on June 5, 2004
I stayed at the Barbizon Palace on a last minute stop in Amsterdam and found a discounted rate on www.hotel-booker.com (about US$125). This is a very luxurious property in a less than optimal location. Just a couple of blocks from Centraal Station, and a stone's throw away from the notorious Red Light District, the very big hotel is part of a Dutch chain. The common areas are extremely luxurious. Your key card is required to operate the elevator.
The hotel has comfortable, well appointed rooms are furnished with dark modern furniture. The bathrooms are ultramodern and boast all the amenities you could want. The common areas are beautiful and top notch.
This area near Centraal Station is not my favorite for staying in. I would far rather prefer to be in the Leidesplein or Museumplein areas of town. Discounted rates offer an excellent value, though, and make this a property worth looking at.
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