The Greenhouse Effect
Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
Gary and I didn't get much sleep as we stayed up watching some television, and ended up waking up at 6am. Gary and I bade each other farewell and I assured him I would be back in Köln in no time (with Ted). I think Gary was very happy I visited as he has only had one other visitor from Australia so far.
My train didn't leave …
... budget) for the first stop of our trip. Naturally we sampled the free tea and coffee, and appraised the freebie soaps before setting out for the day.
Our first stop was lunch, at a little cafe, with Indian-European "fusion" cuisine. I had a lovely soup and Mr H a sandwich, washed down with a couple of pints of Heineken!! Feeling refreshed, we walked along the quaint little streets, passed by canals lined with troughs of flowers and bicycles, and found ourselves at ...
... playing there on 18 July, and we're tempted to go back for that!
That night we had the first of 2 meals at Albina, the place the smiley bartender recommended. It serves Surinamese and Chinese cuisine. Suriname is a former Dutch colony in South America. Food was a mix of Asian with things like curries and rotis, and the best roast chicken and pork! We ate like kings including a beer each for EUR 23. Bargain and delicious! Hence our return 2 nights later!
... takeout for Deborah tonight. Overall this place is pretty cool, the dutch are all out on their little patios at the end of their boats with candles, beer and friends - but despite our best sad looking faces we have not received any invitations as of yet to attend their little soire.
I'll update tomorrow with pictures of our travels - thanks for your continued interest in our European adventures.
Larry and I were up at 4 am, wide eyed. So the best time for getting night to sunrise shots. Off we went we shot HDR on several canals. As we headed back to the hotel Roger tripped and fell face first to the cobble stone. The image was Roger down but the camera was up and ok. Oh he was ok but his ego bruised slightly. We were back photographing later and doing a canal cruise. Thus many images to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Greenhouse Effect Amsterdam
We booked the Greenhouse Effect purely because it was a smoker friendly hotel. On that basis I was expecting it to be a bit seedy, but the room we stayed in (Canal View) was lovely - large, clean and well furnished. I think everything has been refurbished pretty recently. I found the breakfast to be excellent with warm rolls and croissants, cold meats, cheese, salad, fresh fruits and muffins. It is served in the pub which is a great place to have a drink, even for a single female. I had read other reviews saying that the staff were unfriendly, but I found them to be quite the opposite. Having said that the service is very laid back to the point of comatose, but that's the kind of place it is. Relax and enjoy.
stayed the china room its a five minute walk ( if you walk really slowly) from the main hotel which is fine because it means you are in a quiet street but with amazing bars hidden round the corner. Room big , beds so confortable even the 6ft 4in boyfreind was confortable that never happens on holiday . Its actually a self catering apartment so you have a big fridge hot plates , sink , t.v. big table wardrobe . The bathroom good sized with seperate toilet too. For 100 euros not super cheap but for two people right in the centre of town its great value I think.
Breakfast you can get for 5 euros at the main coffee shop its self serve and tonnes of meat cheese fruit cereal toast , could stuff yourself.
The room will be cleaned if you are there for more than 3 nights ... which in my mind is great get worried about having to scoot out for someone to come in and clean.
No honeymoon suite but a GREAT place to stay!!
My husband and I recently spent the second half of honeymoon in Amsterdam at The Greenhouse Effect. Although we did not find it to be a romantic place to stay, we truly enjoyed our stay and plan to return in 2007 with friends! Great people and fantastic breakfast, The Greenhouse Effect is an unbeatable deal.
A great place to stay!
I booked the 'Retro Room' in the Greenhouse Effect Hotel purely on the location and the reasonable price of a twin room for my firned and myself. As mentioned the location is perfect, right in the center of the city and just far enough outside the Red Light District to avoid the noisy stag parties/football supporters partying etc.
The Retro Room is situated above the Greenhouse Effect Bar and Coffeeshops; the top floor which includes a couple of steep flights of stairs (almost expected in Amsterdam)
The shared shower and toilet were directly outside our room and shared along with anouther twin room and a single room (although we saw no-one else during the 3 night stay). Clean and usable facilities for sure.
The view out of our window was a great sight of Warmoesstraat and it was cool to have a smoke watching the evening light up or night time dull down. Wasn't very noisy outside during the week, apart from beer delivery about 10am for the bar directly below.
The room was clean enough although but could have been better - no copmplaints though as I already booked the single room later this year!
Tacky and overpriced
A little bit of Vegas in Amsterdam.
We stayed in a room titled Turkish Delight, which faced a lovely, cigarette covered cement courtyard. The morning after, I woke up to red spots all over my body, and I itched. Bed bugs. Great.
It does have the benefit of having a coffeeshop attached, as well as a dozen other coffeeshops on the same sleazy street.
A good stay for the stoner with money. You'll need to be very stoned to enjoy this place.
Book the Canal View Room!
We were recommended the Greenhouse Effect, and loved it!!! Friendly staff, more than willing to help you with any aspect of your stay in Amsterdam. This is not a hotel in the common sense of the word - it provides Bed and Breakfast, and I cant see why you would need anything more. The room was in the building across the road, and it was directly over the canal, with a great view, and we could see the Central Station - it was that close! Breakfast was an all-you-could-eat Continental Breakfast, which was lovely and fresh, and had a great choice of meats and Cheeses! We stayed in the canal room, which was clean, pretty basic, but lovely, it was huge, with a double bed and more than enough room to swing a couple of cats. The true test is would you stay there again? - yes we would!!
Loved the Greenhouse Effect Hotel,Bar, and Coffeshop
My stay at the Greenhouse Effect was the BEST!! I found my room to be clean, all of the staff very friendly, great breakfast included in room price!! As a woman traveling alone I felt very safe there. The bar was a great place to hang out at night, and the coffeeshop was great! You get Happy Hour prices all day long at both...just show your room key. I have absolutely no complaints. There are steep steps, but someone will help you with your bags if needed. I would recommend it to anyone!!
Beware the Greenhouse...
Just stayed at Greenhouse effect in Amsterdam, booked after checking out their website which made it look quite cool, as there was 2 of us we booked one of their "themed" rooms (Chinatown) several months in advance and confirmed the day before arrival. Problems started at reception, which is actually the bar (there is no formal reception), shouting over the loud music the bartender ignored me when I said I we had a reservation and just walked off, saying "That's impossible, we're full". When she finally checked and found it she then produced a map! Our room wasn't actually in the Greenhouse building, it was about 800 metres up the road in a different building. Add to this a room inventory that you have to fill out with every item priced in case you steal something, not that you'd want any of it, the decor is cheap and tacky (if you stay there be sure you fill this out very carefully, several expensive items were missing on our arrival and the TV remote was wet and not working). Don't expect any room cleaning, rubbish removal or towel or linen changes either, we were there for 3 nights and didn't see a cleaner or maid once. For the price it was just OK value, but the rude staff, inconvenient location and lack of service made it seem like a waste of money. Amsterdam is a great city but we won't be back to the Greenhouse.
Canal View Rocks!!
I also stayed in this hotel last september in the 'canal view' room...it was absolutley fantastic. i go to amsterdam every year and will always, always use this hotel if it's available! it's in a great location too...close to everything you need for a great time in the dam!
My husband and I stayed at the Greenhouse 2 years ago and could not have been happier. When I first found this hotel on the net we joked (not seriosly) about staying there. When we finally decided to book a room, it was the only place left. The staff at the bar were very helpful and our room was across the street , upstairs and we had a huge room with a view of the canal. We only had 24hrs in Amsterdam, and it was a short walk from the train, and right in the middle of everything we wanted to do and see-I highly recommend it