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4-11-13 Darmstadt(Germany) to Amsterdam(Netherlands) Today as per what seems usual these days I did not want to get out my bed and face that long road ahead!!
I set my alarm for 07h30 but it was past 8 by the time I finally managed to get up and look outside at the weather. Just to make me feel at home in Scotland the rain was coming down …
... where a few people nearly get bowled over by cyclists. We are warned to keep a sharp watch out for approaching bicycles from both directions but being a tourist of course we don't, a "Shakespearean stop" at the Flower Market (there were many "Shakespearean stops" everywhere we went ... "To pee or not to pee") and then on to a canal boat for a delightful cruise along the canals for an hour. It wasn't easy to take photos from inside ...
... which was fascinating. The guide was so informative. Did you know that it was Willem Jans who was the first explorer to discover Aust? A Dutchman of course. Then Hartog - something I didn't know. The Maritime Museum was built in 1656 and only took 9 months to build which was amazing for those times. Essential as they were at war with the British. In 1602 the Dutch East India company was formed - so the Dutch ...
... sailing including the titanic...it was great....we had lunch on the wharf, then Jan, Fred and I wandered into town to buy a new suitcase....then we stopped for refreshments in a major shopping village along one of the 64 canals in Amsterdam.....then the three of us took a small sail boat along the smaller canals...fantastic...learned that Amsterdam is 800 metres below sea level in some places....their main fears are low ...
... seem "humane" to the rest of the world. After this museum and the concentration camp Sachsenhausen right on the same S-1 line as my homestay, I can honestly say that I couldn't be more thankful for the freedoms I have and for my parents for fleeing the Soviet Union and coming the United States. Being overly patriotic is usually crazy, but I just have to say I love 'merica!
Until next week in Paris!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel De Paris Amsterdam
Not quite what I was expecting but it was ok for one night. Staff friendly and room was ok but it felt more like students quarters rather than a hotel. Workmen also came into my room to replace curtains while I was there!!!
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Clean room, friendly staff, 1 pm check-in, 12 pm check-out, great hot and cold continental breakfast until 10am, WiFi in room, quiet hotel, noisier street, located in a nice part of the city, near grocery store, 15 minute walk to Dam Square, updated bathroom. I would stay here again and recommend this to any other travellers.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel De Paris Amsterdam
We booked a standard double for 2 nights in Oct 2004 having found it on the net, it was classed as a 3star and the rooms in the photos looked lovely.In reality the only lovely thing was the location which is in easy walking distance of everything and is well served by trams, busses and canal taxis. The rooms are old and dingy, the carpets are filthy and stained and the top quilt on the bed was badly stained.
The wallpaper is peeling,the nets are dirty, there was no heating on,the hairdryer blew cold and the toilet didn't flush. When we complained about the toilet we were told to wait for it to fill back up properly which took about an hour! The showers were dirty,but there were clean towels every morning.
Breakfast consisted of a boiled egg,slices of cheese, processed ham and plain bread which you had to toast yourself.
In all we were bitterly disappointed with this 'hotel' which was more like a hostel and next time we go away plan to get accomodation on arrival.
Stay away from this hotel at all costs there were lots of vacancies in far nicer hotels for just the
same price or sometimes less.
Hotel de paris is an absolutely awful hotel
I was transferred to hotel de Paris from their sister hotel because of a room problem. (The sister hotel didn't look exactly top class.)
Arriving late at night there was no choice but to take the transfer.
The room at the hotel de paris was a converted basement with small windows by the ceiling to watch the feet walk by, listen to the frequent nearby trams (whose wheels I could count). The curtains were torn. The carpet was filthy. The shower had black mould across the walls. The bathroom fittings were in bad condition (e.g. no flush handle). There was a strong smell of deodoriser over a smell of drains. The only positive was the sheets were clean.
The breakfast...everyone had the same. One small glass of orange juice. One boiled egg. Coffee or tea. And all the cheap supermarket bread you could toast given that there was only one small 2 slot toaster.
