Hands Down the Best Hotel in Amsterdam

Before booking our stay in Amsterdam, we were looking for something modern that shows how Amsterdam is so different from what we kept hearing from everyone. Looking through the Hotels.com app I came across a few different hotels which pleased our likings, but something about this one hotel we found just stood out to us!


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If looking for something modern like we were, then look no further. CitizenM Amsterdam South Hotel offers such a unique experience from the time you walk in for check-in until the time you are checking out. Upon walking past the big red elevator doors that greet you from the outside, you are presented with a display of a big red balloon dog which just lets you know the kind of hotel you are in. To the left, you walk up to the self-check-in area located in the lobby where 2 gnomes welcome you with their middle fingers! Such a twist to art!



As you are checking yourself in, you set up your own room key and pick what kind of view you would like and if you prefer to stay on the lower floors or higher. I picked a higher-level floor with views of their garden area. As you are checking in, a hotel staff member is present to answer any of your questions or concerns. We learned from our friendly staff member we could purchase our unlimited 48-hour transportation pass from the restaurant/bar which was located to the right of the check-in area in the front lobby. We knew we needed these passes to explore all Amsterdam has to offer but needed to drop our bags off and freshen up from a long drive from Paris.

Walking into your room is like walking into a room you imagined you would have in a Star Wars movie or so I think. Taken to another level! The first thing that stands out is the layout of the room because the shower and toilet area have privacy doors like many hotels, BUTTT they are round. When standing in the shower or sitting on the toilet, you can close the doors around you which leave you in around “room”. Such a different way to have a room layout with little space but take advantage of what space is available. The room was equipped with United States outlets as well as USB ports to provide multiple ways of charging your electronics and covering that “the only thing I forgot was the electronic converted.” ANDDD you control the entire room with an iPad. That iPad literally controlled the mood-setting in the rooms, the curtains, the lights for the shower and toilet area and worked as the TV remote. Can we just say jaw-dropping experiencing simply walking into our rooms! Plus, they had a gigantic king size bed which had you sink in it the moment you found that perfect spot to sleep in.




After we got freshened up, we went to the bar area to purchase our transportation passes and were given suggestions on places we should visit. We were told that central Amsterdam caters to everyone’s liking and has something for everyone! Or to walk the streets and pop our heads into the local stores or follow the scent to a bakery offering nothing but the freshest sweet treats. The staff gave us the kind of service you hear others brag about and they truly know how to make their guest feel welcomed and right at home.


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Local tips were given to us like that Saturday we could visit Centre Amsterdam to pick fresh tulips. Imagine Chick-Fil-A having there own hotel and the type of service you would receive during your stay, that was everything and more we received from CitizenM Amsterdam South Hotel.


Central Amsterdam

And the food you can eat at the hotel’s restaurant called Canteen provides an array of menu options even catering to our vegan friends! (The restaurant/bar area is in the lobby to the right of the check-in area and open 24/7.) When thinking of hotel food, many believers will taste bland with little to no taste or seasoning, BUTTT not CitizenM! I enjoyed their individual-sized pizza which was made of fresh ingredients like juicy grape tomatoes and chunks of the best mozzarella cheese. It was so good; I almost ate the entire pizza in one sitting. My vegan friends had the vegan nachos and hear they were “lit” and became addicting during our 2-night stay. (I have fallen in love with vegan nachos over the years and still wish I got some before we left.) This hotel also provided free fresh water at all times of the day and night which came in handy when coming back from the city.

When I asked the couple that we traveled with what their experience was like with this hotel, they stated:


“The experience was amazing! I'll never forget when I went downstairs to get ice from the bar and the guy working asked if I wanted to be crushed or cubed iced. I responded with "WOW, I didn't know I even had an option." The guy proceeded to say that they always like to give their guest choices and that they have everything that will be needed and even want. It felt so personalized when walking into the room and seeing our names on the TV with a greeting message. The technology in the room was up to date with iPad's that controlled everything in the room. Looking back on that stay the hotel and staff catered to our everyday life in order to make the stay what we needed when on a break from life.”

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As we were driving back to Paris, every few hours someone would say “I wish we were staying in Amsterdam another night at the CitizenM hotel.” During this 7-hour drive, I looked more into the CitizenM Hotel to discover they are located all over the world! Places like Paris, the capital of Taiwan, New York and so much more all over! When discovering this, we joked how we would visit all the hotels because of the quality of service provided and knowing we would enjoy our time. It's just an added bonus they were super affordable!


The total bill for our 2-night stay was $203.71, however, I only paid $178.71! Next birthday when you are asked what do you want for your birthday, say Hotels.com gift cards!


S0 next time you are looking for a place to stay for your travel adventure, do a quick Google search and see if CitizenM is located in the area you are staying in. I strongly recommend staying at this hotel and give them a 10 out of 10!



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