Ibis Amsterdam Centre, says it all
I must admit that when we travel we would not stay in the Ibis hotels because of the cost. But since this was a work trip and my place of work was arranging AND paying....
When I arrived at the hotel the staff were very helpful in getting me information about the trains also, this was important for my work, especially since much of the train system was NOT WORKING because of a snowstorm.
Unique Quality: For both work and play in Amsterdam this hotel is ideally located, that is for sure. If it is access to the main attractions, or to the transportation system, you can't beat this. The hotel itself is actually "on" the main train station platform. The first photo shows the hotel from the entrance side and the entrance to the train station is just on the right. The other photos shows parts INSIDE the train station that could be seen from the hotel window, or looking into downtown Amsterdam itself.
Directions: The entrance to the hotel is just outside the train station.
IBIS; build over the Railroad tracks
The IBIS hotel is right at and over the Central Station. At the west side the new extended building has been build over the railroad tracks.
The entrance can be hard to get to at times, because you have to battle your way through the taxi stand and the cowded bicycle parking.
The hotel offers 363 rooms and is part of the Accor group.
Pets (1 per room) are allowed.
Directions: Turn right when exiting the station at the city side.
Good Spot Hotel
Good hotel in a great spot. Right near all the action, but on the edge so you can stay away if you choose to. It's also right near the train station. The hotel is clean and the rooms are fine. The bed is comfy and has a TV. There is air-conditioning and you can even open the window for some fresh air. Breakfast down stairs in a feast with hot and cold options, and it's a great way to start the day, or get over the night before.
The only problems are the rooms are quite small and the bathroom smaller still. It can also get noisy. My room was on the canal side and the taxis below love to honk their horns at night. The other side of the hotel overlooks the train lines and some friends said they could hear a train or two during the night. I stayed there at the end of March 06 and there was also some construction work being done but it should finish soon I suspect.
I would stay there again.
top noch hotel
we had no accomodation booked when we landed and after hours of door knocking and some rather disturbing bedsits (dingy dives) we found this place the staff were great and let all 10 of us in! the rooms were nice and livable i shared a double and you had all the basics shower tv phone but not a great lot of room however you do get a nice view of the train station or millioions of bikes!
Unique Quality: The best thing about this place for me was the bar its shaped just like a ship with all the fixtures and fittings! and has beer vending machines on every landing!
Directions: get off the train in amsterdm central turn right and you cant miss it, next door to the multi storey bicycle rack!
Very close to train station, literally step out of the train station, turn right, walk for about five minutes (ok, this depends on the quantity of luggage you have) and you arrive at the Ibis. Being close to the train station in Amsterdam means that it is also close to the Centre of Amsterdam. Amstel is just two blocks/bridges away. All trams also depart from the train station so it is quite centrally located for getting anywhere within Amsterdam!
The Hotel itself would not have the same standard as others I have stayed in, in Brussels for example, but this may be to do with location. The rooms / ensuites are smaller, but towels are changed daily, and the bed is made daily also. Kettle is available from reception, along with mugs, tea, coffee. There are drink machines available on all floors, and there is a bar and room service available for food also.
Booked this on the IBIS website, transpried to be cheaper than if we had 'arrived and booked'