves the city centre at midnight. I would stay here again but, I would take less money than I need in cash as the hotel will give me 70 euros in cash of my own money when I leave.!!
My top tip is as follows. Check out at the hotel is 11am. So if you`re like us and you`re on a mini cruise and stay. Amsterdam Central Railway Station is at the very end of the number 4 tramline. For 5 euros and 10 cents (Paid by debit/credit card), you can just turn up and have a large locker to keep your suitcase/bag locked up. This enables you to walk around bag free until the coach picks you up at the station around 5pm to take you back to the ferry.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Amsterdam City is a 4 star hotel near the Amsterdam RAI events centre and the WTC. RAI station,within walking distance of the hotel, offers frequent connections to the city centre and Schiphol Airport. This 100% non smoking hotel is an idealbase for a business trip or weekend away.The modern rooms feature an extra long bed, mobile desk, sofa and airconditioning. The hotel offers a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven meeting rooms, a business centre, pub and coffee corner ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Amsterdam City Hotel Amsterdam
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