While strategically placed in a central location just above the Flower Market, the Nh Carlton ultimately was a disappointed and certainly nowhere near the value I paid (200 euro prior to taxes, including breakfast).
First impression, the lobby. Very staid, not welcoming - definitely not a place I would like to lounge about and socialize. Very small and stuffy - rather dark and not appealing.
Secondly, the room. I was sent to NH Carlton because the hotel at which I had a confirmed booking - the NH Barbizon overbooked and sent me to the Carlton. While inconvenient after a long day of traveling, the Barbizon did try to find alternate accommodations and paid for cab fare. Now back to the room....Very spacious - too much space for one person, but oddly laid out. Tons of open space in a living area (albeit with a great view of the flower market below), older furnishing and fixtures that had seen much better days and were dirty, worn, scuffed and not appealing. Bed was adequately comfortable, bathroom was shabby, carpet worn and dirty.
Breakfast was basic - various baked goods, spreads, waffles and cold eggs and bacon. In a strange, rather hidden location in a bizarre Victorian ball room with brightly painted chandeliers. I had a feeling as if I was invited to the white rabbit's table for tea a la Alice in Wonderland.
There are plenty of other accommodation options throughout Amsterdam that are more pleasant and worth the money spent....Would definitely bypass the Carlton.
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- The elegant NH Carlton Amsterdam hotel is the perfect destination for travelers looking to explore the Dutch capital. Thanks to a prime location in the center of the city, guests have a multitude of recreational and sightseeing activities within their grasp. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nh Carlton Amsterdam Hotel Amsterdam
- Nh Hotels Amsterdam
- Nh Hotel Amsterdam