on October 29, 2006
Novotel is located near the RAI Congress Center, which makes it a great convention center hotel. My family and I enjoyed the convenience of having the RAI train station within close walking distance. We were always three tram zones away from the city center. The airport was easily (and cheaply - under 3 Euro) accessed via train.With a child in tow, the Novotel was also well suited for our needs. Our room had a comfortable double bed for the parents. A loveseat was folded out for the kid. (Two kids can stay in a room for free.) A minibar was stocked with Pringles and chocolate. There were BBC channels on the television, so we could watch shows in English... or pay to see a movie suitable for the family. Room service was timely though we found the room service menu to be very limited. The pizza tasted like the kind you buy from the supermarket freezer section, but kids are hardly food critics. All they care about are the pepperonis. The restaurant downstairs is okay if you want something convenient, but I found a meal there to be bland. Other features?The elevator requires a room key for added security. If you want a shuttle to the airport, it's €10 per person. There are several shops in the lobby. Some of these are high end. My son bought some playing cards with scenes of Amsterdam printed on them in the gift shop. Of course, the fuzzy picture of the woman in underwear in the Red Light District that's printed on the Queen of Hearts is his favorite. But what can a mother do? Make him look harder at the pictures of churches? Ha! The cards kept him amused in the restaurant while we were waiting to be served dinner. Reception is polite and helpful. Look for Novotel specials that are only offered on the Web. A prepaid room will be your cheapest bet, but these rooms aren't refundable. Over all, we had a comfortable stay.
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