We initially chose the Crowne Plaza South in large part due to its proximity to the RAI convention center. It was such a great experience, however, that we would happily stay again if visiting the city for vacation. It's nearly effortless to reach the hotel from the airport via train: simply disembark at the first stop (Amsterdam Zuid), exit the station on the south (Mahlerplein) side, and walk two short blocks. The hotel lobby was airy and inviting; a nice welcoming touch was the trio of water pitchers flavored with fresh mint or lime or lemon from which to pour oneself a cool drink. The staff were friendly and efficient.
The hotel is ideally situated for accessing multiple tram lines as well as the subway and bus. We enjoyed taking different lines in order to see a wide variety of Dutch neighborhoods. As many have already pointed out, the hotel is not in the city center but we appreciated being able to return at the end of a long day to peaceful surroundings. In addition, the hotel is close to the huge Amsterdamse Bos green area to the west and the beautiful Amstelpark to the east with a windmill at its southern tip. There was a small mall, including a grocery store, just a couple blocks south of the hotel.
The hotel room was clean and spacious, with a modern, chic design, and had a safe, a small refrigerator, an electric hot water pot for coffee or tea, a lounge chair and ottoman, a small desk and work chair, and a flat panel TV. For travelers requiring a dark sleep environment, there are very effective black-out curtains on the windows and a well-placed curtain in the room to pull out if one wanted to block even the small amount of light coming in from under the hallway door. The impeccably clean bathroom had feature walls tiled in a deep plum color, a nice contrast to the rest of the area in sparkling white, black, and chrome.
We noticed the day we checked out that they also rent bikes, which would be perfect for exploring some of the parks in the area. There is a daily charge for wifi it but it might be waived if you're one of their Priority Club members. The only less-than-glowing comment was that, at least during our stay, the TV interface to the hotel and local information could be really slow at times.
One tip: for a splurge meal, try out the restaurant Bolenius around the corner from the hotel.
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