The cost of accommodation in the centre of Amsterdam put us off going for some time so when i saw 3 night for about £400 (I've added the cost of breakfast) for 4 of us i wasn't expecting the Crowne Plaza. However, the room was clean, comfy and warm, if a little cosy, the location was ace - less than 15 minutes door to room from Yu's Family Kitchen in the centre of town, via Central Station, the food was still too hot to eat - and we didn't experience any of the noise/disturbance that a busy hotel can attract.
Checking in/out was simple, although the SatNav tried to take me down a road that may have existed prior to the hotel being built, you can buy your travel passes and city passes on site and yes, the free Wi-Fi kept the kids quiet.
The only downer was trying to get breakfast at 09:30 on the first morning. The breakfast room was heaving, but we did manage it. The following two mornings we ate at about 8 and had no issues whatsoever.
The number 12 tram will take you to the museums, although not in to the centre of the city, and the 48 bus takes about 20 minutes to the middle of town. 2.10 Euros each way for the train (every 5 minutes or so, journey time about 5 minutes too) isn't too bad if time is precious.
If you are on a budget, or simply don't want to stay in the city itself, then you should seriously consider this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Style and atmosphere of the hotelThe new MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West offers a very special atmosphere for your stay: people of all different ages and origins meet here in an unusually relaxed international atmosphere. They communicate with one another, relax, work or simply take a peaceful break. Opening July 2012.Unique aspects of the hotelWe have a breath of Amsterdam flair in store for you here, with distinctive art in the lobby. With a nod to the Old Masters, details from the great works of the golden age of painting are located throughout the hotel. The 232 comfortable non-smoker rooms offer an own bathroom with shower, toilet and hairdryer as well as a television and air conditioning. The hotel boasts spacious public areas such as lobby, bar and guest kitchen, in which use of W-LAN is free of charge. Our lavish all-you-can-eat-and-drink breakfast buffet gives you the ideal start to your day and is available at a small extra fee. Cars can be parked in the hotel underground garage, also at a charge.Location of the hotel, surrounding area and sightsThe MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West lies in the corridor between city centre and Schiphol Airport, directly by the Sloterdijk transport hub. From here it is just a 5-minute ride with the urban railway to Centraal Station at the heart of the Old Town and ten minutes to Schiphol Airport, with Utrecht less than an hour away by train. Whether you want to travel round the canals, visit the Rijksmuseum, stroll through the flower market, have a stopover in a coffee shop or complete a business appointment, the Dutch metropolis receives its guests with welcoming openness. ... more less
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