The "city centre" appellation in the hotel's name is a little misleading, as the hotel is in the Eastern Docklands, a brisk ten minutes' walk, or two minutes by tram, from the Centraal Station. There's also a free shuttle bus between the hotel and station (though you need to request it in advance). Right next door is the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, one of the city's leading venues for classical and contemporary music, attached to which is the Bimhuis, Amsterdam's top jazz venue.
Slick looking, with grey throws on white duvets, and a strip of photos of canal house gables over the bed. Bathrooms have underfloor heating and big walk-in showers. All rooms come with tea/coffee-making facilities, and - a nice surprise for a hotel like this - free WiFi, and all rooms also have great views over the IJ waterway and beyond through big windows. The higher up the tower block you are, the bigger the views. Executive rooms, on the top, 19th and 20th floors, have access to a smart executive lounge, where you can help yourself to soft drinks, wine, beer, early evening snacks and a buffet breakfast. Most rooms come with a sofa bed, and can sleep three; there are also larger family rooms, and rooms can interconnect.
A large, smart, open-plan restaurant, with most seating on red-leather banquettes, and with an outdoor terrace in summer. Off the somewhat soulless lobby lies a contemporary-styled bar.
Eating and drinking
Excellent buffet spreads - vast, appetising displays of pastries and fruit, and a wide choice of hot dishes - though the size of the hotel means at peak times breakfast can be a bit of scrum. The Silk Road Restaurant has a wide-ranging "east meets west" menu, plus additional seasonal menus - such as asparagus in May/June and game in November/December. Cheaper, simpler food is available in the bar.
The Lifestyle Studio includes a gym and sauna, and offers beauty treatments.
Friendly, jolly, capable - most staff are Dutch, but there is an underlying Swiss efficiency (Movenpick is a Swiss chain).
Who stays there
All sorts - but quite a few guests are about to start or have just gone on a cruise: the cruise terminal is next door.
Due to the hotel's size - it's got 408 rooms - there are often excellent late deals. Also, there are sometimes good deals for families - for example, with a second interconnecting room entirely free. Executive rooms cost around 45 euros extra. Breakfast 23 euros extra per person - sign up for a b & b rate if you can, as it will be better value.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- The breakfasts
- The views
- Large and impersonal
- Not in the old part of the city