Boutique Hotel Kasteelen
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We have been greeted by beautiful and happy people, incredible foods and a little snow!
Amstelveen is about thirty minutes by tram to Amsterdam. This is where Om (meaning Uncle) Ger and Tonta (Aunty) Els live. They are beautiful and welcoming people and it feels so easy to slide right in and be welcomed into their home. We have been spoilt by Ger and Els who have made us beautiful Dutch foods and treated us like princess'. I ...
... them from other people. One of the streets near SIT had a Smartshop where you can buy mushrooms, Ecstasy, and other drugs that have been regulated. Near the street, there used to be the free SIT testing clinic and Kevin told us how the line would contain tourists to businessmen with their suitcases.
After we had lunch and had another general orientation, Kevin took us to
Waterlooplein market which is one of the two ...
... as the coffee shops don't actually sell any coffee, they sell space cakes and Marijuana. If you want a coffee, go to a cafe. In the Red Light district the coffee shops are everywhere, the whole city smells of Marijuana. Everyone here is stoned, it's so normal. One night we were out at a bar in Amsterdam and my bag got stolen. I didn't realise, and lucky for me Matt saw the guy walking away with it and went and got it back for me. If Matt hadn't seen I ...
... and a baby in her arms with two kids on the back. There is worse bike traffic than car traffic. I can't explain how much they love them. Yup, that pretty much sums up Amsterdam, bikes... and weed. We spent three days here in Amsterdam, partaking in all the customary tourist attractions. The red light District was what you would expect, during the day high end boutique stores and at night the seedy underbelly of Europe's playground. The city itself was ...
... upper bodies, but we weren't complaining. The rest of the day, we spent casually exploring the city. Trying to discover the secrets of the many hidden roads. After frites again for lunch, and then as a pre-dinner snack, we head back to the hostel to smoke again. After all, we were leaving the next day for Barcelona, and we sure as hell couldn't bring any weed with us! Another chill night, a trip to McDonalds for 1 euro burgers and fries, and we went to sleep, content with our Amsterdam experience. ...
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.
The staff at the hotel are very friendly and eager to give you any help if you wish so.
I would highly reccomend this hotel to anyone.
Good Hotel, good location
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).
The owners were friendly and helpful, giving us good advice on restaurants, markets, etc., so that we tried out places we would otherwise not have found (and we never had a bad meal!).
We stayed a week and wish it had been 2 weeks, I would definitely go back.
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.
Nice Small Hotel
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.
Friendly, clean, and comfortable
This 4-storey, 15 room hotel two blocks from the Museumplein just reopened in early April, 2002 after months of extensive remodeling. The decor has a simple elegance, with the deep gold window treatments and plenty of fresh flowers.
It is not only the location and the setting that make this small hotel a good bet. It is the owners, Khuhn and Anita, who really set a friendly, welcoming tone. In fact, even though my flight arrived in Amsterdam much earlier than the usual check-in time, my hosts made sure my room was ready for a much-needed rest.
I found the breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, fresh orange juice, yogurt, fresh fruit, cold cuts, and cheeses quite filling. Each room has a brand-new bathroom, complete with hair dryer and towel warmer.
I found the Hotel Van de Kasteelen to be a real treat.