First time traveller to Amsterdam. 4 day stay. Chose this hotel because of location and turned out to be a brilliant decision.
Location of this hotel is great for sightseers. 5 min walk to Rijkmuseum and the Vondelpark. 10 min walk to Van Gough museum. Directly across the road is Hard Rock Cafe/Irish bar and Casino and behind that are streets of cafe's restaurants. There is also a canal boat stop opposite the hotel (which we used) and a day ticket for that (€20 per person) enabled us to hop on and off any of the canal boats to explore further a field attractions such as the street market (clothes/local foods), red light district, china town, maritime museum, Anne Frank house. The canal boats are a nice relaxed way to see Amsterdam and there is a bit of audio information as you go round. Takes approx 90mins to do a full circle on the longest route. Boats are mostly covered with see through roof's so ok if raining and have a toilet. Trams are fine if you need to get around quicker and don't want to walk or lots of people hire bicycles but looks a bit hairy if you're not familiar with Amsterdam's roads.
Booked this hotel with flights via Easyjet - very simple booking online and very reasonable price (£230 per person for 3 nights)
Airport transfer was fine via local bus service (every 15 min) Cost €5 and takes about 30mins so not necessary to get an expensive transfer if wanting to keep the costs down. (Taxi quoted €37 one way, could have booked via Easyjet for €50 return) . Hotel is a 5 min slow walk from the nearest bus stop. You could also get the train from airport to Central station and then a tram (cost €9 per person total one way ) but not really any quicker from door to door.
Staff excellent throughout our stay. Efficient, pleasant and extremely helpful. They have lots of local information which helped us to plan our days and make the most of a short stay. Tickets for some attractions are available from the hotel (at same price) but mean you go in a shorter queue than if you buy a ticket at the venue. We did this for Van Gough museum and it worked well.
Hotel has a nice reception area with a library corner if you have any time to kill. Room was excellent ( no. 534). Quiet room - even with the window open during the night. At the end of a corridor so no noise from passing guests. Very clean. Daily room valet. Ensuite shower room nicely kitted out, two sinks and a very good shower. Bed was huge and like sleeping in a cloud (if you like a soft bed) with duck down bedding. Well equipped room - TV, desk, armchairs, minibar, a good hairdrier, one UK plug socket (useful if you forgot your adapter) and several EU sockets.
Free wifi and LAN cable.
Didn't use room service but price for this was very reasonable - sandwiches and lite bites for around €6.
Only minor gripes ( to give a balanced review) was the cost of a breakfast which was €18 per person (if booked in advance, more if not) so we chose not to eat at the hotel but at one of the many coffee bars nearby. Not much of a view other than rooftops from the window of the room we were in but that was not important to us for this type of trip and did not detract from the quality of the hotel.
Incidentally, a word of warning re Anne Frank's house - worth booking this online before travelling if you can. We did not manage to get entry to this as the queue's were 2-3 hrs for those without pre purchased tickets.
Overall an excellent stay all round likely will return to Amsterdam as so much to see and would use this hotel again without question.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Park Hotel is located in the city centre of Amsterdam next to the Leidse Square, the Museum Square, the prestigious shopping district of P.C. Hooftstraat and Vondelpark. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Resort Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Park Hotel