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... tour manager Sam gave us an intro to the country. A lot of the Netherlands is below sea level and has had many floods in the past. The windmills helped to pump water back out from towns and farms. The Netherlands is a monarchy and current King Willam used to be known as Prince "Pilsner" cos he loves drinking beer. They're very proud of they're soccer team. Heineken is founded here, and tastes best here. Decriminalisation of drugs and prostitution ...
... systems they have to hoist furniture to the top floors. There were a lot if people out on private boats and relaxing and riding bikes which is a big thing there. After the cruise it was free time to get dinner and have a wander. We ate at a Dutch restaurant and had local dishes which were really nice! After dinner we walked along the main st near dam square then met up with the tour again to walk ...
... although I was super nervous, it felt great to thank such amazing alumni, without whom I wouldn't have this amazing experience. And this marked the end of the "Essen" portion of the trip, which was an amazing Stanford experience. But hold onto your seats because that evening we trained it to Amsterdam, which I still think is one of the funniest combinations of an open, liberal society and amazing European ...
... We visited the maritime museum (yawn!) wrong! This was on Ross’ to do list not Sonya’s but when we arrived it was one of the best museums we have visited and certainly the best transport museum we have been to. It was so good we ran out of time to see it all. We only managed to see the outdoor area, the ship and the orange zone and we had to completely miss the purple zone :-) We think ...
... with school becoming full force here that every week is going to be busier than the last but in a good way!
I am loving Europe just as much as before and there is still a ton of stuff to do! Last week, other than the usual daily running around, exploring the city and hanging out, was pretty uneventful until the weekend when we went to Amsterdam. aka the best place ever. It is so pretty, crazy and fun! It was a blast and I can not even begin ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cordial Amsterdam
Cute, Little, and Convenient
I stayed at the Cordial in 2002, on my very first trip to Europe. I'd had a very hard time booking a hotel without a credit card, and finally I was able to book a room at the Cordial by mailing a deposit check from the US. That alone made it a very fortunate find for me.
The hotel was very easy to get to from the train station, just a few minutes walk. I needed to pay for the full 4 night stay in cash due to the lack of a credit card, but I expected that. When I went upstairs to my single room, I was in for a shock -- I'd never seen a typical tiny European hotel room before! I couldn't believe such an itty-bitty room could exist, but I immediately took a liking to it because it was just so cute and little. I'm a small-sized person and don't need a lot of space, and the economy of space usage impressed me in a weird way. There was a single bed, a tiny desk and chair, a TV built into the wall, and an alarm clock also built into the wall. The en suite bathroom was clean, with a toilet, shower, and sink. The window opened up onto the street and I could sit on the inner ledge and watch the crowds go by. I'd never been in a hotel other than American chain motels, so the whole atmosphere was very charming and a bit exotic to me.
One evening it was raining and I stayed in and enjoyed drinks at the lobby bar. The bartender was very friendly and gave me lots of ideas for places to visit during my stay. Contrary to what you might have been told, there is FAR more to Amsterdam than the red light district, which I never went anywhere near. Amsterdam is a lovely, cultured city with a dirty reputation that it doesn't deserve.
Each day the maids cleaned my room and restocked the bathroom. The floor was quiet, and the breakfast the best I've had in Europe since. I've never tasted better coffee, and the waiters came around to fill my cup again and again. There were warm hard boiled eggs, rolls and jam, slices of ham and other meat, tomatoes, fruit, and other light items. I don't think I'll ever have better coffee than what I had at the Cordial.
Checking now, the room rates seem to have gone up, because I paid only about $60US per night when I stayed. But that was in March, during off-season. I see the current rates are still reasonable, if a bit higher.
I second what others have said -- if you're an Ugly American demanding to be coddled and pampered without paying for it, go stay at an American chain hotel at the higher rate. But if you want an authentic European-style stay and want to save your money to spend on more important things on your trip, I recommend trying the Cordial. It was my first stay in Europe, and this hotel helped make it a beloved memory.
Great on a budget
Friendly staff, good simple breakfast, central location what more could you ask for.
Yes the room was a bit smelly, but that was due to the onsuite, bit of spray cleared that up.
We were so impressed that we're booking again to go in August.
SQUAT of SQUALOR
On arriving the place stank of stale smoke,(we are smokers but this was disgusting) the giant sweaty man on reception had booked our room to someone else.
No other rooms left so we had to travel across town (at our own expense) to another hotel for the night. Returned next morning to be told it was a computer error and our room was available.
Room was dirty and dingy, the carpet was all burnt & stained. The window would not open and the landing and stairs were very shabby. The ceiling was mouldy and about to fall in.
With overall impression of the hotel the breakfast was not something we went rushing for, the state of the public hotel left us wondering what the private kitchens were like.
Staff not very helpful - they just witter on in their own language and ignore your requests.
Good point - clean bathroom with hot water, it was in a great location.
