Shaneka and myself visited this hotel on our second trip to Amsterdam which I speak about in my Article – ‘6 Travelling Lessons Learned- Winter in Amsterdam’.
Super Nice for a Good Price
After our experiences with the Student Hotel in Amsterdam we were apprehensive about what the cheap price of £123pp for 3 nights booking would get us, another seemingly clean and glossy hotel that ended up smelling like a farm – or would our research pay off?
First impressions were good! It was only a short walk from Amstel Station Beneden – which is great in the cold when you have luggage! We had a tiny struggle to find the entrance but one we were in it was lovely. The staff were warm and personable and finding the room was not too difficult as there was a code for floor and area of the hotel because it is quite huge.
Our room was adorable – sleek and clean it had all the professionalism of the business hotel that it is with cute pops of personality that kept it from feeling too sterile.
This little kettle they provided was not only a nice touch but saves lives when you are travelling on a budget – pre-pack Ramen noodles!! Whilst they are terrible for your body they weigh next to nothing in your luggage, are filling and provide a tasty alternative from home to buying hotel food #brokeandwoke.
Bathroom was good – whilst small and a bit cramped me and Shaneka felt very fancy the shower was the first wardrobe glass door affair I had ever been in!!
This bench I had to put up though because the one thing I didn’t take into consideration is the fact that we were both smokers and that this was a non smoking hotel – whilst often you can request for a balcony or room outdoors we’ve found it can always be a bit of luck of the draw whether you get one.
I this case we spent A LOT and I mean A LOT of time going up and down the elevators to get outside. Smoking is a choice and the hotel is under no obligation to change their policy – it was just really long.
Overall staying here was a truly lovely experience we were there for such a sort time I don’t think we fully utilised what this Hotel had to offer and even in the dead of Winter – we are not the stay and chill in the hotel types.
I would recommend to any first time travellers who are nervous about hotels that these business hotels can be your best friend – they keep their rates cheap because of the amount of bookings they get throughout the year and have all the cleanliness and good service of a usually much more expensive hotel.
Personally I think the service you can receive in places like this are because of their type of customer they work with. Rather then working around holidaying tourists in a set season you can tell that this place was used all year round by people on business trips meaning this high standard had to be maintained at all times.
My thirst for new adventure would want me to explore more of the different hotels in Amsterdam but I would definitely recommend it to anyone travelling there.
Had any hotels surprise you? For better or worse?
Let me know in the comments!
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