I did get lost; being my first time in Amsterdam, I could not figure out the maps on the sidewalk, I was also famished, and exhausted, not to mention completely on my own!!
Anyway, at 8.30 PM, 07/06/2014, I find The Novotel I had booked, and I am I told there are no rooms left. Great. Just when I thought my luck was completely out, a nice young Dutch man, who's name I cannot recall, informs me that I have been upgraded to a suit! Amazing news! I just wish I could remember his name. My boyfriend arrived, and we checked-out on the morning of the 09/06/2014.
In conclusion, the Hotel franchise, that is Novotel, couldn't have offered myself, or my boyfriend, a better stay.
Excellent hotel, with very courteous and helpful staff. The room was very well appointed, clean, and extremely comfortable, with plenty of space. The high speed WiFi was an unexpected bonus.
The food was of a high standard, but quite expensive, especially the breakfast (€22) - if this was a personal trip I would not dine in the hotel as there are many restaurants all around, but it was convenient on this trip and I could expense it.
Christine, the landlady, is very charming and helped me with transport information. However, she had been ill with bronchitis so I think it was an effort for her to arrange an early breakfast. The room is not suitable for a business person...terrible lighting, no table to work at and the bedside lamp not bright enough, or high enough to read by. The house is lived in by a smoker; I had asked for a non-smoker room. The bedding smelled of smoke. It was not comfortable. The place is in a more normal, i.e. not touristy area, so it should be organised to suit business people like me.
I was very disappointed.
We chose this apartment to be close to Amsterdam Bos where a Lacrosse tournament was being played. using the tram/wlaking we were 20 minutes away. We took a one week let for three of us. The flat was huge, well laid out with modern furniture, large TVs and an excellent kitchen. Plenty dishes and cutlery and all the white goods you need to be fully independent.
Very helpful staff showed us round and answered all our queries.
A good little gym kept two of us busy most days.
The top (15th) floor has an additional large communal lounge/sun terrace area which is an extra bonus for views over the city.
Five minutes walk took us to a supermarket and the closest tram/metro line from which central Amsterdam was 20-30 minutes depending on the line chosen (5 or 51).
Peter from Herts UK
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