In late February, we traveled to Amsterdam for a long overdue visit to the capital of the Netherlands. This was a special trip. It was our first time traveling as a family, only the three of us. I was eager to see how different it would be to travel with a five-month-old baby.
For this occasion, we arranged to stay at the MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West. We arrived to the hotel a couple of hours before check-in time. Luckily the room was ready, so the guys at reception let us check-in right then and go to our room. That was nice, since we were all a bit sleepy after a two hours car ride. We were also happy that there were two elevators — very handy when you are traveling with a stroller.
Our room was small but comfortable. We liked the modern vibe of the place. Everything looked brand new. The hotel offered a baby bed, which we thought was a nice touch. There was also a TV with cable channels and free WiFi. Our private bathroom was spacious and very clean. The shower was just amazing. Nothing beats coming back to a hotel room to take a nice hot shower after walking around the city in the cold rain.
Our little baby seemed to also enjoy all the excitement of this first trip and the comforts of the hotel. Her favourite spot was by the window. Every morning, she liked to sit looking to the world outside while we got everything ready to go out.
The MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam is located next to the Sloterdijk train station. Nearby, there are also stops for buses, the metro and tram. When I saw that it was a bit far from the city center, I was afraid that it would be difficult to get around. But it turned out to be quite convenient. Getting to the center of Amsterdam was fast and easy by tram. It only takes about 15 minutes and there are designated spaces for strollers.
Breakfast & Eating In
For an extra cost (7,90€ per person), guests can enjoy the breakfast buffet; which is served daily from 6:30 to 10:30 at the dining room. There are plenty of healthy food options to choose from in the buffet. It’s the perfect way to have a good and filling breakfast before a day of action in the city. Guests can also use the common kitchen to prepare their own meals.
Rates at the MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam are quite competitive. In low season, a bed in one of the dorm rooms can go for as low as 18€; a single small private room can be booked from 37€; and a classic double room (such as the one we had) starts at 46€. There are also more options for bigger families and groups. Keep in mind that, just like everywhere else in Amsterdam, prices go up as the temperature starts to warm up. You can always check on their website the best price available for your travel dates.
The Bottom Line
We enjoyed our stay at the MEININGER very much. The modern style of the building is very pleasant and comfortable. The staff was friendly and always helpful. The atmosphere was very lively; the guests staying there were a good mix of young travellers and families. Even if the hotel is not located in the city center, it is very well-connected by public transport and it was easy to get around. Overall, this hotel is a great choice for travelers looking for a modern and comfortable place to stay at a good price. The MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam also offers great value for families.
During our stay, we were hosted by MEININGER Hotels. However, all opinions remain entirely my own.