We were a little mindful of other reviews regarding the location of the hotel..... No need to be concerned! The people who have complained that you have to cross a 'dual carriageway/motorway/ mountain ridge etc are talking rubbish. Yes it is a major road but is very easy to cross without feeling you are putting your life in your hands. We booked this hotel through a secret hotel deal via Lastminute.com and after reading reviews were a little apprehensive. We had already booked a 3 day IAMSTERDAM card (will mention this later) online before we left the UK so when we arrived at the airport we just collected the card and paid for our tickets to Central Station. There is really no need to get a cab from Schipol as the train station is right there (platform 2) and the fare is just 3.80 Euros as opposed to 40 Euros in a cab. Arriving at Central Station in around 15 minutes come out of the station and walk towards the bus stops (immediately in front of the tram stops) and go to stop 48 (or 22). Here you can use you IAMSTERDAM card for all your bus/tram journeys and most of the museum tours, you also get a cruise! The trip to the hotel takes about 8 mins and stops outside the hotel (on the left hand side) on the opposite carriage way, make sure you get off at Hempoint. Walk across the carriage way towards the large painted cow - you're there! Going back into town the bus stop is immediately outside the hotel they run every 10 mins and again a swift 8 mins and you are back at Central station.
There was a small queue at the reception desk when we arrived but the staff were quick to acknowledge our presence and apologise for the delay (we were only waiting 3 mins)! They continued to be very helpful during check in and made us feel that nothing would be too much trouble. Our room was in the Art side of the hotel which is the 4* and I think the other side of the hotel is 3*. The room was extremely nice and although the view was nothing to write home about given the location we weren't expecting Sea views and palm trees! We overlooked the rail station at the back but not once did we ever hear any trains. We could see a windmill in the distant background though! The room was very comfortable and perfectly done. The ONLY criticism (ok gripe) that I would have is we didn't have enough tea and coffee (just enough for 1 cup each per day) in our room and kept missing the maid to request more. NO worries we just bought a small pack from one of the supermarkets, hey were English and we loves our tea.
We didn't eat at the hotel as I don't care how wonderful the breakfast was I wasn't paying 18 Euros each for it. Its Amsterdam there are lots of places to eat, go have pancakes. Sadly also didn’t make it to the bar - just too much to do - but looking in as we passed by it did look to be very nice.
The IAMSTERDAM card is a definite buy if you are there for a few days. We purchased ours from Viator and it was slightly cheaper than buying direct from IAMSTERDAM. The card allows entry and queue jumping into most exhibitions, museums, tours and canal cruise AND trams and buses, all for around 50 Euros. We worked out that if we had paid for the visits individually they would have come to over 150 Euros so a no brainer really. Please note the card does not get you to and from Central Station/Schipol so when you buy your ticket into Amsterdam buy your return it’ll save a bit of time on your journey back. Also if your check out time is several hours before your flight, check your luggage in at the station (around 7 Euros) then you are free to continue with your day and haven’t got to go back to the hotel.
We have visited Amsterdam many times before but I think that this was possibly the best visit. The IAMSTERDAM card most certainly contributed as we visited places that we possibly would not have considered before. The inclusive cruise was brilliant and very informative. Don’t hesitate to book this hotel it was fantastic base for getting around the place and then nice and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the centre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WestCord Art Hotel Amsterdam is on the edge of the old centre of Amsterdam, 10 minutes by public transport. The hotel is on the border of Spaarndammerbuurt which is renowned for the world famous Amsterdam School-building 'Het Schip', making it a wonderful area with much to discover. The hotel is easily accessible by car or public transport (bus 22, stop Hem-point). Art Hotel Amsterdam has 190 modern hotel rooms, all with free WIFI internet. In the public areas is an art gallery of the famous Dutch artist Herman Brood. Also in the rooms you will find art above your bed. The Art Brasserie is open daily for a la carte breakfast, coffee to-go, lunch, drinks and dinner. Next to The Art Brasserie is restaurant The Gallery, also used as breakfast restaurant. Adjacent there is an outside terrace with bar and a public open air swimming pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tulip Inn Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Tulip Inn