The Golden Tulip Hotel

The Golden Tulip is a large hotel in the center of Amsterdam. Originally intended for business travelers, the Golden Tulip is also a decent choice for those that are looking to stay in a larger hotel in the city center.

While the Golden Tulip can be a good value, if you get unlucky with your room it can also be a poor experience. Many of the rooms are noisy, as they face the busy street. If you’re bothered by traffic and tram noise, you’ll want to be sure to ask for one of their quieter rooms. There are also a lot of outdoor restaurants and cafes in front of the hotel, which can make front-facing rooms noisy into the night, especially in summer when more patrons sit outside. Though noisy, the location is great only a 5 to 10 minute walk from Centraal Station, with stops for tram lines 5, 2, and 1 just outside the hotel.

The staff at the Golden Tulips is friendly, efficient, and of course English-speaking. They’re happy to provide you with maps, directions, and ideas for places to visit. The beds are big and very comfy. The rooms are a little on the small side and the bathrooms are tiny, but that’s no more than to be expected from a European hotel in general, and a Dutch one in particular. The upgraded rooms are quite a bit better. Skip the restaurant, however, as it’s not great and more than a little overpriced you’ll find better food just outside your door.

The cost per night for a double room is 110 to 175 euros; a decent value, but not the best value in Amsterdam. Just a tip: if you stay at the Golden Tulip, watch out for the movie channels. There’s no option to turn them off, but if you watch these channels, the hotel will charge you 12.50 per day.

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