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... Some were concrete boats (built around the steel shortage of WWII) with houses on top. There were also quite a few modern/American looking houseboats built atop a low floating deck of pontoons. Every now and then, we'd come across a boat with large living quarters but still fitted with a mast, leeboards and sails. In some cases the mast was stepped and the boom was fitted with a rolled up sail clearly visible. In other cases the mast had been folded down and the sails removed ...
... with a tad of guidance from the mere females. Successfully locating the floating Flower Market, which was really just full of an array of bulbs for sale, we were able to view a small array of the colourful flowers available at this time of the year.
With the long flight, starting to take its toll, we headed back towards the ship, stopping along the way at a Pandora shop to add a momento of a windmill charm to the ...
... Once inside the museum it was incredible. The first half of the museum is through the original house including the office for the store that Otto Frank owned. You walk through and eventually come to the passageway which was the access point to the secret annex. The original swinging bookshelf that hid the door was still there and open allowing you to re trace the steps of the individuals who went into hiding. You go through each of the rooms and although empty ...
... half hours.. 3 and a half hours later, and hungry, we finally made it to the cloggs and cheese factory in Edam! Yes this is where they make Edam cheese!
We were given a short demonstration on how the make the cheese and then a very entertaining demonstration about how cloggs are made and why they are so awesome. We had some fun looking around the clogg factory. There were cloggs everywhere! on the ceilings, and the walls and so many sizes and colors! ...
... doing it and not drinking enough water.
We woke up late that afternoon starving. Both of us quickly got ready and I ordered Geoff around telling him to drink this and eat that. I was scared he might faint again. We left the hostel and found a great Italian style cafe only just up the road. From here we planned out how to get to the dentist office that we were able to make an ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel The Neighbour'S Magnolia Amsterdam
So good we just have to go back!
Hotel Zandbergen is a lovely hotel a street away from the Vondel Park, Amsterdam's most beautiful park by far! Within walking distance of 3 museums and the Leidseplein you couldn't ask for more for a weekend getaway. The hotel is run by husband and wife Robert and Margaret Vonk who were very helpful in answering our questions about the city. The room was clean and overlooked a little garden at the rear. And the coffee was to die for! We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent in this lovely hotel and have already made reservartions to return in the Summer.
A 'must stay there again' place to stay
Having read the review entitled "Stay At A Nice Bed & Breakfast Instead", I felt I really should put the record straight. We found Hotel Zanbergen to be a charming hotel only a short tram ride away from the city centre. Our room and bathroom were spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The proprietors, a husband and wife team, spent time with us giving advice on where to eat, what to do and helping with tour bookings. The breakfasts, supplied in ample quantities, were great consisting of a selection of cereals, meat, cheese, eggs, bread and delicious coffee. Check in and check out were both handled quickly and professionally. Great value for money - I would definitely stay there again and would recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to spend time in Amsterdam.
Stay At A Nice Bed & Breakfast Instead
If you're looking for warm and fuzzy in Amsterdam, don't stay at the Hotel Zandbergen. The owners run a tight ship with army-like percision. That means it is very clean, neat and orderly, but it has no personality. Breakfast is sparse (cereal, a boiled egg, ham and cheese). One day they ran out of bread. I asked the owner to make a reservation for a tour for me. He told me I could use the phone in my room and do it myself. When I called the message was in Dutch and I missed the tour. Another caveat. Although the website for the hotel says "Cash Payment At Reception Desk 10% Off", the owners refused to honor this and would not give us a 10% discount when we asked to pay cash. With all the lovely bed and breakfasts in Amsterdam that are less expensive, I wouldn't stay here again. I think you pay too much for too little.
I would like to refer to the comments made on Trip Advisor and specifically in relation to the following URL: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g188590-d237582-r2130957-Hotel_Zandbergen-Amsterdam_Noord_Holland.html.
Stay At A Nice Bed & Breakfast Instead"
May 30, 2004: A TripAdvisor Member, Long Island, New York
First of all, it is a shame that some individuals do not have the decency, or maybe the courage, to come out in the open personally and directly so that complaints can be taken care of by the department or person responsible.
My wife and I have been running Hotel Zandbergen for the last 18 years and it can be said that (unfortunately there are no exact figures available) over 90 percent of our guests are very satisfied with the services we offer. May I suggest to who ever wants to make enquiries about Hotel Zandbergen they visit our web site. Just feed in our Hotel name into any well known search engine and you will find us. Click on our guest book and you'll be surprised at the lovely comments. What you read is true!
Thanks to all those honorable guests who we have taken the trouble and put their wonderful reviews on our site, and on Trip Advisor.com too!
Further more, I would like to suggest that in choosing a service or product of any kind, via the internet, one can also refer to the web site of that particular service or product directly so as to obtain the latest updates on the information you are looking for. It is surprising as to how inaccurate some websites are who promote or advertise on behalf of others.
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Very happy with the Zandbergen
We stayed at the Zandbergen from March 19-21, 2004. The rooms were very clean and the hosts very accommodating. The hotel is situated in a good location. You can take tram #2 from the train station and be at the Zandbergen in 10 minutes. You can also pick up the tram and be at the Rijks or the Van Gough museum in 5 minutes. The hotel is owned and operated by a husband and wife. They were very helpful in letting us check in early and paid attention to all our questions even making reservations at a restaurant that they suggested and that was very good. They also serve a very nice breakfast. I would recommend the Zandbergen to anyone wanting to stay in Amsterdam.
Great Location and Breakfast
This hotel was only a Â 25 cab ride from the airport. It is also possible to take the train to the central station, then take tram #2 to Emmastraat. Either way, it is convenient as route #2 goes by the museums, the Hard Rock Cafe and a large area of various other restaurants, Dam Square and ends at the central station. The rooms were large enough, as were the bathrooms, and very clean. The stairs were very steep, but this is the case for every hotel in Amsterdam it seems. The breakfast was wonderful, with a variety of breads, meat, cheese and cereal. I would definitely stay here again.
Charming Hotel Zanbergen
Hotel Zandbergen was very clean, convenient and lovely. The beds were very comfortable, the bathrooms surprisingly spacious and the service was top-notch. Breakfast was delicious, esp. the coffee. The proprietor's did everything to ensure we were pleased. I will definitely stay there on my next trip to Amsterdam.
Ideally situated in the mainly residential area. It is a 10 minute tram ride to the city centre and on the tram route of many of the major attractions. The hotel is clean and comfortable with friendly helpful staff. I would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting a moderately priced hotel.