If you want an Amsterdam hotel that’s close to public transportation, it’s hard to do better than Park Plaza Victoria Hotel Amsterdam. Right across the street from Centraal Station, it’s as close as you get to both the trains and the center of the city.
Park Plaza Victoria is one of the more popular Amsterdam hotels, and at about €180 per night for a standard double room, it’s reasonably priced. But it’s also one of those hit-or-miss hotels… visitors either have a great experience, or a not-so-good one. This probably has something to do with the rooms. For one, the hotel is currently being renovated, and while the entrance and lobby are looking great, many of the rooms haven’t been refurbished yet. Also, some of the rooms are huge… and others are tiny. Which you end up with seems rather random. Another thing that many guests complain about is the bathrooms. While they’re not too small in size, they tend to have relatively little counter space, and the half-width shower doors allow the bathroom to get a little wetter than most would like.
That being said, the Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam has plenty to offer. Unlike some of the larger hotels in the same price range, Victoria offers you lots of amenities. For those that like to keep in shape on a vacation or business trip there’s a nice gym with an indoor swimming pool and sauna (at a cost of 12€ per hour). There’s also a TV, mini-bar, writing desk, and free internet access in every room, which is becoming more and more of a standard in upscale hotels— and more and more of a necessity. Breakfast is plentiful and fresh and served til 11 am on weekends, but is not included in the price.
It’s also important to note that a couple guests have complained of a rodent problem in the hotel’s Garden Wing, and it’s not clear whether this problem has been solved yet.
All in all, the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel Amsterdam really is a decent value. While experiences at the hotel seem to be a bit hit-or-miss, the staff is friendly, the location is unbeatable, and the communal areas and restaurant are very nice and inviting.