When I checked out the following morning the hotel attempted to charge me a second night because of their 48 hour cancellation policy.
The price for my one night? 155Euro.
I booked into a good quality hotel for only 45 Euro more.
OK place to stay for a quick visit to Amsterdam
This place was ok. Definately not great, but I have absolutely seen worse. This is a great location for Leidesplien (5 min walk). And there are a lot of trams to catch from there to wherever you want to go. Breakfast is only until 10am, so we didnt get a chance to try it.
The rooms are small and for a double we received two twin beds, (not exactly romantic, but great for cuddling) The window in our room would not open, so we were smoked in.
One good thing is you dont have to worry about losing your room key, since they require you to leave your key at the front desk everytime you leave the hotel.
Overall, it was just ok. We were only in Amsterdam for 2 nights, so it was not as bad as other reviews made it seem.
We stayed here in late Sep 04.
I am utterly astounded that some people who reviewed this hotel on this site gave it anything other than one star.
I booked the hotel online for my Girlfriend and I for 3 nights. We left after one night and didn't even have breakfast. The main reason for this was that our room had been broken into (door broken in) while we were out having dinner. The replacement room's door upon inspection revealed that it too had been broken down in the past. In the morning I inspected the door of our first room - it had been repaired and re-repaired and re-inforced with a metal strip (as had our new room). Neither room's door actually fitted the door-frame, so much so that an inch of light was visible beneath the door. Not only could a passer-by see into the room, but I seriously doubt that these rooms could possibly pass fire regulations. It turns out that ours was not the only room broken into that night.
Apart from these obvious problems, the rooms were below average size, old and shabby. The windows were difficult to open/close, and the curtains finished approx. 6" above the bottom of the window!
I reserve a special mention for the 'manager' who was not in the least bit friendly when we booked in, and not at all sympathetic after our ordeal. He even suggested that we should expect this sort of thing in hotels! We visited the police the next day and they were not surprised at all. We went to the tourism office to find new accommodation and they informed us that the DeParis hotel had a reputation for break-ins.
I would like to criticize the food, but I did not have the courage to try it. Frankly we just wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible after a terrible nights sleep. We left without paying, and I made sure to get my credit card print too (which by the way was left with all the other guests' credit card info on the reception desk in an elastic band).
I could elaborate a whole lot more, but you get the message I hope.
I will just add on a brighter note that the tourist office procured for us a delightful hotel which totally saved our holiday. I would totally recommend it: The Frederik Park hotel. I'm sure you'll find excellent reviews for this one. And it was cheaper. :)
This hotel is horrible, and I'm so surprised at the okay reviews other people submitted. Our family had three rooms, and all were awful. No one was rested or happy after staying here. The lift is very unstable and scary, and the halls actually bounce when you walk on them, they are so unstable. They are so narrow, we could barely fit our baby's stroller in them. Our "double" bed was so small that my husband slept on the floor half the night, which was better than the mattress with a "ditch" in the middle of it. No ventilation in all three rooms we had made everyone stiflingly hot the whole time. A sewage smell from the bathroom plumbing was a chronic problem, the management freely admitted. It was horrible and seems unhealthy and was particularly bad in our teens' room. The management tried to do something about it but the smell remained almost unbearable. We were going to move our teens, but the triple they offered had no bathroom inside and had no lift down to it -- it was in the basement. This room also smelled no better.
The bottom sheet on our bed was a flat sheet, far too small, so we slept on a bare mattress most of the night and woke up countless times to try and tuck it in, but it really didn't fit. If you are at front of hotel, street noise is another sleep barrier. The sink was so small with a shelf over it that you could barely get your mouth over it while brushing teeth.
Our teens' room phone didn't work properly. When you called them, they had to yell to be heard. We complained to management, and they said they tried to fix it, but it never got better.
The free breakfast consists of coffee, oj, slices of uncooked white bread, lunch meat of some sort, sliced cheese and boiled eggs, nothing to write home about and fairly unappetizing.
