In full disclosure, I have never visited Amsterdam. I came close to going a couple of times, and my wife and I almost honeymooned there, before deciding on going elsewhere. Suffice it to say, going to Amsterdam is on my bucket list.
Before my wife and I decided to stay exclusively in Austria for our honeymoon, we did have a rough itinerary planned for Amsterdam. There is a lot going on in that bohemian city. So why would anyone decided to hole themselves up in a hotel and play video games when there is so much more worthwhile things to do?
The folks at the Arcade Hotel, however hope that's exactly what you would do. To their credit, the place does sound cool and the price for a stay is reasonable with rates starting at about $70 per night. Its location appears to be on the outskirts of the city center in a trendy and hip area where the streets are named for Dutch master painters.
The hotel also appears to be relatively small with only 36 rooms, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Each room comes with a console and some games. Guests of the hotel can also borrow a handheld if that tickles their fancy or peruse the comic book library. The Arcade Hotel also maintains a fleet of loaner bikes, which is apparently the preferred mode of travel in Amsterdam.
I certainly don't want to poo poo this establishment, because it sounds appealing to me personally as a gamer. The problem is that I can't see myself taking full advantage of this establishment when visiting a city with such an amazing reputation as Amsterdam.
This is sound like your typical Catch-22. Put a hotel like this out in the middle of nowhere, and you will fail because who want to be out in the middle of nowhere. Put this hotel in an amazing city like Amsterdam, and people don't take advantage of the amenities because who want to be holed up in a room playing games when they are vacationing.
I hope that this place succeeds, and who know, maybe one day my wife and I will make it out to Amsterdam and get to stay at this place. We already have a list of things we wanted to see on our Honeymoon, such as:
5. Visit the Anne Frank House
4. Go on a canal boat tour
3. Go to various museums
2. Go to a "Coffee Shop"
1. Shop at the many open-air markets
BONUS: Red Light District
On a side note, my wife and I have this on-going debate that originated when we were considering going to Amsterdam on our honeymoon and I mentioned that we should visit the Red Light district. I believed (AND STILL DO) that a hand job from a lady of the night is fine as long as no kissing is involved. It's essentially a massage right? I don't give her crap when some dude gives her a massage when she and her friends have one their spa days.
She disagreed and says that if I did, she would have our marriage annulled as soon as we got back from our honeymoon. In the end, it was one of the main reasons why she decided we would go to Vienna and Salzburg instead of Amsterdam.