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A-Train Hotel
Ranked #122 of 369 Hotels in Amsterdam
Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Solo traveler”
Reviewed 2 December 2011

This hotel is conveniently situated opposite the railway station which was the main reason I chose it, the rooms were extremely small and very hot, the overhead fan was of little use in cooling the temperature in the room. Friends were not allowed to visit in the room. The single bed was the size of a hospital stretcher. The buffet breakfast in the small dining room could be very busy if you chose the wrong to time for breakfast. Would not recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Montreal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2011

Can't beat the location... Go to the VVV tourist office and book there for last minute reservations.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Atlanta, GA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2011

Right across the street from Central Station, A-Train Hotel offers a Dutch breakfast buffet at a cozy train-themed breakfast lounge. Cannel cruise terminal and the bus station are just across the road. Major tourist sites are about 15 minutes’ walk. Our family room furnishes with two single beds upstairs and one queen bed downstairs, one dining table, two sides of large windows, as well as Kitchenette and kids play corner. The staffs were friendly and helpful for all kind of information. Complimentary computer keeps us connected, but it was occupied in the morning and late evening. We took the advantage of its safe and convenient location as a base to visit Aslsmeer flower Auction, Alkmaar Cheese Market and Rotterdam.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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94 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2011

We stayed in a family apartment, which got the thumbs up from our three year old for the toys and the ladder to the upstairs floor with the two single beds. Decor was a bit scruffy and bathroom basic, but nothing atypical for a normal European hotel. The front desk staff were friendly and helpful and the train theme adds real character to the place. Conveniently located close to the train station and tourist area. Internet access is expensive and purchased separately. Very basic breakfast, but nothing unexpected for Europe. We would be more than happy to stay again.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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norwich
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2011

Great place to stay, very close to Centraal Station and close to all the major attractions. Good breakfast, clean rooms and free left luggage store. On the down side the bathrooms are a bit on the small side, the room was very hot even though we had the radiator off and the Wi-Fi isn't free, small grumbles but I'd stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2011
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UK
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2011

Nice friendly staff, feels secure and clean, but rooms are stupidly small with no tea making facilities, noisy outside (trains/road) listed up windows every morning, felt like a bedsit. Breakfast is very basic, served 8am til 10am, at 9.30 hard boiled eggs are cold, ham and cheese low on supplies, not good considering the cost!

Also was 'mistakenly' given a twin not a double, beds staggered in the room because they barely fitted so couldn't push them together to make do.
When pointed out the owner argued that a double meant two people not necessarily a double, despite their own website specifying double and twin. We think they had no doubles for the first night and therefore rather than lose the booking put us in a twin and played dumb.

He refused a 7.50 euro credit on the tv to make up for it.

Overall it was ok, but for the money, ok isn't good enough really.

  • Stayed November 2011
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manila, philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2011

My sister and i stayed here for 2 nights in december 2010. Room was clean and cozy but a bit small, breakfast was good, staff was friendly and helpful. Location was perfect because it was walking distance to the train station as we took thalys train from paris to amsterdam 2ways.

Had to pay to get internet access.

Would love to stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2010
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Thank r0wan99
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Property: A-Train Hotel
Address: Prins Hendrikkade 23, 1012 TM Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Schirmann Hotel)
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum , Dam Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#73 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — A-Train Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The A-Train Hotel is a unique 3 star hotel with a train-theme. It is ideally located in front of the Central (Railway) Station, right in the beating heart of Amsterdam. Shopping areas, tourist attractions, pubs, restaurants, theaters, are all within walking distance. All 34 rooms are comfortably furnished and have modern bathrooms with a hair-drier and are equipped with radio, satellite TV with pay TV, safe, work desk, direct-dial telephone with wake-up system and FREE WIFI. The hotel has a lift, a luggage store room and 24 hours check in. An easy chair, coffee and tea making facilities, fridge and a great view off the Central Station are the extras in our 4 excellent 'First class rooms', also very suitable for business guests. For special occasions we have the 'Old Dutch Suite' with a small private garden/patio. Furthermore smoking and non-smoking rooms and 2 excellent family rooms. No two rooms are alike in our surprising train-themed hotel! All major public transport lines operate from the Central Station, only 15-20 minutes from Schiphol Airport, RAI and WTC. There is an (expensive) underground public parking opposite the A-Train Hotel. Cheap parking, from €10,- per 24 hours at 5 minutes walk from the hotel.. The A-Train Hotel is a cozy hotel, run by Jos and Erika Heijnsdijk and manager Ali Hassan and will be a comfortable place to stay during your tourist or business visit and will make you feel like "Home away from Home". We aim to please with an informal atmosphere and are looking forward to see you soon in our hotel. ... more   less 
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