Here's me finally getting round to blogging more about our mini holiday! I thought I'd start where most holidays begin, checking in at the hotel... We stayed at Inntel Hotels in the centre of Amsterdam, just a 5 minute walk from Centraal Station. The hotel is in an ideal location as we were able to walk everywhere - the furthest place we went was the Museumplein and even that was only about 30 minutes away on foot. If you don't fancy walking then there's a bike rental place (Yellow Bike) literally next door to the hotel so that came in handy too! I'm always a bit nervous about booking hotels as you never really know what you're going to find when you get there but I was more than pleased with what we found at Inntel!
We arrived too early to check in but, after a quick Superman change in the toilets, the reception staff were more than happy to keep our bags for us so we could explore the city until our room was free. The staff played a big part in our experience of the hotel - they were always friendly and happy to help. They helped us make dinner plans a few times by recommending restaurants and offering to reserve tables, and marked places out on a map for us when needed. Free wifi always gets a thumbs up from me too! #InstagramAddict
I had read reviews on TripAdvisor etc and the majority were good but a few complained about the rooms being too small. We booked the superior room, mainly for the king size bed as my 6ft tall boyfriend isn't too keen on sleeping with his feet hanging off the edge of the bed! The room was the perfect size for us. It had a king size bed, table and chair by the window, TV and desk, wardrobe, full length mirror with plug nearby and the en suite bathroom. Nothing fancy but nice and clean, room to move around and relax, and exactly what we needed. The decoration is modern and streamlined with the "Face" of Amsterdam theme continuing from the lobby throughout the rooms. I even liked the corridor outside our room which was designed to look like a typical Amsterdam street.
Most days we had breakfast at nearby cafes but on our last morning we decided to save time and eat breakfast in the hotel so we could catch our early flight on time. It was a typical buffet style breakfast with loads to choose from - cereal, pastries, cheese, fruit or the usual fry up selection. Gordon had sausages, bacon, eggs and hash browns but I went for a croissant, mini pain au chocolat and some fruit. The food was great but I was a little disappointed the only green tea they had was with mint as well, but I drank it anyway! Throughout our stay nobody had given us any information about the breakfast (price or serving times) so we were a little taken aback when we were charged an extra 35 euros when checking out! I'd expected to pay extra for it but not quite that much. Especially when I only had pastry and fruit! So on the breakfast front, I'd recommend eating out. The street is lined with various cafes and restaurants so choose one of those instead!
Our favourite thing about our stay at Inntel was definitely the lounge area. It is beautifully designed with big comfy sofas, bar stools, a coffee table with up to date magazines available and a free internet corner. The fire place is the real centre piece and just makes the lounge feel all the more warm and inviting. We finished each night with a cocktail or 2 in the lounge (the bar opens 4pm-midnight) and it was so relaxing to sink into the big chairs at the end of a long day being a tourist!. On our last night we just chilled with a cosmo and watched Harry Potter on the TV!
I'd recommend Inntel Hotels to anybody looking for a classy, modern, reasonably priced hotel in Amsterdam. In my opinion they deserve their 4 stars and I didn't feel overcharged at all. It was the perfect base for us and I'd definitely stay here again!
I'm on the look out for a hotel in London at the moment that will match up to Inntel and not cost a bomb, so if you know of any please let me know?!