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Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
Sorry I have been slacking on the blog as of recently - we have been busy! So I think I left off saying we were heading from Dublin to London. we landed in London and grabbed our car and began the left handed side drive to our hotel. Since it was night time the drive was sketchy and people were crazy and it was sort of hard to remember …
... city is one of the scariest experiences I have ever had, there are more bikes than cars and the bike paths are narrow jam packed with busy bikers. After visiting the sights we wanted to see we made our way back to the bike drop off, this was peak hour Amsterdam bike riding and the traffic was hectic, an accident waiting to happen. This of course happened to me as a little old grumpy man driving what can only be described as a miniature car that fitted ...
... miniature village. This sounded fine to me since I have only three days in the country.
Overnight the rain stopped, but a strong wind also blew in, howling around my hotel room while I was tucked up snug in my very warm quilt. My tour started at 9, so I made my way around to the agency (about 10 minutes walk) just after 8. Our guide spoke English and Spanish, and there was also an audio commentary. She warned us sternly to be on time returning to the ...
... that mental illness is not a barrier to creativity. It may be a hiccup from time to time but bloody hell! Life blesses us all in different ways! Now we are waiting to transfer to the boat for our Jewels of Europe River Cruise. Looks like we are the kiddies in the group! WOW The room is fantastic. It seems someone organised a bottle of champagne to celebrate our 20th anniversary together. Thank you Pat! Our room is enormous ...
... the festive town square which is flanked by the Grote Kerk (Great Church). This church is famous for its magnificent pipe organ. One hundred feet high, with more than 5,000 pipes. Handel and Mozart have played this organ. Unfortunately we got to this too late to hear them play.
We discovered a department store of all non-tourist places and had lunch on the fifth floor which afforded us a view of the city and especially some eye-catching rooftops.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Amsterdam
All the Hilton Perks
My wife and I took advantage of HHonors points and spent a lovely 6 nights at the Amsterdam Hilton this April. Gold Honors status got us ugradraded to a very comfortable suite overlooking a canal, the Museum Quarter and the Centrum. There is a great private gym adjoining the property that you can get a free daily pass for. The biggest perk here is the Executive Club with its FREE breakfasts and evening canapes and drinks. Mucho Euros saved every day in a roof top club overlooking the entire Amsterdam area. Many people criticize the out-of-the-way location, but we found it to ba an advantage. First, you can walk a few short blocks in different directions and catch 4 different tram lines and be anywhere in 15 minutes. Second, you're in the middle of one the nicest residential areas of the city, and can stroll pleasant streets with real people and eat and drink like locals. The restaurants all around the hotel are excellent, and Roberto's, in the Hilton, is also quite nice. This is a first class hotel geared mostly to the business community, but it's even more fun if you're on vacation!
Peace and Quiet
Firstly, how to get to the hotel - from Central Station catch tram number 16 to Emmastraat (Tram shows stops as they come up). When leaving tram look left go over wide bridge and back of Hilton is on the left hand side. Journey takes approx. 15 minutes going past the Van Gough museum. Now the hotel review - hotel is out of the way but is a tranquil sanctuary from the hussle and bussle of central Amserdam. Had room at a knock down price from a third party website. Arrived at hotel 2 hours before check in time and were given a fantastic twin room with a view of the canal and city. Staff are very friendly. Amenities excellent. Small shop in foyer. Lift works with your room keycard so good security. Only criticism is price of drinks in minibar (especially soft drinks). Would definitely recommend this hotel to anybody wanting a relaxing stay.
Everything we expect from Hilton - and more
This hotel was everything we could wish for. £50 B & B each, was a bargain with lots of comfort and prompt willing service. All staff have a natural, warm approach and enjoy welcoming guests and go out of their way to ensure a relaxing stay. Accommodation was really up to 5* level and food was to die for. We will return here without hesitation
Five star, but far from the action.
Since I was only staying in Amsterdam for a few days this hotel was perfect for me. The staff was attentive, the rooms spacious with a great view of the city. It seemed like it was a business hotel that was not discovered by the average tourist. I was impressed with all the amneties. If you stay here you will not be disappointed unless you dislike the fact that it is a residential neighborhood. That entails a five to ten minute walk to the tram and/or anywhere to eat outside of the hotel. However, the tram is so convenient to all the major sites that a cab ride is not necessary. Also, if you are in Europe you know some walking is expected.
Perfect oasis in Amsterdam
Wonderful hotel located very conveniently between old and new Amsterdam. Just a 5 minute walk to tram #16 and access to all of Amsterdam, nothing is more than 15 minutes away! Rooms and staff extraordinary, especially for Europe. I thought location was a bonus to let us get away from the hustle and bustle of the center city.
My wife and I stayed at the Hilton for two nights in early December 2004. What a fantastic place! The lobby, bar, restaurants and other facilities sparkle. The room (just a standard room) was wonderful -- spacious, nicely furnished, beautiful bathroom. Unlike many top hotels that can sometimes show age (cracked paint, marked up furniture, etc.) everything in the room was in tip-top condition. The Hotel staff was great. Concierge desk was able to help with directions, transit info, restaurants, etc. We had dinner in the bar just before departing for the airport and the food was quite tasty. We had been concerned whether the Hotel was too remotely located from the heart of the City. Turns out this is really not an issue. Two useful Tram lines run right by the Hotel and you can be anywhere you like in town within 15 minutes tops. We found it no real bother and the Hotel's surrounding area is quite upscale and fine for walking day and night. Overall, a great place to stay, and we were pleased with our price of $150/night.
Just a great experience
We stayed for a week-end at a summer sale rate and got an excellent value for money. The location is really good. NOT in the city-center but two stops behind museum square by tram plus 5 minutes walk in a beautiful (and apparently safe and absolutely peaceful) neighbourhood. The hotel was redone in 1998 and that was made in a solid way. Nice interior. While we heard people on the hallway we never heard anybody from neighbouring rooms. Get a room towards the canal, enjoy the terrace (in summer) and you will love it. We discovered Amsterdam from a different ancle. Just a great experience.
Loved the hotel, I still rave about it to my friends and colleagues. Fantastic view of the city from my room, the executive lounge is fantastic and the staff are all very helpful. I always look forward to staying at this hotel.
Fit museum buffs look no further!
Stayed at the Hilton last Easter and loved it! While the location is some distance south of the main canal area, it is quieter and there isn't the problem of fumes from passing canal boats. The hotel is located less than 10 mins walk from the Vondalpark (wonderful huge park where locals actually outnumber the tourists and is fringed by trendy but laid back restaurants). The Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum are also only a 10-15min walk away from the hotel. The Hilton was modern, comfortable with friendly staff. We chose this hotel because of its excellent sports facilities and while the personal trainer was very helpful and the well equipped fitness room was top notch, you should check the opening hours in advance.
Nice Hotel - Bad location
This is a very nice Hotel, but it is located in a residential district and is a long way from the "old" part of Amsterdam which we wanted to visit. They do have a canal in back, but do not offer any kind of water taxi which is the common and convenient form of transportation in Amsterdam. It is a long walk and unsafe at night. You are forced to take a tram or taxi. no parking in the Because of the location you don't feel you are in Amsterdam, you feel more like you are in Chicago.