I have stayed on and off for several months at the Marriott Amsterdam on Leidseplein. The location is excellent - it is directly across from the Holland Casino, Hard Rock Cafe, and the restaurants of Leidseplein. It does cater to the American tourist so there is a high probability of odor of marajiuana in the hallways and a late night party in one of the rooms. The rooms are older and have not been remodelled recently, but are rather large for a european hotel. The suites are actually the size of a typical American suite. Although this is rate a 5 star hotel, however, it probably gets a three rating based on mediocre service.
Unique Quality: The excercise room is probably one of the best you are going to find. The hotel bar has slow service (for an American oriented hotel) and a Pizza Hut restaurant. Room service is 24 hours and there is an internet connection in the room for about 20 euro a day. Wireless does not exist in this hotel. If you are looking for a much superior place to stay, I would look to the pulitzer hotel based on many of my collegues recommendations.
Full Service/ centrally located at the Leisenplien.. Close to Heineken, Van Gogh a dn Riks Museums. Chug a lager at the Grand Cafe to people watch.
Unique Quality: Architecture is fantastic, museums galore, head shops, Music, extremely Safe city. Easy to get around. Young average age, 27/28. Good shopping....
The hotel was a pleasant place to stay in Amsterdam. The lobby was smallish for such a big hotel but our room was a surprise. While not as big as American standard-issue rooms, they are quite big for European standards, tastefully decorated and furnished with everything you'd expect from a 5-star hotel. The staff were friendly and the hotel even has a laundry room for guests where they can wash/dry their clothes.
The location is unbeatable. Just across the street you'll find Leidseplein which are lined with numerous shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs/bars, and also Lido Cabaret and Holland Casino. Beyond Leidseplein you'll find the shopping street of Kalverstraat leading all the way up to Damrak. Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum is also a stone's throw from the hotel. There's also a boarding point for Amsterdam's Canal tours right in front of the hotel and a nice park to take a stroll in.
All in all, this hotel was a pleasant base for our adventure in Amsterdam and I would not hesitate to stay in this hotel again.
Unique Quality: Nice location near shopping, food, entertainment, museum and canal tour.
So its a Marriot.. Whatever. Onwe thing though I didnt understand at first.. Pizza hut room service 24 hours a day is key in this town ! I took advantage of that many times.. My expense account was rediculous in Amsterdam.. nearly got me s-canned.
The Amsterdam Marriott Hotel is a 5-star hotel, superbly located in the city centre of Amsterdam, opposite the 'Leidseplein' square, just 5 minutes from the 'Museumplein', and right in the middle of Amsterdam's Shopping areas, restaurants and Nightlife
Unique Quality: Executive room with 1 Kingsize bed or 2 double beds, bathroom with barh, (satelite) TV, safety deposit box, use of bathrobe and slippers, access to the Executive Lounge where a healthy start breakfast is served. During cocktail hour we serve complimentary beer and wine.
Directions: Check In 15.00 hours
Check Out 12.00 hours
We will be traveling with another couple to Amsterdam and I had planned to use my Marriott points to stay at the Renaissance Hotel in Amsterdam...that choice was validated by some local residents.
The couple we are traveling with indicated that they had seen a travel show which highly recommended The College Hotel in Amsterdam.
Question is: which would be better for all aspects of a visit to Amsterdam including dining, sightseeing, flower markets, shopping, museums, etc., etc., etc?
All thoughts will be appreciated.
Have a look at/consider the Apollo Museum hotel.
Next to the Rijksmuseum, close to Leidseplein.
The College Hotel is newer (renovated former school building) and the management is different (a kind of high class hotel partly runned by students in training for the hotel business).
The College hotel is somewhat outside the center, but not too far away from the big museums.
The Renaissance is close to the Central station and the Dam square.
The Renaissance Hotel is closed to the Central station and the Dam square. My friend stayed there 2 weeks ago and they were renovating the lobby and entrance. The room looks pretty modern and nice.
Amsterdam Centrum is not too big. As long as it is closed to Centrum and public transportation, than it is alright.
If you are looking to use your Marriott points, then Renaissance Hotel definitely is a nice one.
There is another location for Marriott - Amsterdam Marriott Hotel at the Stadhouderskade 12.
It is right outside of centrum and right at the entrance of Vondel park and close to the RijksMuseum and Hard Rock Cafe and Leidseplein area.
So, it depends on whether you would like to be right in the middle of the center or a bit outside but close to the museum. There is tons of restaurant around Dam square or Leidseplein area. So, either one is fine. The Renaissance Hotel is nice if you want to be right in the middle of the town. When you walk out the hotel and then you are right into old town and quite busy street.
If you don't have to stay at Marriott hotel. Then there are a lot of choices all around Amsterdam. Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky is nice and right at dam square.
NH Barbizon Palace is also a nice 5 star hotel right next to Central station.
If you like smaller chain or boutique hotel, I always walk by the Seven bridge hotel and they have a fantastic location - right next to Rembrandtplein but on a quiet canal. http://www.sevenbridgeshotel.nl/
They have really good reviews in the trip adviser as well.
Hotel V is a new hotel on Weteringschans and it is not too far from Rijksmuseum, Albert cupt market.
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Address: Stadhouderskade 12, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1054 ES, The Netherlands