It's a fairly standard 'boutique offering' with two exceptions:architecture and mini-bar.
The building still feels very much much like the former offices that it was. I'm usual all for preserving fascinating architectural features that give character and charm, but this did neither for me. It felt slightly depressing, plodding along the bureaucratic-feeling dingy corridors, and this carried on into the many rooms that face into a tiny interior courtyard. Dim on even the sunniest of days, despite the very high ceilings.
The room itself conforms to 'boutique norms': thick velvet curtains, good linen, nespresso machine, etc.. The bathroom was narrow and uncomfortable.
The only departure from the norm was the "free" mini-bar. Not being a heavy drinker I don't value this highly, but it is welcome not to have an obscene itemised charge for orange juice - although of course it's not really "free", because it's priced into room rate.
The pool and steam room were nice with only me in them (can imagine it's full with say 4-6 guests) and I dislike hotels that make you walk from your room in your swimming stuff because there aren't any changing rooms in the spa/pool area.
Like many Amsterdam hotels, bikes and vespas are available. Perhaps I should have used these because the only test I put to the service team was to get me a taxi which was delayed by 15 then another 20 mins - annoying since I could have walked 5 minutes to the station and picked up a taxi easily if they had just been more honest/used better judgement.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam is a five-star deluxe hotel situated in the monumental Shipping House. You can find us on the Prins Hendrikkade in the city center at only 500m from Central Station and 1100m from Dam Square. We have 165 rooms and suites, offering complimentary wireless internet, free minibar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and free entrance to the Spa & Wellness center. Facilities furthermore include restaurant Seven Seas, meeting rooms and a bar/lounge. ... more less
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