First off, the Citadel's location is fantastic. It's on Nieuwezijds Voorbrugwal, very close to Centraal Station, Dam Square, the Red Light District and all of central A'dam. It's easy enough to walk from Centraal to the hotel if you're packing light, but after my overnight flight to Schiphol and train ride into the city, I was tired and took the tram to the Nieuwezijds Kolk stop, which is right in front of the Citadel.
The hotel occupies a striking building on an otherwise nondescript (for architecturally amazing Amsterdam, anyway) block. Its small lobby is dark and attractive, with dark wood finishings. The good looking-breakfast room is just off to the right.
My room wasn't ready when I arrived, so I left my luggage and wandered off to the Leidseplein for about an hour and a half. Check-in was quick, and me and my luggage squeezed onto the small elevator to go to my room.
My single room was very small, but fairly typical of single-rooms at moderate-priced European hotels. There was adequate space for my luggage. The bathroom was also small, but not claustrophobic. It featured a walk-in shower that was more than adequate for my needs.
The dorm-sized bed was quite comfortable, if very narrow. Seems like I woke up with my face pressed against the gorgeous poster-picture of an Amsterdam canal that adorned one of the walls. The flat-screen TV had quite a decent channel selection, though most were in Dutch (It's fun to watch old Law and Order episodes dubbed into Dutch).
My room faced Nieuwezijds Voorbrugwal, with a nice panorama of the trams going by and the other activity. Compared to the cheesy commercial circus of the Damrak and other main streets in central A'dam, Nieuwezijds Voorbrugwal is relatively peaceful, but a light sleeper should ask for a room not facing the street, because there's still a good amount of noise with the trams constantly going by and people out and about until the wee hours.
The breakfast room was very attractive and pleasant place to start each of my 3 days in A'dam. The breakfast included in the room rate included a variety of pastries, cold cuts, cheeses, fruits, juices and other items, as well as very good coffee.
The great location makes the Citadel an easy walk from many attractions, including the Anne Frank House and the lovely Jordaan neighborhood. The Red Light District is a quick 5-minute walk, and the pedestrian passageways between Nieuwezijds Voorbrugwal and the Damrak are filled with shops, restaurants, tons of snack shops (this IS Amsterdam, where there are lots of people with the munchies), currency exchange spots, Internet cafes and of course, coffeeshops.
Five tram lines stop right in front of the Citadel, allowing for easy access to the restaurants and merriment of the Leidseplein, the Museumplein (Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum etc), the Pijp and the rest of this fab city.
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