Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
Our flight from Dubai to Amsterdam was awesome, we scored seats in a front row so the extra leg room definitely made for a more comfortable journey.
When we arrived in Amsterdam we decided we would catch a taxi to our accommodation but quickly changed our mind when we found out the trip would cost us 45 euro... So train it was, from there we were told we could walk to our hotel... Well after walking the streets with all our luggage ...
... some pictures with that. After visiting the letters we sat on one of the bridges of the canals and soaked up the sun and took some more pictures. Dinner was a quick pizza at a restaurant. It was a rainy night, but we still wanted to endure it and do a pub crawl! It started at 830 and ended around 330am and we all had a blast! We got free T-shirts and we met some really awesome people. There was three groups of guys from England, Germany and ...
... vagina. She then peels it. She tells us "Bite it. Don't suck it. If you want to suck something, suck off the gorilla". Asian dude goes first. Then Vlad goes. Then she takes off my glasses. I finish the banana and keep going a bit.
Then I go to the grass hopper and smoke three joints with some friends.
Then we go to this bar and I get hammered. Finally we go to a club nearby before catching a taxi back to the hotel.
... that drinks were included basically all night so i knew we were in for a big one, and that it was! Starting with a delicious 4 course dinner in a cute little town. We then headed back into Amsterdam and did a 90 minute cruise on the canals such a nice way to see Amsterdam and got some great snaps of the sun setting, weirdest feeling because it was almost 10 pm and the sun was only just going down. After that we headed to as our tour manager called it a ...
... the nation's parliament. Very like a tour of Canberra really, though I think The Hague is an administrative centre, not the real capital. We merely drove around slowly without stopping (not a hardship I have to say). I waved at the Australian ambassador's house, which is a pleasant but plain two storey dark red brick, built in the Dutch style. We drove past the 'working palace' of the king (lest you argue with me on this point, Queen Beatrix resigned the throne ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Asterisk Amsterdam
Good Budget Hoel, Nice Staff
Stayed at the Asterisk for a week. The rooms that share a bath are tiny but the rooms with private baths are considerably larger. The staff was wonderful... they were very friendly and helpful. The hotel is by no means plush but is was clean (although it was very smokey). The location is very good... close to the museums and tram stops. Overall it was a very good choice for the price.
Our room at the Asterisk hotel was tiny and stinky. I'm used to small and have stayed in lots of European hotels, but this double room should have been a single room. The room smelled really bad, very smokey like someone had just finished smoking a cigarette in there. I was told the room had been cleaned at 11 (it was now 5pm). I really couldn't believe it had been empty since then, that someone hadn't just been smoking there. I asked for a different room and was shown to one equally stinky. They did spray the room which helped for about 5 minutes.
Excellent place to stay, well located, near by the museums, good friendly staff, cheaps rates, charming rooms, but very small... Only bad point: the building is very high, so an elevator could be installed to help to the guests to get to their rooms with the luggage. If I return to Amsterdam, I will definitively there!!
Nice Budget Hotel
Just returned from 3 night stay at the Asterisk Hotel. Nice budget hotel in a residential neighborhood. Quiet location perfect for sleeping but close enough to walk to attractions, museums, nightlife, restaurants etc. Continental breakfast provided in nice dining room - as the other reviews mentioned do not expect a fry up. We opted for a room without a private bath but it was on the smallish size - would probably go for a private bathroom if we stay again.
Asterisk was heaven
We stayed at Hotel Asterisk on the last night of our week-long stay in Amsterdam. The hotel proprieter went out of his way to let us a room (though normally there is a two night minimum stay on week nights.) The room was gloriously clean and crisp and comfortable. We paid 115 Euro on a Friday night for a double (though there was a pull out bed in the closet)
We had a room on the ground floor with a private terrace that was fabulous.
Highly recommended for convenience, friendliness, and value! We'll be back!
A real gem among European hotels!!!
This hotel was the bright spot in an otherwise dreary European hotel experience. Right away we could tell this hotel was different. The staff was so friendly and helpful at check-in: they gave us guidebooks and extra keys. The room was clean, bright, and really spacious. Our private bathroom was really nice, and they even gave us enough towels! For the price, you can't beat it, especially with the included breakfast. I will definitely stay here again!!!
Great location for a cheap price
Great location and the rooms were clean and simple. I paid extra to have my own bathroom. And their breakfast was good too. But, if your a big breakfast eater you might want to go this resturant called the Pancake Carasoul, which is right across the park from the hotel. And if your a big fan of Heinken the brewery is just over the canal.
Great Room, Great Price.
Our family of three stayed here in March 2003. The room was clean and comfortable with a private bathroom (with shower). The street is quiet yet close to trams and museum district. Friendly owner and tasty Dutch continental breakfast included with cash payment for room. Triple room (Murphy-style twin bed) was 85 euros. Would stay here again.
Cheap, clean but smoking pot not allowed!
We really enjoyed our stay at the Asterik. It was cheap, friendly, clean and just a short walk away from pubs and restaurants. You could not do drugs of any kind on the premises which was a bit of a pain - but we got away with magic mushrooms undetected! They have Van Gogh all over the walls which turned out to be very entertaining whilst under the influence of magic mushrooms. We would definitely go there again - but do not expect a fry up in the morning - fruit bread and cheese are up for grabs though - enjoy!
A nice 2 star hotel. Clean, close to the Heineken Brewery and only a short walk to Leidesplein, Rijksmuseum, etc. A good choice for the independent traveler who wants something a bit more safe and clean than many of the places close to the train station, but can't afford the more expensive hotels. Stayed there in November 2002 and paid 65 Euro for a double (if you pay in cash at check-in, you also get breakfast included). Rooms are small, but clean. Each floor shares a bathroom, but there are only a few rooms on each floor so it was never a problem. Internet access at front desk. There is a hotel shuttle bus to the airport that picks up at the Asterisk. I believe main building has an elevator, but second building (where we stayed) did not. Not a problem for us, but something to think about.