This was our first trip to Amsterdam so we took pot luck on a hotel. As it turned out this Hampton hotel was a way out from the centre of Amsterdam, about 15 minutes by Metro. It's location for metro and train is perfect, the station is just opposite the hotel. Ajax Arena is just across from the hotel and a lot of work is being carried out to develop the area around the stadium to make it a bit like the O2 complex in Stratford London. There is an iMax cinema and the Heinekin concert venue plus an assortment of eating places, shops etc.
The hotel was newish and therefore well decorated and furnished. If you wanted a drink the reception staff also doubled as barman and the reception staff were just great, polite and friendly at all times.
Our room was nicely furnished and relatively clean. Only one gripe, over the four days it was not cleaned very well as there was dust and fluff on the floor by the door. Other than that, not a bad room.
Now for the real gripe, the cooked breakfast was cold every day which was not very pleasant. Also, one of the coffee mugs was so badly damaged (not just chipped) that we had to point this out to the staff and ask them to remove it from the area in case someone cut their mouth on it.
Trays were delivered back wet to the breakfast area from the kitchen and you had to dry them with paper napkins before you could use them.
A nice hotel, great staff but can only give it 4 out of 5 because of the breakfast and the lack of attention to the cleaning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the center of Amsterdam Zuidoost - the most dynamic entertainment area of Amsterdam, the Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Arena Boulevard hotel is within walking distance of the Amsterdam ArenA (home to AFC Ajax), The RAI Convention Centre, Ziggo Dome and one of the biggest IMAX cinemas in the Netherlands and many cosmopolitan restaurants and bars. ... more less
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