I saw a man arguing with management about the misrepresentation of his room and the hotel, wanting to get out of his reservation to find a more acceptable hotel, and Hotel de Paris would not budge. We were only staying one night, thank God!
This really is a one star hotel, and don't make the mistake of booking it. No savings is worth being this miserable at a hotel.
The only good things about it are that the management tries to be helpful and the location is great, but here are hundreds of nearby hotels, so find one of them. DON'T STAY HERE -- YOU WILL REGRET IT!!
Great hotel - good location
Me and my sister went to this hotel in June 04 and enjoyed it very much. The hotel was in a fantastic location, just down the road from the Leidesplein which was open all hours. The room was small but comfortable and clean. The maid service was efficient and the staff were polite and helpful. Leaflets were provided regarding tourist attractions and the staff were easy to talk to and gave advice about where to go and what to do.
The hotel was situated a short tram ride from Centraal station.
Overall the hotel was wonderful and we would definitely stay there again (and plan to do so soon!)
The lift was amazing - never seen one like it!
Perfect for friends looking for a lively hol!
Me and two mates went to the Hotel de Paris in May 2004 and we had no complaints whatsoever apart from lack of tea and coffee making facilities for the morning after (thats if you miss the breakfast before 10am!).breakfast is ok...but theres loads of cafes in Leidseplein for that. 5 minute walk to Leidseplein couldnt get any closer. Served well by public transport and the staff were fantastic. The guy who met us at reception on check in was so helpful-he was telling us about where to go and what to do and where all the decent pubs were!For the rate we got this hotel on a dutch hotels website (about£35 per night per person for a triple room) i would definately go there again very cheap and cheerful and very good value for money. A word of warning if you've never been amsterdam - be careful on the roads because the bikes seem to go right into you if you dare put your foot on the road. Another thing - the showers NEVER go cold at this hotel it's a bit like being in a sauna!
Hotel was quite alright. No complaints. Friendly staff. Our booking was originally at Falcon Plaza. But due to overbooking we were sent here. Convenient and clean. Room was somewhat small. Breakfast - bread, ham and cheese along with the usual jams,butter and tea/coffee.
Great Location, Safe and Secure!
We got this place after hours of surfing on the net. At first my mate and I wondered if it existed, but it didn't help trying to find it when the rain was pouring down, the wind was penetrating and our tram map was out of date!
Our room was ready and waiting for us. It was clean, well ventilated, and had sufficient storage space, though we still lived out of a suitcase during our recent stay there mainly because we were out all the time!
No tea or coffee facilities, but that wasn't missed. The bathroom was nice and clean, and a maid came in to refresh our room every day.
We had to leave our key at the desk when we left and collected it when we came back in, which wasn't a problem, as there was always someone at the desk. Additional security was that you had to be let in after pressing the buzzer on the door. We found this reassuring so no-one could just enter the hotel, and also we didn't have to worry about our key being stolen!
Breakfast was limited, with ham, boiled egg, bread, jam, butter and cheese. I would have liked the option of being able to pour your own juice as I'm not much of a coffee drinker, and I dislike tea.
The only other bugbear was the lack of a working electrical socket in our room so we couldn't recharge our mobiles, and couldn't use the hairdryer we brought with us.
Other than that, the hotel was friendly, efficient, clean, we could smoke so long as we had the window open as stated in their booklet, and they also carried free amsterdam guides!
Would definitely use this place again. It's only a 5 min walk to Liedseplein, and tram 6 stops right outside the hotel!
The only reason why this place earns 4 out of 5 stars is for the lack of a socket, and the limited breakfast! Other than that, it was great!
Hotel from a couples perspective
The rate for the room was really good we thought but you definatley get what you pay for. The key to our room would not let us out and we were locked in, minutes before a fire alarm went off. We were told that we could change rooms when they had one and we slept in an unlocked room.
There were burn amrks and bleach on the carpet and damp on the walls.
The last day our heating broke and it appears that this was in our room only..We were not offered an apology or compensation..Go there if you want very very basic very small rooms with no facilities..The bar in the brouchure is not stocked!!