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... up marijuana paraphernalia. Apparently even in Washington and Colorado you are not allowed to bring those things home. (figuring out what you can and cannot bring home is complicated. Tulip bulbs, for example, can be ordered at the flower market and shipped to home and it is fine, but you cannot carry bulbs home in your luggage. The same thing goes for Dutch cheese. You cannot take it home in your luggage, but you can ...
... tour of the area and get some world famous apple tart at Winkle's. The Jordaan is a beautiful, leafy area of canals, hidden courtyards, and lovely shops and restaurants. The apple tart was amazing and was served before our club sandwiches - so we "ate dessert first." We then went to the Amsterdam Hermitage museum, which is a satellite of the one in St Petersburg. We were both looking forward to Faberge eggs, nesting dolls, and Tsarist art/artifacts. None of that stuff was ...
... foraging’ through Europe and England, It held its shape and taste! We decided to go for desserts, with Sean having a chocolate mousse slice, and raspberry sorbet, whilst I had elderberry parfait, and meringue with tart apple sorbet and small pieces of cookie, extremely delicious! We were also rapt with the price, 2 courses, and 2 drinks for $120!! Nothing compared to perth prices and for a top notch, trendy dining caf! Fabulous birthday celebration for Sean's ...
... and there are parties in the streets. It is also a day that people have garage sale type stalls in the streets selling second hand goods. We saw people getting their stalls set up and they will sleep there overnight in order to procure a good site. Tonight,our last night, we were booked back into the fine dining restaurant for dinner and again had a very enjoyable ...
... contiki crew. We weren't too worried about trying to get to a coffee shop today, I think one go was enough.
The one thing I did need to get while we were in town though was another bag to carry my luggage. I had picked up a few things on the way of my travels and there was no way it was going to fit into my suitcase or my backpack. So I searched the streets for a shop that sold a decent overnight bag. Funnily enough the one shop I found that had what I was looking for ...
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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.
Beautiful, classy, trendy, chic but with attitude ...
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.
Ultimate style hotel
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.
Really nice hotel
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...)?
It was very hot when we were there, but the room had a very good A/C. The room itself was stunning, with high ceilings, exposed beams, and a bathtub in the room. Nice amenities such as slippers and bathrobes.
And the hotel - it is amazing! The interior of this hotel is stunning - lots of fireplaces, beautiful furniture and a wonderful ambience.
The hotel has a number of bikes for rent - only 20 euros per day. We rented bikes for two days and this is really THE way to see Amsterdam. Rent one if you go!
The only disappointment was the breakfast, which - at 17,50 euros per person - should include more than stale bread, three slices of cheese and ham, some jam and overdone, bake-off croissants, juice and coffee. We only took this the first morning, and the following days we went for coffee and croissants elsewhere.
Some other reviewers have written about the fact that the staff are students. That is true - they are all very sweet and helpful, but odd mistakes are to expect. But again, they really try.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at the College Hotel - and Amsterdam is a wonderful city. We are looking forward to coming back to both.
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.
It seems everyone is an 18+ year old college student who have little or no experience (with work, never mind this specific hotel). In the 3 times I stayed, they could not find my reservation once. Once, I had to actually leave the hotel, find a computer, and retrieve the e-mail with my confirmation. And it didn't get better after check-in. Three times, staff entered my room despite the "Do not disturb" sign on the door. Management seems wholly absent (or utterly overwhelmed with trying to manage a staff of college temps).
Though the public rooms and a FEW of the guest rooms are nice, most rooms are in the "attic" and have bland, if new, décor. Having reserved the best room possible (other than the suite) based on description and price, I got a small room in the attic with a window in the roof. It felt like a cell.
While near the museum, its a hike to most other tourist sites. Getting to the heart of old Amsterdam requires taking a tram. Yes, you can walk-but you won't have any energy left to explore once you get there.
My experience at departure sums it up. I had requested a check-out 2 hours later than required and called to confirm late checkout the night before departure. I was awakened by a call and told that I had to leave the room in 15 minutes. When I tried to explain that I had requested late check-out, I was told "No, that is not possible. You must leave now". So much for hospitality :)
Absolutely amazing - surpasses all expectations
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.
The hotel itself is divine. Beautiful interior of huge dimensions and thankfully same can be said of the bedrooms which are all air conditioned from room. Our bathroom was sensational. Breakfast is extremely fresh, breads, sweets, croissants, danishes all straight from the oven. Fresh juices.
The bar is a hang out for Dutch glitterati. Lots of well heeled natives. Everything's is reasonably priced, cocktails included,
Service is impeccable, it's very obvious that the employees actually care - whether that's because a grade depends on it or not, we didn't really care. Nothing was hassle, everything ran very smoothly and we were made to feel incredibly welcome.
I'd go back just for this hotel, although Amsterdam is a wonderful city and I'd be going back anyway.
On ths scale of one to five this gets a ten.
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.
The hotel is in a former school building from the XIX century and has been restored in a really hip way, it is spotless clean and has a very stylish looking.
Service is the weak point in this hotel, everybody working here is a student from a hotel and catering school and they are as kind as not experienced....you should not expect a 5 star service in this hotel, but be sure that they will do everything to fulfill your requests.
The hotel just had its official opening on May, 22nd, so I'm hopeful that they will improve with time and fix the little troubles they have, especially on service.
Excellent Stylish All Rounder
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!
The rooms are spacious, stylish and spotless! The restaurant food is very good and books up very quickly - reservations are a must - a three course dinner costs 30 Euros, a continental breakfast 20 Euros. I wasn't overly impressed with food on the room service menu - but only tried it once.
The hotel is located in a very nice quiet area but be warned this is a good 20 minutes away from Dam Square - if you like the attractions of central Amsterdam this is probably not the hotel for you. However, the hotel is in a very good location for the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum (only a 5 min walk away) and also very close to many bars/cafes and Amsterdam's exclusive shopping area. The mini bar, as usual, is way overpriced - make use of the wine store about 3 minutes walk away on the Roelof Hartstraat and an underground supermarket approx. 5 minutes walk away on the Museumplein.
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.