This hotel was very clean and modern but I just didn't like the hostel feel, ie a kitchenette for people to prepare their own food and clearing up after yourself after breakfast. Lots of independent travellers too. Breakfast was poor quality too- we recommend going to the railway station next door and have breakfast in Starbucks. Overall not the Amsterdam experience I was hoping for. We were limited at the time of booking with availability and also had a car to think about and a 12 year old child.. The room was more than adequate with a good shower but the room was small and I felt like I was in a small cabin. You cant open the windows and rely on air con. The bedding very much like what you find on a ferry (duvet folded over that just covers the single beds)- and no spare pillows.Staff on reception were efficient and informative enough but I had to remind them that I had asked for a car space (they seemed happy enough for us to use the car park at the back of the hotel which was more expensive and possibly not as secure), when they have spaces in a secure car park in the basement of the building. We were carrying expensive bikes so were pleased with the final arrangement). The area is corporate, lots of offices and the hotel some way out of the centre- that said we had no problems using the trams and recommend buying passes for the numbe rof days you intend to travel not the daily tickets (works out cheaper)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Style and atmosphere of the hotelThe new MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West offers a very special atmosphere for your stay: people of all different ages and origins meet here in an unusually relaxed international atmosphere. They communicate with one another, relax, work or simply take a peaceful break. Opening July 2012.Unique aspects of the hotelWe have a breath of Amsterdam flair in store for you here, with distinctive art in the lobby. With a nod to the Old Masters, details from the great works of the golden age of painting are located throughout the hotel. The 232 comfortable non-smoker rooms offer an own bathroom with shower, toilet and hairdryer as well as a television and air conditioning. The hotel boasts spacious public areas such as lobby, bar and guest kitchen, in which use of W-LAN is free of charge. Our lavish all-you-can-eat-and-drink breakfast buffet gives you the ideal start to your day and is available at a small extra fee. Cars can be parked in the hotel underground garage, also at a charge.Location of the hotel, surrounding area and sightsThe MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West lies in the corridor between city centre and Schiphol Airport, directly by the Sloterdijk transport hub. From here it is just a 5-minute ride with the urban railway to Centraal Station at the heart of the Old Town and ten minutes to Schiphol Airport, with Utrecht less than an hour away by train. Whether you want to travel round the canals, visit the Rijksmuseum, stroll through the flower market, have a stopover in a coffee shop or complete a business appointment, the Dutch metropolis receives its guests with welcoming openness. ... more less
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