I've just returned from a 4-night stay at the Artemis -- chosen purely because of it's proximity to the company I was visiting on business.
The hotel is VERY nice -- the design is contemporary, high-style Dutch interior design -- the staff was friendly and my guest room was well appointed,
Like others have said, the hotel is on the outskirts of Amsterdam. To get into the heart of the city requires a 10-minute walk to the #2 tram stop, then a 30-minute ride to Leideseplein (the main tourist entertainment area). The trams are clean, safe, cheap and reliable. So while it's not an ideal location for a pure tourist, it's not an unbearable journey for those visiting on business -- and that's a good thing, because there is NOTHING -- absolutely NOTHING — close to the hotel ... no shops, restaurants, coffeeshops, cafes ... NOTHING. So, if you want to have dinner, have a drink or catch a buzz (you ARE in Amsterdam after all) you will have to travel.
It's true that the hotel has a restaurant -- but the food is rather mediocre and EXHORBITANTLY expensive. A hamburger and potato chips were 21 Euro and breakfast was 19.50 Euro. At the current exchange rate, that's just under $30 for breakfast or a burger. Truly ABSURD -- but you're captive and they know it!
A few rather odd things about the hotel:
1) There is no clock in the room. Yes, the telephone display shows the time and so does the TV if you turn it on, but lying in bed there's no way to know what time it is.
2) If you want a wake up call, you can set your tv to come on at the appointed time BUT it just turns on and shows a screen that says it's time to get up -- but there's NO SOUND element, so how it's supposed to wake you up is baffling. Call the front desk and they will wake you up.
3) There's an ice machine on each floor BUT there's no ice bucket in your room, so you have to take your little water glass to the ice machine every time you need a few more cubes.
A few rather nice things about the hotel:
1) The bathroom floor is heated -- unexpected to say the least.
2) Free internet that was fast and had great signal strength.
3) A beautiful terrace overlooking a reflecting pool filled with lily pads right next to a canal.
4) A lovely, serene park less than a 5 minutes walk from the hotel.
Bottom line, when I'm there on business working with a client in the vicinity, I'll stay there -- but if you're there to visit Amsterdam and enjoy all that it has to offer, the Artemis should NOT be on your list of suitable hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern Dutch design hotel ideally located between Amsterdam Schiphol airport and Amsterdam city center. With Dutch architecture and changing inspiring art and design collections. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amsterdam Artemis Hotel