We found this to be a great hotel and, not being too keen on some of the rowdier inner city nightlife and cheap stag/hen-do type hotels, were happy to be a little further out of town.
It's slightly in the middle of nowhere (by a busy junction and lots of offices - there's not exactly a corner shop you can pop to) but don't let that put you off as the transport links are really easy to get to grips with.
From the airport, just get a train directly to Slotterdijk (it's inbetween Schiphol and Amsterdam Centraal). The staff at the train station ticket office in the airport will guide you. From Slotterdijk station, apparenlty it's an easy 10 min walk to the hotel but we arrived at night in the freezing rain so took a No12 tram to to stop 'Harlemmweg' (just keep your eye out, you'll see the hotel on your right after 5 mins on the tram), which is just across the junction from the hotel.
There's a manned ticket desk in the middle of every tram and you can get a 1hr ticket (2.80euros) or a 24hour ticket (7.60ish) - get the 24hr one as you'll need it for your travels the next day too. We found it cheaper and easier to buy a 24hr ticket each day rather than one off the touristy 'IAMsterdam' passes.
TOP TIP: Bleep/swipe both when you get on AND off the tram. If you don't, your ticket won't work next time you try to use it and they won't replace it, it's just tough luck if you haven't bleeped on and off a tram.
ANOTHER TOP TIP: Tram or bus - get your ticket on it. Train - get your ticket BEFORE boarding (or risk a hefty fine).
To get from the hotel into central Amsterdam, either reverse the above journey and get the train one stop from Slotterdijk to Amsterdam Centraal or it takes about 20 mins (but an easy 20 mins) to get into town by tram.
The 12 takes you halway there, then change for the 13 or 14 to get into the centre of town.
The staff are really helpful and friendly. They all have perfect English and are eager to offer advice, whether its about the hotel itself or about your trip to Amsterdam. If you can get breakfast included in you deal, brilliant as the spread is immense! You can fill yourself to the brim, meaning you don't necessarily need to buy lunch in town. Plus, it runs until 10.30am.
Dinner-wise, the hotel is pretty expensive (c.30euros) but it's an all you can eat buffet and would put the best cruise ships to shame. The selection is very impressive and although pricey is very much worth it.
Note, there's pretty much no other options around the hotel (there's one chinese restaurant relatively close) so we opted for the hotel buffet on 2 of our 3 nights.
The hotel could probably benefit from doing a few standard dishes a bit cheaper for the likes of room service (i.e. burger, club sandwich etc for 12 - 15 euros) but even the room service options were a bit fancy and from the buffet selection.
The rooms are really comfortable (the area around the coffee machine could have done with a wee dust, but that was the only tiny problem). The lounge and bar areas are relaxing and comfortable and the bar is reasonably priced (only 3 euros for a nice glass of house red).
I'd definitely stay there again - given the choice between being in the city centre in a grotty hostel or being a sort tram ride away in relative luxury, I know which I'd choose!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Golden Tulip Amsterdam West welcomes you in Amsterdam! It has a restaurant which is open for breakfast and dinner, and a nice non-alcohol bar for lunch, bites and refreshments. The hotel has a lounge and business centre, two meeting rooms and a parking garage underneath the hotel. Situated just of exit 103 of the A10 ring way, Sloterdijk train station is just around the corner (5 min walk), and the city is only a tram ride away (15 min). Whether you come to our city for business or pleasure, by car or public transport, we are the ideal start of your trip. ... more less
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