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... panda for him but a bit of a relief for me! Fauve had been telling me about how Rhi and Liam greened out and I didn't want to have to deal with that! We wandered back past some shops, nothing too interesting, then made our way to meet our next walking tour of the Red Light District with Lee again. Red Light District Walking Tour: Learned about how the area came to be. Learned about the way it works and what it costs. The base rate for a 15 min 'suck and ****' is ...
... the park. A different park this time.
Vondelpark, called the "green lung" of the city, was two blocks from the apartment in a different direction. It is a 200+ acre park in the city. We dodged a few bicycles on the way to the park but made it in one piece. It was beautiful. Tiffani felt her heart pang. She was falling in love! It looked like it was out of a page in a storybook. Open green spaces, flowers blooming, and people walking like they had ...
... as if we went to a different city, and we would have missed this had we taken the train. It wasn't as tightly packed and it seemed quieter than the center. When we finally got there, we ordered two beers and sat in the beer garden. Now this was a chill place, wooden picnic benches, grass, trees and looking out at the water. Of course, one beer in the weather started to change so we relocated inside to a
place with less wind and had a couple more drinks before we left. To ...
... sickness) we arrived in Amsterdam at the weirdest airport ever... kind of like a concert hall, market, gas station all in one. We ran into Kim and Greg and then caught a very long and uncomfortable bus out to our hostel.
The chick running the desk at the hostel was not a barrel full of fun but we still managed to check. Apparently we had an eight bunk dorm for just the six of us... this later became ...
... so we got back on the road again, hoping the noise would have disappeared, and miraculously, it had, however it reappeared 130 miles later on the Autobahn, so we pulled over, stopped then set off again, and the noise again had disappeared. It is now over 600 miles since this second occurrence of the mystery noise and all is good, so fingers crossed it was just shrews in ...
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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.