To begin our river cruise vacation, we stayed at this Renaissance Inn for two nights for a pre-cruise staging. Never having been to Amsterdam, I can’t compare this hotel to others in the city. However, having stayed in many different European hotels, I have to say that our overall impression was favorable.
If you arrive at the train station in Amsterdam (called Central Station - which is easy to do via the direct train from the airport), it is a quick 10-15 minute walk to the hotel. The hotel website has walking directions from the train station. We arrived at the hotel around 10:45 AM and were surprised to find that we were given a room and allowed to check in. This is great after flying overnight from the U.S. if you need to catch a nap.
We were given a queen room on the 5th floor that overlooked a nice tree lined street. The room was large by European standards and although the bed looked inviting, we decided to explore the city some before heading off to sleep. The hotel concierge provided a detailed map and explanation of the city and we set out to explore Amsterdam. We decided to visit the Anne Frank museum, which turned out to be a comfortable walk along canals southwest of the hotel.
The hotel is located on the west side of the inner circle of canals so it is an easy walk to many of the famous (and infamous) parts of Amsterdam. As I mentioned, the train station is close and that is where the terminus for the trams are so we were able to use those also in our exploration of the city for the two days we were there. A day pass for use on the trams in 7.50 €.
Room details – queen bed room, large bathroom, in room safe, all bathroom amenities, nice LCD TV, etc. Everything you need in a city hotel. The hotel staff was friendly, helpful, and all spoke English. There is a large convention center across the street so I imagine this hotel caters to business travelers but tourists also seemed to be fairly prevalent. We didn’t use the restaurant or bar facilities but looking into the areas, they seemed very nice. At any rate, as I said, the hotel is inside the inner circle of canals so there are restaurants and bars galore all within an easy walk. A word of caution – walking around Amsterdam can be dangerous because bicyclists rule in this city. Watch out for the bikes! We needed a taxi at the end of our stay for our trip to the port for our river cruise and the availability of taxis right in front of the hotel was great.
Two nights, booked through our travel agent, cost $568.00. Expensive (then again, not that expensive if you have stayed in NYC lately) but overall, this is a nice hotel, close to everything, and if you are a Marriott rewards member, a definite stay. Enjoy this unique city while staying at a nice Marriott properties hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Amsterdam Renaissance