Just returned from a great European holiday with my husband and 16 yr old son.
After much advance research I selected the Renaissance Amsterdam and was very pleased with the experience.
My goals had been :
-A good location
-A large spacious room that would sleep 3
- A very comfortable bed for my picky husband(princess and the pea syndrome)
-Ambiance, quality, decor, cleanliness etc.
The hotel is near the Central Train Station which is actually very convenient and easy to access both in the arrival and in the departure from the city.
The hotel has JUST been totally renovated and apparently fully reopened in May of 2009. The hotel is modern, well designed and appointed and very well maintained.
As I was looking for a large room I asked the staff and they cheerfully supported my desire to actually look at and compare 5-6 rooms from a standard, deluxe and superior size. It was a Monday so maybe it was not as busy as later in the week. but it was very helpful for me. I found the front desk, the bell man(Marcelino) and the Concierge on duty(Leo) to be Excellent. Leo is originally from Indiana and knows his history and all areas of the city. from museums to restaurants. All of his tips were excellent. He was exceptional. I loved the location of the hotel although some might by looking at a map ask if it is really that convenient and the answer is yes. We like to walk as a matter of exercise(wearing off all the delicious food calories). But I liked the quiet street(this is a big deal in this city as it has a lot of young and energetic, visitors and residents) the modern sophistication of the hotel and the decor etc. So for us it was perfect. The city is fairly compact so walking to virtually all the areas we wanted to visit was very doable or if you prefer, the tram is readily available.I am very glad we selected The Renaissance over some of the more "famous" upper end hotels which frankly looked a bit tired from the outside and in noisier neighborhoods. While we mostly walked the tram is very easy to use and reaches all desirable areas. Biking was also great fun and while there are several rental shops one is very near the hotel.
I have posted some photos of the room and the very nice size closet. The bathroom was very nice as well. This was a standard room but was spacious, quiet and comfortable. It was on an inside courtyard so no view but that ended up just fine. (rm 429). Each room has a similar overall interior decor but most rooms have differences in shape and view etc.
There is an older portion to the hotel (back side I believe) that is thoroughly updated and modernized but some of those rooms were really great in their unique shapes. The first room I looked at on the 9th floor had a cool peaked ceiling, tall windows reaching up to the peaked ceiling and great light. A lot of ambiance but we decided was too small for 3 of us so we selected the 4th floor. There is also complimentary coffee in the lobby in the morning! A nice perk. Typical in the States but not so much in Europe. Good luck. This was a very nice and enjoyable hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located within walking distance of Central Station in the historic city centre of charming Amsterdam, the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel is a top-tier choice of travelers. Regardless of reasoning for travel, guests will find comfort in our warm welcoming lobby, renovated guest accommodations featuring Renaissance Bedding, and a well crafted incentive of dining options within the hotel walls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amsterdam Renaissance