After a 4.30am wake up call, three trains, a 7 hour plane delay, a lost airplane pilot, a late plane fueller and a plane full of rowdy stag parties, we got a snowy welcome into Amsterdam. You can't say we weren't determined.
I had a great time, even if we did only really manage one full day in Amsterdam, it was the definition of a relaxed weekend - once there of course.
As always mother was in charge of picking the hotel and she outdid herself once again. She chose Hotel V, located on Frederiksplein. It's about 10 minutes walk from the city centre, with tram connections right outside, with even more just around the corner.
If you're not familiar with housing in Amsterdam, then I think the only shock you'll get is the stairs and the size of the rooms. The stairs are steep and the higher you go, the twistier they get.
Our room was in the building across from reception, which is down a sloped path outside, this meant noise was minimal despite being located next to a main road.
Amsterdam seems to work in as many rooms into a building as possible, so if you're looking for huge areas to move around in while in the room, don't go looking here. While the rooms are small, they are perfectly formed and space is really utilised. The decor is tasteful but minimal which means you're not at risk of being over faced.
Each room comes with a safe, TV, small wardrobe, en suite, hair dryer and minimal amenities. There's no in room mini bar, but the bar in the lobby has half price drinks for their 5.30pm to 7.30pm happy hour and it's more than comfortable.
The bathroom is separate to the room, however our room held the basin inside, instead of being in the bathroom.
Rooms get a basic clean daily, with towels only being washed at your discretion, to go in hand with the eco ethics of the hotel.
The room keys are stored on an artistic tree, behind reception which means you have to hand in your key every time you leave the hotel, they have a 24 hour reception, so there was never any problem getting it back, however I do like the convenience of having the key on me.
The hotel is quite literally 'trendy' personified. The staff were more than friendly (but didn't cross the line into annoying or pushy) to help us in every aspect.
We paid 119 euros for two nights, with breakfast and wifi included (there is also MAC desktops available to use in reception). While I'm usually one obsessed with freebies, this hotel more than made up for it in character and the great staff always on hand.
They're on all the social networks, only lending to the trendy, but for more information go to the Hotel V site.
If you're looking for a stylish base for your Amsterdam get away, then this is definitely one to try.