If you are looking for a cozy little hotel to convey the Dutch atmosphere, then this isn't a place to book. It's a huge hotel and it's a modern hotel which really stands out when you look towards the Central Station. Personally, this did the trick for me. The hotel had all the comfort I could wish for - with a few exceptions I will set out below.
I had a single room and it had more than enough space for one person and the luggage, the wardrobe is alright, the ironing facilities were very welcome and if you have a room on the canal, you won't even know how close the station is. The tea and coffee facilities I discovered in a drawer were a really nice surprise, even if I didn't use them and it was great to have an iMac in the room to supply for TV and computer needs. The bathroom was ridiculously small but I admit that the space was organized really efficiently and the shower didn't feel as crowded as it looked from the outside (bonus point for no leaks under the door). Look out for slippers, bathrobe and drier in the wardrobe and if you need a shower cap, don't be afraid to call the reception desk. They are kind and accommodating to one's needs, from matters regarding your room and your stay, to offering directions and answering touristic questions.
Thr breakfast might just be one of the richest varieties I have seen so far but I can't comment on the value for money because it was included in the room price. The sushi was a fantastic surprise, especially since it seemed to be there every morning and I personally appreciated the pastry and sweets selection and the fact that the entire focus wasn't on providing omlette and sides for it, as many other hotels do.
Decent distance from the old town/redlight/china town/commercial area.
On the minus side:
- lighting in the room: the windows are huge and everything is great if the curtains are pulled. But if you need to draw the curtains, then you have to make do between four lamps which provide barely enough light. One main light in the bedroom area would be nice. Also it would have been nice if the bedside lamps could be dimmed - far too powerful if you wanted to leave one on in the night.
- checking in: not fond of their check in only and only after 3 pm rule and having to pay extra to get a room early, even if they obviously have empty rooms to offer. Considering I was on a three hour flight and needed to change and freshen up before a business meeting, there was little choice for me on saying yes or no to the extra fee. I really can't see why you can't have a room earlier if it is obviously empty and ready to be used.
- 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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