Sandton Hotel de Filosoof
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... is women's tennis as he gets to watch them run around in skimpy outfits and grunt, to be clear he was incredibly serious about this. I think all the girls at the table felt slightly awkward after that conversation. Reading into the vibe our guide realized he needed to change the conversation so he asked the mid 30's german guy who was on our trip with his wife what he does for a living, turns out he coaches professional women's tennis. It was hilarious, nothing better could have followed ...
... tickets are sold out through the end of the summer. The 'house' is the attic of the warehouse of her father's jam and spice business where Anne, her father, mother and sister, the van Pels family and a dentist, Fritz Pfeffer, hid out for two years during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam before they were betrayed and sent off to camps, Anne's father to Auschwitz, she, her mother and sister to Terezin. Anne's story is told via pictures, videos (from the 90s) of interviews with ...
Exhibit B - I love the attempt at a 'splash of colour' that appears in this otherwise vanilla white existence. It appears that one day somebody decided to do some painting in here and then tripped over the carpet and threw the red paint into the door that opens to our room. Which leads me to number three.
Exhibit C - the carpet rolls underneath your foot. In most places, by doing a Michael Jackson ...
... through and some talks via video and audio as you go around. I have never read Ann Franks' Diary, nor did I know much about her, her family or their story. I found it very interesting and moving. The tour took about an hour.
After Ann Frank, we headed back towards Dam Square for a little light entertainment in the Sexmuseum. If you haven't heard of the Sexmuseum - it's all in the name. It was not educational, it was not modest. It was childishly ...
... had a nice homemade lemonade and watched the kids getting soaked in one of those nice fountains which jumps out of nowhere like the "surprise" fountain at Peterhof in St Petersburg.
The idea was then to go to the Van Gogh Museum, and so I walked off down Museum Square, which is a lovely, busy space full of all sorts of nice stuff including huge letters spelling out "I Amsterdam" with the "I Am" part in red and everything else white, and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sandton Hotel de Filosoof Amsterdam
I stayed for two nights at the begining of December 2006. The weather was very cold, when I arrived to my room the window had been left open all day and the heating was turned off. When I asked about this the reception staff weren't as helpful as they could have been, it took one day for the room to heat up.
Great fun and excellent service
Some of our friends recommended this hotel a few months ago for our trip to celebrate our 5th anniversary. I have to say that after reading other comments, we were not so sure anymore, however we were so pleasantly surprised! It all started at check in where we were offered to see different rooms and could pick the one we liked. It was wonderful. After the staff found out we were celebrating our 5th anniversary everybody congratulated us. The bartender ( I think his name is Arthuur ) gave us some suggestions on romantic restaurants in the area. He was so nice! The hotel was rather busy with pleasant people, which resulted in pleasant conversations almost every evening! A clean room, great staff and close to all the action, we had a stay that was great.
Great experience in the middle of Amsterdam
I came to the hotel for 1 night and I was given a great experience. I even decided to extend my stay for another 2 days. Great Value for Money in nicely decorated rooms. Attentive staff assited me with my individual wishes!
Cozy in Winter
A beautiful spot near park and museums, shopping. The back garden is beautiful in the snow and the lobby warm and cozy. Lovely breakfast in downstairs. Great reading atmosphere.
When we turned the corner, we saw the entire street in front of the hotel was under construction, with backhoes, etc., making really LOUD noise. Upon checking in, the front desk person said, "Oh, they don't work on the week-end." Great - we were there thru Wednesday. In our very small room, the beds were small and awful. We felt like we were sleeping on the floor. No clock and very difficult for two people to move around. Monday morning, the construction began at 10 minutes til 7 a.m., grinding, pounding - which, with the window open, sounded like it was in our room. SO glad to leave! There should have been some mention of this construction on their website - I felt like we had been lied to.
My wife and I went to Italy on our honeymoon, but had a two day layover in Amsterdam on the way home. My wife stumbled upon this hotel and it was a real find. It's in a lovely part of town just off Overtoom, where there are plenty of nice restaurants within walking distance. The Van Gough museum was only a brisk 0.75 mile walk from the hotel. The Leidessplein, an awesome area bustling with food and entertainment is only perhaps a half mile away. The entire city is easily accessable by the tram, which runs on Overtoom, right next to the hotel. (for the tram, you can get a 7 ride pass for only E6.70. You can transfer on one ride for up to an hour after you get stamped in)
Well, this hotel is good for starting conversations with other guests since you can always ask "so, what theme is your room?" I was in Simone de Beauvoir's room which had an interesting quote around the wall that essentially said that men are children (as explained to me by another house guest who could read French - we checked out each other's rooms). The common areas on the main floor are really interesting and fun to check out; the bar was quite nice as well. I did not make it to breakfast when I was there but they have a truly lovely dining area overlooking the garden. The room I was in was extraordinarily small; only a twin bed pushed up against the wall and a TV hanging from the ceiling. Only room for one person. The bathroom was a problem since the shower did not contain a wall or lip to contain the water and the shower curtain did not reach the floor fully. My room was very quiet but not someplace you want to spend a lot of time in. If it weren't for the colorful themes of each room and the interesting common areas, I would class this as a truly budget quality hotel. My room and the bathroom could have used a good scrubbing though I wouldn't say it was scary dirty. The people at the front desk were polite but not overly welcoming. The location is decent; a little out of the way but at least in a quiet neighborhood and close to a tram stop. If you do stay there, make sure you take a right coming out of the hotel and tour the little neighborhood back there. Beautiful architecture and there are a few entrances to the large park. The cafe that borders the park (behind the museum) is surprisingly good given its touristy location.
We were travelling as a family-- my wife, teenaged twins, and me. The idea of a hotel based on philosophers appealed to my daughter and the hotel is located within walking distance (through the Vondelpark) to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. The quad room was in the basement (which was actually cooler, considering the hot mid June 2006 weather). It was decorated with a Buddha theme and was kind of clever. It would have benefitted, however, from a good scrubbing and dusting. Radiator pipes coursed through the room. The bath with shower was tiny and only so-so re cleanliness. The format of the breakfast buffet changed on the 2nd day of our stay and was quite good. The common areas were mostly well-appointed, especially the breakfast room and the garden. The front desk staff were helpful in ordering our taxi to the airport. On street parking was very difficult--I don't recommend staying here if you have a car. Considering that it was 195 EUR per night including breakfast, I think this hotel was overpriced. We did enjoy our stay, but I don't think we would stay here again.
Having read the reviews on this site I wonder if previous guests were perhaps visiting from a different planet. If you want corporate, standard fare, this is not for you. If you want a clean, friendly, convenient hotel at a reasonable price within easy walk of the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh, and especially if you want something a bit (well a lot) different, then give this a go. There are so many photographs, paintings (both very good and very bad!) and books on just about every philosophical or ethical theme all around the house.