Two weeks ago, I was invited to stay at the Van der Valk hotel in Amsterdam to test the accommodation before the hotel opened it’s doors officially. The Van der Valk hotel – Amsterdam Amstel is one of the newest hotels in Amsterdam.
A new world opened up for me because I’ve never stayed in a 4* hotel.
We arrived late in the evening at the hotel as we were traveling by metro to the hotel. Unfortunately, the metro station nearby the hotel wasn’t wheelchair friendly. We had to cross a bridge to get across the canal, but there were only stairs. Therefore, I couldn’t get across the canal. We had a reservation at a restaurant and we were getting late. So, we decided to go the restaurant first and take a cab to the hotel from the restaurant.
We arrived at the hotel around 9.30 PM and were welcomed by 2 kind receptionists. After I filled in the registration form we got the card of our hotel room and this card also gives access to the elevator to get to the right floor. With this card you only can get to the floor of your hotel room or the floor of the restaurants. Which is pretty safe.
The employees told us that our room was on the 3rd floor. The rooms one this floor are built a little bit differently to create more space for wheelchair users.
We dropped our stuff in our room and decided to go for some drinks at the Moqum bar.
It’s a brand new 4* hotel with a 60 meters high building and is located nearby Amsterdam city centre, the Zuidas, Johan Cruijff ArenA and RAI. It has a wellness, 3 restaurants, 13 meeting rooms named after parks in Amsterdam, a rooftop swimming pool and sports facilities. Unfortunately, the wellness was still closed. There is a accessible toilet for wheelchair users on the ground floor.
The design of the hotel is pretty modern, all marble with warm green tones. There are everywhere little golden accessories and bird figurines.
We stayed in a comfort room on the third floor. I was surprised by the wide hall. Most hallways I’ve seen in hotels are pretty small and makes it hard for wheelchairs to get through.
The room is spacious enough for wheelchairs to maneuver. It has everything you want in a hotel room; one big window which creates enough light in day time – perfect to take photo’s 😊 -, a smart tv, two single beds with several pillows, a Nespresso coffee machine and a kettle, minibar with bottles of spa water, a hairdryer, bathroom with a toilet and rain shower. Other rooms have a bathroom and a separated toilet. This room had this all in one together which creates more space for a wheelchair. The sink is wheelchair accessible and there is a alarm cord in the bathroom. If you don’t need much help or space this room is perfectly fine for wheelchair users.
Because I’ve never lived in a 4* hotel I was surprised by the little features the small features in the room. There were bottles of hair shampoo, conditioner, shower cap, a sewing kit, shoe shine tools and drinking glasses. In the hotels I’ve stayed there were small bottles of hand soap, plastic cups and not even sewing kits or wine glasses.
The hotel has one special wheelchair accessible room but the room wasn’t ready yet so couldn’t test this one. This room has a lowered sink, accessible shower and a alarm cord in the bathroom.
How was your first time staying in a 4* hotel? Let me know in the comments.
’till next time!
~ Ashley Sharon