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“Comfortable and convenient with room location caveat” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Conscious Hotel Vondelpark

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Conscious Hotel Vondelpark
Ranked #97 of 364 Hotels in Amsterdam
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Comfortable and convenient with room location caveat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I chose this hotel from among many available options because of its location and their philosophy regarding conservation of resources.

Let me quickly note that I would gladly stay here again. I will, however, provide some details that may help other travelers who choose this hotel.

Right away I'll state that the hotel's staff was great. Everyone I encountered was engaging, welcoming, pleasant, informed and service oriented. My thanks to all, especially Gent, Oliver and Nikka (the only names I know) and also to the Housekeeping Supervisor, whose name I don't know but who spoke lovingly about "the magic of Amsterdam" in an impromptu conversation in the corridor between the "A" and "B" Towers.

Some other reviewers have noted the odd and somewhat awkward location of the "B" Tower rooms, where I stayed. Yes, it's a bit involved to start in the "A" Tower (location of the hotel's entrance, lobby/lounge, Reception, and breakfast room) go up one flight, walk along a corridor to the "B" Tower and then navigate to one's room among four floors, but it didn't bother me as I typically made that trek only once or twice each day.

My first stay (night of 1st December) was in room 428, which I found peaceful and quiet with its location at the end of the main hall on the fourth floor of "B" Tower. I'm not a fan of the hotel's "COCO-MAT" mattresses, which were bowed in a concave fashion, but that's a subjective issue and the bed wasn't truly uncomfortable; it just didn't provide the firm support to which I'm accustomed.

My second stay of four nights (6th-10th December) was in room 423, which was laid out differently and which seemed a bit smaller than room 428 but that didn't really matter to me. What did matter, however, was the noise I could hear from adjacent rooms especially the opening/closing of doors. The entire floor has acoustics that ring "hollow" with metal doors and locking mechanisms and walls that seemed 'metallic' in their quality. Sound readily transmitted from adjacent rooms and/or the hallway to my room. That quality was especially apparent with the family occupying the two rooms adjacent to mine with doors opening/closing frequently as they went between their rooms at night and in the mornings. Did I sleep? Yes, I slept but not without some rather jarring moments (the sound of doors opening/closing and other room-to-room sounds). It was very different from my stay in room 428.

Returning to the positive aspects of this property, I loved its location. It worked perfectly for my needs and the convenience of Tram line 1 literally in front of the hotel was a huge benefit to me. Tram line 1 will take you to/from Amsterdam Lelylaan rail station (three stops from the hotel), which is only one stop from Schiphol airport. No need to go the extra distance to/from Amsterdam Centraal station when traveling between the airport and the hotel.

The surrounding neighborhood boasts a number of cafes, restaurants, pubs and an Albert Heijn supermarket within easy walking distance (or short tram ride) and the serene beauty of Vondelpark is but a couple of blocks away.

I enjoyed the breakfast buffet, which was sufficient and satisfying at 13.50 Euros and the gentlemen serving the area were always very cheerful and accommodating. I also enjoyed the wine selection offered in the lobby lounge. They offer only a few choices but the wines were of good quality and the price was very reasonable; it was a good way to unwind after a busy day of exploring.

Other reviewers have been a bit bothered by the signs extolling the conservationist approach throughout their rooms, but they're just signs and I appreciate the hotel's commitment to sustainable practices, none of which impacted my ability to enjoy my stay. I think it's fair for the hotel to call out their efforts.

Overall I would gladly return to the Conscious Hotel - Vondelpark and I hope to do so.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013 via mobile

I am very impresed with the hotel and how quiet it was! Went to Amst for my hubby's bday and couldn't ask for more at the end of the day. Breakfast there is great, especially freshly squeezed orange juice.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

We stayed for a long weekend. The hotel is easy to find if you are coming from the Centraal stataion - take the number 1 tram. Easy as it stops right outside the hotel.
The room was very clean, cannot fault housekeeping and the heating warm. We were in tower B, it was really quiet so if you are a light sleeper ask for a room in that tower.
We had breakfast each morning, it was a little pricey but it was very tasty. As a tourist I fill up on B'fast then have a small lunch on the go.
The bar in the evening is very expensive. The service is fine however the beer is only brewed down the road a little way (look for the windmill) and about 2 euros cheaper.
The staff were happy and friendly and nothing seemed to be a problem for them.
I would reccomend this hotel if you are happy to use the tram, are not worried about being in the center of the city and like walking through the park.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper ask for a room in tower B - room 424 nice view and quiet
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Basic hotel, not the best location for tourism, although it's a 15 min walk from the old city. Anyway, I've been here twice for business, but I wouldn't choose for visiting the city. I'm preety sure there are better options.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

tram stop is in front of the hotel, nice restaurants at a walking distance, bicycles are for rent (which is the best way of visiting amsterdam). Breakfast is good, but less expensive if you go to one of the many restaurants in the street . Make reservations if you want to put your car in the garage.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013 via mobile

This is a great hotel! Room was very clean, & updated, staff was pretty accommodating & helpful. Location is great as there is a tram just steps from the front door. There's also a very nice park wright behind Hotel. Also getting back to the airport was hassle free again with tram right outside. & just a few minutes from all the fun as center city Amsterdam is just few stops away also. Looked like a nice restaurant in lobby however I chose to eat at other nearby shops. Free wifi only n lobby & free maps. Enjoy

Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Conscious hotel, gives you a warm, clean and efficient stay experience. The tram stop is right outside the hotel, and the direct tram (No. 1) takes you bang in the centre of the city.
Being in a non-touristy area, it gives you a chance to feel the real Amsterdam. The street has a lot of great restaurants, favored by the locals.

Excellant choice for short stays.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Conscious Hotel Vondelpark
Address: Overtoom 519 /521, 1054 LH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Vondelpark
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #97 of 364 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Conscious Hotel Vondelpark 3*
Number of rooms: 81
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