Room Mate Aitana
What We Love
- Location on an island in the Ij River, a 10-minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station
- Leisurely breakfast served until noon each day (for an additional fee)
- Great views of Amsterdam’s docks and waterways from most guestrooms
- The hotel is entirely nonsmoking
What To Know
- The lounge bar is open until 1 a.m. each day
- Bikes are available to rent at reception
- There’s a restaurant on-site and the surrounding neighborhood is full of places to eat
- The gym has a great little sun terrace on which to cool down post-workout
- Free WiFi
On an island in the Ij River, close to Amsterdam Centraal Station, Room Mate Aitana is a fun design hotel within striking distance of the city’s top attractions. Built in 2013, it sports a clean, contemporary aesthetic — think angular lines, swaths of glass and colorful abstract sculptures. The 284 guestrooms are equally playful, decked out with designer chairs, geometric rugs, patterned walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. The higher category Executive Rooms feature fabulous artworks, giant bathtubs and sweeping harbor views. Elsewhere, there’s a restaurant, a gym, a business center, a sun terrace and a hip little lounge bar open until 1 a.m., while the immediate neighborhood, with its cool cafés and arty startups, is ripe for exploration.
In the Area
Amsterdam’s former shipyards are now home to its hippest neighborhood. Abandoned factories and vast empty warehouses have been transformed into cafés, restaurants, arts hubs and event spaces. For a contemporary culture fix, head to the cool NDSM Wharf or the EYE Film Institute. Later, linger over colorful plates of Cajun jambalaya and superfresh cerviche at the industrial-chic Noorderlicht Café. Top to-dos include a visit to see the Dutch Masters at the Rijksmuseum, a bike ride through Vondelpark, a shopping visit to the Nine Streets and a café-hop around the pretty residential neighborhood of Jordaan.
How to Get There
Visited Amsterdam (October 2018) for the very first time as a surprise birthday break - unfortunately the trip was only short (2 days/ 1 night) but Room Mate Aitana accommodated us very well!
I had contacted Room Mate directly about two months prior to travelling and asked if they could accommodate us on the 1 night required - as many hotels were fully booked or demanded too much for the budget. The reservations team were very helpful and offered me a standard room at a good rate (cheaper than what most hotels were asking).
This was the first time going through this process so I was sceptical about reserving a room and having to pay on arrival in case anything went wrong but they were amazing! Check in was swift and the staff were very friendly.
I did mention when I made the reservation prior that it was for a birthday surprise - when we arrived at the room, it wasn't the standard room I remember reserving but instead it was a big spacious room with a lovely view. The room was decorated for the birthday surprise with balloons and cards which was excellent and they also gave a complimentary drink voucher too!
The room was clean and the bed was very comfy - great night's sleep after an extra long day of travelling and walking! The hotel was located about a 10 min walk from the central station, but after we luckily found a bus stop just across the road which made getting back and forth into the town very quick.
Many thanks to all that were involved to make this trip extra special and would definitely recommend this hotel to others. Will also definitely use for future visits!
We arrived at 11 am, wiped out from an 11 hour trip from San Francisco. Jeroen and Guillermo welcomed us and found a room that we could occupy at once. Later, when we had a problem with room service, Jeroen arranged a satisfactory solution. The location is great for city touring with the central rail station within an easy walk and for meeting Rhine River cruise ships. It is a modern, business-type hotel, clean and well-maintained. The staff is well trained. The mattresses are great!
This hotel suited us as we travelled by train and it is a ten to fifteen minute walk from the station. Stylish lobby and smart and spacious rooms, we didn't book a luxury room or anything like that, just the basic and it was beautiful. We didn't eat in the hotel although breakfast looked superb, but it was expensive and literally opposite was a 'Bagel and Beans' cafe that did good breakfasts at half the price. The toiletries in the room felt luxurious. If I return to Amsterdam I would seriously consider booking here again.
My husband and I had the opportunity to stay here for two days, coming to the end of our vacation tour. This hotel decor is a gem from top to bottom, our room was on the 8th floor with water views out of both windows. We loved our room, the food here, service, and great location near main attractions to visit.Beside's the hotel in Switzerland, this one by far was our best hotel we stayed in during the trip tour of other fabulous places we have seen!!!
We stayed here for a night while on a Dutch tour - the location is fab, between 2 canals; the rooms were lovely - clean, large and well organised. there is a wonderful restaurant downstairs and the food is lovely. Would go back here in the morning!! Well done all.