My husband and I stayed at the Doubletree Centraal Station for 2 nights prior to a river cruise. We stayed in a King City Suite, which had beautiful views over the city and the very busy hub in front of Centraal station. We arrived at the hotel at about 7.30am, and to our pleasant surprise, we could check in and go to our rooms straight away. We were even too early for the welcome cookies (they gave us a voucher to collect this later)! The staff at the check in desk were efficient and professional and explained all the options available for obtaining breakfast, drinks, tourist info, etc. Our room was very clean, with heaps of room and plenty of luxurious towels and linens. We had a king size bed in the bedroom, which had floor to ceiling windows that also gave a view over the city skyline (we were on the 8th floor), TV with MAC access. The ensuite was ample in size with a separate shower and bath. One criticism of the bathroom would be there isn't enough shelf space around the basin for make up, shaving equipment, etc. The separate lounge had a 2 & 1/2 seater and 2 lounge chairs, TV with Mac access, a table and 4 chairs, a bar fridge (that is complimentary in this grade of suite - if only we knew!), tea & coffee facilities and a mini bar / snack selection. There is a second bathroom / toilet along the hall to the door. The suite was at the 'pointy end' of the hotel, so you had views to the city from the bedroom and the 2 huge lounge windows, the corner window had a lovely comfy seat here and was ideal for reading of watching the world go by, as you had views of both to the city and to the Centraal station. Along the hall there is two other smaller windows that gave us views of the train lines and the IJ (we could see when our river ship docked). We had breakfast included in our tariff, and this was excellent, with a huge selection of hot, cold, sweet and savoury. Their waffles are fantastic!!! We had an evening meal here as well and the staff accommodated our larger group size (7) by rearranging tables and this was no trouble for them. The food again was of a very high standard, almost in the category of 'fine dining'. The rooms were serviced well, with all linens replaced as required and tea/coffee supplies replenished. We rang and requested fresh milk and this was supplied. The hotel had free wifi throughout and we even hired bikes from reception at a cost of 16 euros for the day. We had them from early morning, went for a short ride to get our bearings, came back to the hotel, and just locked the bikes up in the forecourt of the hotel, and then used them again after lunch when we rode them to the zoo. We only returned the keys around 10pm, as it was so easy to ride everywhere. They were in very good condition and easy to ride. The only other facilities we used at the hotel was on the day of embarktion, our cruise line had a 'day room' set up for early arrivals, and a lounge to leave luggage here for transfer to the ship. This worked well with the facilities on the first floor having ample room and comfortable enough for those waiting.
The location was excellent, as most of the trams return to Centraal station, so I was able to be secure in the knowledge that my elderly parents would be able to find their way back to the hotel without any hassles. Check out was quick and no fuss. The staff always pleasant and courteous. We did have an issue with our air conditioning, rang, attendant came to the unit to check all was as it should be, and then returned to reset the unit and said it would take about an hour to kick in, it only took about 15 minutes. The suite did lack a compendium, that gave you details like that the mini bar was complimentary, locations of the pool, gym. There was a room service menu and a TV 'how to' guide, but not any other information. Would definitely stay again.
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- 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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