When the decision was made to visit Amsterdam, I began researching hotels. Location is key for me, followed by price and then of course a decent level of comfort. Given that our plan in Amsterdam was to see as many sights as we possible could within our four night stay, we wanted somewhere easy walking distnace from main attractions, with basic but comfortable rooms and ideally breakfast included to save time in the mornings. All of this came together in the lovely Avenue Hotel. The hotel is situated barely a five minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station meaning you don’t have to haul your luggage very far at all before you can either check in or drop it in the luggage room. You’re then free to explore this great city on foot, knowing that your base camp is a well located, comfortable hotel. Dam Square is barely a couple of minutes away, and it’s only five minutes or so to the Anne Frank House from The Avenue Hotel. The restaurants of the Rembrandt Square are not much further out, and the museums and Red Light District are a comfortable distance away, without being on your doorstep. So location wise, The Avenue Hotel is pretty much perfect!
Comfort wise, The Avenue Hotel does well. The rooms are of a fairly generous size, and whilst basic they provide everything I need including a couple of UK television channels if you’re like me and really have to catch up on the news whilst you’re away. Wifi is provided for all guests whilst staying at The Avenue, which means no need to worry about pesky data roaming whilst abroad! I try not to spend time browsing Facebook whilst I’m abroad, but I do love uploading a quick pic to Instagram or Facetiming my Mum to show her around my temporary home. The beds were comfy, with plenty of pillows, sheets and blankets to make yourself cosy. The bathroom was of a generous size, with a bath, which was great!
Breakfasts are my favourite part of being away from home. You get to try so many foods and if the most important meal of the day is part of your hotel deal then it saves a lot of time and potentially money! The Avenue Hotel lays out a buffet breakfast every day. The choice is fairly limited, rolls, ham cheese and some hot food – eggs, bacon, sausages. However, there’s plenty available and you’re welcome to return to the buffet as many times as you wish to set yourself up for a long day of sightseeing!
Price wise, The Avenue Hotel varies during the seasons and days of the week, however I’ve found it to be reasonable for what’s on offer. If you’re looking for a super budget break then consider a hostel, but for a good hotel, well located with basic but good quality amenities then you should absolutely consider The Avenue Hotel, Amsterdam!