I stayed at the Grand Hotel Amrath just before Easter and am pleased with my choice. Arriving by train to the central station is straightforward enough, upon exiting take a left, cross the main road and continue to the left – the hotel is the most impressive looking building by far (you’ll see the flags from a distance). It’s about a 10 minute walk to the main tourist sites, but one of the reasons I picked this hotel was its proximity to the station – Amsterdam is not well suited to travel by taxi and is not the kind of place you’d want to drag your luggage around if you aren’t familiar with the geography of the city!
I arrived early and hotel check-in was efficient, bags were dropped off to allow exploration of the city. I was warned not to expect great hospitality from Dutch hotel staff, but I found them to be pleasant enough although strangely housed in a room rather than behind a counter. The £75/night cover charge for room facilities was a bit steep but credited back to my account very quickly. I was unimpressed that the check-out required queuing, as unfortunately there was no option for a key drop (the locally applied tax could have easily been deducted from the cover charge).
The hotel itself is fabulously art deco and amazingly spacious, no narrow dingy corridors here! The skywards view from the grand staircase is not to be missed, just look straight up! My room was simply but luxuriously furnished with high quality fittings, including a comfortable bed with multiple fluffy pillows, a stylish chair to relax in and best of all the fridge mini-bar and use of the Nespresso machine included in the tariff. The bathroom was similarly furnished to a high standard with toiletries that were actually worth using and a reasonably powerful hairdryer was available. Housekeeping staff called twice a day to make sure everything was well topped-up, and the cherry on the cake were the double storey windows and electronically controlled blackout curtains should you not wish to admire the view of the Pagoda restaurant! Its worth noting that if fluffy rather than rough bathrobes and light coloured décor are high on your priority list, this may not be the hotel for you.
I didn’t use the restaurant facilities as there were plenty of other options available locally, but noticed when I passed them the bar and restaurant areas were consistently empty. Neither did I use the spa / wellness centre, although I probably would have if the weather had been less pleasant. Overall I really enjoyed the comfort the Grand Hotel Amrath offered - expensive, but in my view worth it. However I was influenced by the positive reviews on TA, and probably wouldn’t have booked this hotel at all if I’d been familiar with the heritage of the site of the building (connection to the East India Company), which the hotel trades heavily on in the promotional material within the room. Why celebrate it? I’d have left with a much better impression if this piece of literature had not been in the room.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Jet2Holidays , Booking.com, Expedia, Evoline ltd, Southall Travel, Ebookers, Hotels.com, Agoda, Odigeo, Priceline, TripOnline SA, Traveltool, S.L.U., Hotel.de, getaroom.com, HotelQuickly and Cancelon so you can book your Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.