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... restaurant/small business industry in Amsterdam. In every shop there was at least one cat lazing about. In this particular coffee shop we entered the cat came directly to me and plonked itself down on my lap. It was really one of the cutest most lovable cats in the world!
After the coffee shop we went to the market stretch. On which we found the Sex museum; which was spectacular! As we begun our tour Ruben past a motion ...
... the beginning of my post, Amsterdam is known for pushing the envelope and allowing various activities deemed inappropriate in other countries. Of these are the coffee shops-( not to be confused with a cafe0. Coffee shops are legalized places with menus of various baked goods and spliffs, spiked with marijuana and hashish. The content varies in strength in each of the varieties. Be sure if you have never experienced marijauna or hash brownies, to ...
... inside I ate to many of them. After a short drive we then arrived at our hotel we put our cases in our room and got ready as we had dinner at the hotel and all jumped on the coach into the red light district we had a last minute optional which was a sex show which we of course went to as its what you do in Amsterdam the whole group went. All I can say is WOW definitely something different that's for ...
... then wandered the streets of Amsterdam and got too lazy to find the tram back to hotel so caught a cab. Trying to figure out the roads is ******. Sure it's all on the right but its makes less sense than normal too.
For dinner tonight we got to go to a small fishing town. Classically I ate steak instead of fish, it was such a yummy dinner.
We then head back into Amsterdam and went on a canal cruise. At ...
Tulips, Clogs, Dykes, Windmills, Tall People and the colour Orange. This is exactly what came to mind of the Netherlands before I had even left Adelaide. Just simple obvious stereotypes, which to be fair are stereotypes for a reason, because some some extent they are true!
But lets say Amsterdam, I will guess that your mind has already ventured off into the world of their red light district. Prostitutes, Pot, Alcohol and lewd behaviour. Yes, it does exist, but there is so much ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Arena Amsterdam
The Arena hotel is simply one of the best budget hotels I've stayed at. It's a 10 minute tram ride from the centre and it's got everything you may need to enjoy a weekend break. The complex features a great bar, restaurant and nightclub as well as an amazing variety of rooms. We stayed in two of the rooms, we recommend them both:
A ramshackle hostel!
We are all led to believe from the marketing and "image" this hotel tries to portray that it is an oasis of cool in what is (and i agree to this!) a very cool city. However, on arrival the dank room was full of flies, the shower next to useless with black mould on the grouting. The clencher was the broken blind which was straight out of Sarajevo! Nothing could justify the high room rates - but the breakfast and seating area outside provided 2 relative highlights. oh! a suggestion, stay somewhere more central... it will be worth it!
ArenA Hostel/Hotel, Trendy, Young, Overall, Pretty Cool
Arena Hostel - More like a hotel than a hostle, Arena is large, clean, relatively inexpensive & it also has a somewhat decent dance club. This place is perfect for the 18 - 35 crowd. Nearly everyone is young & trendy, etc. The location is safe, but a little out of the way, it's not far by tram though. The food at their bistro in the evenings is pretty damn good, and it is a pretty cool atmosphere. Too bad, it's not right in the middle of the Dam. Otherwise, a good value, we thought. I'm pretty picky! Amsterdam is fun, but not as quaint as I expected
Room average cool place
myself and my brother stayed in hotel arena last march and must say it has the greatest athmosphere and is really hip,the staff seem unfriendly at first but just ask a question and they are only too willing to help,our room was small but we were last minute,you could roam naked and no one seems to mind and thats what i loved about it,its not very central but walk five mins to underground station and it takes you to central station in minutes,I would love to stay there again
Hip but OK
We stayed here in early January 03. It is a cool place but we weren't very happy with our room. We reserved our room through STA travel so it was a hostel type of room and very cold. The shower and toliet were in the same room, nothing separating them so the water from the shower got all over the place! Our friends booked their room through the hotel, paid more but had a much nicer room--2 levels and warm. The breakfast was very good. The bar was fun.
Not for me
This is a 1 to 2 star hotel at best. The website makes it seem cool, but it's really more of an upscale youth hostel. I tried 2 different rooms, but then decided to say "thanks but no thanks" and left to find another hotel.
That said, it's a fun atmosphere, bar and club are cool and the people at the desk were very understanding.
My fiance and I just returned from a fantastic trip to Amsterdam...We stayed at the Arena Hotel, first in one of their absolutely perfect, couldn't-be-better large two floor rooms, and later in a medium room that was coolness in itself. Both rooms boasted super- high ceilings which I adored, huge windows, and hardwood floors. Our two-floor room came equipped with modern-art wallpaper, which we will never forget, and the medium room with cool lighting and 60's inspired chairs. The ultra-modern interior of the hotel contrasts beautifully with the old architechture and almost spooky exterior. The hotel staff were fantastic- after our initial check- in, we were not bothered for the rest of our trip. It was almost like having our own apartment, as the staff were unobtrusive and made it seem almost like they weren't there at all. We had never seen anything like it- all hotels should be so discreet.
Won't return to the Arena
Not convenient for walking to the city centre. Also, the rooms were ridiculously small, the door would barely open as the bed took up most of the floor space. The staff were not friendly at all, but thats not to say they were rude, just not too welcoming. I must say that the breakfast buffet was fantastic though. There was a huge selection of fresh food to choose from, by far the best I've come accross. I won't be going back though as it just was not within a short walk from the City Centre.
Arena is mod and hip
I loved the Hotel Arena. My husband and I stayed there in the spring of 2002. The staff was friendly and nice. The breakfast buffet has got to be the best in the city. It was plentiful and fresh. We felt pampered.
Convenient if you like to dance--a club is located in the building.
Wonderfull two-floor rooms
The Arena Hotel is a big 3 star hotel in the center of Amsterdam. My girlfriend and i had a two-Floor Room. Because of the high old rooms at the 18th Century. In the hotel there's a nightclub but we hered nothing in the room from the music. Breakfast was very good. We loved to stay their for 2 nights. Amsterdam itself is a very nicy city.