Amsterdam is my favourite city I’ve visited. The people are friendly, the food is incredible, and overall it’s such a scenic city that I really enjoy walking around and taking it all in. Last time I was in Amsterdam I stayed at the Renaissance however on my recent visit I thought I’d switch it up and try the Marriott.
As much as I love the city, there is no denying that it can be quite expensive, especially in the hotel market. For this particular stay, I used a total of 180,000 Marriott Bonvoy points which may seem a lot, but when the hotel was 500 AUD + a night, I personally found it was quite worth it.
The hotel is located in the Vondelbuurt area, which means it’s pretty close to a lot of cafes and restaurants and within walking distance of Amsterdam-Centrum, which is the historical centre of Amsterdam. Centrum is also where you’ll find the majority of the major attractions that the beautiful city has to offer.
The hotel has a total of 396 rooms spanning from basic guest rooms up to executive suites. As I arrived at the hotel around 7:30 am the hotel wasn’t ready for check-in, but I was assigned a family room and was told that I’d receive a message when my room was prepared in a few hours. At about 11 am the hotel gave me a call and said that it was ready to be accessed.
When you first enter the room, to the left is where you’ll find the baggage storage area, a small closet and a little mini bar fridge. To the right is where you’ll find the bathroom:
The bathroom was average-sized, and I found it to be pretty clean overall.
Marriott uses the brand Acca Kappa in all of their properties across Europe, and you can even buy them from the Marriott store.
I was relieved to find an air conditioning control panel which actually worked well and didn’t change temps like standard thermostats do, yes!!
The family rooms consist of two double beds, and I found the pillows to be relatively plush and not ultra paper thin which I cannot stand, yes it isn’t a massive thing to focus on. Still, when you want an uninterrupted sleep after a long flight, there is nothing worse than bad pillows.
The matress’ themselves were really comfortable, and I was able to enjoy a solid sleep each night.
The room didn’t have too much artwork to lighten it up, but it did feature some peculiar slippers or shoes mounted to the wall…
And this was the view from the room. Luckily the weather for the trip was mostly sunny with only the odd shower or two during the morning; I was told I was leaving a day before some really cold weather was supposed to hit the city, so I was quite happy with that.
Just for something different, I’ve attached a few photos I took walking around the city at night – all shots were taken with an iPhone 11 and edited on VSCO cam for those interested.
I had a great stay at the Marriott Amsterdam and possibly my favourite part of the hotel was the executive lounge. The offerings available both during breakfast and dinner were fantastic and the chicken curry being served was really excellent!