Sandton Hotel de Filosoof
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Oak and Apple, B&B Oakland
Over Priced - In Need of a Good Clean!
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.
While the theme was interesting and the common areas quirky i found that the bedroom needed a good clean. It smelt very musty. The carpet and the outer bed clothes were stained and not what one would expect for the price. The location is good for those not wanting to be in the hussel and bustle and yet not too far away. Tram service is very good in Amsterdam and the hotel is only a few minutes from museums and Parks.
Breakfast is served until 10am and not a moment later. The food is very bland. I was disapointed as the tourist board had recommended it to me. I would not stay there again.
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.
Watch your step!
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.
p.s. The hair dryer supplied does not work in the bathroom - it must be used in the bedroom area. The only outlet in the bathroom is for an electric shaver, which apparently has a different type plug.
Great place for younger funseekers!
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)
The hotel itself was not like a Marriot or Hilton, but to me that's a great thing. I want the local flavor when I travel, and this hotel gives it to you. The lobby is tight and smoke-filled, but there's a great bar, as well as one computer with internet (prepare to wait your turn). Breakfast is nice with hard boiled eggs, cold cuts, cheese, cereals, yogurt, beans, etc. Our room was in some newly purchased space across the street from the hotel. It was humongous - 700 square feet with a huge living room, balconies on both sides, high ceilings and chandeliers, a flat screen TV, bookshelves, a kitchen and a nice deep tub for bathing. We got it very cheap, but I think they were hooking us up for our honeymoon. Ask for room 133 - you won't be disappointed. Only one small warning, if the guests sleeping in the room above you are loud, you'll hear them. There is very bad soundproofing. Otherwise, this is a fabulous place.
The staff were mostly good, especially Arnold, who will hook you up with great advice on where to eat, drink, etc as well as the bartender, Guillermo. Good guys. Their advice on how to go about the city was outstanding given that we had little local knowledge outside of a woefully dated Froemmers guidebook.
Lastly, if you like an occasional toke of outstanding quality marijuana, defnitely check out "The Rokery", located in the Leidesplein, within walking distance of the hotel, take a right down your second sidestreet and it's on your left if you are coming from the hotel. This place is super friendly, comfortable, safe, and they have a full bar. Great place to pop in and socialize with cool people from all over the world.
People in Amsterdam were wonderful. If you have thinking about going there, I strongly recommend. This is a fabulous city.
A good conversation starter
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.
OK hotel-- overpriced
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.
Probably the best!
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.
The staff were friendly and obliging, and on arrival we were allowed to choose our room from two available. We chose room 19 - Confuscius - which was decorated in silver and purple, with a huge Chinese watercolour of a potentate, his wife and daughter. The room was very comfortable.
The stairs are VERY steep, (it is after all atypical Amsterdam house) but there is a lift. This would not suit anybody with mobility difficulties. The bathroom was a wet room, which although small was functional; and clean.
I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this hotel and will visit again next time I am in Amsterdam. As someone who spends an average of 2 nights a week in hotels (usually Marriot, Radisson, Malmaison types) it is hugely refeshing to find somewhere that is so very different.
Nice little hotel
We stayed 2 nights in the hotel Filosoof and enjoyed it. We were in room 4 I think. (Maybe it was room 3) the dominant color was tourquoise. Not sure of the philosophical theme to our room. It was not that obvious.
Check in and check out were seemless. Hotel staff was nice and helpful. There is a little bar in the lobby, though we did not partake in drinks in the hotel bar.
Breakfast was included with the room. Not a super fabulous breakfast, but more than adequate to jump start your morning. Don't forget the choclate spread and the chocolate sprinkles. yum!
The hotel was easy to find. The tram system was not so simple to navigate because it does not automatically stop at the cross street near the hotel. We learned that the hard way. Request a stop.
The room was quite and clean. The bathroom was large and the water was hot. In the backyard there is a nice garden to relax. And there is some indoor patio seating if you don't want to sit outside.
It is an easy walk to the canals and attractions. though, it does feel a bit more out of city center than some would like. We stayed at another location more centrally located and it felt like we did not have to walk as much just to get in to the hustle and bustle. But if you are looking more for a neighborhood and residential surroundings, this is your place. I would definately stay here again.
TripAdvisor Reviews The Oak and Apple, B&B Oakland
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