Amsterdam is by far, my most favorite city among others that I visited. It is actually my second time going there, it’s a shame though that I was not able to share with you my first experience (though there isn’t much to say really), by that time, I was your normal girl, not a blogger yet, but you don’t really miss much since I did not really do amazing stuff during my first trip. I stayed in Hotel The Bird, you can read my short review on it on Tripadvisor if you like, it’s right in the city center so I was thinking of staying there again for this second trip, but, it’s the peak season in Amsterdam mind you, this hotel was already fully booked . . . No other choice then but to look for something else, April is such a busy month for Amsterdam with the spring season and all, it’s not a surprise that every hotel in the radius of the city center is at an astounding rate.
I settled for XO Hotels which is a hotel chain, they have several properties in Amsterdam and I chose the one located in Park West thinking that it wasn’t that far on foot to downtown.
Via Booking.com, I booked this hotel for 4 nights for 2 people at €570 (city tax excluded), for some reason I was convinced that it’s a 15-minute walk to downtown, which is totally not the case here, though transport is not a problem in Amsterdam.
XO Hotels Park West can be easily accessed either by train, stop at Sloterdijk station then take the tram 14 to Flevopark and stop at Molenwerf which is the tram stop just in front of the hotel, if not you can also walk from the train station, this takes 15 minutes approximately. Taxis are also a good choice if you so prefer, I would advise to use Uber though to have a fixed rate, rather than hail a random taxi (speaking from a real experience, where a taxi driver charges you double than the Uber price …).
To get to the city center, you will take the same tram (14) to Flevopark, you can either stop at the Dam station or Rembrandtplein to see the good stuff, and this takes about 15 minutes. You can buy your ticket on board, but they only accept credit cards.
The hotel has 7 floors and very spacious. As far as accommodations, they have a restaurant (room service available) and bar, though they do not serve beverages with alcohol. Check-in was amazing, it was something I haven’t tried before and as a receptionist it was a good experience for me. Three screens are available for you to do your check-in or check-out, very user-friendly though it takes a bit of time when loading the information of your booking. Once you find your booking and validate everything, my booking was prepaid so I didn’t really have to do anything but I think either you pay the room at check-in or you have to put your card as a guarantee, when all the formalities are done you get to make your keys, card keys are at your disposal beside each screen.
Check-out was easy and fast, the receptionist was busy when we were about to leave so I did the check out myself on the same screen and under a minute we were good to go.
They also provide a luggage room if ever you need it.
The room was very spacious, as expected of a 4-star hotel, the bathroom as well, where you have a walk-in shower and a large sink. The bed was comfortable of course, same goes for the pillows. You get to make your coffee or tea as they provide a Nespresso machine for it. You will find your usual furniture : luggage holder, sofa, desk, closet and mini refrigerator which is not really a refrigerator …
At first, my partner and I had mixed feelings about this hotel, especially regarding its location but with the tram just a few steps away from the hotel we decided that it was not such a bad idea. There are things that we were quite disappointed though, the minibar, until now I don’t know its purpose, it doesn’t cool anything but it looks like a minibar. I failed to ask the reception about it, that’s such a shame, because I’d really like to know! There was the bed as well, we had clearly a twin room, I specified my request of a double room and told me that they booked a double room for us but sadly it wasn’t the case. We survived sleeping in separate beds and we didn’t really mind, aside from these two issues I would definitely recommend this hotel.
Have you gone to this hotel? Have you visited Amsterdam already? Which hotel did you stay in?