Just before Christmas my partner and I decided we needed a relaxing city break. Having never been to Amsterdam before we thought that could be the one. I have heard great things from my brother, and there is lots of great things to do and see. Plus this was around Christmas time so it couldn’t really get much festive. All the lights are up, the canals are glittering, and its a great environment for hot chocolate. Cold Wintry walks wrapped up, along the many canals, sounded pretty chilled to us. So when it comes to a popular destination like Amsterdam, how do you decide where to stay. Until this year we have always used booking.com. Yes now I have acquired several membership cards for hotels, if your a frequent traveller I would recommend this. After searching our dates we chose The Alfred Hotel.
WHY THE ALFRED HOTEL?
My partner refuses to stay in anything below a 3 star. For me having backpacked and staying in some dives I understand why. As we weren’t backpacking and having a nice break, we may as well stay were we know the standard. So after searching our dates, making sure it has wifi etc, we went for The Alfred. There was many factors to this decision. For instance we did not want to be in the hustle and bustle of town like many others, and did not really want to stay in a noisy hostel either. However the proximity to the city centre was great. I also just loved the look of the hotel. It had a classy design with some lush greenery growing all the way across. The price was also incredibly insane. We ended up paying about £50 a night, which is the same if we were to stay in a city in the UK.
As I mentioned the location was perfect. It was out of town but not too far out. You could have walked it in about 40 minutes. However travel cards are fairly cheap at 7.50 euros for an entire day. This meant you could hop on and off whenever you pleased. It was right next the tram line, so it was not a struggle catching the tram into town. Not only this but it also close to the Airport, yet again the bus stop literally a 5 minute walk to the hotel. You pass it on the right so you know were to get off. You can get the 197 from the airport for 5 euros. Whereas a tax your looking at 35! Rip off. It was basically 20 mins from the airport, hotel then 10 mins to town, so perfect for us. It was a quiet peaceful neighbourhood and just a stones throw away another beautiful canal path. Although any shops nearby was closed by about 10pm so you gotta get your foods in before that. We did order a takeaway one night and it came straight to our room.
We were sceptical when booking as there was very mixed reviews on trip advisor. I do not always trust the reviews there as I feel people are way too fussy, and love to have a good moan. Our room was right next to the lift, unlike claimed by others we heard no noise and it was a nice peaceful room. It was small yet cosy. Nice plain colours with splashes of red and gold. My favourite thing in the room was a Nespresso machine, it was so lovely to wake up to a silky coffee. Unlike most places they topped you up every morning and we didn’t have to purchase any extras. There was a good TV with English channels, a large wardrobe space and air conditioning. This was needed as the room was rather stuffy. The bathroom was lovely, bright and had just been refurbished, However I was not a fan of the wet room style as it meant the bathroom floor got completely flooded and it was annoyingly wet for the rest of the day.
We didn’t head to the restaurant, bar or anything else. Yet all the other staff we encountered were very friendly and smiley. They were very helpful and informative when we needed something. They provided us with maps, and instructions. As mentioned earlier when we had a take away they brought it straight up to the room.
When talking about value for money, I do not believe it could have been any better. As I mentioned we paid £150 for 4 nights, which worked out less then £50 a night. I think their rates mostly stay at that level. For a 3 star I believe it was a great price. Weighing up the location, the modern bathroom, comfy room and Nespresso capsules, this is a hotel I would highly recommend.
As we didn’t have breakfast I cannot comment on the food, however I believe it was an additional price of £7. All in all I would not take much notice of the bad reviews on trip advisor, as we experienced way different. If your looking for a cheap and cheerful stay with a touch of class then The Alfred Hotel is for you.
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