Me and my partner have now stayed at this hotel twice. The last time we visited was about 18 months ago in October 2009. The first time we visited, we had an early morning flight so arrived in Amsterdam at about 9am. We were absolutely shattered and despite knowing that we couldn't check in to the hotel until 3pm, we thought we'd chance it and headed straight there. We caught a taxi at the airport and this will cost you between 40 and 45 euros. It's not bad really as it is about a 20 minute drive from the airport. When we got there, we asked the Receptionist if there was any chance of checking in a bit earlier i.e. maybe about 12ish and we couldn't believe our luck when she said they already had a room sorted for us and could check in straight away, at no extra cost may I add! We didn't have to worry about it this time round though as we opted for an afternoon flight and got to the hotel at 5pm. Each visit has been perfect and I really cannot fault this hotel. Service is brilliant, the reception staff, bar staff, and even the cleaners smile at you and always say 'hello'. They make you feel at home and are always happy to help. The lady in the bar, Mieke, was very friendly and would always tell us to grab a table and she would bring your drinks to you. It's a very clean and modern hotel, the rooms have loads of space and the beds are the comfiest beds I have ever slept in. When I checked out in Oct 09, I even asked the Receptionist where they got their beds from! The only down side is that it is very expensive, as are most hotels to be honest. Me and my Partner never had breakfast at the hotel as it's 12.50 euros just for a couple of croissants and 22.50 euros for a full breakfast. If you wanted room service then it was an extra 10 euros service charge. Therefore we would just venture into the city centre for a bite to eat. As can be expected, the mini-bar in the room is also very expensive i.e. 7 euros for a small pot of mixed nuts and 40 euros for a small bottle of bubbly. There is a Shell Petrol Station just round the corner from the hotel, so we would just get some drinks and snacks from there and keep them in our room. Location of the hotel is good and is situated within a quieter region of the city, therefore ideal for a romantic getaway. It's then just a short tram ride into the centre which costs 2.60 euros per person and this is valid for an hour, so you can hop on and off as many trams as you like within this period. Me and my Partner have had two great stays at this hotel and I would highly recommend to all couples out there who want to experience the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, but want to wake up and go to sleep in peace. If you want to stay in a hotel closer to the centre, then you have to accept that it is probably going to be noisy in the evenings as there is always lots going on. To sum up, a great hotel with great staff, good location but just a bit on the expensive side.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Excellent location within walking distance to the main museums and well-known shopping streets but also near the RAI convention centre and the WTC Amsterdam. We can offer you the best of both worlds! The hotel is surrounded by water and tranquility, and yet so close to the city centre that you sense both the energy of city life and the heart of the business world. This is the special location of the majestic Wyndham Apollo Hotel Amsterdam, where 5 Amsterdam canals converge. Make your stay complete with a culinary feast in the hotel restaurant La Sirène or The Harbour Club Kitchen. The hotel offers private parking, a spa and a marina. ... more less
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