Hampshire Hotel - Lancaster Amsterdam
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... oily they go well straight down the hatch but really good on toast first thing in the morning. Wine is on the shopping list too and European wines are easily available and not expensive. Just like NZ there are expensive dealers and more realistic dealers. We check most of them out :)
We also enjoy catching a tram to an unknown destination. It affords a good insight in to the neighborhoods and it is not long before you get to know the various standards of suburbs.
... And it turned out there were a couple of cafes with canal-side seating just across the canal.
So I had a great time, sitting by the canal, drinking some strong Belgian beer and admiring the wonderful view. It was very relaxing. And one of my favorite activities in Europe.
After a couple of hours and a couple of beers, the line at the Anne Frank house finally dwindled to nothing. So I went over and got right in.
I wasn't sure what to expect ...
... stop playing. I got a lot happier. Think going from a big flat-screen to a proper movie screen. Yea. That big of a difference.
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9- Assigned Seats- Do they sound like a good idea? Yes. Are they? No. If you thought people climbing over you to get to a seat was bad, imagine they actually have to do it, and aren't just being jerks. It happened. A lot. And there's no basis for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hampshire Hotel - Lancaster Amsterdam
There's nothing wrong with this hotel!
We just returned from Amsterdam today and I'd better put in my review while it is still fresh, me and my wife stayed there for 4 nights, 10th-14thDec 2004.
Before I left for Amsterdam I requested if it was possible to change from a twin to a double. We managed to get a winter promotion rate on the internet @ 240 euros for 4 nights.....including breakfast!! Up on arrival they upgraded us to a family room at no extra charge and a double bed off course, what a pleasent suprise!
The room was quiet, however we could occasionally hear the distant rumbles of the trams but then again they do stop running at 12.30 am so no hassle there as this did not bother us, we could not do without them (trams!) We loved the breakfast, the service in the hotel and in the breakfast room was excellent, the vending m/c in the lobby for coffee and beer, wine and beverages is a good idea, there's also plenty of room to sit down and read the papers.
Also internet connection in the lobby. and I believe also in the rooms but i'm not sure, I haven't got time to trash the keyboards all day! I'm on vacation!!
The hotel has good tram connections to the centre, tram 9 ( to Diemen Sniep) from Central Station and from the hotel tram 9 (to Central Station) with stops at Dam Square also.
Tram 14 (to Sloterpark) also takes you to the Dam from the hotel, and from the Dam tram 14 (to Flevopark) takes you back to the hotel, take note tram 14 does not go the Central Station from the hotel, for that you take tram 9.
When you hear conductor saying "Artis Zoo" on the tram get off, this is your hotel stop, walk 60 yards to your left and you're there.
The hotel was busy while we were there.
We have no hesitation in recommending this hotel!
Too Far out
This hotel was further away from the centre than I was originally led to believe. i thought the rooms were shabby, although they did seem to be clean. this hotel may suiit older guests who may not wish to be in the heart of the city. Tram service very good, and it was easy to get around the city.
Simple, away from noise, close to public transport
Visited Amsterdam from April 29 to May 2d, 2004.
Do not believe the pictures on Expedia. The building is indeed nice, but the room the show is probably a picture of a pretty suite.
I invited a friend who lives in Frankfurt to join me for the tulip festival and I was a bit dissappointed when I saw the room.
But then I realized that the only thing I did not like was a color of the bed cover. The room turned out to be very functional: very clean, always hot water, nice linens, tall window opens, sheer white curtains and heavy drapes to let you sleep in the morning, closet big for two.
FOOD: Breakfast is an extra charge 9 euros, but so much worth it! We tried it the first morning and had it every day after that.
We were exhausted after our tours and walking around the whole day and did not feel like going back downtown for dinner - not a problem, there was a nice variety of restaurants nearby.
LOCATION is a bit far from the center, but far from the noise as well. The tram stop is just across the street and they run often. Noise did not bother us at all, because our window faced a courtyard. About 10 minutes to downtown on the tram. Even if you are getting around midnight - trams are still running. Another alternative: walking to the metro station, 7 minute walk and 3 minutes on the train and you are downtown where the fun begins. If you order a tour to the tulip garden or cheese market, the bus will pick you up from the hotel.
It turned ot that the 30th of April is the Queen's birthday, so there is no public transport running that day, not even cabs, except... for the metro! So, cannot complain about location!
Well, if you are looking for a simple, decent, functional place, planning to be exploring the city and suburbs all day - Best Western is your choice.
Everything in Europe is now expensive for us, because the dollar depreciated so much, but even at the high prices hotels are scarce in Amsterdam during the tulip season. So, I can say I was satisfied and would consider staying there again.
By the way, if you wan to see the tulips (and the show is worth it!) you have to go to Amsterdam the 3d weekend of April. The second is good too. The 4th is a bit too late.
Away from the bussle of the central area but lovely hotel
It is a very nice hotel, yes it is out of the centre but we actually liked that as it was a nice walk into the main areas or a quick tram ride in. the tram stop is right by the hotel. The breakfast was pricey and basic but with a bakers just round the corner open at 7.30 am it was perfect!!the area is served by good local places to eat and drink.
the hotel has internet access in the reception area and vending machines for drinks/alchoholic drinks/snacks etc. Overall I was pleased with it. It seemed nice and modern in appearance( they were varnishing the main receptions new floor one day!!) and was clean and tidy. the hotel staff were very helpful and able to speak numerous languages.i would recommend this hotel if you want to be out of the bussle of the central area but to be honest its a lovely walk in to the main area. I would definitely return there again when we go back in the future.Enjoy
We booked this hotel to stay April 2004, But on arrival they told us they had over booked so were upgrading us to their sister hotel the Eden which was nearer to the centre. The hotel payed for our Taxi there. We were pleased about upgrade and for same price.
I dont agree !
I have titled this review with 'i dont agree ' the reason being is that before i recenctly travelled to the Best Western Lancaster i had read the other reviews and started to get quite worried ! Although once arriving at the hotel i did have to ask myself what the fuss was about.The hotel has recently been renovaating its first two floors aand dining room and have to say that i was very impressed by the finish.Th reception area was spacious,modern and clean,the reception staff were very polite and very helpfull. Going onto our room,it was a standard size room although the only down side to it was that when you went to the toilet the door was that close you were nearly licking it! There were very few facilities there was no bar area and after breakfast time there waas no where at the hotel to get food,although the receptionist found us a tke aaway menu that was very reasonably priced.The breakfast room was light airy and funky and breaakfast was typically dutch but a nice start to the morning. Ok the hotel is not smack in the centre but its a nice walk to the market areas and the zoo is just over the road, you can get a number of trams right outside the hotel into any area and thats less than a euro. All in all i haad a very enjoyable time,being a travel agent i get to travel alot and i give clients recomendations from my own personal experience i would not hesitate recommending this hotel.
Uninspiring and isolated, though not entirely without merit
Like its sister hotel the Best Wetsern Eden, this provides pretty uninspiring and unremarkable accommodation. The rooms are just about OK, though verging on the tatty, while the communal areas are completely unmemorable. Breakfast is in a window-less bunker. Unlike the Eden, the location, while pleasant enough, is removed from the thrust and bustle of city centre A'dam. In general, not recommended, but not to be avoided either.
Very bad experience.
Don't ever stay there. Very poor quality. My room smelled, had old, uncomfortable,and worn out furniture. One bed was broken. Horrible view from the window. I could get a room like that for 30-45$ instead of paying 110$ at Best Western Lancaster.