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You'll get a lift just staying here, it's so energetically well designed and colourful. It is spotless, affordable, enjoys a great location near the centre of the city and boasts very comfortable bedrooms and a lounge bar area that's especially inviting and sociable.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

This hotel is pretty centrally located, being about a four-minute walk from the historic canal ring and even closer to the Amstel river. It is on a busy street next to a metro stop just three stops from Centraal Sation. Waterlooplein, with its opera house, Jewish Museum and street market are a short walk, as is Hortus Botanicus botanical garden.

By train: the Eurostar goes direct from London St Pancras to Amsterdam Centraal. The hotel is a 13-minute taxi ride from the station. Book trains to Amsterdam.

By plane: direct flights from London and Manchester take around 1 hour 15 minutes. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Schiphol airport and a 15-minute drive from central station. Book flights to Amsterdam.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

This is one funky hotel. The lobby/lounge/bar area is especially colourful, with red, yellow, green, brown, blue, white and grey chairs, and rows of bright red bottles above the bar, which is an island in the centre of one section of the space. Shelves line two sides of the lounge/bar areas, full of books, ornaments and small sculptures. The bedrooms are more subdued but bright and lively all the same.

THE FACILITIES

Guests check themselves in by computer, however, friendly staff are always at hand to help out if needed. Bicycles are available to borrow, and there are 24-hour snacks and drinks available in addition to those at the bar.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Free bike rental
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Rooms cram a lot expertly into a relatively small space. There's a large, uber-comfortable king-sized bed, desk and chair, storage space, safe and refrigerator, with the latter three hidden away. The basin, unusually, is outside the shower room, which has a frosted glass door, light grey plastic walls and white flooring, giving a space-age feel.

Room types: citizenM Room

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, smart TV, fridge, safe, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Breakfast is nicely presented, with yoghurts, bacon and cooked tomatoes, cheeses, croissants and bread rolls available. Bar snacks for later in the day include fish cakes, and vegetarian bitterballen, made from oyster mushrooms instead of deep-fried beef, as a non-meat variation on the Dutch classic. More substantial meals include Yukatan-style chicken and Thai prawn noodles.

canteenM: informal restaurant, bar and lounge. Open daily, 24-hour. Breakfast available, 6-11am. Serving snacks, light bites and large plates.

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