Aalborg Hotel Amsterdam
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... coffee shops” as we imagined there would be, but you know it when you pass one…you can smell it from 3 doors down.
We got to the Red Light District (where the street is lined with strip clubs, sex shops and prostitutes). We saw the women standing or sitting in the windows backlit by pink or red lights. They wear nearly nothing and try to get people to look at them and come inside. As men walk passed, they ...
Our first stop on the other side of the Channel was Amsterdam to pick up about 300 Dutch passengers. We went back to the Van Gogh Museum. Last time we were there we were on a tour and didn't have as much time as we would have liked, so I felt we really gained a deeper understanding of the influences on him, as they also have an extensive collection ...
... the city). I saw a few churches, Rembrandt’s (another famous artist) home, and then got lunch at a bagel shop. I got a tuna salad bagel with juice. It was hot, and I wanted something light. I sat outside the café where I could watch the people walk along the canal.
After lunch I got slightly lost for a while and ended up walking around for longer than I had wanted to. I wanted to go to Rembrandtplein (another cultural area that was supposed to be cool), but it took ...
... of the benches and notice that there are locked sections under the seats that they think store prayer books. There are candlelit concerts here but unfortunately none are being offered during our stay. It would have been a very special experience.
Our next stop is the Dutch Resistance Museum ...
... to a quaint Italian restaurant later in the night. We chose this place simply because the building used to be a theatre, and we wanted to see the inside. Thankfully, the food was good and the service prompt. Radley wanted olives on his pizza, but ended up with egg instead. You can’t win all the time, particularly when your French is non-existent. Back at the hotel, there was more cheap wine to be drunk, albeit to be opened with Radley’s pocketknife. The Tesco corkscrew ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aalborg Hotel Amsterdam
Small but fine !!!
I stayed there for 4 nights for business.
Room is tiny but very clean. Very friendly staff.
Looks like just renovated.
During my stay, the breakfast room was under renovation.
I suppose when this renovation is done, this hotel looks really good.
Several tram stops are located very close to the hotel.
Max. 10 min to the exhibition center, 15 min to the central station.
Not a luxury hotel, but I recommend this hotel for both business and private.
Spotlessly clean room
My single room was incredibly tiny and an older person would struggle with trying to take a shower in the even tinier bathroom.
BUT you get what you pay for and don't get what you don't pay for.
The bed was very comfortable and the room spotlessly clean. The breakfast was modest, but adequate. Absolutely fine all in all.
I broke my glasses when I slipped on a tram journey. The reception staff couldn't have been more helpful in finding me an optician to do an emergency repair.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to young people on a sightseeing holiday.
A fine hotel for our needs on our trip to Amsterdam.
The purpose for our trip was to go to several concerts at the Concertgebouw, and as this hotel is a 10 minutes walk from the venue, this hotel was perfect for us. We only spent the nights at the hotel anyway, so we didn't need luxury.
The room was clean, the beds good and the bathroom just fine. Our room was on the first floor, 5 steps to walk to the breakfast room. The breakfast was basic consisting of corn-flakes, bread , toast, cheez, ham, salami, jam, boiled eggs etc. But we really didn't miss anything.
Will stay here again the next time we are going for a Concertgebouw concert-weekend to Amsterdam.
A group of colleagues and I had the pleasure of staying at this hotel whilst attending the ESICM conference at the RAI. For location it is excellent only 20 minutes brisk walk to the conference centre (6 minutes run if in a hurry). The town centre is about a 40 minute walk but it is easier to get a tram from the end of the road a number 4 or 25. There is also a great bar/cafe/restraunt on the corner of the park opposite the hotel. As for the hotel my colleagues and I had never laughed so much. Firstly they checked out my room a single with views over the park. Now this room (room 30) was small such that I could touch both walls across the width of the room and if I was any taller than my 6ft 2 inch I would have to sleep with my feet out of the window. The bed was reasonably comfortable but I dont remember spending much time in it anyway. The bathroom well what can I say? A pleasant british racing green tiled thing with the smallest bath I have ever seen. The bath incidently doubled as the shower and had a lovely slope from one end almost down to the plug hole. I guess a contortionist could bend to sit in the bath but I had a struggle to get in and nearly called the fire brigade to get out. Room was relatively clean and tidy, mind you the room wasnt exactly big. The TV remote did not work, no tea/coffee making facilities. My colleagues had a twin and a quad between them (There were no other twins left). The twin (room 1)on the ground floor had no opening windows and a broken window fan. The beds were so close together that it may as well have been called a double room. The quad room (room 12) had two beds plus some sort of fold down bed supposed to be a double (not) the bathroom was normal size with full size bath although the plug did not fit properly but this didnt matter as the water drianage was poor. Breakfast was okay with cereals yoghurt and ham and cheese not inspired but okay all the same. Customer service was variable with occasionally very helpfull and occasionnaly not at all helpfully but mostly in between. I would use this hotel again for its cheap price and location and as I wasn't spending much time in it.
I'm in my last night (of four) here, in Amsterdam for a conference. I booked into the Aalborg because it is convenient both for the RAI centre and the city centre/attractions, and less pricey than alternatives I was able to find on a 'net search (before finding tripadvisor.com). I've stayed at many far nicer hotels at one quarter of the price, but not in Amsterdam.
My views on this hotel are quite mixed. We booked a quad room and when we arrived it turned out to be a twin room with a large single fold down bed. The duvet covers were not the cleanest and we had no towels..however, this was quickly resolved when we spoke to the chap on the front desk. Later that night after a few sherrys etc we returned to the room to see the store cupboard had been left open..with a mattress in it. Well we decided to take it and hope for the best!. It was obvious the following day that the staff were aware of us nicking stuff from the cupboard but it was graciously ignored.. Fab!. Hotel location is average.. although tram leaves from literally just round the corner and will take you to Dam square for about E1.60.. very regular as well. Also very nice little restaurant on the corner - great breakfast. Breakfast in the hotel was okay - if you like cheese and ham.. and eggs...and cheese. On the whole this was not the cleanest hotel ive stayed in, but the staff were great and prob the friendliest ive come across. Despite the hotel having a very, very dodgy lift.. and VERY small stairs, this was one of my most enjoyable trips.. so what can i say?. I think id say give it a go..what do you have to lose?!
I was looking for a modest hotel for one night and found the Aalborg through a search engine. My room and en-suite were very small but with a desk and view of the park. My breakfast was very good and served in a pleasant dining room. I would certainly return to this hotel myself. The room was clean and I imagine that a family would be given a perfectly acceptable (and larger) room. Service was friendly.