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MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

My wife and I spent two nights here at the end of July, weeks after the hotel had opened. Everything was brand new and I felt the staff had got over any minor teething problems as mentioned in reviews on the Booking.com site.
Room : We had a private double / en suite. (Judging by the international junior backpacker crowd, there were dorm style rooms available, but once inside your own room you wouldn't know.) It was very stylishly kitted out in contemporary design. I would pitch this somewhere between a good Premier Inn and a Mecure. The flat screen TV offered many multi lingual options which was a bonus, as we caught a lot of the Olympics on several BBC channels. The shower was always hot and very powerful. Free gel and handwash came in wall mounted dispensers and the stock of towels was constantly replenished. There was a small desk area. (I think I saw an ISDN socket,) and reasonable cupboard / hanging and luggage storage. The communal areas were clean and tidy as one would expect of a new hotel.
FYI : We were in room 629 next to the lifts. We slept well with earplugs but light sleepers may be affected by the "humming". (Probably goes for rooms 529 / 729 etc).
Ground Floor : The reception area can be a little cramped when large parties insist on assembling a luggage "Stonehenge" in front of the main doors. The main bar / dining area was light and bright and ressembled a benched Wagamama's restaurant. The attatched kitchen was small but very well stocked with pans / utensils / plates etc. As an introductory idea, Meininger had stocked the shelves with a few complimentary sundries for the would be cooks - pasta / garlic / oil / pepper / paprika etc. There was a small sealed display cabinet which I guess meant you could buy pasta sauce etc. The bar prices were reasonable in relation to Amsterdam generally. Two luggage rooms behind reception provided free storage. In theory you used you room key to open them, but I found one open on the first occassion. Small mini lockers next reception were also free, with a small deposit for the key return. (A nice little touch was the plug point at the back of the locker so you could charge your laptop / notebook / phone while it was stored.) There were 4 internet terminals. (I can't comment on the speed or the wifi as I used neither.)
Staff : Again, some reviews I have read mention the number of desk staff at peak check in/out times but I think a bit of flexibility and an extra keyboard + screen would solve this. I found the young crew to be very pleasant and helpful. If they could not answer a specific query they knew who to ask. Well done to Patrick, Freddy and particularly Sara, who happily refunded my late check out fee as we actually left "on time" the next morning.
The Area : The hotel may well have been an office block at some point as it sits in the middle of a small yet modern looking business park. Even on work days, there seem to be very little local foot traffic. The only ammenities are all based in Sloterdijk station. There are multiple snack outlets and a Starbucks, but most would be closed by 9pm. There was a hot-dog type outlet behind Starbucks which did sell take out beers. If you're self catering then shop in town first.
Transport : From Schipol airport it was very easy to hop off at Sloterdijk and deposit our luggage on the first morning. Train is definitely the most direct option to Amsterdam Centraal. Check out the ticket desk at the station. If you tell them your travel plans they will sell you the least expensive and most appropriate ticket. We also bought a 24h GVB ticket which was good for trams / metro / buses although unless you're heading for the far side of the city, both the trams and the metro took quite a roundabout route. Looking at the metro map, I believe there may be plans to extend the Green line beyong Isolatorweg to Centraal but don't quote me on that.

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the pyramids.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank watsonworld
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Anthonys G, Guest Relations Manager at MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2016

Hello,
Thank you for the great review. We hope to see you very soon in one of our european hotels!
Best,
The Meininger Team

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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Modern building. We were probably among first guests - 2 days after opening. There was no start problems at all. We didn't like modern enviroment. You can't open windows and you must listen to ventilation sistem all the time. Wi-fi is only in the lobby even the building is so modern and it works quite bad way. Beds and room are very good! Value for the money is excellent! The same is location - close to railway station and P+R. 10 minutes from Amsterdam central. Problem is there is no many food solution in close area. Belive it will be better in the future. Whole area is new!
I recomend it!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank MihaelSlovenia
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Anthonys G, Guest Relations Manager at MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2016

Hello,
Thank you for the great review. We hope to see you very soon in one of our european hotels!
Best,
The Meininger Team

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Reviewed August 6, 2012

I stayed here with a couple of friends as we were interrailling across Europe. In terms of conditions this was the best place we slept during the trip. It's a budget hotel but with very good facilities! The major down side is the location. Far away from the old city, you always have to take some kind of transport from and to the hostel to do whatever you want.

Room Tip: Ask to stay away from the train line. It's not that noisy but still...
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Anthonys G, Guest Relations Manager at MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2016

Hello,
Thank you for the review. We hope to see you very soon in one of our european hotels!
Best,
The Meininger Team

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Reviewed August 3, 2012

I recently spent two nights here, the first two that the hotel was open. The hotel's staff were incredibly warm and welcoming. The bar was excellent, with each table having its own "jenga" game. The transport links from the hotel were first rate and the breakfast was brilliant. It was however the staff that made the stay so pleasant - they could not have been more helpful.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank freeroamed
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Anthonys G, Guest Relations Manager at MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2016

Hello,
Thank you for the great review. We hope to see you very soon in one of our european hotels!
Best,
The Meininger Team

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Reviewed August 2, 2012

We booked a three bedroom room in this hotel on a hotel booking website. It was very much marketed as a hotel but the reality is that it is much more of a hostel with some nicer rooms. We chose it as the price was decent and it was brand new. The hotel is not in the city centre but a very short train journey or two tram journeys from the centre in an area that's mostly made up of offices. It is immediately next to the train station and is on the main line from the airport to the city centre which is quite handy. As far as we could see there are no restaurants or cafe's apart from the food stalls in the train station. Our three bed room was very small indeed and only two of the beds were made up when we checked in. The third bed was a sofa for which I had to locate the sheets and make up myself. Although small the room was clean and the shower was very good indeed. The aircon in our room didn't work terribly well and it was a bit too hot to sleep on the first night. There was wifi but only in the downstairs public areas and not in the rooms. Although it was really a more of a hostel, it was quiet at night. I would say that this is a decent budget option and while it's clean and new its location isn't brilliant especially if you are planning a lot of late nights and will be travelling back after the last train/ tram.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank TravelWilberforce
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Anthonys G, Guest Relations Manager at MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2016

Hello,
Thank you for the great review. We hope to see you very soon in one of our european hotels!
Best,
The Meininger Team

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