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Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
The flight to Amsterdam was 8 hours and 20 something minutes. There were tvs with movies, shows, and music so I entertained myself by watching Anchorman, part of Great Gatsby, and listening to Bastille. It was so hard trying to sleep on the plane and I probably only got and hour or so. Here is a picture of Amsterdam on our way to ...
... always dingining their bells and I never know who has the right of way on the crosswalks. I have never seen so many bikes in one place in my life. I wish we could bike around more in the states instead of driving.
The park was pretty nice. We walked under a bridge with creepy goblin statues and past a giant gazebo. The boys discovered a small fort/ropes course play ground in the middle of the park. We had fun climbing around on it and so did the three year ...
... were burning my hands but when the temp fell to 3 Celsius I was beginning to wonder if they were even working but for sure they were. It’s at times like that when you realize that these heated grips are worth their weight in gold.
Of course 3 Celsius is not really that cold. On top of the grips I also have the handlebar buckets which really help and while in the Alps in such temps I was simply riding without gloves. However the big difference is, when riding the passes ...
... The visit did not disappoint - not only was the building both historic and modern impressive, so were the contents - paintings by Masters, furniture, delft and even dolls houses! Below you can see one of our favourite paintings, a Vermeer (favourite Dutch painter of R's) and one of the largest paintings in the museum - a Rembrandt.
Using the hop on hop off canal boat we took in the ambience of many areas of Amsterdam ...
... Maybe it's the weed, or the produce, but everything was awesome! Few coffee shops on the way and after our siesta, decide to hit the red light district for a look... As expected, although we may have gotten there a little early for all of the seedy stuff, which was probably a good thing. So of the women looked like models, others looked like weather-beaten prostitutes, but all in good fun. Final wander around to smoke weed on the steps like kids before ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews B&B Barangay Amsterdam
Tropical Oasis in Amsterdam
Me, My boyfriend and another couple decided to head over to Amsterdam for the Queen's Festival and my birthday in 2004. We knew we'd be lucky to find a nice B&B at this busy time of year but were so happy with our choice.
Barangay was a real cool place to stay. We all loved the tropical decor and enjoyed our private patio between our double rooms & the friendly Cat! It was clean, cosy and homely and so centrally located we couldn't have asked for more. We also loved the special breakfasts brought to our rooms each day!
Wimmo and Godwin thanks for a brilliant stay -4 nights wasn't long enough
We just came back from Europe and part of our trip was in Amsterdam, we stayed in this amazing bed and breakfast which is called Barangay B & B. We were greeted with a warm welcome from our host and our room is complete with amenities, we have our own washroom, although it was not inside the room, nevertheless, it was our private washroom; television; small fridge, breakfast table, coffee and tea, and of course, a small patio good for smokers. The breakfast was incredible and sufficient enough. We were given internet connection, just in case you have your laptop with you.
We weren't sure what to expext from the a tropical hideaway in amsterdam but the rooms were fabulous. Great decor and wimmo and god were excellent hosts who are full of information about amsterdam and what there is to see and do. Rooms are well laid out with plenty of hot water adn in a fantastic location not far from the station. A great place to stay for a few days to explore Amsterdam. Highly recommended.
The barangay comes highly reccommended by me, it is one of the cleanest, friendliest and most character full places to stay in amsterdam. I travel to amsterdam on a regular basis using the cheap flights on offer usually for weekend breaks. I used to just get the flights and then book a hotel when i arrived but got sick of being above a smelly restaurant, i then tried to book thro the agencies but got sick of having to fill in online forms so then i looked for a website with a direct contact. This is when i discovered amsterdam's tropical hideaway.... 'The Barangay'. The rooms are all spotless and very nice, the guys who run it are extremely friendly and can give you as much help or advice as you need or just as much privacy, the rooms and studio flat next door are all very quiet and the breakfast in bed is to die for!!!! The house is set in a very nice area of amsterdam only a few minutes walk from central station and close to the centre so it is excellent for backpackers and travellers. If you are travelling for the coffeeshops then the nearest is about 30 seconds away or 2 minutes on the way back !!!!!
If you know Amsterdam you will know it can be a hectic place at all hours of the night and day, finding somewhere to stay that's close to the nightlife and cultural heart of the city where you can also get some peace is hard.
Breakfast in bed
i just stayed one weekend, first day breakfast in bed, you donŽt have to get up. the other night the bed is that clean as it was in the first, without using the vaccum cleaner by yourself. never enjoid such a weekend in a standard 4star hotel, impossible.
next time iŽll be in amsterdam, iŽll try to get in barangays. the number is still in my handy.
get there, it doesŽnt matter if your homo or hetero.
are all these homos that nice?
these two are just wonderful. get there! youŽll just feel the atmosphere.
now i understand, why all the women are saying, the sweet guys are always married or they stay in barangays.
next year iŽll come back,
just a kiss (i canŽt spend more) for wimmo & godwinn,
Wimmo and God (and the cats) are THE most wonderful hosts. Where better to stay in Amsterdam - near the central station so you can't get lost. The breakfast, served in your room, is par excellence and keeps you going all day - it's not every day you have breakfast served by God! It's clean and tidy, welcoming, home from home - what more could you ask..............
Barangay is a most delightful home that is absolutely ideally located for the economy minded traveler. The rooms and baths are comfortable, decorated interestingly for northern Europe and the proprietors are two of the most wonderful people you will meet in Amsterdam. The home is centrally located just a couple of blocks from the central train station and next to the shopping area. Wimmo spent over an hour marking a map and giving us helpful suggestions when we arrived, and both he and Godwin were available any time we had additional questions. The breakfast in bed was a special treat with enough food to last you all day. I cannot imagine a hotel providing even a fraction of the experience we had staying at Barangay B & B. Wimmo arranged a spectactular twilight cruise and gave excellent advice on places to see and dine. We like to travel without a group but because of Wimmo and Godwin we were able to move around independently but with all of the information a local guide would provide. The hidden church Wim told us about was unbelievable and not in any of the literature we had. (Including a guide book with over 400 pages) If we ever have the opportunity to return to Amsterdam we will only go when the Barangay has rooms available, it was that special.
I was a mom travelling with two teen age boys to Amsterdam...Hotels seemed too impersonal,and not enough local flavor, hostels seemed too raucous and druggy, this bed and breakfast was a dream come true. Godwin and Wimmo run it with grace. Our room was aesthetic and immaculate. It was decorated as a south sea island get away (even thought it was their basement annex to the official bed and breakfast). While I did not see the other rooms I can imagine that they are lovely too. We did our own breakfasts but the refrigerator and water kettle they supplied were perfect. The location is onlya five or so minutes walk from the center, the station etc and one block from a charming neighborhood shopping street with nice cafes.It is on a tiny hard to find street and very quiet. We highly recommend Barangay, We felt like locals!
Great place to stay.....!!
I just wanted to say 'Thank you' very much for your very hospitable welcome, we really enjoyed staying in your excellent apartment. We all had a fantastic time, and were very grateful of the detailed instructions/map that you supplied us when we arrived.