My wife and I spent (1) night at the Crowne Plaza City Centre while on a 2 week European trip.
The biggest positive of this hotel is the proximity to Centraal Station and Amsterdam's main attractions (i.e. Dam Square, shopping, Red Light District, Anne Frank House). Everything is within walking distance. From the train station, exit to the southwest (right hand side of the station if you're facing the city), and walk up N.Z. Voorburgwal. Roughly 2 blocks - very easy.
Unfortunately, when you get to the Hotel, you will soon discover what so many other reviewers have already: this place is worth about half of what it charges. My wife and I paid 249 euros (plus another 5% tax not included in this rate) for a room that was about the equivalent of an older Best Western or Holiday Inn in the US. Although well maintained by housekeeping, the decor was clearly from the 1980s and is in bad need of an upgrade. For 249 euros, I expect a certain wow factor and this place just doesn't deliver.
In summary, if this place went for 159-179 euros per night, I'd highly recommend it. The hotel is fine in many respects: helpful front desk, in room iron/ironing board, wash clothes, & nice indoor pool. Nice touches that are important to me as a traveler. However - just not worth 249 euros per night.
A couple of final thoughts on Amsterdam... tickets for the trolley/tram system can be purchased at the Hotel front desk. They aren't available at any of the stops other than those at Centraal Station. This thing isn't nearly as user friendly as the public transport in Paris/London/Munich/etc. and having these strips will make your life much easier. Secondly, the hotel offers self-service laundry in the basement. Cost is 5 euros per machine and includes soap for the washer. There's also a laundromat just up the street from the hotel (towards Dam Square) if you are looking for something a little more economical and don't mind walking a bit.
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