We were allocated this hotel for a weekend on one of those "secret hotel" deals so we had no idea where we would end up. The hotel itself was well presented, the room was very clean and everything felt new. The bed was huge and very comfortable, and the rainhead shower was great. The only downside there was the towels - only one small, thin towel per person and they felt quite old.
The air con in the room wasn't particularly powerful, but we had to use that rather than keep the window open as the road by the hotel is quite noisy.
The buffet breakfast was included in our booking, and although it was open until 12 at the weekends (very good), we didn't take full advantage of it so can't really report on the quality of the food or value for money. The staff were very friendly though.
The major drawback with this hotel is the distance from the centre. You have to walk across the bridge for 10-15 minutes and then get tram no. 25 for about 25 minutes, which stops right by Centraal station. The metro is about a 10 minute walk in the opposite direction from the hotel, but the station was uber confusing and due to railworks the metro doesn't go straight to Centraal so you have to change. It wasn't too much of a problem for us as we left the hotel in the morning and stayed out in the city all day until coming back at night. On our last day we thought we would have to come all the way back to the hotel to get our bags before catching a flight, but there are hundreds of large lockers at Centraal station, so definitely make the most of them if you have a day to spend in the city after you check out of the hotel.
All in all it was a pleasant experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City is an entirely non-smoking, modern 4 star hotel. Situated in the south of Amsterdam, close to the Amsterdam RAI Event Centre and just 15 minutes away from the centre of Amsterdam. The hotel is close to the A2 and A10 motorways and just 15 km from Schiphol Airport.The hotel offers modern rooms, free WIFI-access, a breakfast restaurant L"Ambiance,a la carte restaurant La VOC, a bar, 14 meeting rooms and leisure facilities including a modern fitness centre, sauna and steam room ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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