I Amsterdam Life with Mercure Amsterdam Centre Canal District

Thetraveljunkie.org – The Mercure Amsterdam Centre Canal District is the perfect example that great things can come in small packages. A beautiful boutique located in the famous Amsterdam Canal District, close to the Prinsengracht. In other words, perfect for my Amsterdam life. I love Canal District and have to say, this hotel really surprised me.

Was there any pre-arrival communication by the hotel with myself via email or social media? My stay was organised days in advance via emai, and everything was pretty clear.

Did I try to engage the hotel via social media? Did the hotel interact with me and made me feel welcome/special? Yes I did

Has the hotel tried to gather any personal information (e.g. preferences) prior to my stay? I made no special requests, as per usual.

The wow factor! What was the hotel decor style? The hotel, which is converted from nineteen weaver’s houses built in the 17th century, was built in 1967 by the famous American author of travel guides, Arthur Frommer. I was seriously impressed with the decor and look and feel of the place. And to think I know the area so well and never heard of this hidden gem.

How quick and efficient was the hotel check-in? Well, extremely efficient as stated before. We just signed everything and provided my credit card details.

Was I addressed by name once reservation has been located? (it is all about the small details, some others are outstanding with this, and I love it, like I do when I board an airplane) Absolutely.

Did I feel genuinely welcomed by the hotel staff? I thought the staff were absolutely fantastic – and honestly it was at par with the best hotels I ever stayed at. And when I met Francis, the fantastic GM and learned she came from the Mercure, everything made perfect sense.

Wi-fi – was I told anything about it? Was there a charge? Obviously there was wi-fi, no password, login every 24H.

Room Experience
First impressions – decor, size and wow factor? My room was stunning. Stunning. It was very well designed. The whole hotel was incredibly tasteful and felt very inviting and warm.

Welcome amenity? I had a lovely chocolates, canal district amsterdam world heritage book, Dutch ceramic, AccorHotels Amsterdam guidebook & map and a note from the GM.

The bed? Was amazing and very comfortable. So comfortable, that on the last night I decided to go back to the room early after dinner and watch TV in bed, which I never do. I love the art over the bed.

Closet/Wardrobe – proper hangers or those annoying ones where you need a PhD to get them out one by one? Not problem in this department.

Bathrobes and slippers? I did wear it. I thought they were fantastic.

Coffee and Tea? There was a coffee machine, which I did not use.

Free bottled water? Of course, and changed daily.

Power sockets in useful places – we have more and more devices and we know where we want them! By the bed, by the working area. We did not have a problem at all.


Bathroom – decor, size and wow factor? The bathroom was very smart and really gave a sense of place to the hotel. I knew I was in Amsterdam, Holland, at all times and I loved the decor of the hotel. Very well–appointed indeed.

Bath, shower and taps – I am looking for Duravits and Hansgrohes (or other fab brands) around the world. How fab was the shower? A fabulous shower room, which a very good shower head.

Towels – yes, please! How many and how soft and lovely? Very very good.

Toiletries – own brand, super brand, baby ones or proper ones? I shall find out! We had Mercure toiletries, which are nice, although I am not keen on the shampoo/conditioner.

Amenity kit? we had everything we needed.

Hairdryer – is it a human one, or just something stuck to a wall that only makes noise? I did not use it, but it seemed proper.

General thoughts:
How good and reliable was the wi-fi? Very good and I did not have a problem.

Location? For me? Brilliant. A perfect base for Amsterdam, whether you are visiting for leisure or business.

Would I recommend it to my best friend? Absolutely.

Would I stay again? Without a doubt.

Have you visited this hotel? What were your thoughts?

For booking rooms, see www.mercure.com.

Getting there, visit www.garuda-indonesia.com.


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