Bastion Deluxe Hotel Amsterdam / Zaandam
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My impressions of Amsterdam are that it is weird mix of old and new together. The people are friendly and there is lots to see and do.
Helen'e sister was attending a conference in Amsterdam so we managed to coordinate a weekend together there.
Typically our flights from the UK were not too expensive and generally …
... wasn't what I expected, not that i really knew what to expect! But the performers were bored, or at least appeared to be! There was a little crowd involvement from both our contiki group and another group! Including stripping off the sex workers clothing, eating bananas out of a woman's vagina and at one point one of the acts was almost in the crowd. I don't think ...
... So many people there were so spaced out because there had had space cakes or something so they were laughing but one girl who had had 2 brownies in about 2 hours was out of it. She was pretty much green pale and passed out at her table she was so bad. After that we walked out of the restaurant and on a boat where we went for our canal cruise. It was alright. It wasn't the most fun but everyone was there and it was our final night so that was good. ...
... deterred, we are headed back out to see and experience more of Amsterdam.
By the way, Bella declared last night on the walk back from dinner that she likes Amsterdam during the day and not the night. Between the crazy bicycle riders, scooter riders and trams, she felt it better to stay off the street. I can not imagine how she would feel about Amsterdam at night if she noticed what really goes on here at night.
Anyway, off to lunch.
... used to be a shipping storehouse and has been converted to a 5 star luxury hotel (thank you Priceline for half price deals!). Went for an evening canal cruise and then walked around until about 1 am. Very safe. Lots of people walking around. At night you can see inside all of the houses lining the canals - beaautiful - and noone has curtains. A lot of the canals have houseboats lining them which were fascinating to look into, again all lights were on and no ...
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The rooms were Ok but smaller than expected. The corridors smelt of smoke. The rooms were not as clean as I would have hoped. The location, although not far from the Lelylaan train station (2 stops from the airport) and 200 m to a tram stop and 500m to the far end of Vondel park, was in a weird situation of mixed business district, empty lots and residential blocks - no atmosphere at all nearby - but that is modern Amsterdam I suppose. it was still 3-4 km from the centre of Amsterdam requiring a tram trip in daily, kind of fun anyway - get a day pass on the tram cheaper - the centre, museums, cafes, canals etc is where we spent most of our time. But that's what you get for a budget price. I thought it was odd that the manager told us we MUST wait at the desk for 15 minutes to check out whilst she conducted the daily meeting with cleaning staff - this was a little inconvenient and more so for some who might need to make train connections, but not a show stopper. OK stay - but I would stay closer to the centre and spend a little more to do it.
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