Located a stone’s throw away from the very happening Dam Square in Amsterdam, the W Amsterdam occupied two historic buildings, and provided a great location from which to explore Amsterdam and its iconic canals.
As with most W properties, the reception was not on the ground floor, but it was on the 6th floor at this particular property. The two buildings (one a former bank, and the other a former telephone exchange) faced each other across a small road, and were unfortunately not connected.
The gym was located at the Bank building, while there were two restaurants that you could grab breakfast at; Mr Porter at the Exchange building, and the Duchess at the Bank building.
The walk from the lift to my room was quite a distance, due to the layout of the hotel rooms.
The layout of the room was quite simple; with the bed at the extreme end, the shower and basin in the middle, and the restroom & cupboard just beside the door.
I initially thought that someone had vandalised the shower (see the words on the glass), however on closer inspection, I realised that it was really meant to be part of the design. As with all W properties, this one had Bliss amenities, which I really like.
The huge windows made the room feel rather “exposed”, so do remember to activate the curtains (using the controls at the bedside) if you would rather not be spied upon during your sleep!
The controls beside the bed also allowed for the switching on and off of the room lights, and there were also sufficient power points beside the bed (good job there W!).
For those looking to get some work done, do note that there was no proper desk and office chair in the room, thus it would be better to head elsewhere to work.
- Mini-bar (chargeable)
- Coffee & tea making facilities (Nespresso machine with coffee capsules & tea bags)
- Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner)
- Ironing board & iron
- Bath towels & bathrobes
- Safety deposit box
- Rainforest shower
The Gym was located across the street in the Bank building, and was open 24h daily. The gym being open round-the-clock was great, as it allowed me to drop by after a long day out at work.
All the equipment was new and well-maintained, and I never had to wait in order to use the treadmill or weights machines (although that could probably be because I came by at 11pm!).
There was also a restroom within the gym itself (behind the TV in the above picture), which was very convenient for gym-users who needed the restroom urgently. Besides the restroom, one would find a well-stocked counter with green apples, water and fresh towels.
Since I spent 3 nights at the W Amsterdam, I had the opportunity to try out both restaurants. Although the Duchess was a beautiful place to dine at, I would say that the food served at Mr Porter was much better (in terms of both selection & quality).
The W Amsterdam stayed true to its quirky and fun W roots, infusing it impeccably well with both the historic Bank & Exchange buildings. I had no complaints over its location; situated right behind Dam Square and with a supermarket (Albert Heinz) and burger bar (The Butcher) just round the corner. The rooms were comfortable, and it was great to be able to choose from two restaurants, each with its own unique ambiance, for breakfast. Not too far from the action, and yet not too close to be too noisy at night, the W Amsterdam was a great hotel to stay at.
Ratings out of 10 (10 being the best, 0 being the worst)
Overall Rating: 9
Location: 9 (for its close proximity to Dam Square, with a supermarket and a burger bar right behind)
Room: 9 (great Bliss amenities, comfortable bed, rainforest shower)
Facilities: 9 (new and well-maintained gym, as well as 2 restaurants to choose from for breakfast)
Staff: 8 (helpful and friendly staff)
Breakfast: 9 (loved the avocado poached eggs brioche at Mr Porter, and the good selection there)
Spuistraat 175, 1012 VN Amsterdam
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