Built on an island within the docks area on the IJ River, it’s all about the views here, and many of the businesslike rooms in this glass skyscraper look out over the Amsterdam skyline and beyond. Culture vultures can make the most of classical and jazz concerts at the neighboring Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ complex, while NEMO science center, a must-see for kids, is within walking distance. The hotel is Green Globe certified for its sustainability policy, which extends to organic coffee, eco-friendly linens, and economic use of water and electricity.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The location is not as remote as it might seem: a complimentary shuttle connects the hotel with Centraal Station (book in advance!), and you’re a relatively a short walk from the center, but it’s a lonely, windy walk along the open water.
Standard rooms are bland and businesslike, but at 279 f2 fairly roomy for Amsterdam, with free WiFi access, flat-screen TVs with movie- and satellite channels, and sustainable climate control. There are sizable work desks with ergonomic chairs and adjustable lamps. King size beds with fair trade linens are comfortable and you’ll sleep very well due to black-out curtains and practically sound-proof rooms. Complimentary tea and coffee making facilities (bigger rooms have Nespresso machines) come standard.
Many upper floor rooms offer panoramic views of the IJ-river, North and the Old Center (room 1930 is particularly good) and they’re worth it! There are also connecting rooms for families or you can pay a little extra for a sofa bed for a third person.
Contemporary and comfortable, with large vanities, proper hairdryers, and magnifying mirrors. Some rooms have walk-in showers while others feature a bathtub with adjustable shower head. All rooms have eco label-certified bathroom amenities.
Yes, you can book a massage at the hotel’s Lifestyle Studio, or choose between a traditional Finnish sauna and bio sauna (both are unisex), and there is a “shower landscape” with hot and cold showers, ice fountain and relaxation area.
Yes, there is a gym with TechnoGym cardio- and kinesis equipment.
Silk Road restaurant offers IJ-river views and an all-day international menu. A buffet breakfast (not included) can also be enjoyed there, but there are better options in the center.
Or order room service: the cheeseburger is pretty good!
While the three-story pagoda-style Sea Palace (10-minute walk) seems like a typical tourist trap, it’s actually a great place to grab dim sum and Peking duck. Or, if you’re inclined to fine dining, there’s &moshik (11-minute walk), a 2-Michelin star eatery with awesome Oosterdok views and globally-inspired gastronomy. For casual, contemporary fare and a great all-German wine menu in a frill-free setting in Marineterrein, a historical naval dockyard, head to Scheepskameel (12-minute walk).
For some super casual drinking in a hippie-like waterfront setting, there’s Hanneke’s Boom (6-minute walk). Or for well-crafted cocktails with a view, head to the award-winning terrace of SkyLounge at the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station (10-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre is ideally situated for access to the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, and walking distance from Centraal Station.