Retured a few days ago from three memorable nights at this hotel. Was lucky enough to be able to book long enough in advance to get a junior suite at a terrific price. It is not enormous by any stretch of the imagination but it is beautifully designed with floor to ceiling windows, overlooking the canal, that give it the illusion of space. Others have mentioned the iMac provided and they are indeed incredibly useful (we had one in the bedroom and living area), however, I was most impressed by the coffee machine! While others have stated that only paper cups were provided, we had both ceramic cups and take-away cartons - perfect!
The suits and executive rooms all come with executive lounge access - a wonderful bonus. The breakfast menu is not extensive but adequate enough for a quick bit to eat before you go sightseeing. However, it was lovely to be able to relax over a glass (or two!) of wine with a surprisingly good selection of snacks, before going out in the evening. The only issue is that it gets extremely busy at weekends and you may find yourself having to sit in the Lobby Bar instead (this happened on both the Saturday morning and evening), but it really isn't much of a problem (although we heard a couple of business men complaining loudly about this!).
I had booked this hotel as a surprise break for my husband's 40th birthday and couldn't be happier with my choice. The staff made our stay an absolute pleasure. We had barely booked into our suite when Room Service came with complementary wine and a special giant birthday cookie! These things don't cost the earth but the thoughtfulness creates such a good impression. Any thing else we requested - room service, a sewing kit, was provided quickly and cheerfully. Without exception, the staff were professional, friendly and a pleasure to deal with.
As others have stated, the Sky Lounge is a must. A quick drink to unwind when you return to the hotel at night is the perfect end to the evening. Yes, it's not cheap but how often to get to enjoy a glass of wine while taking in spectacular views. I have to admit, the music was much too techno for my tastes but let's face it, a 40 year old couple are not going to be their target market!
The hotel is undoubtedly the perfect spot for sightseeing. It is worth buying a 48/72 hour pass for the transport system. You can jump on and off the buses, trams and metro as much as you want within this period. We found everything to be no more than a quick tram ride away and getting back couldn't be simpler as you can jump on anything with a 'Centraal Station' sign. We never waited for more than 5 minutes for a tram.
A great hotel, in a great position. What more could you want??
- 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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