Boutique Hotel Kasteelen
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... the roads here never seem to be congested, despite the population.
Tomorrow (Friday) we are are planning a canal cruise in the morning and then it is off to the airport for our flight to Venice. Unfortunately, the weather forecast for Venice is for rain and cold temperatures so as I write this Sandy is on the iPad researching "things to do in Venice when it is raining".
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Day 3 - Bus Wanderers
It was raining and it was cold. We didn't know what we wanted to do so we bought City Sightseeing bus tickets and sat on a sightseeing bus for a couple of hours.The bus drives a set route around the city and also acts as a hop on hop off. In my opinion, we should have done this on day 1, because we did see things that we thought would be good but were running out of time. It was pretty cheap to do and was fun. We were given ...
... short stories. These were later published and became world famous. The only survivor from Anne's family was her father. Anne died in a concentration camp one month before the camp was liberated by the soviets. We studied her diaries in school. Paul and I enjoyed the museum. It was very interesting and thought provoking. It's hard to comprehend how one could live like this and the amount of stress and fear that would come about as a result of this sort of ...
A Late start today at 10:00, after our early rise yesterday. The weather's not brilliant as we head off through the streets of Amsterdam to see a diamond cutting demonstration at Gassan Diamonds. Diamonds are all cut by hand, using cast iron disks embedded with diamond dust, and olive oil to pull the diamond dust away from the cut surface. We were also shown a number of cut diamonds, using different cuts with different number of surfaces and shown how the light bounces around to make ...
We had an 11:30am flight from Dublin to Amsterdam. We left our Dublin accommodations around 8:40 and caught a cab to the airport. We were going to take an airlnk or aircoach bus but figured the cost of two of us would end up costing about the same as a cab. And the walk to the bus options were a bit of a walk.
We got to the airport and experienced no problems with checking in, etc. We headed to our gate and had to wait before getting there because they ...
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.