Die Port van Cleve
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Die Port van Cleve
I should open this blog by noting that this trip was booked two weeks before departure and at the time the world cup was in full flow but it was not until the middle of the week before departure that the semi final results determined that we would be in amsterdam on the day of the final between holland and spain. At the time of writing this part of …
Our connecting train from Brussels to Amsterdam was a debacle after passengers were sent from Brussels Midi (where we were supposed to board the train) to Brussels North (due to some unforeseen delay). Then we arrived at Brussels North to find that the train to Amsterdam would not stop at Brussels North. Anyway, after much gesturing and heated …
... and I were room-mates on this night, and we woke up the next morning, left the cozy hotel and went to see the market in the square right next to us. It was totally awesome with great food, Christmas stuff and locals buying their groceries for the day. After some Spatzle with kraut, (yum) we headed to the next town of Altheim.
Along the way to Althiem, we stopped at the Castle Liechtenstein. Southern Germany is beautiful. ...
... out as the pub offered 2.50 euro wines (very cheap!) and we had fun with the English people and a couple of Aussies that we had met there. One of the Aussie guys decided to even shout 7 people jega bombs (a type of alcoholic drink and quite pricey)! It probably hurt looking at his bank account the next day.
On the Saturday we finally left Amsterdam after 4 nights (which was probably a bit too long) and headed to Rotterdam where we were to spend another 2 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Die Port van Cleve Amsterdam
No need to worry....
We found an excellent deal for a 3 night stay in Die Port Van Cleve in January 2004. Having read the reviews that are around currently for the hotel, I was slightly worried about what to expect. However, the location was EXCELLENT, the hotel staff were really friendly. The room was slightly small but definitely clean and cosy. The bathroom was great, fresh towels and the room was cleaned every day. The shower was lovely! We chose to eat out instead of in the hotel but the brasserie did look nice. Next time I come to Amsterdam I will definitely stay here again if I can find another good deal! I would also recommend the shuttle bus to the airport. For 10 the bus will take you from the hotel lobby to the departures area at Schiphol!
Good views, d=great views, iffy rooms
i stayed at this hotel during the winter holidays for 5 nights. the acommidations were fair to decent at best. i was offered a larger room upgrade for 20euro which i took. the room was large enough but very sparsely decorated. furnishings were beat up and worn around the edges.
the matress was new and comfortable and the bathroom was modern and efficient though and the views were nice. still the furnishings need some major improving. the lift was slow so stairs were more commonly used to decend. the stairs were very steep but typical of amsterdam.
this hotel is mainly about its location. directly located behind the Dam you are smack dab in the center of everything. walking 5 minutes in any direction will lead you to any prominient tourist attraction. the front desk staff was effiecient and cordial. the lifts were a little unreliable and one was down on and off over the course of my stay. the on site bar/resteraunt is famous for its Delft tile. room service was a little slow and the food was definatley not gourmet but was suffiecient. many other better alternatives were close by. only blocks from the central rail station and the red light district as well. all in all a decent stay. the location is superb and i felt safe although the carpets and furnishingings just werent good enough for me. im sure i could have done a little better if i serched around some more.
Hostel level service at 4 star prices
Spent a week there in early August. First impressions of the room were not good, and it went downhill from there. Being summer, it was quite hot, and the hotel has no airconditioning(!) necessitating the windows being left open at all times.. sleep was near impossible with the all-night noise coming in the open windows. The front desk lied to one of our party, saying we had not checked in.. so he got a room in his own name. When we discovered their mistake, they still tried to charge him for the room (even tho he only stored his bags there for a few minutes). Purchased some wooden toys at the adjacent shopping center..
"concierge" at the hotel was worse than useless in shipping it back.
After some discussion, refused to help at all, and the manager, a very rude black gentleman, basically dumped the packages on the floor and scurried to the back room to hide. The only good thing I can say about the place is that the bar is quite decent and the bartenders friendly.
Do yourself a big favor, and pass on this run down hotel with poor service and surly staff.
