We had never been to Amsterdam before, so armed only with a small guide book, I was totally in the dark when trying to find a hotel. The trip was for myself, my husband and our two children, so certain aspects of Amsterdam we were keen to avoid for our trip and I was apprehensive as to whether it would be suitable for all of us. I booked a suite at the Radisson Blu, but was slightly worried by the description of its location on the edge of the Red Light District and this nearly made me cancel and change hotels. However, having read a few reviews on TripAdvisor, I stuck with it and I am so glad I did. The hotel is a gem and is situated in the Centraal Amsterdam area and is not surrounded by anything I would class as red light district at all. In fact, we didn't see anything of this for our whole stay, but the hotel is only a short walk from this area if you want it. Some reviews talk about the area being surrounded by coffee shops with smells wafting from them. This is a feature of the whole of Amsterdam, so it would not matter where you stayed, you will walk past coffee shops with that familiar smell coming out of them. The hotel itself is very modern and you walk into a giant atrium off the street, with reception being split into several small desks. The hotel can get busy at peak check-in and out times, but it moved quickly in our experience and was never an issue. The staff are all very helpful and will do what they can for you if you ask. Our suite was also fantastic - one of the best I have stayed in. It consisted of a sitting room with dual aspect windows (with window seats) looking out over the canals. This sitting room became the kids bedroom with a big pull out sofa bed and they had their own enormous TV. There was a small wet bar area with a coffee machine and a mini bar and a small sink. We then had the master bedroom with a king sized bed, another TV and two more windows. Master bathroom was off here with 2 sinks, separate bath, huge shower and loo. Was perfect for 4 of us and would be luxurious for 2. Decor was modern, fresh and spotlessly clean. We ate in the hotel for dinner and it was lovely (see separate review) and I can also highly recommend the breakfast buffet. There was fresh fruit, cereals, cheeses, fresh side of smoked salmon, cooked breakfast, pastries and fresh juices. You could also order omelettes and waffles from the menu if you wanted to. Breakfast was busy on our second morning, but the food quality did not suffer. The bar is also lovely, being in a preserved old building inside the hotel. White beer on tap was lovely. In terms of room choices, some of the rooms in this hotel have an internal view of the atrium. The best rooms are in the building over the other side of the road. You can access this inside the hotel via lifts and an internal corridor. Some of those rooms have a view of the canals, so in my opinion, it is worth trying to secure one of these if you can, and be aware of the atrium view rooms. We easily walked everywhere we needed to get to, and tram stops are not far away either, which quickly get you to all the musem areas. Do not bother with taxis - the trams are fun! We want to mention Mandy and say a big thankyou to her. Mandy is the Guest Experience Manager at the hotel and whatever we asked of her, she had the answer. The recommendations for a local cafe (De Laaisie Kruimel) and somewhere different for dinner (Restaurant Lt Cornelis) were spot on - thankyou Mandy!
All in all, our choice turned out to be a perfect one and our trip was amazing. We will all be back at some point and the Radisson Blu will be my hotel of choice when we do.
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- Unique Hotel Complex incorporating 17th & 18th-century merchant houses with newer buildings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam Hotel Amsterdam
- Radisson Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Radisson
- Radisson Sas Amsterdam