This was our first trip to Amsterdam and we were looking for somewhere that gave value for money and relatively well-positioned to the city centre to stay, hence why we chose the 'Brooklyn Hotel'.
Although it looks far out from the centre, a 10 minute ferry ride - which is free - takes you straight to Amsterdam Centraal Station, which you can either walk through to get to the city centre or can get a train to pretty much anywhere in the Netherlands, or even Paris, Brussels or Hamburg.
It was very nice being on the north side of the city, as it did give you the feel of escaping and being able to relax a lot more, with only a 10 minute journey back in again. The ferry was very easy - walk on, walk off - and was much better than if we had stayed in the south of the city, the same distance from the centre, where we would have had to have got a tram in, which would have been a lot more hassle.
The hotel itself was very good. It only opened in March, so was still very new, and the staff were still getting used to everything when we were there; the result being that check-in was very slow.
We arrived at the hotel early, so they put our bags in a safe room and then, when we returned later, they had already put all of our baggage in our room for us, which we thought was very considerate.
Although the rooms were slightly on the small side, the view from our corner, sixth floor bedroom was fantastic, and the room itself comfortably accommodated three people, whilst still having a enough room to walk around, and being able to access the desk. However, they had not fully catered to have three people in the room, so there were only enough toiletries (plus slippers and bath robes and cups/glasses) for two people, however we had brought most of our own things anyway, so it didn't particularly bother us.
When we went, the restaurant was still being built, however the breakfast on offer was good value for 5 euros, although there was a pastry shop by the ferry terminal which sold similar things for a cheaper price.
We were given a map upon arrival of the main city part of Amsterdam, and the lady told us where the points of interest were, which was very useful. However we would have liked more information about what we could do in Amsterdam-Noord (where the hotel is), as there were a couple of restaurants/cafes nearby, as well as the Greenpeace Boat. Some history of the area would have been nice to have known about as well (i.e. why there was a half-sunken submarine by the ferry terminal).
The hotel was very clean and the cleaners were very prompt at cleaning the room whilst we were out each day, however didn't always replenish the soaps, etc.
On our final night, there was a festival nearby (we walked up and had a look; it looked very interesting, lots of families, however we didn't stay) so there was noise, however we were very impressed that we couldn't hear any of it in our room. Do bear in mind that the windows do not have reflective glass on, so you can see slightly into the lower down bedrooms when the curtains and netting are drawn back (you can still see out and get plenty of light if you leave the netting closed though).
As said before, the hotel didn't have a restaurant when we went, but we survived very well just eating out in Amsterdam - there is a really nice organic restaurant called La Place down one of the main shopping streets which we ate at twice. The ferries run late into the night (last one 11.30pm; there is then a night ferry, apparently, until about 2 o'clock in the morning). Due to the public transport from the hotel being so good, we did spend the week without a car as it is very easy to get everywhere in the Netherlands, and beyond, without one. Getting from the airport is also really easy, as you just get the train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Centraal, then go out the north entrance (follow the signs with a ferry on) and catch the ferry to the hotel - this takes less than half an hour.
It would have been nice to have received an acknowledgement from the Hotel with regards to our comments on their feed back form.
Overall, we were very pleased after our stay at the Brooklyn Hotel, and plan on returning sometime in the future, as we still have much of Amsterdam to explore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Contemporary boutique interior hotel located just across the waters of Amsterdam, a quiet surrounding yet close the central station. With a free ferry ride you can reach the hotel within 15 minutes. Many rooms of the hotel offer magnificent view of Amsterdam waters. The hotel has onsite parking facility, meeting room, gym, restaurant and bar. Schiphol Airport is just 15 minutes' drive away. ... more less
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