Wonderful water views, welcoming staff and well-equipped rooms outweigh this shiny tower's cold exterior and corporate look. What's more, the hotel's central, accessible location makes it an excellent airport hotel alternative. In fact, Schiphol International Airport is only 20 minutes by train from next-door Centraal Station.
With 20 interconnecting rooms, various family packages and kid-friendly amenities (including activity trolleys, a play-area and children’s menus) as well as many nearby sights suitable for families, this hotel is a great option if you're traveling with little ones.
The guest rooms have all the amenities you expect from a big international chain: queen-size beds, a minibar, a desk with adjustable lamp and ergonomic chair, and an Apple iMac TV/PC, but the décor is a little drab. What saves it are the floor to ceiling windows, which offer great views of the Old Center or IJ-river from many rooms.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While suites come equipped with Nespresso machines, most rooms only have kettles and instant coffee/tea, but you can order up fresh coffee from the in-house Starbucks® via room service.
Contemporary and comfortable with a calming white and grey color scheme, lavender-verbena scented Crabtree & Evelyn amenities and Porcelanosa tiles. Most rooms have showers, while some bigger rooms and suites offer showers and separate tubs. There are also fluffy white towels, bathrobes and slippers.
The large lobby might seem spartan at first, but look further and you’ll find a charming kids’ play area with a doll-house hotel and other toys, plus a media corner where you’re welcome to make use of the Apple computers. There are also free apples and bottled water, and a classic warm DoubleTree cookie when you check in.
A 24-hour fitness center is equipped with Life Fitness cardio- and multi-purpose machines, as well as dumbbells, pull-up bars, free towels, and headsets.
Breakfast (generally not included) is served in City Café, where an extensive buffet offers a world tour of flavors, from typical Continental offerings to miso soup and congee. A la carte options include various eggy options, as well as saksuka, acai bowls, and avo on toast. EASTWOOD Beer & Grill offers a decent selection of local (and international) brews along with man-sized steaks, including several cuts that are not commonly found in the Netherlands, such as Dutch grass-fed tomahawk, USA Creekstone porterhouse, and Australian Angus skirt steak.
While the downstairs Lobby Bar boasts the only Dutch library open 24-hours a day, the award-winning 11th floor SkyLounge is this hotel’s shining star. With panoramic views of the IJ river and the Old Center, you’ll want to grab a window seat or, weather permitting, a table on the terrace−voted The Netherlands’ best according to Grey Goose World’s Best Terraces−and simply watch the living painting around you: from the boats passing on the always-busy IJ-river to the Amsterdam gables against a dramatic Dutch skyline. Fantastic house cocktails make it almost too easy to while the hours away. We recommend the Mezcal Sour, an aromatic medley flavored with red pepper and lime and the Gossip, a refreshing raspberry-champagne concoction.
While you can bring your car or rent one from the in-house SIXT (there’s valet parking and a large parking lot in the basement), the hotel is right next to Central Station (literally!), which means the city’s impressive public transport network is on your doorstep. You can, of course, also do it the Dutch way and rent a bike from the hotel (€15 per day).
One of Amsterdam’s best Chinese restaurants is moored along the IJ-river, practically on your doorstep. While the three-story pagoda-style Sea Palace (3-minute walk) seems like a typical tourist trap, it’s actually a great place to grab dim sum and Peking duck in a casual setting. For contemporary fare and a great all-German wine menu in the city's historical naval dockyards, head to Scheepskameel (10-minute walk). Or, if you’re included to fine dining, there’s &samhoud places, a 2-Michelin star eatery with awesome Oosterdok views and globally-inspired gastronomy.
One of Amsterdam’s latest cocktail bars, Rosalia’s Menagerie (10-minute walk) is a whimsical Wunderkammer with weird and wonderful cocktails. Or if it’s old world charm you’re after, Café de Sluyswacht (13-minute walk) has been around since 1695, when it was a lock-keeper’s cottage. Today, it offers pretty views of Oude Schans canal, local beer and bitterballen (a typical Amsterdam bar snack).
WHY WE LIKE IT
If real estate is all about location, location, location, this hotel has it. Perched on the water, right next to Centraal Station, it’s all about the view, view, view.