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Meininger Hotel Amsterdam City West
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Orlyplein 1-67, Amsterdam, Netherlands
+49 30 66636100
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Modern clean hotel on the outskirts of Amsterdam
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
August 6, 2012
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This is a new hotel and at around 70 Euros a night for the two of us; a very reasonable Amsterdam deal. As always in Amsterdam affordability is a balance between quality and location, although we would struggle to get anything beyond a crummy tiny ...
This is a new hotel and at around 70 Euros a night for the two of us; a very reasonable Amsterdam deal. As always in Amsterdam affordability is a balance between quality and location, although we would struggle to get anything beyond a crummy tiny room with a shared bathroom within the city centre itself for this kind of money.
The downside to the Amsterdam Meininger is its location as it is a short train ride, or a long tram ride out from Central Station in Amsterdam. However, we were reassured that our last train back from the city centre was 1:30 am, which is long past our staying awake capacity these days. Likewise, I'm sure night owls would be happy partying in Amsterdam until the morning trains resume at approximately 5:00 am. Alas, those days are well behind me.
The nice thing about our train station is that it is called something like "slotter dick"; as well as affording some limited comedic value it is also pretty memorable. It’s actually called Sloterdijk station.
The hotel is literally on the same concourse as the train station, and trains in and out of Amsterdam are very frequent – perhaps as often as every 10 minutes. The other nice thing is that the station is between Amsterdam and the airport, making the hotel very easy to get to from either side. The only downside, of course is that forgetting something is annoying as it involves a hop back on the train. Trains in either direction take around 10 minutes.
Train tickets are around 4 Euros return per person. Unfortunately, Amsterdam has a rather silly pricing structure which means paying hard cash at a counter makes your tickets more expensive, as does paying by credit card. The cheapest way to pay is by machine and debit card, but the machines do not accept UK debit cards! It's akin to being a squirrel finding that last nut or two in a bird feeder and not being able to extract them through neither love nor money!
Our hotel room was perfectly pleasant; the only downside being the sealed windows, which always makes me want to gasp some fresh air; the air con sounds like a distant bath being drawn and of course is very environmentally wasteful. We had a view of the train station, which I guess would be someone's ideal situation although I personally find the sounds of the trains passing quite soothing. Again with the windows being sealed, there isn't a great deal of noise to contend with.
The room is very "IKEA" with brightly coloured MDF furniture holding court. The walls are a rather daring sludgy green and fawn, which sounds unsettling, but is quite distinctive and it works. The wall is simply rough dippled concrete which means any drunken stumbling incidents will be remembered through a graze or two the next morning.
The beds were particularly comfortable and the shower lovely; as the hotel is new everything was comfortable and shiny.
Check in was a little laborious as the staff member told us we had to pay for both rooms we had booked as one (and while we had cash, our friend wanted to pay by card). I found it a little odd they wanted cash before allowing us into our rooms, but I guess in Amsterdam they can't be too careful. After a bit of huffing and puffing we managed to get agreement that both methods of payment could be accepted; although the card machine wasn't working. During the melee, we didn't get a receipt for our cash (which made me worry slightly whether we would end up paying for it twice). Of course, we didn't.
The bar also annoyed me as we asked for a bottle of water to take to our room and was told they had to pour the bottle into a glass and that we couldn't take the glass away. There were water bottle machines in the lobby but there were only two bottles of water left, and the machine didn't accept two Euro coins; so it was with much scrabbling and begging of coins that we obtained our water. Completely unnecessary process, which annoyed me enough to guarantee we didn't trouble to use the hotel bar for anything else during our stay.
There is also a communal kitchen in the hotel if you want to save on expenses. I'm not quite sure who does the washing up, but there were two families creating a fantastic meal using every pan in the place.
Another slight annoyance was that the claimed wifi in all rooms didn't actually work. Perhaps it was just teething problems considering the hotel had only been open two weeks.
Summing up, this is a nice clean hotel and good value for your money. In fact, the main inconvenience of a few minor niggles is that it is a train ride away from the centre of Amsterdam, and once you are back at your hotel there is very little to do or see outside (there is no little bar around the corner as the surroundings seem largely to be office blocks). With its modern styling, the hotel doesn't have any Amsterdam charm, but is perfectly comfortable.
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