Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... only 8ppl including our guide it was very enjoyable; we stopped at Central Station, the old harbour, Jordaan, Anne Frank's House, we rode through the beautiful Vondel Park - so many people were out enjoying the sun and lying on the grass it was really lovely, then onto Museum square & The Red Light District - very... Interesting... Women in windows. Amsterdam is so so pretty; the canals and all the trees make it feel ...
... some of their beer - I was beered out from Heineken. Quick wardrobe change for dinner, we took pot luck and tried our chances at a place called Wilde Zwynen - very much one of the in place's of Amsterdam, awesome reviews and bookings required! Lucky for us only about a 10 minute walk from the boat. Absolutely packed at 7:15 (thought we'd have more luck being a bit earlier) anyway they were very accommodating and said we could sit at the bar, and start our meal, 30 ...
... bit and we got dinner. Our hostel was right downtown and the city itself is very pretty. They guys all went to the Red Light District so I hung around the Hostel for most of the evening instead of going out and seeing the city, but it was nice to relax for once as the trip was very busy!
... were working models of container ships in the harbour, train lines and roads, and even Amsterdam airport. We would have loved to have stayed longer but it was windy, rainy and bitterly cold so we retired to the cafe for a hot chocolate and then back on the tram and train back home to Amsterdam.
Travelling on public transport here (and in Hong Kong) is a stark reminder of how woeful our transport system is back in ...
... of every car and lorry we passed, as I whizzed past their bumpers and hubcaps. Never again.
I distracted myself with the egg sandwich. The packaging clearly said egg on it. I read it several times, and so it took me a moment to work out why it tasted so strange. The sandwich had clearly never been near a chicken in its life. It actually contained some slightly sweaty cheese, 2 rounds of tomato and a lot of black pepper. I mean it was edible, but unexpected.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Abba Amsterdam
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.
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.