I'm in the planning stages for family trip to Europe with my wife and teens. One of the destinations will be Amsterdam and I would like recommendations on which Marriott property to consider. I had stayed at the Marriott a few years ago and loved its proximity to Vondelpark, the Rijksmuseum and Leidseplien but I'd like to get input on the Renaissance as well.
I was just at the Renaissance Amsterdam this spring and I can whole heartily recommend the property. Its perfectly situated for being a walking tourist throughout the downtown district and has quick/easy access to the trains to other areas. The property is very clean, the rooms are actually fairly good sized by European standards, I was on the top floor so perhaps lower floors are different. The CL is on floor 2 with a nice street view but the CL itself is actually nicely done, good food selections and great staff. The only real possible drawback is that you will be within a short walk from the red light district from this property, you mentioned traveling with teens so I thought I would mention it. Also if you plan to arrive with a car, do take note of the parking fees. At 55E a night its definitely not a cheap solution and is all valet as I recall.
I would endorse all that Zukracer has written - and offer the following additional points that you \might want to bear in mind in reaching a decision:
1. The Renaissance has the advantage of being close to Amsterdam Centraal Station, which can be useful when coming in coming from the airport after a long flight, or wanting to use the rail network from trips to the likes of Haarlem and Leiden;
2. Room size is a tricky one. I'm from Europe, but find that the Renaissance's room are noticeably smaller than the equivalent at the Marriott. That said, we are talking in relative terms, not as a statement of basic needs!
3. All of Z's comments re the Renaissance's location are accurate; I nearly always stay at the Marriott (a) because I know the staff very well and (b) precisely because it is a little away from some of the main attractions - of whatever colour!
Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
Agree with both of you!
Mike, go to the post's on Amsterdam. You are experienced and may see something that really is worth it!
I recently stayed at the CY on points and had their shuttle take me to the airport where I took the train downtown. Saved me a bundle, and for two nights and three days did all I desired to do there.
Did go by the Ren. and it was very nice. Here are a few pictures, the dining spot just walking distance from the Ren. was outstanding and inexpensive.
All such good recommendations. Since we won't have a car, parking will not be a factor. We will be taking the train to Paris so being near the station at the Renaissance may be the best fit.
Since my kids are in their late teens, the red light district doesn't bother me. I am bothered by reports of small rooms at the Renaissance.
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