We start this review with a more general travel tip: have a city break in Amsterdam over Christmas! It is always a good time to go to Amsterdam but Christmas really is something special. Unlike other major cities around Europe, Amsterdam is very much open for business over the festive period. More on that in a future post!
As soon as you walk in to the hotel, you will be struck by its chic design that will put a smile on your face. Low sofas and beautiful wall art that gives a nod to the famous artist, whose name is taken for the hotel name, and make you feel very at home.
Monet Garden Hotel Location
Having stayed at a number of hotels in the city, we were looking for something new on this Christmas trip. The modern Monet Garden hotel ticked a lot of boxes for us (and enough to book via booking.com). The Monet Garden hotel is perfectly situated in the city if you want to explore the city by foot. Step out of the beautiful Central station and you are 15 mins walk away from warm reception of the hotel staff.
During the swift check-in, we were shown the areas around to visit to help us get our bearings. We are fairly familiar with the city but this was helpful and would be even more valuable for first-time visitors.
Tip: if you need anything from a pharmacy or supermarket then simply come out of the hotel, turn left and follow the road till you see a row of shops on your right. Albert Heijn and Etos will sort out all of your needs!
Monet Garden Hotel Rooms
We opted to pay the small surcharge to upgrade for a canal view room and it is something I recommend that you do too. The modern room was well-equipped to make sure that your stay is comfortable; Nespresso machine, iron & ironing board, vanity kit, robes, slippers and the comfiest pillows you could wish for! Whilst we didn’t spend much time in the room on this trip, it was ideal for us and is the perfect base to explore Amsterdam. Room 600, thank you!
If I had to be super picky, it would have been nice to have bottles of water in the room when the team restocked the coffee. We bought bottles from the reception in the morning on the way out for convenience. The fact that this is my only point of feedback should show how much we truly loved our stay the Monet Garden Hotel.
We didn’t eat breakfast at the hotel as we like to explore new places during our city trips. As we walked past and saw the extensive buffet, the smell nearly did draw us in! As a general rule, hotel breakfasts are pricey and you will get better value by walking out of the front door and doing a little search of your own.
If you want a tip then grab a coffee and stroll to Museum Square. This 25 minute walk allows you to take in the beautiful morning mist that can sit over the canals and reward yourself with a kaas tosti at the Cobra cafe. Head a bit further to Vondelpark and you’ll discover a lovely cafe for breakfast and lunch. Well worth a visit!
If you are looking for a hotel to stay in during your next city break to Amsterdam, the Monet Garden Hotel comes with our recommendation.