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Saturday October 8th.
We departed Sydney airport on Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, and were in transit for 2 hours, before flying to Amsterdam arriving at 6.30 am.
Having collected our bags we took the train from Schiphol airport to Amsterdam Central Station, and then a taxi to Herengracht, and the Hotel Ambassade.
It was early …
Thursday 13th. October.
We awoke to another sunny warm day.
Breakfast in the Ambassade breakfast room, then coffee at Buffet van Odette.
It was such a nice day it was easy to decide to explore the Museum quarter of the city.
We walked to Vondel Park. The park was opened in 1865 and originally named the "Nieuwe Park", but …
Wednesday 12th of October.
Today we go to the city of Haarlem.
Haarlem was founded around the 10C, and was granted city status in 1245. The name derives from
Haarloheim meaning 'home on a forested dune'
It was in the 12C , the residence of the Counts of Holland.
In the 16C the Spanish besieged Haarlem for 7 months leading …
Tuesday October 11th.
This afternoon we will go to Koog aan de Zaan, which is a short train ride from Amsterdam, to spend time and have dinner with Libby's cousin Susan and Ranier her husband.
This gives us some time to spend walking around different parts of Amsterdam.
This tie we will explore some of the south eastern part …
Monday October 10th.
After a substantial Dutch breakfast we had coffee at "Buffet van Odette, then walked to the Central Station and caught the train to Leiden - the old university town.
Leiden is built on the Old Rhine river and is the seat of the oldest university in The Netherlands, having been established in 1575.
Leiden also …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAmbassade Hotel Amsterdam
The hotel was situated alongside one of the canals and was easy to get to by taxi. It was very comfortable and clean, though our room was a little small. Nothing unusual for central Amsterdam though, I am sure. A beautiful building, with tastefully decorated rooms and a very good breakfast. We would have no hesitation in returning there.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Ambassade Hotel Amsterdam
My wife and I have stayed here three times, and each stay has been wonderful. We have always been treated with great care, though the service is not cloying. We hate it when people are "in your face" all the time, saying "Hello" or whatever, just for the sake of appearing to be "service oriented."
Looks better than it is.
Although the buildings are quit beautifull the hotel is quit crappy.
They charge you first class prices but offer you third class facilities! My room was small and overlookes a brick wall!!! There is no a/c and the staff was totally uninterested. Breakfast was expensive.
During my stay I met a few nice italian girls in the hotel who were charged less than a quarter of the amount that I was charged!! Do not go to the Ambassade!
Very well located in Amsterdam and very comfortable. Some minor deficiencies: not enough pillows, towels small and thin. Staff is polite and helpful but not especially warm, complaints are not well accepted. On the whole close to high quality hotels like "Relais et Chateaux" but not quite at the same standard of excellency. Big problem: all double rooms are proposed at the same price whether they have a view or not and no information on the room is provided at the time of booking. For about 200 I was given a room on the back of the hotel with a small window facing a blind wall at 2m distance. I was not informed beforehand of this peculiarity. Otherwise I would have chosen another hotel. I spent the night "at the bottom of a well" feeling slightly claustrophobic. Amazing and totally unacceptable for an hotel of that category and price! My advice: Do insist to know exactly which room will be given to you before deciding to book in that hotel. Otherwise you may have an unpleasant surprise.
Ideal Spot for a Relaxed Weekend
We stayed at the Ambassade in July 2003 (recommended by the Canal House, which was full) and were very impressed all round. The service was very good (excellent in the dining room).The hotel has a great feel as they seem to have struck the right balance in creating a relaxed informal atmosphere with responsive service if you need anything.I would agree that the rooms are adequate, rather than luxurious, particularly when compared to the public areas of the hotel.However, there can't be too many hotels in Amsterdam that provide location, charm and tranquility at a reasonable price.
A good experience
Our 2-night stay was in a double room, second floor, balcony with view on the canal. we had a great time, and beginning each day with such a nice breakfast in a nice environment was an enjoyment. room was small, with OK furnishing. for those looking for a quiet "medium-budget" boutique hotel, for charm, or for a romantic spot for a weekend, this is the place.
We stayed at the Ambassade summer 2001 and had a two story suite at $325 per night. The furniture was shabby; the carpet was worn and green shag (a la 1970) and the whole suite was cramped and small. Making matters worse, Amsterdam was HOT (over 90 deg F) and this suite had neither fans nor was it air-conditioned. I found this inexcusable at over $325 per night. We did stay one night, left to sightsee the next day (after an unpleasant sleep) and returned to find the air inside the suite stifling. It was hotter inside than out. I went to the desk, and asked for a fan at the very least, and was told by the manager that his house was hot too. Frankly I didn't care about his house, and he doesn't pay $325 per night (in Guilders at the time). Hee also had the audacity to tell me that he cannot control the heat. I responded that he CAN control guests' comfort and they need to knock a hole in the wall of that suite and get an a/c in there!
OK, but not thrilled
I felt so-so about this hotel. The dining area and the common areas were beautiful, but I was not crazy about my room. I had one at street level and I found it to be dark and dreary. I thought the amount of money I spent was more than the room was worth. I would rather stay at the Canal House Hotel.
The Ambassade Rules
The Ambassade Hotel is a wonderful place to stay. The room was large with a sitting area, high ceilings, wonderful bathrooms and roomservice 24 hours. They have a breakfast in a lovely room overlooking the canal which is a bit pricey but worth it especially with the atmosphere and view.
They have free internet access (2 computers) in a little room for hotel guests. The hotel staff is very helpful.
Great bargain in an expensive city
Whenever I am in Amsterdam (once yearly) I always stay at the Ambassade. It was about the 5th hotel I tried in the city and it is by far the best "value for money" to be had in the city. If you are agile and don't mind walking up stairs the rooms on the top floors are spectacular (I usually request room #18). Great location, great ambiance, and a short walk to where the KLM shuttle bus stops (if you need to get to or from the airport). Breakfast is no big deal, but so what.
Luxury for a (fairly) Low Price
I enjoyed this hotel, located on the Herengracht canal. For about 145 Euro (including a fantastic Dutch breakfast in the drawing room each morning), I stayed in a room overlooking one of the canals. The staff was extremely attentive and helpful. The best part of this place is the spa called Koan Float.
They offer saline float tanks for an unusual relaxation experience! Followed by an hour-long massage if you wish. The location is perfect: a few minutes' walk to all you'd want to see.