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In the heart of the Old Center, near major attractions and public transport
The Sofitel is located in the heart of the Old Center. While some guests complain that it is too close to the Red Light District, and that some streets around the hotel can feel a little seedy at night, the area is safe and very convenient for those who want to be within walking distance to major attractions such as the Dam Square, the scenic Canal Ring neighborhood, and museums. For longer distances, there are two tram stations and several bus lines within a five-minute walk from the hotel.
The name may suggest otherwise, but Old Center remains the bustling center of Amsterdam's activity today. It is a popular tourist destination with museums, shops, restaurants, and the infamous Red Light District. Once divided by a now dried-up river, Old Center has two main parts: the Old Side and the New Side. Both sides feature gorgeous medieval architecture, and they overlap in places, but each side has its own vibe. The New Side is home to the most activity. The Old Side is home to a burgeoning Asian district (Amsterdam's version of Chinatown) as well as the Red Light District.
Marked by cobblestone streets, canals, and an abundance of coffee shops (which are most often known for something other than coffee), Amsterdam is both a quiet and lively city without the pretention of some other European metropolises.
The Sofitel is an upscale property in the heart of the Old Center. The building has a rich history; it has been both a 15th century convent and a city hall. The 177 rooms are contemporary and homey (though some are on the small side) and feature Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs, and wonderful beds. Bathrooms are sleek, and most have walk-in showers. Hotel features include a high-end spa with indoor heated pool, a modern fitness center, and Bridges Restaurant with a canal-side garden terrace for dining al fresco. Room service is on offer 24 hours a day and a kids' program includes baby toiletries and cribs.