Overall verdict - Get a bit of cardboard and sleep in a doorway.
Great on the Budget
Despite some of the negatives I've read regarding the Hotel Cordial, my experiences have been good (5 trips so far). Although the rooms are small and the place could use some refurbishing; it's perfect for those on a budget in Amsterdam. I can't imagine staying in the hotel very much anyway as it is very convenient to shopping, museums, and the redlight district.
The breakfast (included in the price) is fabulous and they serve the best coffee I've ever tasted. We overweight and gluttonous Americans will find the place small, but then you'll also notice there aren't many overweight Europeans. The staff has come to know me by name and are extremely helpful. The fact that there is a bar downstairs also helps when you stumble in from a late night (or morning) in the redlight. It is also adjacent to the best wine/liquor shoppe I've ever been in (Cave Rokin). If you really want to watch your funds (particularly off-season) and plan to be out more than in, this is a good choice.
Decent Budget Hotel, Great breakfast
We stayed in the Hotel Cordial for a week in November 2003. The rooms and beds are small and the hallways are narrow, but, we found the place to be clean, safe and in general, good budget accomodations. The location is within a five-minute walk of nearly everything.
The staff was friendly and helpful and the morning breakfast was MUCH better than most Contienental breakfasts offered by American hotels. The breakfast included great coffee, nice croissants, fresh from the oven rolls, jams, a selection of fresh fruits and juices, cold cereals, ham and cheese, and was a super start to the day.
The bathrooms were small, but provided an unlimited amount of hot water in the shower and were clean.
If you are an ugly american traveling overseas for the first time, you may want to stay somewhere else. This place will not measure up to your standards, just go ahead and pay more money.
But, if you have traveled Europe a bit and have reasonable expectations about a room that costs $60 US (in the off season), this place may be for you. We are experienced budget travelers and were not disappointed by this hotel..... good value for the money.
If you're used to American style chain hotels, then look elsewhere, immediately! The Cordial is over priced glum accommodation. The rooms were clean, but small, dark and dingy, and in desperate need of a make-over. The toilet/shower was quite acceptable though. The staff were friendly enough.
On each of the three nights we stayed at the Cordial, the whole hotel was awakened very early in the morning (07:20) by workmen carrying out work on the ground floor. This involved banging pipes with hammers, drilling and shouting. Some of the guests got very upset indeed. The management seemed completely unconcerned by all this.
Also be aware that outside the hotel, for quite a length of the Rokin, major construction work is taking place involving heavy machinery. If you are placed at the front of the hotel, you will not be able to think whilst the building noise is going on during the long working day. These works were present in August (2004), and looked as though they will continue for a long time before completed.
JABBA THE GUT!!!!!!!!!
I had the misfortune to book this hotel last weekend 21st& 22nd of may 2004.......
The website looked ok and made the hotel out to be basic, clean and very central.....
Anyway we arrived on the Friday night at about 11pm and I handed over my credit card and the two morons at the hotel desk then spent 10 minutes pouring over the card before allowing us in and giving us the room key.
About 10 minutes later we walked into our rooms ..............and walked straight back out again.............
This hotel should be turned into a dog's home, as it was not fit for human habitation..............
The managements response was "its a two star hotel "..........all I can say is that it has two stars too many and I would not recommend it EVER unless you are taking your dog for a weekend away.
We have been going to Amsterdam for years and this hotel is the worst we have ever been to followed only by the city hotel.......
Absolute disgrace of a place...........no saving graces...........it needs pulling down and the management are clearly on drugs!!!!!
We ended up at the Hilton on the first night because the Hotel Cordial was so abysmal.......you could only recommend this place to people you hate!!!
Avoid this place by all means. You walk in and everything is indeed nice. You take one step out of the front room to the elevator or stairwell and your in shocker land. I thought maybe I picked a prost motel. It is very dirty. stains all over carpets, the rooms are scary.
It's simply terribly run down. Needs a complete makeover. I'm all about the budget, but dig a little deeper and you're bound to come up with something much better.
Liked but not loved
The hotel staff was friendly,and the breakfast was good,good bar.The double I paid for was 2 single beds pushed together......not very convenient,clean and own shower and toilet. I do not think it was worth over 200 euros for the 2 nights weekend stay.Very central to all the pubs clubs and cafés and of course the redlight area.I would go there again if I was stuck for somewhere to stay.
Stay somewhere else.....
I stayed in this hotel. On entering the hotel the lobby is lovely with marble floors and a small bar. That is until you get to the stairs which makes you think that you are in a run down apartment block. We stayed at the front of the building which was very noisey because the trams run by it. The room was compact to say the least with hardly enough room for two people. Yet the bathroom was big. The TV was fine with lots of stations. I thought the ceiling would fall in because it looked rotten and the curtains were falling off the rails. It was dark and dingey. Had to stay there for the weekend because it was booked but I would not stay there again.