The purpose-built block of identikit, pre-fabricated bedrooms is in the rather soulless area of the World Trade Center. Though not central, it's only 10 minutes by tram from the stop just along the street from the hotel to Amsterdam's must-see museums. Also, getting to the hotel from the airport couldn't be easier, as the train from Schiphol to Amsterdam Zuid station (by the World Trade Center) takes just five minutes.
All exactly the same: compact, but carefully thought out, with big beds you climb in to, and with a shower and loo in the middle of the room within in Star Trek like pods. The fancy lighting, temperature, TV and blinds can all be controlled on a finger-touch "moodpad". I found that initially the gadgetry took a bit of getting used to, but that it functioned well. More of an issue for me was that you can't open your bedroom window.
You can chill out in several large lounges decorated with funky modern furnishings - they have something of the feel of furniture showrooms. An area is set up with Apple computers to use for free (there's also free WiFi throughout the hotel).
Eating and drinking
A help-yourself café/bar, open 24/7, is well stocked with fruit, pastries, sushi, sandwiches, ice cream, champagne, beer...
Hands off, in so far as you check yourself in at computer terminals. But there are always eager staff around to help out if you have problems, and they make good coffee.
Who stays there
Many guests are businesspeople, but lots of in-the-know tourists stay too.
Bear in mind that the cheapest rates are for bookings that are non-changeable and non-refundable.
- High-Speed Internet
- Backpackers / Students
- Business travellers
Pros & Cons
- Away from the city centre