A-Train

Prins Hendrikkade 23, (formerly Schirmann Hotel), Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1012 TM, The Netherlands

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Excellent
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Very Good
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Average
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Poor
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  • Families88
  • Couples75
  • Solo61
  • Business55
  • monica71's Profile Photo

    Loved this hotel!

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    I am so glad we found this unique hotel with such a charm! We booked it directly from the hotel web site as the price offered was much better than on other sites we usually use for booking hotels. The location was perfect and the price was right. The staff was very friendly and they gladly recommended trips and things to do/see when we asked. They can also book tours for you on request, free of charge.

    You will get a map of the city when you check in and that will come in very handy during your stay. Everything is within walking distance from the hotel. We never had to use public transportation within the city center. We walked a lot and we saw a lot! Comfortable walking shoes are a must for sure!!!

    We stayed for 4 nights (March 14 to March 17, 2012) in room 109 B. There was no noise at all as the windows were facing the courtyard. The view was not important to us. We just needed a clean and quiet room to sleep in at night and this hotel delivered! We left the hotel every day around 9am and returned after 9pm to a quiet, clean and cozy room. The room size was adequate for us (for a room this size you can easily pay double in Paris, for example) and if you do not have a lot of luggage (more than 2 suitcases and 2 backpacks), storage space would not be an issue. The bathroom size was also decent (no bath tub, only shower - again, not a problem for us at all).

    The computer by the reception desk was always available and free to use if you needed to check emails, book trips, etc. Internet connection in the room was available for a fee. Same applies for watching TV. We did not feel the need to watch TV as we were tired after exploring the city every day. We just used the computer downstairs for checking emails and the weather :)

    Breakfast was also good, offered from 7am to 10am. You can't compare it with the American style breakfast, but the variety offered was enough for us (hard boiled eggs, ham, salami, cheese, jelly, butter, 2 types of cereal, 4 types of bread, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea).

    The hotel is non-smoking (a plus for us since people in Amsterdam smoke a lot and the canabis smell on the streets is strong at times) and they ask guests to keep quiet and do not party in the rooms. We liked this a lot and we appreciated the fresh smell and the quiet atmosphere that we encountered at the end of each long sightseeing day.

    If we go to Amsterdam again we will definitely stay here. If you want luxury, look elsewhere. If you want a clean, quiet room within walking distance to every attraction in the city center, then put this hotel on your list.

    Directions: Exit Central Station, look for the Victoria hotel building and walk towards it. Pass this hotel and keep walking for 2 more minutes before reaching A-Train Hotel.

  • QuDee's Profile Photo

    Overpriced!!

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    We booked a suite – which normally means 2 rooms: 1 bedroom and some sort of lounge. At A-Train it turned out to be a normal hotelroom, with a rather long, narrow corridor leading to it, where they’d put 2 uncomfortabel chairs.

    Breakfast is included, but not at all worth eating! Dry bread and instant coffee.
    The breakfast area resemples a fast-food place (however a well-kept one).

    We paid €200 per night for the room – trust me: I have seen both bigger and better in Amsterdam, at half the price!!

    The hotel is a dump – it's not well-kept, but it is quite clean. The decor of the room, we were in, was quite cute, with a few antique-looking pieces – the 2 chairs in the corridor among them.

    Unique Quality: The location is good. It's just across from Centraal Station, and therefore really conveniently located, both for train-travellers and for those who fly into Sciphol, and catch the airport train into town. From C.S. you can also catch trams to pretty much anywhere worth going in town. Most of the canalcruises depart from the canal by C.S. and both the Red Light District and "Chinatown" (best chineese food in Amsterdam), are 5 minutes away. The shoppingstreet Nieuwedijk is litterally just around the corner.

    Directions: Across and to the right, from Centraal Station

  • MikeySoft's Profile Photo

    Clean and good location

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    Time was important for my one night stay in Amsterdam so I booked a hotel near the train station. I wanted something close, clean, quite, safe, and a good location for the things I wanted to see.

    There are others good hotels near the station but this was the closest I found that met my standards.

    There are cheaper good hotels in Amsterdam but are a little further away. I would consider these if I stayed more then one night.

    Please rate this and my other tips whey you find them useful.

    Unique Quality: Interior has a train theme. Included Breakfast. Very close to train station and things I wanted to see..

    Directions: Accross from the Train Station

  • on the right track

    by

    right across from central station. stayed in the "amsterdam suite" ? some antiques and nicer furniture, private terrace. nice breakfast serving great coffee, friendly desk staff, clean and neat right in the heart of the action. thanks, dave and jenifer

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Loved the A-Train Hotel!

by TripAdvisor Member acochrane

The A Train is an adorable little "choo-choo train decorated" hotel.
It's very clean and offers a nice big breakfast each morning with the
price of the room. The staff are wonderfully fun, friendly and helpful.
It's located directly across the street from the Centraal Train Station. I
literally pulled into town on the TGV train from Paris, rolled my
luggage across the street, checked in and walked around the corner, directly
behind the hotel to dine on wonderful tapas at Joselito's Tapas Bar.
You cannot beat the location if you need to travel in or out of the
Centraal station, especially on early or very late arrivals. It's a great
place to stay with lots to do & see in the immediate area!

