I stayed at the Renaissance for three days in August and really loved the place. The location was marvellous - walking distance to everywhere - yet tucked away in a lovely, quiet road, away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas. I travelled with my mother and sister and we had two lovely rooms, close to each other on the same floor. Our rooms were like a little slice of heaven, from the super comfortable beds to the marvellous air conditioning - a lifesaver in the mega temperatures experienced by Amsterdam this summer. Hottest since 1974, according to the locals. The people working at the front desk were lovely and we were very pleased with the checking in and checking out experience.
My only niggle with the place, was the service, or lack of it, which we received at the hotel Mediterranean restaurant. We decided to eat there on our second night because we were exhausted from walking the streets all day sightseeing and wanted to have a quick bite without going too far away. The place was almost empty, yet it took forever to get our meals (which were also quite mediocre). In addition, we ordered the cocktail of the day - a Pina Colada - and it was probably the worst Pina Colada we had ever tasted. And appeared to have no alcohol in it to boot. When we complained, the waiter asked if we had wanted it with alcohol, which was about the stupidest remark I ever heard. The final insult was when we asked for one slice of lemon tart for dessert, to share, and it still hadn't arrived after twenty five minutes. So we cancelled it and the waiter said "Oh, but it's here", although it clearly wasn't. The meal was also quite expensive and really wasn't worth it. So I have dropped my rating of the place from five stars to fours stars for the experience at the restaurant.
Overall, I would definitely stay here again, but just wouldn't eat at the restaurant!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located within walking distance of Central Station in the historic city centre of charming Amsterdam, the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel is a top-tier choice of travelers. Regardless of reasoning for travel, guests will find comfort in our warm welcoming lobby, renovated guest accommodations featuring Renaissance Bedding, and a well crafted incentive of dining options within the hotel walls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amsterdam Renaissance