My girlfriend and I went to Amsterdam for the Valentine's Day weekend. We stayed three nights in a deluxe room. I emailed reception a month in advanced asking for a room on higher floor after reading about how crappy the lower floored rooms were... especially the basement level.
Reception is a small office to the left of the entrance and the line moved by pretty quickly. Checked in and we got room 308. It was a deluxe with a canal view without getting charged anything extra. The room was spacious and I especially liked the high ceilings. A few people complained about the room being too dark. I thought it was perfect lighting for the evenings. I guess if you're trying to do some work or reading it can be a little annoying but we were there to relax so I thought it was cool.
The bed and pillows were extremely comfortable. The bathroom was great. It has a tub and a seperate shower area. I thought that was pretty cool. The door is indeed frosted glass. We didn't mind since we're a couple. I guess it could be a bit weird if it's just you and your buddy. Minibar is awesome. You get a little bottle of some scotch whiskey, courvoisier cognac, bacardi rum, gin and vodka, two pilsner beers, one red wine, one white wine, two still waters, two bubble waters, two diet cokes, two cokes, two sprites, two tonic waters, two orange juices, a bag of peanuts, and a candy bar. We made sure to drink everything... even if it was just opening it up and taking a sip. You leave for the day and come back... everything is restocked... like magic elves came in and cleaned everything up and left you gifts.
On floor -1 you find the pool, sauna, steam room and a jacuzzi hot tub. There's a gym there too but it's pretty pathetic. No one used it. I mean who's trying to work out on a vacation anyways right? The pool water is warm. More for lounging than trying to get in laps. But they do have a jet stream area of the pool where you swim against the current. Sort of like a swimming treadmill. The jacuzzi water temperature wasn't very hot. I'd say slightly warmer than the pool. Sauna was great. They have two rooms. One labeled 70 degrees and the other 90 degrees. We went into the one that was 70 and the thermometer read 100. It was hot as hell in there. The 90 degree one was at 80 degrees so that was the one we went into.
The area was perfectly located. Right across from the train station. Close to all the attractions. You absolutely must eat at Dwaze Zaken. It's a cafe bistro on the same street. Look it up. I recommend the steak, ox tail soup, duck sausage salad and the sandwiches for lunch. We went there twice. Everything is fresh and organic.
Overall, no complaints about this hotel. It's not exactly Las Vegas 5 star quality but definitely 5 stars for the Netherlands.
- 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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