Here is part two of my review of the Element Amsterdam hotel, the second European outpost – after Frankfurt – of Starwood’s new eco-friendly ‘extended stay’ hotel brand. You can read Part 1 of my Element Amsterdam review here.
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Next to the reception is a small 24/7 shop where guests can pick up pasta, wine and other last minute items. As all of the rooms have kitchens this means that you can get what you need to rustle up a quick meal.
Above the reception is a bright and open lounge area that leads to the restaurant My Place.
As wifi is fast and reliable throughout the whole hotel, the lounge area is actually a nice place to do some work if you want to rather sit in a communal space than your room.
The Element Amsterdam hotel has two restaurants and one rooftop terrace.
My Place serves a breakfast buffet in the morning and a la carte throughout the day and evening. Breakfast is included in all room rates.
There was a good selection of bread (good bread!), pastries, cold cuts, cheese and boiled eggs as well as cereals and yoghurts.
The highlight were the two smoothie makers with freshly prepared fruit smoothies.
The dining area of My Place is designed like a living room with sofas and round tables. If sofas and round tables aren’t your thing, there were also square tables and chairs as well!
577 Rooftop Terrace
Outside My Place is a roof top terrace that unfortunately isn’t in use during Autumn and Winter. Looking at the press picture below it’s a great place to have a drink when it’s warm and sunny.
I got the impression that the Element Amsterdam is keen to remind guests of its eco-friendly concept throughout the hotel. The staircase that takes you from My Place to Carrots & Co (see below) for example has been decorated with empty wine bottles.
Carrots & Co
Carrots & Co is a brasserie on the ground floor with access from the street as well as from the hotel’s reception area. It serves great coffee and small bites.
Carrots & Co has got a bright sitting area at the back that is ideal for coffee meetings.
The gym was spacious with modern equipment.
(I also found out how to take the perfect gym selfie by observing a guy who came into the gym, lifted weights for two minutes, took a selfie, did another two minutes of weights, took another selfie and then left. That’s definitely less time consuming than working out for an hour and taking a super sweaty selfie. Not that I would do that….)
As Element Amsterdam is an extended stay hotel aimed at business people who will spend more than just a few days in the hotel (although there is no minimum stay and you are free to book in for just one night if you wish), there is also a laundry room with washing machines and dryers.
Finally, Element Amsterdam has two meeting rooms that can be used individually or combined to seat up to 70 people.
When choosing a hotel you should think about what you need and expect before booking. If you are planning a trip to Amsterdam for leisure with a focus on nightlife and culture, the Element is probably not in the right location for you and a kitchen is certainly not essential.
However if work brings you to Amsterdam and you want a ‘home away from home’ close to the business district, Element By Westin Amsterdam is a good option.
It is also a good ‘value’ choice. Prices are far lower than the city centre and you get substantially more space. As the hotel is only six months old, you also benefit from everything being ‘new and shiny’. Remember that breakfast is also free.
It is also a good value Starwood Preferred Guest redemption at just 7,000 points per night. If you are transferring Marriott Rewards across, it would require 21,000 Marriott points.
Everything you need, including two supermarkets, fashion stores and cafes, is less than 30 seconds away in the shopping centre. The main business district with its broad range of restaurants is a 10 minute walk or a short ride way in the free shuttle and it takes just 30 minutes to get to the airport.
I will finish off with a few random impressions of Amsterdam taken in the few minutes when it wasn’t raining: