Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel

The Renaissance Hotel chain is run by Marriott, and for many it’s a good choice when visiting a foreign city, as Renaissance hotels are nearly identical to Marriott hotels, with the same comfortable bedding and Marriott amenities.

The Renaissance Hotel Amsterdam is a bit more expensive than the Amsterdam Marriott, with standard double rooms running about €250-300 per night. Though its location isn’t quite as central (the Renaissance is about a 10-minute walk from Centraal Station), it’s further into the heart of the city, and isn’t quite as noisy or traffic-busy. The hotel itself is actually connected to the 17th century renovated domed church, Kopepelkerk, which has been converted into a conference hall and social center— you have a bit of history right next door.

The hotel itself is currently being renovated, and tends to be a little noisy as work is being done. The restaurant and bar have been moved for the duration of the renovations, requiring a vaguely inconvenient walk outside to reach them. But they’re worth the trip, especially the Koepelcafe, which serves traditional Dutch food and beers in a really fun atmosphere. There’s also free wifi access in the communal areas, though in-room internet and the business center come at a fee.

One of the best things about the Renaissance Hotel Amsterdam are the rooms. These are clean, generally large, and well-decorated, and the beds are more comfortable than most people have at home— no worries about tossing and tuning on a creaky mattress. The bathrooms are newly refurbished and large for Dutch standards, and each room has a mini-bar and flatscreen TV. The staff is also very pleasant and helpful, and are happy to sell museum and attraction tickets at the reception desk so you can avoid waiting in long queues.

All in all, the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel is a good pick for those who are looking for a dependable, no-surprises place to stay. While it’s not the best value in Amsterdam, it’s clean and well-appointed and the staff is friendly. A good choice for business people and families.

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