St Christopher's at Winston Hotel
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We arrived on Thursday morning ready to go after months of preperation and found our way to our hostel with only a minor blip!! One wrong train later and we got off at Centraal Station in the centre of Amsterdam!!
Our hostel, St.Christopher's was great. The staff were very friendly, it had a great bar, great food and the rooms were perfect …
Been a mad panic today trying to find somewhere to sleep in Amsterdam. I had planned on booking 3 days before I arrived but left it too late. Ended up with one night in st christopher's right in the centre of the RLD. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be really. Got back safe and the dorms were great and massive. Full of Aussies which were …
So my last morning in Brugge was spent climbing the 366 steps to the top of the Belfort tower, that and all the walking I've been doing I better have a cracking pair of legs when I get home.
We arrived in Amsterdam about six, initially after dragging my case across town I began to regret choosing a different hostel to everyone else but …
Saturday 24th March
To be continued…
Arrived at Amsterdam shortly afterwards, got the train and then walked to our hostel.
Streets were so crazy and packed full of people when we arrived – typical Saturday night I think.
We checked in and then went out to find some dinner – didn't have much luck as it was …
Day 36 - Bruges to Amsterdam
After managing to crawl out of bed at a reasonable time, Shardee and myself headed to the chocolate museum/factory ¨Choco Story¨ for around an hour. After half an hour of somewhat interesting chocolate history, we attended the demonstration of making a chocolate praline cream. They made it look easy, and the free …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSt Christopher's at Winston Hotel Amsterdam
In the middle of the red light district, this place was relaxed, clean and very friendly. The staff proved extraordinarily helpful during an unfortunate mix up and the place ticks along at a very manageable pace.
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Not a thing wrong with the place but i'd prefer further away from the RLD
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Historical Traveler Reviews St Christopher's at Winston Hotel Amsterdam
Good choice for young people
The Winston is definitely a good choice for young people who want to have a good time. The location is really close to the action, although if you are a single woman I'm not sure I'd recommend taking any of the side alleys. The room was totally passable (basic but clean) - the price was very reasonable. Also, we found the security good, some drunk girl tried to sneak in with us and they caught her right away and kicked her out. We never experienced any problems with noise.
Good Hotel! The staff are friendly and helpful when we first moved into our rooms we found that we couldn't latch the windows properly. We told the staff there and they immediately came and looked. However the technical guy was not around so they change the rooms for us right away. I must say that the rooms are clean and nice though abit small (typical of Dutch Hotels)
What a fantastic place!!
I've read some negative comments here which surprised me quite a lot. This place had 5/5 for me because: (1) LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!! (2) FRIENDLY!! (3) ARTY & LOTS OF CHARACTER!! (4) CLEAN + fresh towels every day & (5) GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY! Bring some earplugs, if you do need your beauty sleep, but I suggest you sleep after your holiday or on the analyst couch! I've had my 8 hours a night (or rather day.. I guess). Enjoy the great live performances in the lounge on Friday + Saturday night, plus any night in the intimate Winston International Club next door!!
I've had an absolute ball (see pics at --------------------------)
Just come back from a weekend at the Hotel Winston - went in a group of 8 girls on a work bonding trip. Was very pleased with the location - very easy to get round the city. Rooms were basic but clean (we didn't have private toilets but used one in the hall, wasn't a problem because we were all on the same corridor so just had to share with each other). The noise was a bit annoying - the church bells ringing a tune every half hour kept waking me up on the first night. Also, our room was right next to on eof the infamous red light alleys which meant lots of shouting etc until the wee hours. Think this is fine if you're in the city for a weekend - you're not there much after all. But if you're looking for romance and peace, it probably isn't the place for you.
What do u come to amsterdam for??!!
i have stayed there now three times with mates,on hen doo and with fella.each time everything has ran smoothly with hotel and staff.ie we arrive,checked in dropped our bags off and returned when room ready.the hotel is really clean and does what it says on the tin.the breakfast is great and the dining room nice and informal!i go to amsterdam to have a laugh and for the obvious reason! not to spend time sitting in my room lookin at the decor!!if u r like the whiney gets who r writing bad reviews on this hotel go and stay in the hilton with yer nan!!its somewhere clean to kip and get changed end off.cu at end of march.and ill keep recommendingyou to ev i know. love salmac x
The Winston Hotel
We have stayed at the Winston 4 times now. We like the relaxed atmosphere, the 24 hour service, the well stocked breakfast table and the art rooms. It can be a bit noisey if your room is at the front of the building but at the side or the back it is fine.Once, when they were very busy, the reception staff spent 20 minutes on the computer sorting out the placing of reservations just so we could stay an extra night. These days we no longer shop around for accommodation unless the Winston is full. Its location is also very convenient.
I really liked this hotel. The majority of the rooms have an art theme, and you can pick which room you want from the website which is a nice touch. Breakfast was nice. It could be a little noisey, but nothing more than an average studetn hall. The only thing I didn't like was the proximity to a church, which every 15 minutes from aboout 7am played a jingly little tune.
Only for the alternative folk
Right. The Winston is not the place for a romantic stay. If your bed-time is before midnight, also avoid. However, if you are coming to the Dam with friends for a good time, this is your place. The bar is open till 5 every night, you can 'smoke' in the bar, it has its own night-club as well. Many rooms are mini art-installations. It is however fairly basic (hence the price) and also aimed at younger people. However, I love it and will be back next year !
Give it a miss!
The first major problem is the noise. Nowhere in Amsterdam seems quiet, but at the Winston they've made a foolish error. All the doors are self shutting, so that everytime someone leaves their room, no matter what the day or night, the doors slams. With people coming in and out 24 hours a day, it's unlikely you'll be getting any rest!
The 'art rooms' look like they've been designed by fourth form art students who've been given factory surplus paint. In mine, they'd simply framed pictures from porno mags on the walls. Very 'artistic'. There was even an expositionary note to explain the sublime intention of the piece.
The hotel had all the ambience of a dentists waiting room. Unfortunately there were no magazines to read while waiting for one's drinks.
And last, and certainly least, the security arrangements. Aside from the minor matter of handing my keys to the first guy who walked through the door (fortunately he wasn't a thief, just drunk) they've had my phone. Now whether someone took the phone from my room, or I simply left it behind I will never know, because it's been impossible to get any sensible reply from them. When I phoned in the morning they told me to call back in the afternoon. When I phoned in the afternoon they told me to call in the morning. And when I e-mailed them they told me to ask god! A direct quote: 'have you tried asking god?' Their security arrangements depend upon an interventionist deity!
I apologise for such a long review, but unless you intend on taking USAF surplus ear-plugs and padlocking all your possessions to the radiator for the duration of your stay, give it a miss!
The Winston is a great place for people on a fun-seeking holiday. The well-kept rooms are all individually decorated by local artists, many of which are themed (eg The Heineken room represents the inside of a beer bottle). The location is great - right in the heart of the centre, and whilst some may find the proximity to the red light area a bit disconcerting, I've never felt uneasy there. The only let-down was the rude staff. There had been a mistake with our booking and we didn't have the rooms we'd requested, but the grumpy Irish man on reception didn't care at all and did nothing to help. Otherwise, I would highly recommend The Winston as a fun place to stay.