Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
Colin says: The Corkums are in Europe. The flight was an experience to say the least. I was stuck being the guy in charge of the emergency exit, even in international airspace I am a leader among men. The guy sitting next to me was very quiet, almost comatose, that was at least until drink service. He ordered a gin and tonic, I ordered a beer. When …
Amsterdam is hung over.
The pavements and buildings still radiate the summers heat. Street corners piled high with yesterday's excesses - waste bags, beer cans, plastic bottles and black sacks. Balloons swollen and radiant yesterday are limp and shrivelled today. Prehistoric garbage trucks prowl the early morning streets to eat the left overs.
The shops are late opening - eleven o'clock and most stores are ...
... manages to be imposing and humble, stark and sumptuous, imposing and intimate-all at the same time. Benjamin Netanyahu called it the most beautiful synagogue in the world.
Lunch at a popular cafe called Winkle is unremarkable, except for the Dutch Apple Cake with whipped cream that our bench mates assure us is the best in the Netherlands. As we walk back to the hotel, we notice that the streets are becoming more crowded, shops are closing, people are walking around with orange ...
... start hearing complaints from the allergy police, I guess people manage somehow, but I recognize how it could be an issue for some.
3. Exercise. Swimming, in particular. It’s good at inducing a meditative state wherein you can solve the world’s problems.
4. Politeness and a sheepish smile will get you everywhere. My pearly whites saved me over €20 in the last month alone – from a €2 ...
... These are clever business women that make a lot of money. Rightly or wrongly in the eyes of others, who are we to judge them on their lives?
To end, being informed before coming into any city is important especially if you're as innocent as my husband. Dave was looking at tickets for the Moulin Rouge in Amsterdam as they're a 3rd of the price of the Paris show. As the reviews weren't good he decided against it and to wait for Paris. After the Free Walking Tour we went ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews College Hotel Amsterdam
Chic hotel - slow service
This hotel is a great place for people who wants to spend a holiday or weekend in Amsterdam. It is situated just a bit outside the City Centre but still in walking distance from all the great things to see in Amsterdam.
Also the building, the rooms and the modern decor, are a joy to the eye. Very chic indeed.
But I would not recommend the hotel for the busy business man who wants to be able to check-in and out in a hurry and to have a quick breakfast. I found the very young staff to be unexperienced and slow - but friendly.
In my opinion the College hotel needs to improve the quality of the service taken in to account the price rate of the rooms.
I was very excited about this hotel and the room and hotel itself was absolutely amazing, beyond any expectations I had. The room was huge and the bathroom was so fantastic, it was really quite stunning. They offered a turn down service which was very nice as well. The area was perfect as well, close to so many things but not crowded or loud. Overall, this hotel was perfect - I would love to stay there again but the only thing I really disliked was the attitude by some of the staff there. I arrived on a very very rainy day and drenched in my casual travel wear, the person at reception barely looked up to talk to me. Unfortunately, I think that kind of attitude is normal with boutique hotels because that is what I found with the Hudson hotel in new york as well. Otherwise, everyone else more or else decent. I think the hotel and room and location make up for the attitude because I would stay there again.
I just returned from three nights at The College Hotel. The interior decor of the hotel is stunningly beautiful from the wall coverings to the posh lounge areas to the spectacular lighting. Since it is new, the rooms are in fantastic condition with large windows with translucent shades and heavy drapes. The beds are firm and extremely comfortable with wonderful linens and pillows. The toiletries and towels are top-notch. The downside to all the designer touches is lack of function, such as no towel hooks in the bathroom and no in-room clock, as well as difficult to operate high tech light switches and phone. Having a bellstaff to assist with luggage and demonstrate the room features would be very helpful. The location is great for those who like to be near the best museums yet away from congested tourist areas. If you value a boutique hotel experience over a central canal location, this hotel is for you. Although the staff is young and uneven in knowledge, most are very friendly and eager to please. Be sure to sample the "apple foam" at the front desk!!
Loved it !!
Great hotel, great location !!!
Would stay there again.
We stayed for three nights at this wonderful hotel. The room was a deluxe, on the second floor. The view was nothing to speak of, just overlooking houses and back yards, but who goes to Amsterdam to look out of the window (well, perhaps if you have a canal view...)?
Having been to Amsterdam over 20 times and stayed in a large array of hotels, I was looking forward to the opening of The College Hotel as a cheaper, if out of the way, version of Blakes (now Dylan). Not only were the rooms disappointing, but the staff were utterly frustrating.
This hotel made my weekend in Amsterdam. I was somewhat concerned that others had said that this was so far away from main attractions. In fact it was two hundred metres from all museums in a really cool part of the city. Trams tun every five mins and you can hop on and be in to the main canal areas in five minutes, genuinely. I am extremely fussy about hotels and because I'd read a few dodgy reviews about one that I had chosen we ended up getting the last room here at short notice. BTW book directly and check their website, they have special offers on the site and so this worked out far cheaper than many other highly recommended hotels.
I just came back from a long weekend at "The College". This brand new hotel is one tramstop away from the MuseumPlein and a good 10-15 minutes by tram from Dam Square. Keep this in mind while choosing this hotel. Anyway, the neighbourhood is really nice and pleasant; the museums and the famous shopping street Hoofstraat are at a 5-10 minutes walk.
Just returned from a very enjoyable stay at the College Hotel. This hotel is a former college which has been tastefully and sympathetically restored by the Stein Group. It is staffed by hotel/catering students, which can lead to the odd hiccup, but overall the student's service was excellent, quick and very professional - frankly if it wasn't for the abundance of youth you wouldn't know they were students!
This hotel is a very stylish restauration of a former school building. It has the same sort of atmosphere as the Blakes although a little less minimalistic. The restaurant is situated in the former schoolgym with over 10 meter high ceilings. You should be aware that this hotel is staffed by students from the hotelschool which is reflected in the very reasonable rates but also in the somewhat awkward service. Probably this will improve overtime. Location is very close(5 minutes walk) to the van Gogh museum and the Rijksmuseum.