Nice, but not a 5*
Each time I stayed here at this hotel I enjoyed it. Sometimes I was treated a bit differently by the recptionist in the lobby. Maybe it was because I was a bit too "urban" no matter the reason. I still enjoyed my stay there, the lobby is beautiful with black & white marble all over. Nice couchs and tv around to chill out if you are waiting to meet up with others. Where this hotel falls short is in the decor of the rooms & the tvs. The rooms are nicely sized to be in Holland. Anyone who has been to Europe knows what I mean when I speak of the sizes of the rooms. Usuallyquite small, but the rooms look like they are stuck in the 70s. The rooms are totally outdated compared to what you see when you walk ni the lobby. It leaves much to be desired. You would figure is your paying 300$ a night for a room it would be a bit nicer. Still I came multiple times. The location couldnt be better, walking distance from the train station and when you walk out, one left turn and you are in the Red Light District.
Great Location for Tourists
I stayed over in A'dam for a couple of days to go to the museums. I had been to A'dam back in the 80s but since I was a wild child at the time I spent all my time partying and not looking at artwork.
I booked the hotel on line and did not realize that it was the old Golden Tulip hotel. The hotel is in an excellent location just 100 meters or so from the Central Train Station. It is on the edge of the party zone and is walking distance from Dam Square.
The rooms are big by European standards and nicely appointed. I only ate breakfast at the restaurant but it was very highly priced (USD $25.00). The quality was good though and was very well prepared.
The staff is courteous and professional. The bellmen are great tour guides. They can tell you where anything and everything is lcoated.
Unique Quality: Location, location, location
Close to the Central Station
The 5 stars NH Barbizon Palace Hotel offers 270 rooms, with all the comfort you can expect at this level of quality.
The location is unique: close to the Central Station, the RLD and the Nieuwendijk & Kalverstraat shopping streets.
The front is an excellent people watching spot with the commuters, the trams and tourists passing by.
At the back at the Vermeer restaurant you can board a salon boat.
Breakfast €25; extra bed on your room €80.
Unique Quality: Parking garage with car elevator to the front street.
Directions: 5 Minutes walking from the central station, next to the St. Nicolaas church
Convenient location, inconvenient price
A hotel easily accessible to the Centrum of Amsterdam and the train station (link to Schiphol airport).
From the main train station of Amsterdam, the hotel is less then 2-3 mins walk, across the road, making this
an ideal location for those who need fast and easy access into the city. The hotel is also right near the red light
district (Amsterdams red light district is not "scummy" IMO) and several bars and restaurants. Access to the subway
is also near-by.
The hotel itself has a nice lobby, the rooms simple but spacious. The washrooms are nice as well with
a good shower for those groggy mornings.
The price I payed for the room was insanely high, but booked at the last minute (199 euros!).
Unique Quality: Easy access to train and city centrum.
Directions: exit train station, look to your left for the sign on the building, across the water.
I've stayed for 3 nights. See Unique Qualities.
Unique Quality: although Amsterdam is a small city for a tourist cause U can go everywhere by foot - the location of this hotel is excellent - just across the street from the Amsterdam Central Station, 30sec walk walk to Wormostratt (a lot of Coffee shops). short walk to the Red Light District and the Shopping St. (Damrak and beyond). U must take a breakfast there - tasty,delicious and U fill full till the evening. The service is outstanding. A 5 star hotel - that deserves this ranking.
Directions: Amsterdam Central Station
Extremely accomidating. After arriving from the states all we really wanted to do was relax for a little bit before seeing the city. Although check in wasn't until 3pm we arrived at 11am and of course we were told that our room (a non-smoking one) was not ready but there was a smoking room and we could check it out. We did, it wasn't smokey at all so we checked in. The front desk staff was helpful and very friendly. Two free internet acess computers in the bar area. Seemed that most of the guests were business people. Did not try out the restaurant, but this great hotel is in the middle of everything and walking distance to Central Station.
What can I say? WOW :)
I chose this hotel online and had just found VT - so had no clue what I was doing. I did well! This hotel is beautiful, and even though I got a discounted room, with no view I might add, the room was a decent size and of wonderful quality. The linens were heavenly too ;)
Two grown women traveling to Europe for the first time, with waaay too much luggage, and there was still plenty of room!
