We have visited the city of Amsterdam dozens of times now and we still haven’t run out of this family-friendly city. We already wrote the blog Amsterdam with kids, in which we listed all the fun activities you can do with kids in Amsterdam. Last weekend we were in Amsterdam again, staying overnight at the van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam Amstel. As a result of this overnight stay, we are writing this comprehensive review!
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And so on Saturday afternoon we drive to the hotel in Amsterdam. Our daughter did not have to play sports until late today, so we chose not to go into the city of Amsterdam on Saturday. So we drive straight to the hotel, but that is absolutely no punishment as we are eager to explore the hotel’s wellness.
We can park the car in the hotel’s paid underground parking garage and so in two minutes we are at the reception with our suitcase. The van der Valk hotel is not in the middle of the city center, so we got to the hotel very quickly from the highway and did not have to drive straight through the whole city by car.
The hotel is within walking distance of the subway, and in about ten minutes you can take the subway to Amsterdam’s central train station. Because of this, we think the hotel’s location is ideal. You get there quickly by car and by subway you can be in the city center in a few minutes. The hotel also rents bikes for its guests, but unfortunately does not have high chairs available. Of course, there are plenty of bike rental shops in the city center that do rent different types of bikes.
We had booked a Comfort Triple Room with the hotel and this was a room that was 31m2, with a nice double bed for us and an extra bed for our daughter. There was also a bathroom with a rain shower in the room, and the room was otherwise fully equipped with conveniences such as a small refrigerator, a flat-screen TV, functioning WIFI, coffee and tea making facilities and a desk with a chair.
For our family of three, this room was spacious enough, but if you are a family of four, you can also book a family room at the hotel. This room is slightly larger and in this room there is a bunk bed for the kids. There is also a bathroom in this room with hot tub. We always think that’s a big advantage of a room, but that’s also because we love bathing.
Wellness the tropics
A big advantage of the van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam Amstel is that it includes a reasonably large wellness for the hotel’s guests. Especially even with kids, this is really nice. This spa has a pool that is outside, but it is heated and in which you have a hot tub area. In addition, this outdoor pool (28°C) has a jet stream that allows you to swim.
In the indoor section of the spa, you then also have a Finnish sauna, a Turkish steam bath, an infrared sauna and a tropical herbal sauna. We spent an hour or two there and found it a very nice addition to our weekend in Amsterdam. At the spa there are also towels and it is also possible to drink water. In addition, it includes a whole lounge set where you can relax for a while. This part of the hotel is definitely recommended if you are staying overnight at the hotel with kids.
Food and drink in hotel
For food and drink, the van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam Amstel is also a good place to go. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, where you can go for a snack and a drink, and in the morning there is a buffet restaurant available for breakfast. We dined in the hotel’s atmospheric bar in the evening and found it very tasty and very atmospheric.
In the morning we took advantage of the breakfast buffet, which is always super good at van der Valk. We have now had breakfast in six different van der Valk hotels and in each hotel it is really super extensive.
So many different options in terms of sandwiches, sweets, toppings, fruits, cereals and nuts, juices, hot egg dishes and then we forget dozens of things. In that regard, this breakfast was also a huge recommendation!
We really enjoyed our overnight stay at the van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam Amstel. The hotel is in an ideal location close to the highway and close to a metro station, making it easy to explore Amsterdam from the hotel without having to take the car into the busy city center.
The hotel is very modern and has beautiful and luxurious rooms for families of three and four. In terms of food and drink, you also have plenty of choice at the hotel and here you really don’t have to leave the hotel door. For more information on the rooms, food and drink and wellness, take a look at the van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam Amstel website.
This blog was created through a collaboration with the hotel in question.