Ibis Hotel Amsterdam Centre

, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Ibis Hotel Amsterdam Centre

3 star

Rooms: 187

49 Stationsplein - Amsterdam - 1012 AB - Netherlands Hotel Website | 20 6389999
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10/10
We always stay there
Submitted by: Sandy Gosling in 03/06/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We visit Amsterdam at least once a year and always stay at the IBIS Central. It is very easy to find if it's your first trip to Amsterdam as it is next to the station so takes no time at all from the airport to your hotel room. (About 30 mins on the metro from the AP). Its location allows you to walk to most of the attractions or take a tram (Red Light District,shops, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank's House, Flea Market, Flower Market etc etc etc). The staff are extremely helpful, the breakfasts are good and we have always enjoyed our stay there. Amsterdam is a beautiful city and the people are so laid back - noone bothers you and we have always found there is a 'live and let live' culture there which we thoroughly enjoy. And as we smoke, there are no restrictions on where you smoke, neither are we treated like anti socials! If you go, enjoy!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Ibis Hotel Amsterdam Centre

Suitable only for short break

from RSMDMuser
Just returned from a short Easter 2007 break at Ibis Amsterdam Centre.

Good location: 2 minutes walking from Central station which is the departure point for trains to/from Schipol Airport, trains, trams, buses, subways and canal boats (I suggest to try also evening organised mini cruises). The location is convenient but obviously the area is not charming… However main attractions are within few (10/15) minutes walking.

The Hotel has 2 sides: canal and Central station. If you get a room in the very upper part of the Hotel (6-7 floor) on the Hotel canal side you will have a good Amsterdam panorama and you will be reasonably quiet.
Otherwise you will see just Central station and will hear the relevant noises… So: pay attention when reserve your room.

Hotel is basic, as Ibis Hotel normally are.
Rooms very small. Wardrobe is small (it couldn't even fit 2 persons clothes for 2 days) and the bathroom is the smallest I have ever seen (pay attention: no hairdryer provided).
The Breakfast is reasonable (ordinary eggs, ham, jam and so on).

The rate I paid appeared to me too high: double room breakfast included: 181 euro (plus 5% city tax) per night. A would say that a 100 euro rate would be more adequate.

Excellent location but not worth the money

from super_otley
If you're arriving by train and only staying a night or two, then this is an OK choice. It's exactly what you'd expect from an Ibis - basic but clean. There are much better places in Amsterdam for the same money though.

Bad experience

from Rizal
i stay at ibis amsterdam central for 1 night ( 7 Feb 2007 )
i am not make reservation first, came go show, cause just arrived from koln (german).

last days before i stay at ibis hotel in London,UK (good), Luzern, Swiss (good), Innsbruck, Austria (very good)

but in amsterdam .. woow ...
staff give me uncleaning room ( used by guest before me, and not cleaning yet ) huh !!!

towel in floor bathroom ... wow,
and of course i complaint to staff and he change the room quickly, but in my mind, we will never stay at that hotel again.

no... thanks.

good for the money

from fifelass-7
my partner and i are just back from staying in the ibis hotel for one night its ideal for somewhere to sleep, its very central, breakfast is ok, rooms are clean, quite nobody bothers you and from our window we saw hundreds of bikes parked it was like a multi storey for bikes

not great

from sanspierre
I'd stay away from this one. First of all, it lacks charm. Secondly, right now as I'm writing this, there's a horrible creaking noise that I know will keep me up half the night. Then all day long, it's the taxis queueing outside for the train station. If you're coming in by train and you don't want to drag your bags around upon arrival to Amsterdam, this is the closest hotel possible, so you may like the location, but I don't. I'd say the nicest area to stay in Amsterdam is around Vondelpark, just a little further out from Leidseplein, and for this kind of money, you can find all sorts of smaller hotels around there that will be nicer and have more charm. It's far away from the station, but if you're staying more than a few days that shouldn't be an issue.

Weekend break

from madvon
Myself and my partner has just returned from a weekend cruise break to see MADONNA at the Amsterdam Arena we booked the ferry crossing and a one night stay in the Ibis Centre hotel. On arriving in the centre of Amsterdam we had a short walk over to the hotel. We checked in around 11am and were told our room would be ready by 2pm. Our luggage was kept in a secure room and we went out to explore. This is our fourth visit to Amsterdam and once again it did not dissapoint. I recommend a visit to Rembrantplein, this is a tram ride away but very nice. Full of bars, resturants and shops and also not far from the Flower Market. When returning to the Ibis our room was ready. The hotel and room was very clean and welcoming. The only disadvantage is the hotel is now 100% non-smoking you have to stand outside. Our room was a twin room facing the railway station. There was a bit of noise but not disturbing at bed time. There is also some construction going on as the hotel is being extended but that also did not cause a problem. The staff I found were excellent and very helpful. We did not return from the concert until very late (2am) so we were hungry. The staff told us we could have a pizza from the take-away they provide even though was only available till 1am. This was a godsend. They telephoned our room when it was ready. The breakfast was included in the price and we found it very good. Buffet style containing eggs, sausage, beans, fresh toast and much more... Overall I rate this hotel very highly and would stay here again (even though I am a smoker)

typical European chain hotel

from Elijahhawaii
well, actually, I stayed at this hotel in NOV 2001 not NOV 2002, and it was during a 5 week trip around Europe by train. You need to read my review of Notel Winston in AMS as well to understand this one better.

