• Trip Report – Radisson Blu Amsterdam

    Posted on June 29, 2012 by in Club Carlson, Radisson

     

    The Radisson Blu Amsterdam was our first stop on our three city vacation to Europe. We used 200,000 points from last November’s “Big Night Giveaway” to book 4 nights. The rates for the dates we stayed were over $300 USD per night and we ended up getting all the points for around $180 so these Gold Points saved us over $1000. We arrived into Amsterdam via Frankfurt and took the train into the city. The hotel is only about a 15 minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station. It’s located on a quiet street only a few blocks from the Red Light District and Chinatown.

    We were welcomed to the hotel by a young lady who recognized our Gold Elite status and said she had a wonderful Business Class room for us. I was hoping for one of their bi-level “Naturally Cool” suites but it turns out their is only 1 of those. If I was a Concierge Elite I might have had a better chance.

    Our room was located across the street and was accessible by going down 1 floor and walking under the street via a walkway and going up another elevator. Some reviewers had a problem with getting in two elevators but we didn’t mind it. In fact we were located close to the gym and sauna so it made it even better.

    The room was equipped with a Nespresso machine which we used several times a day. The bed was wonderful and most days we didn’t get up until noon. (Hey..it’s Amsterdam!) Maid service was excellent as was turndown service when we took it. The bathroom floors were also heated which was a welcome treat as it was a little chilly while we were there.

    We did take advantage of the restaurant at the hotel a few times as Gold Elites receive 15% off the bill in Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Food was excellent and well prepared and the service was prompt.

    Most if not all attractions can be reached by simply walking from the hotel. It’s only 5 minutes to Dam Square and the Red Light District. You can also hop on the trolly at Dam Square that will take you to other parts of the city. A grocery store is also just past Dam Square with prices that are lower than here in the US.

    Next time we visit Amsterdam this is going to be our go to hotel, especially if we have Gold Points.

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