We loved our stay at Amadi Park and thoroughly recommend it. Getting into the hotel was easy and it was in a great location with plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby.
Reception were very efficient, charming and helpful and our room was spotlessly clean and modern. There were lots of plugs for charging our gadgets and the free WiFi was fantastic. Simply enter the password once and that's it - you are online and it works for your phone, iPad, netbook or whatever. It was incredibly easy to use and it would be fantastic for a business trip. There is a really big laptop sized safe which lights up inside as you open it. We had a netbook, iPad, 2 Kindles, 2 handheld Garmin GPSs (great for getting around a city), camera equipment plus passports, keys and money etc. There was plenty of room for it all.
There is a free minibar in the room which is replenished every day with water, cola light or iced tea and lager/beer. A little tip - on our first day there were a couple of cans of beer but on the second there were bottles (but no bottle opener so you might want to bring one along). I would have liked to have had a kettle with tea and coffee in the room but this was available all day in the breakfast area behind reception.
The bed was comfortable and the duvet made us feel like we were enveloped in a warm, cosy cloud. The pillows were the comfiest pillows ever. We are going to have to upgrade ours at home now! We had a deluxe double room and there was plenty of space to move around and plenty of space to store our clothes.
The walk-in rain shower was bliss and there was a second shower head if you wanted to shower but not wash your hair. The showers were powerful with plenty of hot water. There was plenty of lighting in the bathroom, from the ceiling light to the light up shaving mirror and a strip light above the mirrored cabinet. There was also a hairdryer. The towels were soft and fluffy.
We booked via Booking.com and our rate did not include breakfast. The small breakfast was 9 euros (coffee, tea, juice, croissants and jam) and the large breakfast (same, plus cereal, salad, mozzarella pearls and ham) was 18 euros. For convenience we had the small breakfast a couple of times but this didn't really fill us up. The view is nice from the breakfast area and it is comfortable. The coffee is great. On our last day we tried a continental breakfast at the Street Kitchen on the ground floor of the building. It was comfortable and relaxing and we got tomatoes, cucumber, mozzarella, gouda, salami, fried egg, croissant, butter, jam and coffee for 10 euros - no contest, this one filled us up!
Finding the hotel is easy - the letterbox has a big mint-green sticker with 26G Amadi Park on it, you can't miss it, so you know you are in the right place (there's a photo on Booking.com). Go to the glass doors and to your left is a number pad. Type in "26G" and press the bell symbol. Reception will open the glass doors for you (the first time - after that, you get a card so that you can open the doors yourself). About halfway down the courtyard on the left is a door leading to two large lifts. Go to floor 4, come out of the lift and turn right, through the glass door and turn right. Reception is the last door on your right, it's easy to find. The breakfast area is behind reception.
Our room was on the 2nd floor so it felt more like being in an apartment than a hotel which was fine for us. We really enjoyed our stay.
A note for the hotel - some information in the room would have been helpful as we forget things when we've had a long trip and are tired. (How to get an outside line on the phone, taxi numbers etc). There are lots of mini cards in reception with ideas for things to do which also include discounts.
If you are looking for good restaurants, I recommend Kartika (fabulous leisurely evening, try the Ramayana ricetable, it's like Indonesian tapas) and Thai Khorat (quick, tasty and very large tea). We also went on the Lovers dinner cruise at the recommendation of RobertM which we thoroughly enjoyed - the food was excellent.
The highlight of our city break, without a doubt was getting the Intercity from Amsterdam Centraal to Dordrecht to see the life-size replica of Noah's Ark. It's 1.2 miles from Dordrecht station so easily walkable, or get a taxi outside the station. The ark is breath-taking and very interesting. It takes a couple of hours (about 2 miles round it!) with all mod cons. I don't think Noah would have had movie theatres, a large well-priced restaurant, clean toilets and a gift shop - but I think he would be impressed!
Finally, we used Schiphol Travel Taxis for our transfer. They were very efficient, although the confirmation number took a bit of working out when we had to ring to confirm our return. We had the same chauffeur both ways and he was lovely.
To summarise this hotel, book Amadi Park now, you won't regret it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amadi Park: comfortable and eco-friendly hotel in the cultural heart of AmsterdamAmadi Park is a brand new, comfortable and eco-friendly boutique hotel located within walking distance of Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Concertgebouw and Leidseplein. Public transport stops right in front of the hotel.A comfortable stay Our guests enjoy all modern facilities. All 33 rooms are elegantly designed and decorated with comfort and contemporary chic in mind. The luxurious bathrooms are equipped with rain showers and hairdryers, all rooms are provided with Wi-Fi and wired internet access and most rooms have balconies. Guests who arrive by car can use our parking. Breakfast is optional. You can enjoy a small breakfast (€ 9) or the extended Amadi Park breakfast (€ 18). Close to the hotel you will find many cafés and restaurants. Our staff will be happy to show you the way!Hospitable and eco-friendlyThe eco-friendly Amadi Park Hotel is located in a newly built sustainable building, meeting the latest environmental requirements. Throughout the hotel energy-and water-saving measures have been implemented, there is led lighting everywhere and we use geothermal heat for heating. The Green Key application is 'en route' and we have no doubt that we will soon be able to place the certificate at the door.But there is more. Besides obvious measures like waste separation, waste restriction and use of eco-friendly cleaning products, we use as much organic and fairtrade products as possible in our breakfast and all our rooms are furnished with towels and bed linen made of organic cotton.In short, in our hotel your stay is eco-friendly! ... more less
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