On our recent trip to Amsterdam with KLM, we stayed at the 4 star Movenpick hotel, situated a short walk away from Central Station which is very convenient if your flying into Schipol or inter-railing to the Dutch Capital. I have to say, having lived in Amsterdam I was a bit apprehensive before we arrived as I thought it may be further out of the city centre than it really was but it ended up being only around 10 minute walk from the hotel to the centre and is right next to the water and offers a relaxing and peaceful location, plus if you don't feel like walking than there is a tram stop right outside the hotel which goes directly to Central station within a few minutes.
|Mr A relaxing in our room and the stylish lobby area|
We stayed on the 8th floor in a Junior Suit and the first thing we noticed when we opened the door was the large window and amazing view across the city. The room was lovely and spacious and had a separate living area and a very comfy king-sized bed as well as a sofa bed. The suite also came with a nespresso machine, mini bar which was filled daily with complementary drinks and fresh fruit as well as climate control and fast Wifi. The bathroom was stylish, chic and larger than most hotels and had a nice deep bath as well as a rain shower.
|The little man having fun in the reception area of Movenpick|
If you stay either in a Executive room or Suite you can take your breakfast in the Executive lounge each morning which worked really well for us as it offered a slightly more quite start to the day and when travelling with a young child it meant we didn't have to deal with the overexcitement and bustle of the larger breakfast room. The breakfast buffet offered a wealth of choice from freshly baked pastries, cheeses, cold meats, cereals including some healthy choices in the form of granola and warm porridge. You could also opt for the a hot breakfast which also came with mini dutch pancakes. Fresh coffee, tea and fruit juices were all also available and the staff very kindly sorted out a decaf coffee for me every morning.
Another bonus of staying in a suite meant that each evening between 5-7pm they offered complimentary snacks, beer and wine in the executive suite and was a great place to socialise with other guests. The hotel also houses a fine dining restaurant called Silk Road which we didn't have time to try out personally but it did look great.
|Enjoying a stroll along one of the many canals in Amsterdam|
The rooms are well designed, stylish and spacious and we enjoyed the little touches such a the fast wifi and daily stocked mini-bar. The hotel also has a spa and wellness centre if you wanted a touch of pampering to your stay. I think perhaps there are slightly more family friendly locations as it would of been nice to stay near VondlePark or a open space for the little man to run around in but that is only a minor detail as we really enjoyed the walk along the water each day. You do need to pay extra for the breakfast but it was delicious and the best option if your travelling with kids as there was nowhere immediately close by to purchase breakfast early in the morning. The staff were also very informative and helpful and overall we would recommend this hotel.
I was also kindly asked by KLM to provide my top tip for vintage lovers travelling to Amsterdam, on the best spots to find some chic and stylish goodies and places to hangout. The first thing that popped in my head was the Antique and Thrift market at Nieuwmarkt as well as stopping by the retro fitted cafe Latei which has the best apple pie you will ever taste. Check out the KLM Amsterdam for Vintage Lovers Guide
We flew to Amsterdam from Cardiff, our local airport as part of the #KLMFlyLocal campaign