Stayed here last weekend for 3 nights and would recommend this hotel and be happy to return. It’s located a few minutes walk from Centraal Station on an otherwise non-descript street but the hotel itself is great and in a useful position.
The staff was welcoming and helpful, there was always someone on hand to help. The place was spotlessly clean and well kept, with a welcoming lounge bar area with contemporary open fire, original art on the wall and soft furnishings by Ligne Roset. We were given the choice of ‘streetside’ or ‘quiet’ room, choosing the latter, a comfortable room in which we did indeed sleep soundly. The whole place seemed very new or certainly newly furbished.
If I had to find a criticism, I’d say it was unfortunate that the window didn’t open at all, as the hotel was pretty warm, despite freezing temperatures outside. We cooled our room down to sleep with the air-con, which just seems rather un-green these days.
Breakfast was additional to the room price but with lots of choice in cooked, continental and fresh, plentiful and never too crowded. To be cost-effective you really could have filled up for the whole day if you wished; very tempting.
The hotel provides maps of Amsterdam and can also sell you tram tickets. Outside it’s a short and easy walk to most of the sights, particularly the very attractive Jordaan and Nine Streets areas and to pick up a boat trip near the station (26 euro, 2 person, 1 hour cruise).
Brown cafés (basically really cosy pubs) that we would recommend (having followed recommendations from guidebooks and newspaper articles) are T’Smalle (Egelantiersgracht 12) and Van Puffelen (Prinsengracht 375-377) for that cosy ‘gezelligheid’ feeling. Beer was about 5 euro for a small beer 0.5cl.
Good restaurants we tried included the informal and friendly Spanjer en Van Twist (Leliegracht 60) and the Kantjil & de Tijger for the Indonesian rijsttafel banquet (around 50 euro for a 2 person tafel). De Jaren was a good lunch stop near the flower market and over in De Pijp, Bazar (Albert Cuypstraat 182) was great. Note that they only serve the full menu of an evening with lighter dishes during the day. Although warned that we’d need to book restaurants ahead on a weekend we had no problems but maybe because we were eating at fairly low key, informal places out of season.
Finally a very handy pocket guide I’d recommend for a weekend trip is the Lonely Planet Amsterdam Encounter but you could do a lot worse than book the Crowne Plaza and ask for their recommendations.
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