Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... staff had not yet arrived to work at their tax crossing stations. (Every other time we had been able to talk with a guard with out having to talk through a staticky box as if we were ordering McDonalds from a drive-thru.) With the loud interjections of the french man trying to communicate frantically through animated sign language and simplified french, we were finally connected with someone who could potentially help us. (Our stubborn french friend behind us was having a ...
Everyone woke up hung over as **** from the night before. Starting to get annoyed with something's but just trying to go with the flow. Molly sprayed some perfume on her, Nina "did you just spray your vagina". So hung over. After an hour at the airport Kelsie finally gets her luggage. We get some food at the airport. I got cuscus and an apple. We hoped on the train to Antwerp at 11:44 to 12:18 to central. Than we have a train to Rod-something than finally Amsterdam. So ...
... too, although had no idea when making the booking that the hotel was located on the street known for gay leather clubs (I promise it was a coincidence).
Since it was still afternoon I thought I'd go and do some exploring. I took a sightseeing map I'd made before leaving home, and headed off through the streets. It's strange how, every time I walk past a coffee house, there's a strong, sweet smell coming from it. I guess it must be the cakes and Dutch pancakes ...
... all about Heineken and how it's made They had tons of games and videos to watch too. They also had adorable horses! We got to have 2 glasses of beer as a tasting at the end, and we even ended up seeing our friends from England that we met the night before. After Heineken we found a place called Wok to Wok and got some yummy stir fry. They should definitely bring this place to America! We headed back to Bulldogs again that night for some more ...
... it was going to be a long day! We made it to the train, lugged our stuff aboard and settled in for the 20 minute journey to Amsterdam.
Arriving in the city amid the drizzle, we decided to catch a taxi for the short stretch down the road to the hotel. Having checked in just on 12.30pm we left our bags at reception and headed out for lunch and a well-deserved Heineken.
With an important afternoon task ahead of us, we finished the meal with a coffee ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Amstelzicht Amsterdam
Great, Great, Great. A little Treasure........
Stayed here with two of my mates from Sunday 13-Wednesday 16 March 05. We had a tripple room which consisted of a double bed and a single. The hotel was fantastic and location was brillant. It's just off Dam Square and there is a great Irish pub beside it (great craic and sing songs!!) Sessions go on here all night!!!
The bathroom was huge and the shower very good (great power....)
The owner and staff of the hotel will do everything to make your stay comfortable (from extra pillows to sweets!)
If you are getting a taxi to the hotel don't pay more than 40euro from the airport.
The only downfall of the hotel are the stairs. They are quite narrow but are accessible (while not in a drunk state!). Ask for a room on the first floor, we did and got it no hassle.
Would defiently recommend this hotel and will stay here again next year. You will enjoy your stay here...........
We stayed at the Hotel Amstelzicht, Sunday-Thursday, 13-17 March 2005. On-site owners Robert and Ramon were extremely friendly and accommodating. There's no lift, and the stairway is very narrow and steep, but our room (facing the rear), although a bit sparse (no closets or drawers) was clean, comfortable, and quiet. The central location is excellent, right on the Amstel Canal and just yards from a tram stop. Add to all of this quite reasonable rates, and you'd have a hard time finding a better value. Would not hesitate to stay here again. Highly recommended.
Decent little hotel.
Stayed here with my wife for 3 nights (Thurs-Sun) in mid Feb 2004, and it was a good place to stay.
Had a perfectly fine room at the top of the hotel with lovely views looking out over the river. Steep stairs, but that's a feature of Amsterdam houses. The room was spacious and well furnished, and had a recently renovated en suite with shower. It's a small hotel - the taxi driver from airport hadn't heard of it, so take the full address with you.
Good location, Dam square and most touristy areas are reachable on foot in 10 mins or so, and trams close for travelling further afield. It's not supposed to be the best of areas in Amsterdam, but we didn't see anything to be particularly concerned about. It's a friendly city! There was some noise from surrounding area at night/morning, but really only to be expected in a city. Rear-facing rooms probably better for this, but miss out on the great views!
No complaints about the staff. Turned up quite late and were given friendly reception. Leaving the room key with reception when going out is perhaps a bit outdated, but not a serious bind. Didn't have breakfast at the hotel, so can't comment on that.
For a short city break this hotel is a good value, reasonably central base to explore from. I would recommend it to others.
(The same can't be said about flying BMI, after a 7 hour delay at Schipol with appaling customer service. Flight there was fine, but when things go wrong it's a different story.)
