Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam
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This morning we dropped off our washing at the wasserette and headed for the national science museum. It is similar to Scitec in Perth. The museum is in the shape of the Titanic and is called "Nemo. It has many hands on exhibitions and contains lots of information, particularly about sex. We spent several hours there and I could certainly go back …
We had a leisurely morning with a late breakfast and a stroll around Old Amsterdam. We ventured into the coffee shop that is around he corner from our hotel but we didn't stay long. The smell of the marihuana and hashish was overwhelming. I think the constant smoke in the air is irritating my throat. It is quite legal to sell soft drugs in …
Today was an opportunity to rest and take it easy and we almost succeeded. We had a late and leisurely breakfast in the Radisson Blu hotel. The quality wasn't as good as the boat (Haven't we been spoilt!). They had roast potatoes instead of hash browns and Anne said that the omelette wasn't up to the boat's standard. After breakfast I meandered …
This morning we said farewell to some new friends but we have a few email addresses so that we can keep in touch. We packed in record time. This was especially impressive considering that we had unloaded most of our belongings during the 2 week boat trip so we had to start almost from scratch. The Avalon crew ordered us a taxi and, after a short …
Time really does fly when you are having fun. I knew before we left that this trip would fly by. There is no way to slow it down. Today we are slowing the pace a little. No time schedule at all - except Van Gogh at 3 pm and that's the whole plan. There are many excellent art museums in Amsterdam...not enough time for us. They have an extension of …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRadisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam
We have now stayed at 4 or 5 Radisson hotels while we have been away, They have a great standard and a price that suits us. It is a pity that there are none in Australia as all of the points we have gained by being a Club Carlson member unless we decide to go overseas again - oh the sacrifices we have to make.
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Right in the middle of all the action. Perfect location and very friendly staff
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam
We would stay again without a doubt
Just a short walk from the train station and all of the attractions(!) of Amsterdam. Loved the hotel. Rooms were everything you expect of a big chain hotel, clean, efficient, free maps, polite etc. you could be in any city in the world once inside but thats how McDonalds make money too! The best thing is the location 5 min. stroll from Centraal - and the price. We would stay there again without a doubt. If you want the feel of Amsterdam while inside your hotel, dont bother staying here.
But if you want the standard American hotel to retreat to after a day sampling the fabulous city of Amsterdam this is the place to stay. Top tip when you come out of reception turn left toward the Chinese and red light district.. If you turn right you will find yourself in a less desirable part of town.
Hotel is ok and location central, but the other reviews suggest the hotel is special, when in fact it is not much better than a standard U.S. style chain type hotel. On a trip to Europe stayed at the Principe di Savoia in Milan, St James in Paris, Santo Mauro in Madrid, and Landmark in London, Widder in Zurich, and this hotel is NOWHERE NEAR the class and service of those hotels (and unfortunately, the price we paid for a "Business" room in the Radison was not much less than a great room in all those others). Trying the Pulitzer next time.
Great Hotel in Good Location!
Stayed at the Radisson SAS in the 1st week of November as a surprise for my Husband's birthday. Hotel is well within walking distance of the Central Train Station, and is located in the Red Light / Chinatown / University district. Area can be somewhat seedy (even for us - aged 27 & 30!!) - however the hotel is in a small, quiet street, just up from a canal. There's 2 'coffeeshops' & a Secondhand bookshop in the same street.
Didn't find the Hotel Lobby that overwhelmingly spectacular - and the 'Gothic' bar people talk of - is actually pretty small! When we checked in - the receptionist asked if we'd like a smoking or non smoking room - and since it was his Birthday, my Husband opted for smoking. The hotel is divided into 2 wings - with smoking on the other side of the road of the main hotel - connected by the basement. This turned out to be a 'Business' room - at no extra cost to us - & upon further investigation - the entire floor we were on (3rd) consisted of Business or Deluxe rooms, so might be worthwhile asking for a smoking room - as they don't smell any different to other rooms - and you might find yourself getting an upgrade - always a bonus!
Room was spacious - apparently rare in Amsterdam, bathroom nice, big terry robes & slippers on the bed & there was even a welcome message on the tv for when we entered!
However - BEWARE the minibar!! It's automated - so the moment you move or remove items from it - it's charged to your account (& they swipe a credit or debit card upon checking in!) - and it's not immediately obvious this will happen - until you see the sign on the fridge door or on the mini bar list which could be too late - as was our case!
