Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I had the misfortune to book this hotel last weekend 21st& 22nd of may 2004.......
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.