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Today (my last day in Amsterdam and last day before arriving at my program!) was all about living a day the way the Dutch would! After breakfast, I wandered across the street to a bike rental shop that prides itself in renting older, fixed-gear bikes and not the bright-colored bikes that scream, "I'm a tourist!!"
This was probably the …
After a quick transfer in Rotterdam, I was on the way to Amsterdam! There was a group of 5 of us who made the trip from London and we had a lot of fun along the way. The Dutch countryside is exactly what it looks like on postcards (including the windmills!). We got into Amsterdam Centraal Station at 9:30 and my hotel was right across the street. …
VERSMOLD --> AMSTERDAM Got the train from Dissent-Bad Rothenfelde to Amsterdam (changing at Rotterdam). Arrived at our hostel which was just on the border of the red light district. Dumped our bags, had a quick bite to eat (including a gelato!) and then went off on a walking tour of the city. We saw: Royal Palace, old church, red light district, Chinatown, Europe's oldest Buddhist temple (12 years!), the old city gates from when it was a walled city, also where ...
... furniture. Anne's room even still had the pictures she put up on the walls. Most of the items were removed when the Nazi's raided and when Otto Frank agreed that the house should be preserved as a museum, he did not want to have it refurnished with items they would have had. It is absolutely amazing that eight people survived in that small space for over two years without being ...
... I realized I couldn’t see everything worth seeing in a week, so I did what I could and intend to return soon.
There was a dam across the River Amstel – that's how the name Amsterdam came about. I think I’m good with maps and usually have a good sense of direction. Here in Amsterdam, within the first couple of days I was totally lost twice (quite fun, actually). I thought I was walking towards the old ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsA-Train Hotel Amsterdam
Fun Hotel, good location, continental breakfast in morning. Cute railroad themed decor. friendly staff. Right across from central station,
resonable rate for Amsterdam, many resturants walking distance at least 100! Down side funky shower.
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Historical Traveler Reviews A-Train Hotel Amsterdam
Clean, Friendly & Helpful
We have just returned back from this hotel on 19th February 2004 and can honestly say that it was a delight to have stayed there. As per previous reviews, the whole hotel was clean and efficient and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We stayed in a first class double for 89 euros per night including a sustantial Dutch breakfast - well worth it. I would however agree with some other posters, I would think that the rooms would be hot during the summer as there is no aircon, and I could imagine that it is noisy during the summer with the windows open but at the time of the year that we went, neither of these affected us. Very much recommended.
Clean & Friendly
First visit to Amsterdam, really enjoyed it and A-Train Hotel very comfortable. Definitely 3 Star. Staff very polite and helpfull. Good breakfasts. Rooms small, but all there, TV, shower, hairdrier, and room safes. Beds were really comfortable and linen good quality. Will go back and also recommend to others. The no smoking (dope) policy is good as there are plenty of other places to indulge so it doesn't impose on other guests. Not against it, but it really stinks. Train theme is not over the top, and the inlaid track to laminate floor in buffet car style dining is a nice touch.
After 2 weeks of solid Inter-railing, the last thing we wanted to do was sleep on another train....so we thought we'd stay at a train-themed hotel instead. Easily one of the best vaule hotels in the area and the best thing was the room was spotlessly clean too.
We stayed in A train during Dec 2003 for 5 nights, weve been to amsterdam several times and have stayed in different hotels. Our room in a train was of a high standard and the best of the 3 star accomodation weve ever used. I didnt find it a sweat box but then going in Dec your glad of the heat which we could adjust ourselves and it was always snug. Breakfast was the usual dutch type but with proper Kellogs cereals! You can use the vending machine 4 late night emergency munchie snacks!! The location is great in the street opposite the central station most attractions are walking distance.
The only thing I didnt much like was the fact you had to hand in your key to go out and get it back on return (reception is open 24 hrs) It made me slightly uncomfortable as they knew when u were in or out of your room so they could check out your room if they wanted & we sensed that they had been in (yes this was after housekeeping was in!) maybe to check their no drug policy was being adhered to??? I hope that doesnt put anyone off as this hotel is great and we never had any ackwardness and staff were all very friendly and helpful. I would go back.
Service with a smile.
Having stayed in this hotel in its previous inseption we were very pleased with the renovations. The building was very clean the service was always with a smile and the owner Jos upgraded our room to a studio with patio, as we had been guests previously.The breakfast was varied and plentiful. The hotels proximity to Central Station was an added bonus. We stayed in June 03 , and found the atmosphere to be just right, not too hot nor too cold. This was my fourth trip to Amsterdam and I would have no hesitation in staying in the A Train hotel again.
Well done Jos and crew. Hope to see you in 04.
"we don't allow drugs use in this hotel...."
"we don't allow drugs use..." stares out from the rooms list of do's and don't's. As a professional working person in the UK who prefers to go regularly to Amsterdam to indulge in the local grass/hash my holiday was very restricted. Not only that, but the train theme seems to come from the fact your room is like a train station, someone in and out every few minutes. I definitely felt I was being checked on. I will ask next time I book a hotel if smoking is to be permitted. I understand that not everyone is keen to embrace the relaxed rules concerning drug use ut I wish I had been told so I wouldn't have stayed there. Aprt from that, the room was nice enough - but I've never had a bad room in Amsterdam as their standard of service and rooms are always high.
Canadians say A-Train Great!
Having never travelled to Europe before (May 2003), my husband and I advance-booked our room at the A-Train Hotel because of its proximity to Amsterdam's Centraal train station, and because my husband is a rail-fan! There was a slight delay in obtaining our room, for which the staff were apologetic, and we were upgraded to a deluxe room with a fridge etc. The accommodations were pleasing in every detail - comfy bed, nice chairs and a table with tea-stuff, moderately air-conditioned but with big windows that could be opened, lovely bathroom, clean clean clean. Nice dining room downstairs with free very simple breakfast.
Lots of neato train stuff everywhere. We recommend this hotel very highly!
A Train Sweatbox
Having stayed here in its previous lifeform its truly amazing what a bit of TLC can do to a once former stalagluft concentration camp, The first thing that hits you is the walls have actually been plastered (Being in the same state dont take it for word) which takes away the fun of counting bricks whilst floating for better views after appreaciating the local vegetation, having been shut down for 15 months and having millions of euros spent you would have given a little more thought to aircon, yes air con not conair which is a six inch fan shared by all who have the will power to make it to the on button before melting, apart from this little overview "A pat on the back" for a 99% built hotel