This property is brand new, and situated beside the Rembrandt Park (which has quite a questionable reputation among the local Dutch). Nonetheless, we found the place reasonably safe and had no bad experiences walking back at 4am on a Sunday morning. It's a little out of the way from the city centre, and if you're not driving, requires a tram ride to access.
The check-in staff kept us waiting a good 5 minutes before acknowledging our presence to check us in. Once that way underway, we made our way to the room to find music playing and the interactive television switched on with a welcome note addressed to my name. It would all have been very impressive if they had only addressed me as Miss instead of Mr. This faux pas just left an impression that the hotel was trying a little too hard to impress, and yet overlooking the details that really matter.
The beds were incredibly comfortable and the room was very spacious. There was a nightlight with motion sensors that kept clicking on and off in the night, disturbing my friend's sleep. That aside, we have no complains about noise, and the curtains blocked out the sunlight in the morning, allowing a good sleep in.
The bathroom was very slick and clean. The only problem was that the door of the shower area was not designed to reach the wall so we had wet floors upon stepping out of the shower. The bath towels were a little thin so we could barely rectify the nightly flooding from our shower.
We did not eat breakfast - the price quoted killed all appetite, but the same area gets converted into a bar in the evenings, and the hostesses were very attentive. We were informed by one very friendly staff member that Friday nights was when the party happened.
We found the gym and were thrilled to have a decent workout after all our gourmet escapades, but were slightly disappointed to learn that the sauna was not yet up and running. Neither was the solarium but we didn't really care about possible skin cancer.
All in all we were happy to enjoy the luxuries and it was a hotel with high standards, but perhaps a tiny bit more effort could be put in to actually meet those standards they have set.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This spectacular 4-star hotel, containing 446 rooms, is not only one of the biggest hotels in Amsterdam, but also the biggest Ramada hotel in Europe. The imposing building is situated only 15 minutes from the historic city centre and is ideally located on the Amsterdam ring road and next to the RembrandtparkRamada Apollo Amsterdam Centre contains 446 luxurious rooms and suites, 8 state-of-the-art meeting rooms, sauna and fitness facilities, solarium, 300 indoor parking spaces and a spectacular restaurant & skybar on the 17th floor; Floor17! The hotel is ideally situated next to the Amsterdam ring road, with a perfect connection to Schiphol International Airport as well as Amsterdam city centre.All of the meeting rooms have natural daylight and a magnificent view; 5 Sky Lounges on the top floor (18th floor) and 3 meeting rooms on the ground floor.The newest hotspot in town is Skybar Floor17! Richard Matulessy, former Executive Chef of the well-known Amstel Hotel, is in charge of the kitchen team. Enjoy Food Entertainment on the 'highest' level, while enjoying the staggering 360-view on Amsterdam and surroundings. An open kitchen, trendy staff and good music are the perfect combination for a great night out. Drink - Dance - Dine on Friday and Saturday night with DJ's, drinks and bites; the ideal start of your weekend! ... more less
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