Located on a relatively quiet street between Amsterdam's Central Train Station and Dam Square (downtown's east side), this upscale hotel offers peaceful accommodations, comfortable rooms, and a passable on-site workout facility. While Anne Frank's house and the Royal Palace are within walking distance, the city's southwest side attractions such as Vondelpark's greenspace and Van Baerlestraat shopping are best reached via taxi or bicycle. Those travelers desiring closer digs to these areas should consider staying at Marriott or NH Amsterdam Centre.
The entire Renaissance property is smoke free. While all 381 rooms supply only wired high speed internet access (not wireless), the bedding is cozy, the décor colorful and upscale, and the baths are spacious.
For your sweat, hotel guests can take advantage of the newly-renovated gym. Life Fitness treadmills and upright bikes will get your heart pumping, and some mixed dumbbells should do the resistance trick. If you need more, head to Health Club Jordaan, a short 2 km away (€17,50/day) for a proper gym experience.