I think it’s pretty safe to say that in the planning stages of a trip, the thing that stresses me out the most is where to stay. I’m not a particularly high maintenance traveler, but I do like to sleep somewhere clean, comfortable, safe, and quiet. And I like a good deal. That’s not too much to ask, right? In lieu of a personal recommendation, I always turn to Tripadvisor to help me choose, and my fellow reviewers did not let me down this time. We chose one of the best places to stay in Amsterdam – Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre. Having this hotel as our home base for five days absolutely MADE our vacation. It hit all my personal requirements, and then some!
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre is a 4-star hotel without an ounce of pretension. The staff are friendly, the main areas are cozy and inviting, and the “faces of Amsterdam” decor throughout the hotel made me feel right at home.
The hotel was easy to find – only a five minute walk from the central train station. It sits in a square off of the main road which keeps traffic noise at a distance. There are shops, restaurants, and convenience stores just a few feet from the hotel entrance.
The lobby and lounge are on the main floor. Everyone we spoke with at the front desk was kind and helpful. They made sure we had maps of the area and offered many recommendations of things to see and places to eat. They were also generous enough to upgrade us from a double room to a business room in a quiet area of the hotel. (I need my beauty sleep, you know!) The extra space that the business rooms provide came in very handy since there were three of us. A double room would be better suited to a maximum party of two.
Our business room came with a king size bed (and a super comfortable mattress), air conditioning, free WiFi, a flat screen television, a large work space, and plenty of room for a third person to sleep on a cot provided by the hotel. The bathroom was clean and updated, and had a separate tub and shower.
We stayed on the second floor of the hotel in room 2202. We were nestled back in a corner away from the lifts and breakfast area, so it felt very private. The rooms are also sound proofed very well. We never heard our neighbors once. (This is super important to me as a light sleeper!)
Sharing the second floor with us was the breakfast room. A buffet breakfast is served from 7am to 10:30am on weekdays, and until 11:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Despite the delicious aromas coming from the breakfast hall, we declined as the €17.50 charge per person, although reasonable in comparison to other hotels in the area, was just too steep for our travel budget. Instead, each morning we got a quick breakfast at different cafes along the main road – quite a bit more cost effective for a family of three.
There is no restaurant in the hotel for dinner, but the lounge is open from 4pm until midnight. And there is certainly no shortage of eating establishments just steps from the hotel. We tried many of them out – click here to read about where to eat in Amsterdam!
The thing that really sold us on this hotel was its proximity to absolutely everything. Restaurants, markets, canal tours, museums, the train station – everything is within walking distance. We didn’t use a single bus or taxi the whole time we stayed in Amsterdam. Our hotel was the perfect launching point for our activities, and it was easy to return to throughout the day if we needed to rest or get something from the room. If we ever make it back to Amsterdam again, and I hope we do, I’d stay at Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre again, for sure!
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