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Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel
Ranked #85 of 368 Hotels in Amsterdam
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Chicago, IL
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17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Good Hotel but Overrated & Overpriced!!”
Reviewed February 16, 2006

We arrived at the hotel well after the check-in time but was told that they didn't have a room ready for us. They asked us to wait for an hour and said they would come seek us out in the sitting area when it's ready. Well, they didn't come get us and we had to go ask ourselves. They were, however, apologetic.

The lobby area is very nice but it in no way reflected the quality of our room. The room we stayed in was on a lower floor and looked out onto a side street (courtyard) where the service entrance was and where the hotel employees took cigarette breaks. Everything in the room was dated. My initial impression was that it was eerily similar to rooms of Holiday Inns in the US. The beds are better than those at Holiday Inns but certainly not four star quality. The bathroom as a whole was dated as well. The redeeming part of this is that it was equipped with a great shower (awesome water pressure).

The hotel is close to the main train station and is within walking distance to tourist sites. There are shops nearby and an internet cafe down the street. Also, nearby was a street full of restaurants that were open late night (BK or McDonald's was nearby as well; forget which one).

Didn't use the gym because extra charge. Didn't try the restaurant, either. I would try another hotel if I go to Amsterdam again.

  • Stayed August 2005
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 1, 2006

Stayed at the Renaissance for 4 nights after staying at Hotel Amsterdam de Roode Leeuw (see other review) for 3. I enjoyed the Renaissance but I agree with some other posters that the hotel is a bit dated. My room was paid via Priceline, however, and the value was very good.

Location near Central Station is excellent although it's a bit far from the museum district. Luckily, Amsterdam has a wonderful public transit system.

I stayed in room 355. Initially it was a bit hard to find as the numbering system on one side of the hall doesn't follow the other. (355 is nowhere near 354 and 356, for instance!) The room had two twin beds (I was solo so it didn't matter) and was a very good size for a European hotel. The hallways are made of brick, which is somewhat odd and makes the hotel feel a little institutional. Still, it was clean and comfortable.

My only complaint is that the housekeeping staff is VERY noisy early in the morning. Also, the Renaissance has very high prices for in-room internet service so I used a local internet cafe instead.

Overall, would stay there again, especially if the price was right.

  • Stayed January 2006
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Sacramento, Cali
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Reviewed January 24, 2006

The hotel is only a short walk from the Central train station. The rooms, while a little small, are very American compared to other hotels in Europe. Someone traveling to Europe for the first time would be very comfortable. The rooms were very quiet. After an overnight flight from JFK I was able to check in at 9AM and get some much needed sleep. My only complaint is the hotel charges $20 Euro per 24 hour period for high speed internet access in the room. This access is for one computer only so it can't be shared if you are traveling with others. Overall service in the lobby and restaurant was outstanding.

  • Stayed January 2006, traveled on business
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 19, 2006

The hotel location is fine, but the hotel itself is very dated. Rooms are small and basic. We asked for a non-smoking, quiet room, and we got a room that reaked of cigarettes on the 3rd floor on top of the entrance. We moved to another room the next night, which was better, but you should be sure to check your room before you get settled in.

The King bed is really just two twins pushed together with a fitted sheet over it. The cover sheets were weird too. There was not one complete cover sheet to cover both my husband and myself, but they actually make the bed up with two twin stuffed coverlets (like thin white quilts).

The bathroom tub/shower is like a small plastic tub. Definitely not standard size bathtub. There also was a strange smell in the bathroom, like mold.

Overall, if you're in town to take advantage of the legal herb, then who cares where you stay. But if you need a bit more than a Super 8-like motel, you should look elsewhere.

  • Stayed January 2006
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 717 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2006

Great location near the shopping district and within walking distance of the boat tours and other great area attractions. The hotel is laid out a little oddly, so it can take you 2 elevator trips and 5 minutes of walking to get to your room, but once there, the rooms are average Renaissance rooms. This means they are not particularly modern or luxurious (as some have been updated to in other cities), but they are very spacious for Europe and have everything you would need. This hotel is pricey ($185 for a weekend rate) and the location is kind of hard to find if you are driving (off on a side street, with not great signage). Also, parking is non-existent, so you either have to pay the hotel and park in the small garage (drive in an elevator and go up into the building) or find public somewhere else. Everyone speaks excellent English.

I liked the location a lot and the ability to get Marriott points. Would consider this again in the future.

  • Stayed June 2005, traveled on business
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London
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2006

I cant rate this hotel highly enough.
Me and my my boyfriend stayed here over new year and had a great time.
The location is good, about 5 mins from Central Station. We were easliy able to walk everywhere.
The staff cant do enough to help and advise you (and they even sent home a jumper I had accidentally left in the hotel room after we left, free of charge!)
If you miss the breakfast in the dining room, it continues to be served in the bar.
The rooms are very nice and clean and we had a good view of the canal from our window.
I would reccomend a stay here and will definatly be returning.

  • Stayed December 2005
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Cincinnati
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2005

The location of this hotel was fantastic but as with any chain, you aren't getting the adventure of trying a local hotel. It is right near the train station and walking everywhere is a breeze. We were able to briefly see everything we wanted to see by foot in the three nights we stayed. it wasn't as nice as most Marriotts -- which I almost always like. The room itself was fine but the bathroom was nothing but basic. The hotel was always full of activity, which doesn't bother me but made it difficult to get in touch with the concierge.

  • Stayed August 2005
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Property: Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel
Address: Kattengat 1, 1012 SZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#51 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#52 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#54 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#58 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 402
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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