NH City Centre Amsterdam
Spuistraat 288-292, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1012 VX
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Nightlife
Expert review of NH City Centre Amsterdam
Formerly a garment factory and post office, this monumental edifice in the city centre has been sympathetically converted into a mid-range chain hotel. With 209 rooms, you'll usually be able to find availability here.
Right in the centre, yards from the concentration of appealing bars and restaurants on and around Spui, and with one of the city's best museums - the Amsterdams Historisch Museum - across the street.
Dark-wood modern furnishings predominate, with a splash of red from throws on beds. In most cases, floors are boarded. Decent quality bathrooms have light fittings and tiles in Dutch Art Deco period style. Some rooms look on to the Singel canal, while those facing Spuistraat can be disturbed by trams. I recently stayed in a room looking on to an internal courtyard, which was very quiet but a bit gloomy. Superior rooms are larger and with a canal view. There are also a fair number of good-sized family rooms.
Lots of space (much more so than in old canal hotels). A glass-roofed courtyard serves as a big lounge, and is decorated in period style with geometric patterns on the carpet and walls - as is the pillared breakfast room. Off the entrance is a split-level bar (pity about the pop music).
Buffet breakfasts are extensive - croissants, fresh fruit salad, hams and cheeses. Next door is D'Vijff Vlieghen - a touristy, upmarket restaurant with historic dining rooms and modern Dutch cuisine - that is under the same ownership as the hotel.
When I stayed, check in was brisk and efficient, and staff were generally on the ball.
Tourists from all countries; some tour groups.
Superior rooms cost 25 euros extra a night. Breakfast is included in some deals at weekends. When priced separately, it costs 19 euros per person extra - you may prefer to pop out to a nearby café instead, where a coffee and croissant will cost a quarter of that.
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- Spuistraat 288-292, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1012 VX
- Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service