Thankfully Reception was fine about removing the items from our 'account' - but I guess we'll see when the credit card statement comes in!!
Buffet Breakfast is great - they have a chef who'll cook eggs the way you want them, is available till 11:30am on weekends & basically it'll keep you going till late afternoon / evening.
Only real blight on the stay was the fact that housekeeping started calling our room 20 minutes prior to the 12pm checkout time and from there on about every 5 minutes! It felt like they were literally hounding us to leave - and for such a quality hotel - it seemed a little unnecessary.
At any rate - there are very good room deals to be found on the internet for this hotel - I booked it at the same price as many 2 / 3 star places - thus were more than happy with our trip to Amsterdam!
Whilst this hotel is part of a chain and the rooms may lack the individuality of some of the smaller hotels in amsterdam, we had an excellent time here. The hotel is centrally located, yet in a quiet street and is within walking distance of most places. The entrance and public areas are pretty spectacular and the bar is really something to see, even if you are staying in another hotel, with excellent cocktails and good staff. In fact, the staff overall were helpful and professional-putting an extra bed in our room for a night was no problem at all. The breakfast was superb too- we didn't need to eat again until dinner. The prices for this hotle may seem a little prohibitive, but there are bargains to be had. We got an excellent deal by contacting the hotel direct. A thoroughly good time was had by all.
Would definitely stay here again.
My girlfriend and I went to Amsterdam January 2003. We stayed at the Radisson SAS which was beautiful. I think we had the smallest room in the whole complex but it was still nice. I'm not the most picky person but while I was there I didn't feel comfortable with the room service coming into my room. (I had A LOT of goodies in there) They were very persistent at cleaning the room. The front desk would call 3-4 times/day asking to come clean it. That got very annoying, but overall it was AWESOME!! Coffeeshop Rusland is right across the street and they have some very potent "coffee".
Well-located hotel that has been beautifully and sympathetically refurbished (to spectacular good effect in the central atrium). Can be expensive, but reliably clean - and, in the cases, of business-class rooms - spacious. Recommended.
Great for business and pleasure visits.
Excellent location. Warm welcome with extremely helpful, friendly & cheerful staff. Highly recommended as a place to stay for both business & pleasure. The business rooms are well worth reserving.
An Excellent Hotel
The Radisson SAS is one of the best hotels in center city. I been to Amsterdam four times and the only hotel for me is the Radisson. Great service. Great location.
Great Accommodations in a Beautiful Hotel: Old-World Style Meets Modern Comforts
We stayed at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Amsterdam in late May of 2001. (Perfect time of year to visit the city...the weather was sunny and mild.) This beautiful, modern hotel incorporates several 18th-century merchant houses and a former vicarage into the architectural design. The lobby is set in a seven-story atrium, with a terrace garden and waterfall. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and stylish with a good amount of space, and each is equipped with a television, mini bar, safe, trouser press, hairdryer, and telephone with voicemail. (My husband also loved the shoe polishers available near the elevator!) The 240+ hotel rooms are furnished and decorated in five distinct styles: Art Deco, Maritime, Old Dutch, Oriental, and Scandinavian. We were assigned to a Scandinavian-style room with blond wood furnishings and a perfect eye-level view of the nearby Zuiderkerk spire, and we were lulled in the evenings by the church's lovely carillon music. The Radisson also features two restaurants: the upscale Talavera, which we did not dine in, and the sunny, casual, and reasonably-priced De Palmboom, where we enjoyed an excellent breakfast buffet every morning as well as a couple of delicious dinners (the three-course menus are a great value). The hotel's Pastorie Bar is charming and cozy; it is housed in a former vicarage that has been integrated into the hotel design. The city-center location is very convenient for sightseeing, as it's close to one of the central tram hubs: Dam Square. However, you should note that the hotel is located on the "Old Side" of the city, a few blocks away from the Red Light District. We never encountered any problems walking to or from our hotel during our stay, even though we usually approached it from the Damstraat (southern edge of the Red Light District). However, if you're returning to the hotel after dark, you may feel more comfortable taking the tram to Spui or Muntplein and approaching from the university area. All in all, we highly recommend this hotel.
Nice hotel and a very good location. Was there on business and stayed in a business class room which was a good size and modern. Location of the hotel is very good to walk to Dam Square, Rembrandt Plein (resturants, bars, cafes). It is also close to the Red Light district. They have a bar in the lobby which is nice to get a drink before heading out. I didn't use the weight room but I remember it from last time and it wasn't that special.