This was our first trip to Amsterdam, we travelled as a couple aged 20 and 18 for a 20th Birthday in February 2011. I booked the hotel online through the DFDS site which had a deal on for two nights on the ferry and one in Amsterdam. As there was a budget the Acro Hotel was the first picked from the list for being within budget and having great reviews.
The reviews stated that the rooms were small and basic, which was true, but didn't matter as we were only there for a night. We stayed on the ground floor of the hotel which looked out onto a backyard piled with rubbish - so we kept the curtains drawn. The room was basic and consisted of; a double bed, TV on the wall, mirror and wardrobe. The bathroom was well planned out and practical, about 2-3m long, it had a toilet at one end and shower cubicle at the other separated by a mirror. Power shower when full blast applied definitely wakes you up after a ferry and bus ride!
The men on reception were extremely helpful and even let us leave our bags there on the last day free of extended stay charges whilst we explored the city. There was a slight glitch when we went to collect our bags in the form of a power cut, but again the staff proved their excellent customer service by loaning us torches and allowing us to use separate rooms for toiletry purposes.
The location was great; not too far a walk from the main attractions, but far enough out of the main bustle of stag and hen do's. At the end of the road was the Rijksmuseum and 'Amsterdam Sign' which is a great photo opportunity. At the other end of the road was the House of Bols and designer shops including Chanel. On the first night we were a little lost and using a guide map managed to find the city centre (be aware of pick-pocketers), which is just past the Hard Rock Café about 5 minute walk from the hotel. In the centre there are theatres, restaurants, McDonald's (be prepared to pay for the toilet in McDonald's, as with most eateries in Amsterdam), supermarkets and shops like H&M and Pandora as well as tram line connections around Amsterdam. A 10-15 further walk into the city there's Madame Tussads, well worth a visit for visitors of all ages. Alternatively a 15 minute walk from the hotel or 5 minute tram ride from the centre in between the variety of coffee shops is the Red Light District. A part of the Europe that really has to be visited at night – if not squeamish of bikini clad women paraded behind glazing or an individual prone to giggles. We spent some time in one of the pubs in the centre of the Red Light District, with budget prices of 2 – 4 Euro considering the location!
This hotel did the job: 1 night in decent enough a hotel in Amsterdam on a budget. Impressed by the bonuses of; helpful staff, budget price and great location, I'd definitley book the Acro Hotel again for another adventure in Amsterdam.
Try to avoid the steep descending stairs and 'yard' views; get a room on a higher floor
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