My original plan for hotel stays was to avoid all American and European hotel chains like Hilton, Best Western, or Ibis, especially asit was right after US 9/11 attacks. Plus, I booked only locally owned hotels to help the citizens and economy of each place. Things turned bad in AMS: read the other review. I am making an exception for this city....

For a single traveler on a budget who does not plan to spend his/her entire stay in AMS stoned the whole time, I recommend this hotel really above others. At the time I paid 100 euros a night. If you are paying under 100 euro a night in AMS, you will be in a druggie dump in the red light district.

I liked everything about Ibis. The location was perfect right by the train station. Yet even though it was in sight of the red light district, it was totally safe and secure. Only a one minute walk away, literally, you are in the center of the action that is AMS.

The room was clean and nicely furnished. As for size, I thought most hotel rooms in Europe are small, and so i dont understand others criticism of the size. i found them adequate. I guess if you are a light sleeper I would request a high floor facing away from the train station, but i had a room overlooking the train tracks ....never had trouble sleeping. marijuana/cannabis IS legal and so even in IBIS the waft of the distictive smoky odor was present here and there .....

I went from small hotels with small breakfast service to Ibis and its breakfast buffet in its restaurant. I LOVED it - immensely - as it was the largest breakfast service that i had had. The selection was fine and the staff was great. it was included in the price for me. You gotta verify EVERY detail before you book. I did not eat in the restaurant for dinner as hotel restaurant prices always tend to be more expensive. There are scores of good restaurants just a couple minutes walk, including a pub/restaurant across from the station that serves traditional dutch style crepes and belgian waffles at a good price.
Again, i would recommend this hotel to the cheap tourist type like me. The price may not say "budget" but in the case of AMS, the extra money spent is worth it.

Very basic

from Scottishperson
We stayed at this hotel Monday 19th - Thursday 22nd. The hotel is pretty basic, and pricey for what you get. The only thing it has going for it is, that it is very central. Lots of traffic right outside and next to the train station. Room was not bad, although pretty small. The showeroom (no bath) was ridiculously small. My husband is 6ft and hated it, ducking about etc. No tea/coffee facilities, no little extras. The wardrobe and shelves were small as well, not full length. If I was going back to Amsterdam I would not stay here again!! We ate at the restaurant the first night as the reception gave us vouchers for a free drink if you took 2 courses, which we did then said they could not take the wine of the bill!!! A ripoff. They took a bottle of water off the bill. Quite pricey food, but there is lots of lovely restaurants around, and reasonable too. We ventured right and over the bridge from the hotel, and found tapes bars, Dutch, Italian, and they were very good. It is quieter up that way too. If you venture to the left out of the hotel it gets quite noisey. A stag party of around 20 arrived as we were leaving, so we were glad about that. Paying a few more euros is definately advisable for a better hotel.

overpriced hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
we stayed in this hotel,on the 25th/27th of may,we found this hotel very overpriced,for what they have to offer,the rooms are small,the bathroom is a very odd shape,you couldnt sit on the toilet straight,if you try to you will hit your head on some kind of heater ,that didnt even work,the breakfast menu is very limited same thing everyday,and is very overpriced at 13 euros each,we tried to cancel breakfast on the second day but was told that because the second day of our trip was on a weekend the breakfast was included in the price of the room,so we didnt cancel it ,but when it came to checking out they charged us for it saying that it wasnt included in the price of the room,the only good thing about this hotel is the location,the staff are pleasent,

Pleasant hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed with a family party of 5 people. Hotel is situated next to the Centraal Station
and is a stone throw from the main Damrak and Canal boat tours. The staff were
very friendly and professional. We only had breakfast and supper which we
found excellent. The rooms were clean and adequate for our purposes. We looked on to the train station which is a hive of activity. Also we could see the river/dam with lots
of ships and barges passing. Apart from the known noise from the train station (which stops later in the evening) there was no trouble from other guests who seem to be professionals or middle aged tourists (no roudy types). A pleasant stay with easy access to the centre despite the Centraal Station being blocked off for major refurbishment. Would go back again.

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Dont't be quick to judge I find so many people judge Amsterdam and the Netherlands by visiting the area around the train station and thinking the entire city is like that. Make sure, before you judge, that you visit the outlying areas of the city and perhaps The Hague for typical views of the Netherlands, The country is beautiful, the people are friendly and the cities are spotless,,,,unlike area area around the train station.\I recommend going to Scheveningem outside the Hague,,,it is a beach resort where you find great restaurants, entertainment and lots of shopping. Amsterdam is a great city with the most user-friendly airport in Europe.

Marco Polo Restaurant on the Damrak DO NOT EAT HERE, the food is alright but nothing special and quite expensive. The service is really appalling, the staff will ignore you once they see that you've finished your meal and if you actually ask them for the bill they will bring it and then ignore you again. By this point you won't want to tip as the service is really shocking, but they will just ignore you the whole time in the hope that you will just leave the money on the table and they can collect their tip. Also, the price of a bottle of water is not on the menu and a large one was recommended to us by the waitress, when the bill came our 1.5 litre bottle of water was 6.50 euros. Frankly we were absolutely disgusted.

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  • Address: 49 Stationsplein - Amsterdam - 1012 AB - Netherlands
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