I have to say the staff was wonderful -definitely customer service professionals. We arrived about 7 hours before check in, hoping to leave our luggage at the desk and begin touring, and we were allowed to actually check in at that time! Every employee of the hotel was friendly, helpful and kind ... a great start to our travels abroad.
Unique Quality: The location was perfect. It's across a canal and a road from Centraal Station. A short walk from Red Light, adjacent to Damraak, and a jaunt away from Dam Square. For being clueless, I was so very pleased with everything about this hotel's presentation, location, and service.
Great central location at the heart of town
We had a great deal from Hotel Connect and had paid for an upgrade. The room was large, very clean and well decorated. It had exposed beams and was not a usual identikit room. The bed was huge and very comfortable. The bathroom was modern and everything worked well.
We missed not having breakfast included. We did not eat at the hotel.
It is situated opposite the Train Station. If you travel by air the links into town are superb, so this hotel being adjacent to the station, made things easy.
Unique Quality: Old but well maintained, good standards of service, polite staff. The hotel has style and a Victorian elegance.
Outstanding plus is the location. It is near the brown bars and not too far from the red light district. The Museums and Leidesplein are a short bus ride away. We walked everywhere and got to know the side streets and the main thoroughfare well.
Directions: Opposite the Main Train Station
Very nice property
Good location, very near train station. Have stayed at this hotel twice and each time it has been a pleasant stay. My rooms have been large and nicely appointed. Very efficient and helpful staff.
Unique Quality: Nice rooms and good location near train station.
Magic dancing hotel
The Barbizon Hotel was the Hotel of the Tangomagia festival not only for sleeping (where you could get special tango-friendly prices), but also for dancing in the Tangocafe: each day during the festival between 16.00- 20.00, except December 31.
Dancing there was really nice because all the (international) people staying for the whole festival came there and it was a bit more easier there (than in the big rooms of the evening balls) to get in contact with dancers ;-)
Sleeping there was also a great experience! A very comfortable bed and a wonderful luxe-bathroom!!!! There was in the room a very interesting book about Amsterdam with infos and stories about the haven, the Jordaan-neighborhood, the history of the city....very interesting!!! I spent two hours to read this book and then I went to visit the Jordaan to see it in real!!!
Unique Quality: Great view on the little canal behind the hotel with old houses...
Directions: Next to Central Station
NH Barbizon Palace
Great 5-star hotel. Got a good price on it in August 2003 - $112 per double room(2 people). Room was on the first floor, windows were right on the small canal and a tiny back alley, not bad.
Unique Quality: I think it has a bar and a restaurant, bunch of conference rooms and gym. Don't remember if there was a pool.
I stayed at the Barbizon Palace on a last minute stop in Amsterdam and found a discounted rate on www.hotel-booker.com (about $125 US). This is a very luxurious property in a less than optimal location. Just a couple of blocks from Centraal Station, and a stone's throw away from the notorious Red Light District, the very big hotel is part of a Dutch chain. The common areas are extremely luxurious. Your key card is required to operate the elevator.
Unique Quality: Comfortable, well appointed rooms are furnished with dark modern furniture. The bathrooms are ultramodern and boast all the amenities you could want.
Directions: This area near Centraal Station is not my favorite for staying in. I would far rather prefer to be in the Leidesplein or Museumplein areas of town. Discounted rates offer an excellent value, though, and make this a property worth looking at.
Nice 4-5 star accommodations
Unique Quality: Underground Parking! It's neat to watch the cars pull onto this platform then disappear in the ground.
Directions: Directly across from Central Station
Right Across from the Railway Station
I stayed at the Golden Tulip Barbizon Palace hotel. It is listed as a 5 Star deluxe class hotel which was built in 1988. It is in a great location in the oldest part of Amsterdam and in the heart of the city overlooking the central station.
The main entertainment and shopping area is only a stones throw away. I have to say that after suffering the 'continental breakfast' for days (so typical of an organised tour), this hotel put on the very best breakfast of the whole trip. I remember it so vividly.
There was a wonderful assortment of muesli, fruit, breads and pastries as well as hot dishes (which I didn't have). Not a hard bread roll in sight!.
Unique Quality: The exterior of the building has been partly built from the facades of 19 historic buildings most of which date from the 17th century.
Directions: (20kms to the airport)