Where To Stay: Amsterdam
While technically situated in the busy De Wallen area of Amsterdam, the Radisson Blu is tucked away on a quiet side street.
The location is what initially attracted us to the hotel, as we wanted to be within a few minutes walk of the city's busiest district but avoid the night time noise that comes with it. Indeed our ideals were perfectly met by the hotel, as each night we had a peaceful, uninterrupted sleep plus easy access to various attractions and public transport. Our sleep was definitely aided by the gorgeous business class room we chose, whose key feature seemed to be space. Wardrobes with plenty of hanging room, a good sized desk and King size bed were all easily contained in the spacious living area. The bathroom also had a large walk in shower and sizeable mirror, perfect whilst getting ready for a night out on the (Dutch) town.
The soft lighting and blue colour scheme (matching the rest of the hotel) was particularly soothing, and when combined with the silent street our room overlooked, a great nights sleep was ensured.
A great sleep has to be followed by a great breakfast; the Radisson Blu offers a decent sized buffet with a mixture of continental and cooked items, while hot drinks and freshly cooked waffles and omelettes are available to order at your table. Our only criticism was the wait before eating; the breakfast area was extremely busy and at peak times there is not enough tables to accommodate the queuing guests. We had to wait a while in the lobby, which isn't ideal when you want to get on your way and explore the city, so maybe the Radisson could expand the restaurant in order to solve this issue.
However, the lobby isn't the worst place to spend some time in. There is plenty of seating (ideal whilst waiting for taxis and such like) and a beautiful water feature which acts as the centrepiece of the space. There is a computer cluster, a small shop and concierge desk, a great go to place for maps or help with directions across the city. Across the hotel, staff were very friendly and helpful and both check in/out was very efficient. We highly recommend this particular Radisson while staying in Amsterdam, mainly because of its excellent location within the heart of the city.