Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam is situated directly on the river IJ. The spectacular views over the city and the river IJ are highlight in Amsterdam. I decided to walk to Movenpick hotel from Dam Square, to see how long it would take me. Surprising from the City Centre it took me around 24 minutes to be exact. One of the reasons was I had to wait for the footbridge to close, near the NEMO Science Museum. This walk was really nice and it gave me a very clear understanding about how busy and interesting Dutch transport was on water.

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Conferences & Events

This was a perfect business hotel, and for those interested in hosting a conference there are 12 flexible rooms, with a space of 1,100 sqm as a conference centre with natural daylight. It is a pillar-free area, that offers free WiFi and comes equipped with the latest AV equipment. The Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam can host meetings for up to 450 delegates, cocktail receptions or catwalks for 600 people and can seat banquets for 280 guests. The centrally located foyers are ideal for exhibitions, lunches and coffee breaks. Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam is massive in size and has 408 non-smoking rooms.

Cruise Ships

Along side this, due to its location the hotel hosts many guests from cruise ships. Leo Verdonck, showed me how massive these cruise ships were on his phone. So when choosing to stay here take the time to look out on the IJ river to be entertained by these amazing man made machines. Don’t forget to ask for a Violet Hill cocktail at the Silk bar. If you’re not sure what to drink ask for Floris, who has been serving bar guests for over ten years.

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Reception/Lobby

There is no missing the hotel entrance and its gigantic floor space. I can clearly see that this hotel was made to handle big groups. The lobby had plenty of modern designed areas to relax in. At 16:30 everyday in the lobby, you can have complimentary chocolate tasting exclusive to Movenpick, after all they are a Swiss company. When I was checking in I realized that two days before, my bag was opened and I lost a few items. I couldn’t find my passport and it potentially could have been a meltdown moment. The lady at the desk, wisely kept reassuring me to take my time and they would help me regarding my lost passport. For me this is a very skilled tactic in calming me down. I am happy to say, the passport was tucked away in another bag. PHEW!

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Executive King Suite

I stayed in the Executive King Suite on the 19th Floor and when entering there was clearly one key factor that hit me, the view. This was a spectacular view of the IJ river. From dusk till dawn it was an amazing magnificent city to take in and what a gorgeous city Amsterdam is. I would highly recommend asking for a room with a view of the river. With added touches such as a complimentary minibar and a Nespresso coffee machine, it made my stay even more special.

The room was spacious (26 m2) and the king size bed was comfortable. I loved the big pillows, during the night I literally would get lost in them. They are also nice to chill on whilst taking in that view. The working desk was great and the lighting throughout this room set the mood for the evening.  I also liked that a healthy banana and apple greeted me when I entered the room along side some Movenpick chocolates and Movenpick jam. I also had access to to the executive lounge which is located on the 2nd floor.

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Bathroom

The bathroom was very modern, very clean and functional. The towels were extra big and I liked the little message on the toilet paper, something quirky and different. This was a perfect business functional hotel that was relaxing. I liked the ECO environmentally friendly products promoted here.

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Breakfast & Executive Lounge

The breakfast had a vast deal of food choice and the bread selection was really yummy. The views from the breakfast area were amazing and from 6.30 you can start the day with a real good feel factor. As I was an executive guest, I could had complimentary drinks in the executive lounge throughout the day. From 17:00 – 19:00 some nice snacks where available at the lounge. This was an excellent time to grab myself a glass of Prosecco and enjoy the views over the river IJ.

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Conclusion

Amsterdam has a lot to offer regarding accommodation. The Movenpick Hotel, for me is a a hotel, that has the best river views in the city. If you’re on a cruise ship and looking for a place to eat and soak up this city, this hotel is certainly your venue. I would host an event here, due to its size and that the hotel staff are very experienced in dealing with large groups. This is a skill in itself that not many hotels can handle. Regarding the location, don’t be intimidated by the walk. It is lovely and the attractions are not far at all. There is plenty of transport access here, whether you’re looking to take a bike, train, tram or taxi it is literally outside the hotel. If you’re a regular visitor to the city and are looking for a different stay. I would certainly recommend the Movenpick hotel. I had to leave very early for London so there was a complimentary shuttle bus service to Central Station and from there Schiphol Airport was only 20 minutes away.

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