Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
Last night we had determined that we would visit a total of 6 castes in one day. Now, while we only planned to tour the grounds of only three, this, in many ways was a bit of an unrealistic ambition, but we embraced the optimism of the way to spend our last official day in France and of touring Europe.
We were under a bit of a tight schedule and if we were planning to visit all six of les Châteaux, then we would need to stick to it. We woke up significantly earlier than most of ...
... at 7 when it is still very light out, so there was nothing going on. After wandering around in small groups, we met as a class with our professor at a cafe. We could choose between hot chocolate and lemonade. I got the lemonade, it had orange, lime, and ginger in it as well and was very pulpy. It was very different, and didn't taste like lemonade, but still good. At 9 we all started getting antsy because the game was at 10. She dismissed us, ...
... and packed up my remaining items, then making my way to the nearby U Bahn. Today was actually raining (first time so far on this trip), so I managed to wear my big winter jacket which had been sitting in my suitcase untouched until today.
I walked down to the U Bahn and waited for a train that was due to arrive in four minutes. After twenty minutes passed without a train, I became suspicious. I asked one of my fellow commuters what was happening and he explained that ...
... I got some great video footage on my phone! I split a space cake with my friend and my other two friends ordered drinks at the bar. We had such a fun first night! The next morning we woke up and took a tram to the central station where we caught a free 3 hour tour. We used this same company in Barcelona and we really loved the tour so we decided to give it another try. We aim to do the free tour the first full day that we are in a city because ...
... The weather was a bit of a disappointment. Couldn't believe how many umbrellas we saw in the rubbish bins. We just chilled out until it was time to catch our bus to the airport. It's crazy that our 1hr train ride back into the city was longer than our 45min flight. Unfortunately we had to catch the later train because Shane's passport line let down the team and so we caught the 11pm train which meant we had to taxi when we got to Kings Cross as the tubes were ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Abba Amsterdam
Turned the holiday into a living nightmare
This place ruined our holiday! A few friends and myself were unlucky to discover we where sharing the room with a large family of mice! A few days into the stay I spotted what I thought was a mouse in the room one night, a few minutes later I saw another mouse pop its head out from the kitchen. As a friend went into another room to tell the guy in there, he spotted another. After moving the furniture to check for mouse droppings, we found mouse traps down the back of the radiators and underneath our beds! Obviously the owners where aware of the mouse problem. The ground floor is an old disused car showroom - I suspect this is where they are coming from. The group of us spent the night awake, knowing mice were all over the place where we slept. We got our money back the next morning without much fuss (probably because we where a group of guys in no mood to be messed about). We spent the next 2 hours roaming Amsterdam trying to find somewhere else to stay.
Alright for an Amsterdam Honeymoon!
I spent a long weekend here with my husband, and our best mates, for our honeymoon. We had a fantastic time. Felt safe with the security boxes in the hotel. The stairs were mad, especially when trying to negotiate them stoned and drunk in the early hours... Breakfast was fantastic - no matter the state we were in, we made it for breakfast.
Excellant lining to the stomach for serious sight seeing! The rooms were basicallly tidy, and teh towels fresh and clean everyday. We had no complaints. Thanks Hotel Abba...
Great for a 1-star
we booked in to Abba out of necessity - the hostels were full, but got a very pleasant surprise. For about the same price as a hostel two of us got a private room, TV with loads of channels and clean towels everyday. The staff were friendly and helpful, and I'll definitely stay there again. The stairs are a bit steep, so I would'nt recommend it to my grandmother - but as a cheap, no-frills stay it's perfect.
Nice for budget traveling!
Stayed here in fall of '02 with friends. Stairs getting to the rooms were a killer. Once there, the rooms were big for a budget hotel. Not to mention, we had our own toilet (also odd for a budget European hotel)! Some rooms have a little patio overlooking tops of smaller buildings. Ours had a giant window that didn't open facing the busy street. Not the best views...no canals in sight. Breakfast was good and filling. All in all, it was well worth it for a budget hotel!
We stayed here for 6 days in May-June, and our room would have been fine if only they had cleaned it. Unfortunately on 3 days out of 6 it was left untouched, and twice we had to request the day's clean towels from reception. We were told this was because the hotel is only 2-star!
We are very used to 2-star hotels, but this is the first time I've experienced one where cleaning/tidying is not carried out daily - a necessity when two people camp in one room for a week. NB breakfasts are the standard Dutch breakfast, nothing special.
Good - Not Great
There's a maxim to be applied to cheap hotels like the Abba - you get what you pay for. In that sense I can't be dissapointed with what we got- a basic, slightly crumbling room - but in a good location. The staff are indeed very friendly, the hotel is smoker friendly (it sells the smokers guide to Amsterdam), But the toilet was a problem. The smell emenating from there can only be descibed as powerful. It didn't help that the shower was right beside it, and on the same dank tiled floor, so that we couldn't shower for fear of ... yeuch, doesn't bear thinking about. Try as we might, and we did try - with bleach,air freshener - the smell of decaying faeces never left.I can't complain - we had a great stay, and if you can stand the odd inconvenience (like having to wearshoes walking around the room or in the toilet), and not being able to shower, you'll be fine. I just feel that with more attention paid to cleanliness, this could be a little gem.
Hotel abba did it for us!
We stayed in the hotel abba in august last year the rooms are very clean the staff very polite and although it isnt in amsterdam central it was only a two minute tram ride to get there it is located near leidseplein which has excellent food and bars and nightlife we will definately be going back this year so everyone at hotel abba see you soon!
Great location, Great value
I have stayed there several times and found it to be a great spot to explore Amsterdam from. The room was clean and well furnished and the staff was most patient with all the typical tourist questions. Tram #1 & 6 stop right in front of hotel and around the corner are tram stops for the other main routes in the city. Also only one block from Vondel Park and the wonderful terrace cafe there. Very reasonable room rate, I would rather spend my cash on all the "other" indulgences you find in this great city. Hope you enjoy your stay as much as I did.
P.S. EXCELLENT breakfast and delicious coffee!!!
The hotel is on a busy road, with shops opposite, trams, bikes and cars everywhere. The entrance to the hotel is up a steep dark set of stairs under a disused car garage and did not look promising. However, when we opened the door ro reception we were met with a bright and cheerful room and friendly and helpful staff.
We had booked a twin room, and when we got to it we were pleased to find it large and clean with wardrobes and a dressing table. The bathroom opposite was clean and we were only sharing it with one other room. Although our room faced onto the busy road (complete with roadworks while we stayed there!), once the window was shut we really couldn't hear anything from outside.
The breakfast was superb, with toast, eggs, ham, cheese, cereal- all spread out in another cheerful room off reception. The other guests seemed to be a mix of young people, families and businessmen types.
The hotel is a little way out of central Amsterdam (about a 15 minute walk), but there is plenty to see as you walk in and there are tram stops along the road. There are lots of restaurants and cafes nearby, and there is a supermarket across the road from the hotel.
I would definitely stay here again.