Arrived Friday evening in May, booked an 'electric taxi' online before leaving the UK, (taxi's can be a bit hit and miss in the Dam, only get one from a rank and remember you don't have to pick the one at the front but the one that you like the best, never get in an unsolicited taxi, only one sitting at a designated rank). Anyway past experience and recommendation meant I booked mine through these guys, they text you when you arrive and tell you where they are waiting (switch off airplane mode as soon as you can!?), no hassle and zero stress - www.taxielectric.nl - or call them 088-100 44 44 (they all speak better English than me) pre- paid approximately 32€, check in was easy, the hotel clean, tidy and everything you'd expect from 4stars, (swipe your room card after you get in lift or it won't work!?), air conditioning, mini bar, iron, ironing board, kettle, limited room service until 11pm only, (breakfast in bed 20€ pp) hair dryer, telephone and tv with several English channels, several occasional chairs and a good size with plenty of storage (twin/double deluxe) but it's located in a residential district, in fact we overlooked residential apartments which didn't bother me but it might bother others, with little to no local restaurants but a great bar on the top floor called the 'sky bar' and a decent restaurant on the ground floor with some external terraces with parking, pool and spa facilities in the basement (didn't have time to check these out, sorry!).
Best way of reaching the heart of the Dam is the Tram, the 1 and 17 can be caught at stops within minutes of leaving the hotel. Get a 24 hour (7€), 48 hour, 72 hour card at the hotel reception, (the trams only sell 24hr passes, or they did when I asked!? And please remember to swipe when you get on and swipe when you get off, they call it check in/out (Oyster card users will know what I mean) otherwise a door might close on you!?). My preferences is the number 1 and it's like you 'surf' into the centre of the town and can easily get off right by the main square. Both the 1 and 17 end at Central Station so you simply can't get lost but always have a map or hand held satnav as the dam can be tricky to the first time visitor to navigate. It would take an hour to walk what you can ride in 10, be warned the last trams leave central station between midnight and 12.30am after that it's a night bus or a long, long walk home.......
We loved it and would definitely base ourselves there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fashion Hotel Amsterdam (4-stars) is situated opposite the World Fashion Centre, within ring road A10 of Amsterdam. It has a fantastic location; Leidseplein is within a 10 minute tram ride, Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam RAI are also 10 minutes from the hotel by car and the Vondelpark is only a 5 minute walk away. This makes the hotel suitable for a business stay, but also weekend break to Amsterdam. Fashion Hotel in Amsterdam has 260 spacious modern design rooms with free WIFI internet. After a visit to Fashion’s Restaurant and Bar, with adjacent terrace, you can drink cocktails in the stylish SKYY Bar on the 10th floor. It has a great view over the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Tulip Amsterdam