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... a couple of hours wandering the narrow streets. We are now on the way to The Hague where we have a couple of days to settle into our new apartment before Anna starts at the International Criminal Court. We are slowly getting over our jet lag, which has been surprisingly mild considering the time difference and the fact that we have gone from one place where it was getting dark at 5:00pm and a day later found ourselves in a place where the sun doesn't set until ...
... a girl on stage and a male stripper gives her a lap dance (THIS IS IMPORTANT IN LATER ENTRIES).
Next, me and Vlad go up on stage with some drunk chubby asian dude. I'm feeling pretty rowdy at this point. She strips and then we do the conga. Then some dude in a gorilla suit with a huge black strap on dildo comes out and joins the conga line.
Then she lines up the three of us on our knees and inserts a banana ...
... spent two years in hiding in the tiny rooms of the house and when your actually inside you can really just feel it and imagine it. After that we wandered back towards the Main Street of Amsterdam to get some food and have a look around, Saw some eye opening stuff that's for sure. Then I hit the shops and spent up in H&M omg my new favourite store! We headed back and checked into the hotel and got ready for a Friday night out in Amsterdam. We had ...
... then went to eat it in a sheltered spot out of the freezing wind. I had a look around a few souvenir stores then was back on the bus as soon as it opened its doors.
Next stop, The Hague. What a wonderful city! Parts of it are historic, but much is new and plenty of talented architects have been let loose to design attractive modern buildings. There are lovely parks, shady tree lined streets, the international embassies, and homes of the ambassadors, as ...
... of really good appetizers. We ordered hummus and pita, these fried meat ball things, and then fried goat cheese that was my favoriteeee yummmm. After a two hour snooze (since we barely slept in Pisa) we decided to venture down to the red light district. Waiting for the tram we met these two Italian women who were so funny. They didn't speak any English at all, and we only know a few Italian phrases considering we had only been in class for a week. It was very interesting to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Aspen Amsterdam
A great hotel
My girlfriend and I stayed here for ten nights in August and loved it. The room was very tiny and the stairs narrow and steep, so it's no Ritz Carlton, but for two college students, or anyone else who wants to save some money, Hotel Aspen is IT.
The room was absolutely spotless everyday, as were the bathrooms. We shared a bath with others on our floor but wouldn't have known it as we never had to wait or anything like that.
Esam and Rudy (the proprietors) are extremely nice and will tell you where to go, how to get there etc. Its almost like a concierge service in this small, cheap hotel.
The location is excellent as well, very close to the Anne Frank House, Westerkerk, Centraal Station, the Royal Palace, etc. Almost all the big attractions of the city are within a 15 minute walk, yet the streets outside the hotel were very quiet. We never had any trouble getting to sleep at night.
Basically, this is a fantastic hotel for the budget traveler. It has a great location, friendly staff, and you don't have to worry about finding a roach in your mattress or a prowler in your room. An A+job by Esam and Rudy!
Low prices, nice rooms, friendly staff
My girlfriend and I stayed 3 days at the Aspen Hotel in Amsterdam.
We were a bit concerned about the quality of the hotel due to the low prices. We were surprised to find out that this hotel had nice and clean rooms, the staff was extremely friendly and in addtion to that the hotel is in the heart of Amsterdam - a short walk from the Dam square, in walking distance from the Centraal Station.
Breakfast is not served, but the money that you save, you can use to buy yourself a good breakfast elsewhere in the city.
There is no doubt, that we will also stay at the Aspen Hotel next time we go to Amsterdam.
Great price, great location
Great location (short walk to Dam Square) and even greater price (one of the cheapest in central Amsterdam). The manager was extremely helpful and nice. The bathrooms are shared (one shower/toilet per floor - with 3-4 rooms per floor). The only negative there's no elevator, so if you have a ton of luggage (like we did) and are on the top floor... it's a long narrow staircase to climb up. I'm staying here the next time I'm in Amsterdam.
Holtel Aspen was everything we expected
We stayed at the Hotel Aspen June 9, 2004 for one night. It was everything previous posters had said.
Basic and clean. We had a room with four twin beds (which were very comfortable) and paid 90 Euros for 4 people. (great for Amsterdam).
The room was very basic. No TV or alarm. No minibar or coffee service, no breakfast. But we were not expecting any frills for the price we paid. The owners were extremely helpful and nice!
The location is not bad, 5 minutes to Dam Square and Anne Frank House.
The only draw-backs are the steep narrow steps(quite a work out and you need to plan your trips)
and it is 30 minutes walking distance to the train station.
If you are looking to stay in Amsterdam for very little, the Hotel Aspen is perfect!
Great location and value for money
This is where i stay anytime i am in Amsterdam , why i rate it so high is because of value for money and location , it is located about 200 m from Royal Palace in a high class architectural complex. There is no breakfast and the rooms are plainly furnished. A good tourist hotel , secure and clean with friendly staff and very central location ....Robert from Scotland .
Great location, great management, great value!
I have stayed at the Hotel Aspen 7 or 8 times and I can recommend Hotel Aspen most highly. The rates are great, the management is very friendly and pleasent, the location is safe and convenient, and the rooms are clean and nice. I wish I was there right now. Randy G.
Excellent Value for Money
Hotel Aspen is by no means the Ritz. We were looking for somewhere very cheap but clean and comfortable and we definitely found it! The friendly welcome when we arrived was an added bonus. To keep costs down we opted for a room without a bathroom and did not regret it at all.
The toilet and shower room were spotless and we only shared with one other room. The hotel is a short walk from the main attractions but just far enough out of the hustle and bustle to have an undisturbed night's sleep. Highly recommended to travellers on a budget.
Hotel Aspen is Excellent!
Hotel Aspen at Raadhuisstraat 31 is a clean, well-maintained and friendly hostelry that I would heartily recommend to anyone planning a visit to Amsterdam. Superb location being as close as the Hotel is to Dam Square and the attractions of Grachtengordel.
Great budget hotel
This was one of the cheapest finds in Amsterdam at 65Euro for room with private bathroom. The room was big, the bathroom impecable and the owner was very helpful, he even gave us a map with all the useful places to go circled for us. All in all, great value! As an extra you can even order great coffee as room service. Prefer a room facing the garden though, as street rooms are noisy and ours did not have double paned windows.
The hotel Aspen was very well-priced, really well-located, clean and amazingly quiet at night. Can't beat it for the price! Owner and family also very friendly.