For our trip to Amsterdam, we decided on taking a hotel outside the city center: XO Hotels Park West. For one, these are not so expensive and it is not so noisy compared to hotels in the center of Amsterdam. XO Hotels Park West is conveniently located right across a tram stop which brings you to the city center in about 15 minutes. You can buy tickets in the vending machines in the lobby of the hotel. The last tram leaves the city center a little past midnight.
Although being much quicker and easier, I didn’t really like the machines to check in. I miss the personal touch when a person checks you in. And maybe for people who are not so good with machines, it can be a little bit challenging.
The lobby of XO Hotels Park West was a little bit too clean, the real feel of a business hotel. The lack of a real bar (because the hotel doesn’t have a liquor license) makes it not inviting to sit at.
We had dinner in the restaurant the evening of our arrival and ordered some salmon and burgers. The service was very friendly (although it is a little bit annoying that they start to talk to you in English every time, not only in the hotel but everywhere we went in Amsterdam) and fast. The food was pretty good and a very decent size. But there is of course always room for dessert: cheesecake.
The rooms were very spacious and were decorated with warm colors. Although I wasn’t a big fan of the leather band at the end of the beds. I absolutely loved the head of the bed though. And there was a Nespresso machine in the room, always a plus.
The bathroom had a nice and big walk-in shower and had more than enough towels and the extra toiletries were a nice touch. And I love it when there are decent glasses in the bathroom to use instead of the plastic cups in a lot of hotel rooms.
XO Hotels Park West is the perfect hotel to stay when you are visiting Amsterdam: outside of the busy and noisy city center but close enough to reach comfortably by tram. The spacious and clean rooms are perfect after a long day of exploring Amsterdam. The only little minus point is the lack of a decent bar in the hotel.
You can book a room at XO Hotels Park West here