This hotel was renamed yesterday, December 12th 2011. It has an ideal location just a few minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Station so no need to worry about transport through the City. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Rooms had toiletries, hair drier and Apple computer on which there were TV channels. The room safe was free. The breakfast choice was huge with tea and coffee served at the table and the most non-greasy English Breakfast I have ever experienced. I have read elsewhere that hot food would cost extra but this was not the case. The Skylounge on the top floor had superb views over the city and a very warm welcome form Manager Kim. A bottle of wine will set you back 37 euro, a Martini or cocktail 16 euro and a coffee over 6 euro. If you don't fancy forking out then you should still go to see the view. Chocolates and biscuits come with the coffee and we were given excellent snacks whilst up there.
If you have a query you need a reply to promply it's best to telephone rather than E Mail. My reply arrived 2 days later - too late.
Highlights - For me it was the Brown Cafe's, (Not to be confused with the Coffee Shops), some of which date back to the 1600's. Take a look at http://dutchfood.about.com/od/reviewsrecommendations/ss/AmsterdamGuide_4.htm Others of note were Pilsner Club,de Hoppe, de Peiper, Some have over 600 beers and their own distillery. The tradition is to overfill your licquer glass until it forms a domiscus so that you have to lean over to take the first sip before picking it up.
Tips - If you are returning to the airport by train, call into the information booth at the station the day before to check. We came home on a Sunday and there was work being carried out on the line which meant changing five minutes out of the Central Station. Without being forewarned it would have been a panic.
Schipol Airport is massive and the Easyjet gate was a very long walk. At the entrance to Gate H you are asked to stay in the lounge until all details appear on the screen. We did this, proceeding as some as the info appeared and were one of the lsat on the plane. It seems that those in the know ignored this and proceeded further toward the gate to more screens. Apparently, 6 missed the flight.
We had a package so didn't pay the room price advertised.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Right next to Central Station and within the historic city centre, is the impressive, newly-built DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam Centraal Station. The rooms and suites at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam Centraal Station feature a variety of facilities to make your stay as comfortable as possible such as individually controlled air conditioning, windows that open, and an iMac system which functions both as a TV and computer. High-speed internet access and Wi-Fi is also available free of charge throughout the entire hotel. ... more less
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