While this sunless dungeon may technically qualify as a three star, don't expect any class with your room. The house rules are conservative (this is Amsterdam, right?)- expect to leave your key and ring the doorbell 24 hours a day. The owner is the worst- he epitomizes the inhospitality and self-centeredness of a tourist hotel that cares not for your comfort or repeat business. His unabashed anti-American attitude is both professionally and personally ignorant, and his staff seems frightened into submission. Considering the location of the hotel near the Rembrandtplein (what Amsterdamers consider to be the worst part of town), it is not suprising that this hotel is perfectly willing to take advantage of your vulnerabilities and your credit card imprint should you raise any complaint, as they did to me. Fortunately or not, you may receive better service and more respectful attention if you are a man, or traveling with a man. If you made the mistake I did by booking here, hope that at least during the night the blood will rish to your head from sleeping with your head downhill from your feet, and that you will wake up with no conscious memory of this place. You couldn't pay me to stay here again.
Robert & ramon have a new "Palace"
wanted to let you know that our friends from the "Townhouse"B&B just bought a veautiful little palace nestled in the heart of amsterdam... when I called to make my resrevation, Robert Invited us to stay here. It was warm, clean, and of course just like in the Townhouse very personal service.
In case you don't know it, it is Amstelzicht, located in the heart of Amsterdam, give them a call and tell Kathryn sent you!
Rates are competitive, the staff and envirinment is wonderful!
A good choice, and great value!
We stayed at the Amstelzicht for 3 nights from November 4th 2004. I was very pleased that all my careful deliberations and planning when choosing a hotel had paid off.
The entrance was very clean and inviting, as were all areas of the hotel that i saw. The receptionist was very friendly and welcoming when we checked in, despite it being past 10pm!
Our room was very large (room number 1) with double bed, sitting area, tv, minibar and clean and modern bathroom.
Staff were helpful at all times, attending to any needs we had quickly and efficiently.
We did not take breakfast (10 euros each) so i cannot comment on that.
Only one thing i can warn you about is the fact that our room was ground floor, with the road outside, and a cafe bar with loud music to the side, so was a bit noisy into the early hours of the morning, so if you think this would bother you, ask for a room at the back of the hotel, and/or on a higher floor.
Basically to sum up, I would describe the Hotel Amstelzicht as a small, friendly boutique/guesthouse hotel, without some of the "bigger" amenities of large chain hotels. But if you are looking for a clean,friendly,comfortable, affordable, central base(5-10 mins walk to red light district,15-20 mins walk to centraal station,right next to rembrandtplein) then do not hesitate to book this hotel.
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A lovingly tendered home from home in Amsterdam
Amsterdam - as always - is a hustle and bustle of bike riders, canals, museums, great shops and restaurants; what you crave to enjoy it all is a safe retreat.
We found our little home from home after many a frustrating search over the years. Hotel Amstelzicht is a little haven in all the craziness, overlooking the River Amstel, just separated by a tiny street - and what may sound like a paid for advert is a personal and honest account:
Up a few stairs, the light and clean corridor leading to the reception is already inviting and spotless. And (as we were to find out soon) no matter what the time of day and night is - you are welcomed by quietly humorous, gentle and caring young gentlemen. We instantly hoped we had finally arrived in Amsterdam.
The rooms confirmed this: We saw two of twelve - again, we felt at home in a second, we could find all the usual amenities, everything worked, everything shone. And it was quiet during the (rest of the) night, which is a great asset. At the time of writing (October 2004), you pay 120 Euros at the back and 140 overlooking the Amstel, which at a *** rating is good value for money in Amsterdam.
Breakfast (at 10 Euros p.p.) is served in the newly decorated dining room adjoining the reception area: cereals, juices, two sorts of bread, toasted on request, boiled eggs, coffee or tea. Everybody is gathered round one big table, which felt fine by us.
The new and young proprietors, who took over in August 2004, seem to be in for a long run of quality and care beyond the call of duty. Long may they run, is what we say. - Hey, and book early.
Uli & Senta Twelker
Excellent hotel with attentive owners
We were dragging our bags around looking for a hotel after a night in a not so nice one, saw a room available sign, and found an oasis. New owners very attentive, infomative and enthusiastic about their city, and committed to making their hotel a sucess. Room a good value at 105 euros compared to several other places we saw. Cleans rooms, clean uncluttered decor thruout. We stayed in Amsterdam longer that excepted because we liked the hotel so well.
Large room, best location, friendly staff
Perfect place to stay when in amsterdam,
very clean, lovely welcome during check in, good breakfast and the location is PERFECT ! I had only two days in Amsterdam and from the Amstelicht everything was within 10 minutes walk.
I will be back!
We loved it!
Me and my friends booked a triple room. We stayed 5 nights in total and everything was great. Small, traditional building overlooking a canal and very convenient as it is in a central location (however in a quiet neighbourhood) and everything is within walking distance. The room was very spacious and comfortable. There was daily room service keeping it clean and tidy. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. Whenever we go back to Amsterdam we will definitely stay there again!