After having traveled on a direct flight from Portland, OR to Amsterdam we were looking forward to checking in and freshening up before heading out and about town. Unfortunately we arrived at 11 and our rooms weren't quite ready. We were pretty bummed but not wholly surprised, but they were happy to store our bags until we returned. The service from the front desk was cordial throughout the trip.
The exterior of the hotel is stunning, reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film. The interior is super modern, both in the lobby and in the rooms. The rooms were very clean and well-appointed, but the bed and pillows were a bit soft for our taste. It was a bit weird that their was a window in the bathroom, but it was off to the side so if someone peeked in they'd really have to be trying. Each room has a giant floor to ceiling photo poster behind the bed, and ours happened to be the bare posterior of a model walking down a runway. Luckily we are open-minded and thought it was pretty awesome, I'd love to see the shocked faces of some conservative Americans as they roll through.
The hotel is located 10-15 minutes from the center of Amsterdam, and there are two rail lines either steps away or a couple minute walk from the hotel. Either line will take you to the city center, and the public transit is clean, efficient, affordable, and very easy to use. There are several restaurants and bars in the area, perfect for grabbing a drink after a long day of tourist-ing. I would not recommend the hotel restaurant for dinner, explore the many nice local eateries instead. The continental breakfast that was included with our stay was really nice, and I even got to make my own espresso or latte every morning with the most amazing coffee machine ever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hampshire Hotel - The Manor Amsterdam is situated in a unique building in Amsterdam-Oost: the former Burgerziekenhuis (hospital). This historic building on the Linnaeusstraat was renovated in 2011 into a trendy hotel with luxury rooms and its own Italian restaurant, Enoteca. The hotel is easy to reach by car or public transport. And by tram, bus or bike, you’ll be right in the centre of the city in 7 minutes. ... more less
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