Taken advantage of

by TripAdvisor Member Keith16

A- Train hotel management was entirely unsympathetic to our travel emergency. Even though our two rooms were re rented and we gave 36 hour notice we were charged full amount for unused rooms. Be very careful before giving this unethical hotel your credit card information.

ideal location/ clean hotel

by TripAdvisor Member cityvisitor

have just returned from a two night city break to Amsterdam. The A-Train hotel is in a great location virtually opposite the Central Station and a minutes walk from the Damrak where you can either begin a walking tour of the city, jump on a canal cruise of the city or even pick up a coach and tour slightly further afield to the fishing villages of Volendam and markem.
The hotel was clean. the bathroom was small but had a walk in shower with lovely hot water. The breakfast was simple but the bread etc was very fresh. The staff were friendly and helpful. As two people who had never visited the city before I would have no hestitation in recommending this hotel to friends. We were allocated a room on the third floor and it was very quite , clean and comfortable.

A-first class hotel

by TripAdvisor Member Pabl099

Your search for a hotel in Amsterdam is over. After rejecting similar priced hotels outside the city centre because of bus/tram/taxi costs, and the travelling time, which would eat into out two day break, we found the A-Train hotel. Located right in the heart of everything this is your ideal base for a visit to Amsterdam. Myself, my wife and two friends stayed in the apartment, right up in the roof you have two floors, six beds, a living area, a kitchen and a bathroom. Facilities were first class, very clean and spacious. Very quiet too, I'm a light sleeper and always hear people outside the door. With a good breakfast, served in the train themed lounge included in the price, and the staff friendly and very helpful, this hotel made our trip to Amsterdam a cracker! We will return again. For longer next time!!

3-star room with 1 star management and breakfast

by A TripAdvisor Member

My wife and I are both in our fifties, and have visited Amsterdam many times over the years. We visited for the New Year celebrations in December 2004, but the Rho Hotel we normally stay at was full, so we booked the A-Train, which was also 3 stars. On arrival, the manager was extremely rude, insisting we pay 596 Euros (for four nights) in advance, even though he had our credit card number to secure the booking. Paying in advance like this has never before happened in Amsterdam, and of course it means you have no bargaining chips if services or facilities are poor. It also displays a remarkable lack of trust in the hotel guests - ok in a flop house, maybe, but not in a three-star hotel. The room was pleasant and clean, but the breakfast was really very basic, and not of 3-star quality at all - very poor quality plastic bread, which you had to constantly ask to get toasted, cereals, and drinks from a vending machine. No fresh fruit, and the only 'cooked' item was boiled eggs. It is hard to see how they could offer much less and call it 'bed and breakfast' at all, and it was certainly not three-star quality. If you're paying three star prices, look elsewhere - customer service and quality is much better in other 3-star hotels. We certainly won't be going there again unless we're desperate for somewhere to stay.

Excellent value & location!

by A TripAdvisor Member

I stayed for two nights with a friend in this hotel at the end of August, and then one night by myself. The rooms are small but the place is clean and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was ok. The best thing was that the hotel is REALLY close to the train station...this was a relief since when we got to Amsterdam it was pouring rain. The single I stayed in was tiny but comfortable. I would definitely stay here again.

Forum Posts

Hotels Near Central Station

by IntrntnlSocialite

What are your recommendations for nice, not too expensive hotels near central station?

TIA!

RE: Hotels Near Central Station

by ATLC

you can find recommendations by searching the hotel tips on http://www.virtualtourist.com/hotels/Europe/Netherlands/Provincie_Noord_Holland/Amsterdam-463377/Hotels_and_Accommodations-Amsterdam-TG-C-1.html

Amsterdam center is not very large. If you remain within the canals area, it is almost all within 45 mins. walk from outer canal to the station (just to give an indication). There's a dense tram system.

RE: RE: Hotels Near Central Station

by pieter_jan_v

Try:

http://www.viamichelin.com/viamichelin/int/dyn/controller/hbListPerformPage?mapId=-tw6y9mkl558bcp&dx=357&dy=205&empriseW=715&empriseH=410&strPersons=2&from=MAP&productId=41000#locid=251154p79062cro28632311u41tzm1010cNTIuMzc4NjQ_cNC44OTkwOQ__&c40=&c3=&c4=&c5=&c6=&c7=&c8=&c9=&c10=&c11=&c12=

PJ

RE: RE: Hotels Near Central Station

by geoffboxer

see www.hotel-prinshendrik.nl , all prices are inclusive of 5% city tax and buffett breakfast. Also a few others close to Centraal Station , A-train Hotel , Belle Vue , Koopermoolen , all thse are 2/3* hotels. If you want budget , Mallemoolen or Cornerhouse..

RE: RE: Hotels Near Central Station

by MATIM

for cheap hostels near central station: www.stayokay.nl

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Address: Prins Hendrikkade 23, (formerly Schirmann Hotel), Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1012 TM, The Netherlands