Le Meridien Apollo - Amsterdam
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I arrived in Amsterdam on Tuesday. The trip from my London hotel to the airport was good, then not so good, then frustrating, then super frustrating. The tube was a straight shot on the Picadilly line from Earl's Court to Heathrow, so I found that enormously convenient. I got on and found no empty seats. So, I was standing there, hanging on for …
... which it was built under Alphonso de Albuquerque in 1543. Almost facing the capital city Panjim this smal fort crowns the headland jutting into the narrowest stretch of the Mandovi river. The fort formerly accommodated viceroys and other dignitaries newly arrived from, or en route to, Lisbon, and proved a linchpin in the wars against the Dutch and the Hindu Marathas, who were never able to take it.
... day at work was grim. I almost fell asleep at my desk. So, what did I end up doing? Inviting myself over for drinks that evening, and repeating the previous night's mistakes, except on a grander scale with more beer. Much more beer. I still don't know how much we managed to put away, but I do know that it involved several trips to the hotel bar to replenish the supply. The thing with Belgian beer is that it tastes great and goes down so easily that you ...
... and now want to start a shop selling them in America so everyone can have it. I may go back just to eat another. I also noticed the burgers and wraps all set on, not a bed of lettuce, but of some dry broccoli cabbage salad with carrots, and that is a great idea I'll steal too. The water is a tad expensive for my taste, so my nalgene is getting a work out. The tap water tastes pretty good through the ...
... either). Numerous trams later and several 'wrong stops', I made It back scared and emotionally unstable....I had a lot to learn, this was why I was here after all.
Many people came in and out of the dorm, however the first one I had met was an Asian girl you staggered in one afternoon and collapsed into bed making the hand gesture of smoking, I opened my mouth to introduce myself but was interrupted by strict instructions she gave me to 'contact the ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Le Meridien Apollo - Amsterdam
In August 2003 we stayed at the LeMeridien Apollo in Amsterdam. After a great experience at the LeMeridien Beverly Hills, I booked the Apollo through Expedia as well. What a desaster. We checked in, the front desk staff was bored and arrogant. We carried our luggage through miles of hallways, down multiple stairs to a basement room, that smelled moldy and had no window, only a shaft that let some light in. Completely unacceptable. We complained and were given a suite for 50 Euros extra per day. They claimed that there was no other room available for the same price since they were full. I do not think that was the case because there were few guests visible. The suite was nice, overlooking the canal, but noisy because it was next to the outdoor restaurant. There were many spiders. We killed many and housekeeping left a dead one lying on the floor for two days. The hotel was a ten minute walk from the tram, far away from the city center. The food in the restaurant was mediocre and there were many spiders in the curtains. The building was late 60s architecture in need of renovations such as windows that close. Not a good experience at all.
Good average hotel
We stayed there for 3 nights in August 2004.
The location is not that central, even if you can reach it in 15 minutes walk.
Common areas are nice, reception a concierge were very nice and helpful.
Rooms are below average for a Le Meridien Hotel, even if comfortable and not small.
Private parking (14 euros per day).
Nice room, mediocre restaurant
Decent room, clean, well stocked, great price. Wasn't nuts about the restaurants breakfast. The woman in the gift shop was a thief and charged me for things, didn't ring them up, and I'm sure, pocketed the 20 Euro's. Shame I wont' be there to learn what the manager does wth this information. A good hotel experience all in all. I'd stay there again if I were in that area, but the next time I go I'll choose a different hotel for a different experience!
Stayed at Le Meridien Apollo for 2 nights with my husband and was disappointed to say the least. On a good note the staff were helpful and friendly. However the hotel was no where near the standard expected of a 5 star hotel. The room we were given was a twin when we specifically requested a double. The room was cold and quite shabby. The mattress was too big for the base of the bed and my husband rolled out twice during the night!
Now to the location: miles out from the centre. You will either have to get a taxi (expensive around 20 Euros) or get a tram (much cheaper but inconvenient) NOT within walking distance!
We will not be returning.........disappointed!
A fine place to stay
We stayed here at the start of our most recent trip to Europe and liked it well enough to book it again for the last night of our journey. The rooms were very nice, if a bit dated in decorative style. Service was excellent, and the breakfast (20 euros) very good, in a room overlooking the canal. Especially good is the location: a quiet, prosperous neighborhood; a pleasant two-block walk to a tram stop; and easy walking to both the museums area and the funkier De Pijp district. We'll certainly return!
This hotel was very nice, in a quiet area with a bar and deck right on a beautiful canal. The first words I heard from the registration desk were, "We've been expecting you, Mrs. Walsh." How lovely! Although the room was average in size, it was above average in cleanliness, amenities, decor and comfort, especially the beds. We stayed at the Meridien Apollo for three nights in May. We had a very good price via Priceline. It is a two and a half block walk to the tram, but a very pleasant one. The Numbers 5 and 24 trams stop right in front of the train station and take you to the Apollo stop. I would book there again in a minute, but not for the rack rate of 300 euros and up. Lodging in Amsterdam is very high, so our $125. per night rate was good, and a bargain for what we got!
This hotel was HARD TO FIND! It is far from the city center and about a 2 LONG BLOCK walk to the tram station. Once you get to the tram, you get to the city center within 10-15 minutes. The best way to get to the hotel is from Schipol to Central Station and then get off at Apololaan.
Shabby rooms, too far from town
Quite disappointed in the standard of the hotel, not what I would have expected from a five star chain. The room was dated and quite shabby, and worst of all it was very cold. Aside from that, it was too far to walk from the town centre, though within easy walking distance from the pleasant De Pjip district.
Best looking people in Europe!
Just back from a first time visit to Amsterdam, and am fired up with enthusiasm for a return trip. Stayed at Le Meridien Apollo which was very comfortable and friendly, though a bit too far from the centre. However we managed to negotiate the excellent tram services with great ease. Once in the centre of town everything is within walking or tram or canal boat distance, though watch out for bikes!!! The Dutch have to be the most attractive nation in Europe, and very friendly. Did the culture bit, though the queue for Anne Frank`s house was about 3 hours in the blazing sun. Plenty to look at even if you`re just in a cafe watching the world.
If you're expecting the same quality and luxury of a Le Meridien in the US or Canada, you're going to be sorely disappointed with the Amsterdam version.My wife and I stayed 3 nights in April 2003 at Le Meridien Apollo in Amsterdam. When we arrived in our room we had one small double-bed with an old duvet which had been very hastily stitched back together by hand. We asked for another room with 2 single beds and were quickly and professionally accomodated. In this room one of the duvet covers had a hole burned through it from a cigarette apparently. We figured we could stick it out and didn't ask for another room.We got an internet special and paid 140 Euro/night + tax. Never pay anymore than that for this hotel. The room was small, but everything seemed to work. The decorations had an early-80s feel to them. The furniture was old and bore many scratch marks and looked overused. The only positive aspect to the room was the bathroom which looked as if it had been renovated and updated within the past year or two. The shower was top-notch.The location is in the beautiful "Oud Zuid" neighborhhod, so people wanting a very centrally located hotel would be wise to look elsewhere if you don't want to use public transportation. On the other hand, Amsterdam is a very compact city and is easy to walk. The tram system is also very to use. The hotel staff was friendly and efficient, though we did not eat in the restaurants. The bottom line is that unless you are prepared to pay over $400/night, you will need to temper your expectations as to what you are going to get for your money. Le Meridien Apollo follows that model - by US hotel standards, it's a very average hotel experience.