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Well here we are! We just finished our first 3 days of our trip-- in Amsterdam. Now for a quick update. Everything went smoothly getting here and we've had awesome sunny weather so far. Everyone is very friendly in Amsterdam, and our hotel is great- super tiny room-- but clean! We visited the Van Gogh museum, Anne Frank Haus, and lots of other cool …
We arrived in Amsterdam and headed back to the same hotel we had stayed in a year earlier. The Asterisk Hotel is a two star small hotel on a very quiet street (very important in Amsterdam), and well run. We rented our bikes and headed out to see if anything in town had changed. Amsterdam is a great town to visit, after a day or so you realize that …
Last full day in Amsterdam and on the trip.
We decided to do one museum today. The Rijksmuseum is huge and holds countless different artists so we decided on the Van Gogh Museum since we at least knew who he was and the museum is not quite so large. For information purposes, the Gogh is not pronounced "Go", nor is it pronounced "Goff". It is pronounced something akin to trying to dislodge a shrimp stuck in your throat. You sort of take the "ch" as the Scottish pronounce in "loch" ...
... at all the bikes, scooters, cars and trams speeding by without crashing into one another. On to some delicious cheese fondue in the red light district with a acrobatic cat jumping onto patrons tables and a few beverages at some charming establishments before heading to Centraal for a surprise. The boys booked a candlelight cheese and wine cruise so we sailed off into the sunset (at 9.30pm!) to see Amsterdam from the water. Interesting to see all the different houses ...
... a cool down and although it was on it made NO difference whatsoever. Today was testing for us both. Even whilst driving the breeze was hot air. Finally we reached the Alps around 6pm and literally as we passed out the other side the air changed and the breeze turned cool! Thank god for that! We found another services and gave Wally a seriously well deserved rest! Poor si had heat rash all over his hands, horrible itchy little dots. Found a perfect spot ...
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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.