I stayed here in April 2013 for four nights. We (couple and one child) had an "Executive Large King Bed" room on the 10th floor (1016). By looking at the escape plan on the back of the door, it appears that only two rooms (per floor?) are larger than the rest - and we were not disappointed by the size of the room. I paid €406 for the four nights. There was ample room for the three of us, a large, probably Queen Size bed, a large bathroom with shower, bath and twin sinks. My young son had a fold out bed which he was comfortable on.
The hotel is a refurbishment of an old building into a modern hotel, which took place in August 2012, I believe. Therefore the rooms and corridors are generally still very new looking and still have that new carpet aroma.
LOCATION - located about fifteen to twenty minutes from the city center by tram. A tram stop is right outside and runs regularly (number 13). I think a single journey is €2.80, therefore we bought a 72 hour ticket for all travel at the cost of €16.50, but made the mistake of not buying it at the airport. Therefore, we had to travel in to the city to buy it at the main station. So the tip is to get them at the airport so that you are ready to go when you first venture out.
TRANSFER - the hotel runs a minibus transfer from Schipol Airport. We squeezed on to the bus and thankfully left no-one behind, but I could see how others would have to wait for the next bus if it were full. Still worth the wait though as a taxi would have been costly. On returning to the airport, the Ramada charges €5 per person - still worth it - and you can reserve your seat.
OTHER POSITIVES - Beautiful views - didn't close the curtains at night so we got the city lights all around. Not noisy - never heard another guest and the road noise was not noticeable from the 10th floor. Free luggage lockers in the basement were ideal for after checkout as we had a late flight. Received a discount for a boat tour - see the barcode on the Ramada city map from reception. Free WiFi at 20Mbps speed. Large TV with UK channels. Free large safe in room, iron and board, and hairdryer. Fantastic 17th floor bar and restaurant - great views - great cocktails - nice bar. Bakery and supermarket two blocks away in the neighbouring square.
NEGATIVES - no sink plugs (minor detail) but had the chain reattached to the bath plug without fuss! Only supplied two paper cups for drinks, despite there being three of us - rectified after I left a note. I was not too worried about there being paper cups - I could see the benefits in supplying fresh ones each day. Restaurant too expensive to use really - the hotel is well priced for its location, but then seems to be out pricing itself on its food - therefore we never ate there and enjoyed the restaurants in the city instead. Biggest negative for me was the price of the breakfast - again, we would have used it more, but at €17.50 per person (worked out at 15GBP) it was too expensive for the three of us (maybe the exchange rate doesn't help?). We ate there for two mornings out of the four, for convenience and a treat as the breakfast was really nice - but if it was more reasonably priced around the €12.00 mark we would have used it four times! This is the only reason that I rate the hotel four, and not five out of five.
Overall I would definitely recommend the hotel, with the tip to use the bakery in the neighbouring square for a budget breakfast or instead venture into the city for the cafe lifestyle.
Final tip - book your Anne Frank house tickets in advance on-line. Massive queues otherwise!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This spectacular 4-star hotel, containing 446 rooms, is not only one of the biggest hotels in Amsterdam, but also the biggest Ramada hotel in Europe. The imposing building is situated only 15 minutes from the historic city centre and is ideally located on the Amsterdam ring road and next to the RembrandtparkRamada Apollo Amsterdam Centre contains 446 luxurious rooms and suites, 8 state-of-the-art meeting rooms, sauna and fitness facilities, solarium, 300 indoor parking spaces and a spectacular restaurant & skybar on the 17th floor; Floor17! The hotel is ideally situated next to the Amsterdam ring road, with a perfect connection to Schiphol International Airport as well as Amsterdam city centre.All of the meeting rooms have natural daylight and a magnificent view; 5 Sky Lounges on the top floor (18th floor) and 3 meeting rooms on the ground floor.The newest hotspot in town is Skybar Floor17! Richard Matulessy, former Executive Chef of the well-known Amstel Hotel, is in charge of the kitchen team. Enjoy Food Entertainment on the 'highest' level, while enjoying the staggering 360-view on Amsterdam and surroundings. An open kitchen, trendy staff and good music are the perfect combination for a great night out. Drink - Dance - Dine on Friday and Saturday night with DJ's, drinks and bites; the ideal start of your weekend! ... more less
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