Excellent hotel, fantastic location - right where you want to be if you are looking to enjoy the night life while staying in a good clean hotel - the bar was excellent too.
The rooms are middens..
I can only assume that "anonymous Chicago" got the best room in the place or he works in the bar!Anonymous of Lincoln seems to be talking about a completely different location/hotelMidden. n Archaic or dialect ,a dunghill or pile of refuse source Oxford dictionary
Excellent Hotel, Excellent Location
Excellent continental hotel at a budget price. Their 99 euro rate was fantastically low price for the quality and location of this hotel. located adjacent to the Dam Square, this charming hotel offered equisite service, fine dining, and very helpful staff. The rooms are in the traditional style of Europe "smallish" but are impecably well kept and offers that "WOW" feeling. I would highly recommend this hotel and would cheerfully stay once again!
Nice Hotel, Great City
Just returned from a 4 night break at Die Port Van Cleve Hotel, Amsterdam. Nice hotel, disappointed when we got to room. Booked a direct deal with the hotel on their web page at 99 euro per night excluding breakfast (15 euro) (usual rate 215-299 per night). Room was a bit shabby, bathroom perfect though. We pointed this out to reception who were very very helpful and said that they would check and in the morning they would let us know if we can be upgraded. We were indeed after a little persuasion and reputation telling of hotel into a twice as big and upgraded room for the same rate (99)! Apart from that the hotel go out of their way to help you with excellent english speaking staff, breakfast more than enough and the restaurant is a little a la carte but very nice. Would recommend, just watch the room if booking one of their specials!
Sadly lacking in "wow" factor..
My partner and I booked a special first trip to Amsterdam in February 2003. We booked a flight and hotel package via a well known internet company. The Die Port Van Cleve is about 10 to 15 minutes walk from the central railway station. Its outward appearance is one of an older ,traditional hotel but with the promise of modern comforts. In the hotel literature , the die Port constantly repeats its corporate mantra .."where hospitality is legendary" Having arrived in amsterdam we made our way to the hotel full of expectations for the weekend ahead. Initial impressions of the entrance ,reception,bar ,lunge and main dining area were favourable. We arrived a little early for check in at around 1100 am and so left our bag with the very helpful porter and went off to explore the city. We returned some time after 1400 hrs to book in. Part of our arrangement with the booking company was that we would receive a free upgrade to a superior room. We received our room card key and made our way to our alloted room. On opening the door my initial excitement turned to disappointment at the site before me. The room was small ,dingy and well overdue for a refurbishment. This was surprising as the hotel literature makes much of its recent refurbishment. I saw no evidence of this. There were marks of various shades and descriptions on the walls ,the carpet had one or two marks ,there were indentations and bits of missing plaster on the walls/corners ,the safe didnt work ,some of the TV channels didnt work and despite it being a non smoking room ,there was evidence of smoking in the bathroom. It was one of the crummiest hotel rooms i have stayed in and i was most disappointed. During my short stay i was aware of some people being trapped in one of the lifts ,the lift breaking down several times and the phone system breaking down. The only thing i can say in the De Ports favour is that the service and standard of food in the restaurant was high and the staff were courteous and attentive. First impressions are very important for me and in this respect ,the de port failed miserably and i could not recommend it to anyone seeking a hotel in Amsterdam. The standard room charges are an affront to the travelling public and may give the impression to the prospective customer ,that they are representative of a much higher standard than is delivered at the die port.
Not worth it
My husband and I stayed here after deciding to stay in a 'swanky' hotel. We even booked a deluxe room.
We were disappointed on arrival as the interior was nothing like a 'swanky' hotel despite the 'swanky' price. Our room was small and dingy. We checked that we had the deluxe room we had booked and were told it was a deluxe.
Amazed, we asked to see a normal room and suddenly as if by magic we were upgraded to a bigger lighter and much nicer room.
Price.........expensive for what you get.
A good comfortable hotel with a great central location. Rooms are small, but the bathroom was great. Lots of closet space. Good restaurant and comfortable old world bar. Staff professional and helpful. I would return.