Boutique Hotel Kasteelen
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... things came in various sizes but had either one or two individual holes cut out or just one big open bucket sometimes with seat belts attached. People were carrying anywhere from one to multiple children in these things. Children, not babies! Of course they also used them to carry all types of cargo, groceries, flowers, etc. They looked like a big Cadillac bicycles and despite their size most of them still only had 2 wheels!! I wasn't quick enough to ...
... of food and now we really do not need lunch. We went on a bus tour of the city of Amsterdam which gave us lots of history. I only wish I could remember all of it, but it was really interesting at the time. Back to the boat for lunch. (I thought I said we do not need lunch.) It also was a nice spread, but we chose to eat the smaller feast in the lounge instead. Very good and we didn't feel stuffed. We boarded ...
... walked down the road and found the long line for the museum.
Once we were finally inside, the museum was great. There was so much of his art and it was laid out to tell the story of his life. It was very interesting to see how he changed as an artist and his artwork was very representative of each part of his life. There didn't seem to be any transitions between the phases either. Initially all of the paintings were of laborers and in darker colors. Then he would learn from a ...
It was a slow start to the morning.. as is any morning after drinking.
We decided that since we were in Amsterdam we had better start the day off with another round of hearty Dutch pancakes (apparently the third ones for Claire and Kristy who had some every day we were there).
After pancakes all round we headed to the Heineken museum which was actually awesome! I especially enjoyed watching all the old adverts they have run over the years. But seriously ...
... use colors and didn't like to use them. However only after being inspired by a fellow artist did he start to experiment with color. After the museum we picked up the best voted frites (fries) in Holland. It was just a frie stand in the road and they were delicious. For dessert a Belgian waffle with strawberries and whipped cream. I know, a very nutritious dinner. Least I had some fruit in there. Then it was bed time at like ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Boutique Hotel Kasteelen Amsterdam
My husband and i decided to have a weekend away, not realising that it was the Queens birthday celebrations on the weekend of our choice. We ended up at this hotel as there was no more to be had in Amsterdam.What an excellent choice it ended up to be.This hotel is in a excellent part of Amsterdam very clean and lots of nice bars, restaurants and shops. It is a bit of a walk from the centre but there is a tram just round the corner The rooms were small but all you needed for putting your head down, the beds were so very comfortable and the bathroom was clean and bright. The brekfasts in the bright and very airy breakfast room sets you up for the busy day ahead.
I changed my booking from another hotel based on Trip Advisor reviews, and I'm glad I did. The Van de Kasteelen is a really comfortable and peaceful place to stay, in a quiet part of town but within walking distance of most things and close to trams if you don't feel like walking. The room and bathroom were good, not at all cramped, and the bed was a good size and comfortable. The condition of the hotel was immaculate, and breakfast was excellent (a good self serve buffet but they also cooked up eggs, bacon, omelletes, etc. if you wanted a hot breakfast).
We stayed in this hotel between Xmas and New Year having booked as a result of reading the reviews in Trip Advisor and were very impressed. As a family of 4 we had two lovely bright clean bedrooms and spotless bathrooms. The breakfasts were brilliant, kept us going for most of the day! Excellent location in the nice part of town away from the hustle and bustle of the centre, but only a 10 minute walk or tram ride away. Our hosts made us very welcome and recommended many places to visit and restaurants to try. Would definitely stay again.
My boyfriend and I stayed here for 4 days over Christmas. We arrived early in the morning, and as I read in another review, we were able to check-in when we arrived, around 9AM. That was absolutely wonderful. The room was neat and clean, however the highlight of the hotel for me was the breakfast! I mostly ate the roll/meat/cheese, however Ruhn and Anita would cook eggs and bacon if you liked. And I wish I could buy yogurt like that in the US! Overall, I would recommend this hotel without hesitation to anyone who wants a peaceful stay in a nice place close to the museums. If I was going back to Amsterdam again, I wouldn't even look at other hotels!
We have just returned from Hotel Van Kasteelen Sept 18th 2004. I booked it from the comments on Trip Advisor as so many other hotels had poor comments about them. Everyone was right. The hotel and rooms were spotlessly clean and the breakfast was great. It is in a nice quiet area near to the museums. As a couple who like to walk and discover the area and not ride the tram it did seem a little way from the centre at first but we found lots of interesting shops etc by walking a different way each day. It is near a tram stop though if this is your preferred method of transport. Nothing prepares you for the volumn of cycle riders so be careful !
A Wonderful Choice!
This small (only 16 rooms) classy hotel, located on a beautiful tree-lined street gets "thumbs up" for offering high quality at reasonable rates. Besides well appointed rooms with spotless baths, you'll delight in a generous breakfast daily in a bright charming breakfast room. The owners have done an unusally good job of rennovating this property. They seem to enjoy getting to know the guests and were delightful in sharing a wealth of information. We look forward to returning!
Great hotel & location
My husband & I stayed at the hotel for 5 days in Sep, 2003. Its a small room but has all the required amenities. The host & hostess are wonderful people and very helpful. Great breakfast was provided every morning.
The hotel is conveniently located - 3-5mins walk to all the musuems and good access to the trams.
When we return to Amsterdam for another visit, we would definitely go back to this hotel.
You'll want to go back again
Initially we chose Hotel Van De Kasteelen for the great location (near museums and nice neighborhood); the services (includes most taxes and breakfast); recently remodeled and updated. In all, it seemed a great value ! It is a great value and much more. Owners /proprietors Khun and Anita are such a delight and do everything helpful to make your stay enjoyable and easy. One of the unforgettable details is the luxurious bedding. We stayed for 10 nights mid-April; we nearly cried when time to leave....yelling "We'll miss you" out the taxi as we drove off.
We were there for Summer 2002, and found that the Hotel has been recently renovated. The room is small by American standard but we liked the location (residential neighborhood), the cleanliness and it was really quiet at night. The rooms are not equipped with A/C, but it was airy and even we were there in August, it was just pleasantly cool. Everything in the buildings were thoroughly modern (with elevator) and breakfast was served at the dining room located in the back of the building looking out to a mini courtyard. It was just a pleasant experience to be able to stay at one of the locally owned little hotel. We feels like locals and walked to one of the tram stops nearby for a ride downtown. If you are looking for a nice little place to stay but don't want any of the chain hotel in the middle of the city, you might consider this one.