Bastion Amsterdam/Centrum Zuidwest
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With Sunday off in Holland, it was fitting to head to Amsterdam. We took the train into town and as soon as we arrived I was awestruck by the quantity of beautiful buildings. I immediately reprimanded myself for not being more proactive in researching the history and background of the city; knowing the significance of elegant buildings makes them even more remarkable.
With no map in hand or agenda for the day, we wandered through the streets and ...
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Public transport systems can be regular and on-time but strangers to a new city need a little more local knowledge. No he didn't know where the Palace was (shuttle driver). No he didn't know where my hotel was. No he couldn't give me directions. He could let me off the bus on a busy street corner in what felt like a south american festival. Crowds thronged the streets to enjoy the sunshine and alcohol. Balloons ...
... Hour including a welcome presentation from our Program Director about our day tours and other information about our life aboard for our trip. This was followed by a fabulous dinner which the four of us shared with Bob and Diane from New York. Our much needed walk after dinner took us into parts of the Red Light district of Amsterdam. A bit more evidence of the liberal culture. We will be cruising through the night to Kinderdijk. Off to bed for some much needed ...
... stopover, but loved exploring the old city and of course the chocolate shops. We enjoyed a few Belgium chocolates with a cuppa that evening, and they are superb! Actually purchased a small box of a variety of chocolate liqueurs in the supermarket for only 2 euro - bargain compared to prices in the tourist zone stores. Wish I had bought anther box to take home for the family! We might have time to sneak back to Belgium on our way to Paris, after Germany. Next stop ...
It is common knowledge throughout the world, that in Amsterdam you may just enter a 'coffee shop' and buy marijuana legally. I really didn't know much more than that, why would I? But it's a fascinating trade even for one who doesn't partake. Unbelievably, the Dutch are the second biggest coffee drinkers. They drink no less than 140 litres of coffee a year on average. That's 3.2 cups a day and nearly double the beer they drink. Ironically there are 700 'coffee ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBastion Amsterdam/Centrum Zuidwest
The good... Near a tram stop. Near one end of Vondel park. Price average. Staff friendly. Nice coffee. Beds comfy. free mints at the counter Woohoo.
The bad... seemed to be stuck out in the middle of nowhere and beside busy road. Surrounds were desolate. Lots of construction about. Room small. Stairs, hall, room all smelled of cigarettes. Coffee and tea was short and not replenished. Room could have been cleaner. Was told to come back to the front desk in 15 minutes so i did not disturb the daily housekeeping meeting.
Make up your own mind.
I would stay closer to central Districts next time even if a bit more expensive.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.