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Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam
Ranked #66 of 368 Hotels in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
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“Luxury in Amsterdam”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

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.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed for three nights and thought the location was great
The room we had -309 was superb. Great view of the canal ,and really comfortable beds
The room was huge with complimentary mini bar , fantastic bathroom and expresso coffee machine in room

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

The Amrath is a mere 5 minutes walk from Central Station, so is easy to get to from Schiphol Airport and convenient for all the activities you are likely to want in the City. Certainly, it is very expensive but you will have to make the judgement yourself if it is good value for money; my take on this would probably be "fair". Rooms are a good size, nice bathroom with separate bath and shower and good quality toiletries. Towels were changed twice a day! King-sized bed, very comfortable, not a huge amount of storage space if you are staying for more than a couple of days. A lot is made of the complimentary mini-bar, but it doesn't actually contain a great deal, we only used the water, there was no fruit juice. Food for dinner in the restaurant was excellent, although pricey, but for breakfast was poor quality. Bacon cooked to within an inch of it's life, one fried egg to be had between us, nice enough little sausages but mushrooms and beans cold. For 25 euros each I would expect a lot better from a supposed 5* hotel. After that first morning, we had breakfast out each day and there are many places within a few minutes walk serving up a better breakfast than the hotel for less than half the price. Good value is to eat in the bar (open all day), although not for breakfast. (It is worth noting that it is practically impossible to find anywhere in the city centre opening for breakfast before 9.00). Staff, without exception, were all excellent, although I did have to wait an hour and a half for a replacement bottle opener which I was assured would be delivered immediately. Overall, we very much enjoyed our stay and I can recommend this hotel, but I think it has a little way to go to justify it's 5* label.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

This hotel is 5 minutes walking distance from the Central train station. I stayed there for 3 night in April and I was very impressed.
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The building is a renovated, majestic ship building and it is truly impressive. It does not feel like a hotel. The rooms are clean & spacious with large, new, fully-equipped bathrooms. The free mini-bars actually include alcoholic beverages such as wine, scotch, gin, etc. The room also had a Nespresso machine for free decent coffee at any time. These were pleasant and appreciated surprises.

I did not eat at the hotel, however, the bar is a comfortable area with great views. It was very convenient for meeting people and very impressive.

I had a special rate for my stay and I would definitely stay here again at a similar rate.

Room Tip: This hotel has rooms in the basement. You might want to request a room on a higher floor.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

Great wknd here, lovely hotel. Staff helpful. The bed was sooooo comfy! Could do with a little freshen up in areas, slight wear and tear. We got a great deal for 4 nights, don't think we would stay here again if we had to pay the full prices advertised on direct website though.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

This is a lovely hotel refurbished very tastefully and extremely well located. The hotel was originally the shipping offices for six shipping companies and has been very converted into a beautiful hotel. Located opposite central station and therefore very close to Dam square and all the attractions that Amsterdam has to offer. One thing to note is that the hotel does not have air conditioning but does have avenging system and some rooms have opening windows.

Room Tip: There is no air conditioning so choose a room with windows that open.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Stayed for 3 nights in May . Very efficient staff on check in Lovely large room on fourth floor very clean and great idea to have free mini bar . Towels clean but faded off white as were robes. Hotel facilities very good. Wellness Centre wonderful after day sightseeing. Breakfast very good . Location excellent near Central Station . Will definitely stay here again .

Room Tip: Canal side on fourth floor v quiet
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam
Address: Prins Hendrikkade 108, 1011 AK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum , Binnenstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #66 of 368 Hotels in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam 5*
Number of rooms: 165
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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