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... Frank house. I had prepared myself before hand and read the book so I knew what It was all about. Just as well we booked our tickets before we left Australia because of the queues. It stretched all the way from the entrance, around the Westerkerk, and the end was at the junction of the Westermarkt and the Prinsengracht.
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... here and there to lighten the mood but nothing could take it away from how stinking hot it was down there!!! Everyone was sweating and the lucky ones like Stacey and I had a map to sort of fan ourselves. The tour was finished and everyone went back to the bar for a nice old cold beer. We biked back to get our bags and head off on the tram service to our bus. We had to wait for a few hours at the bus station since it didn't leave till like 11pm, so we laid down ...
... place was the most confronting thing I have ever done. You aren't allowed to take any photos in the district. If you walk down an alley way, it's just glass doors with red curtains and if the curtains are open there's a girl in there you can buy her for sex. You literally open the glass door, agree on a price and then walk in where they close the curtains and you go at it. It's so weird and so crazy that ...
... just isn't the case here. It isn't a bad thing. It is a job for these women and only that. It's interesting. I'm still not sure where I stand or how I feel about it but regardless, it sure had me thinking about cultural norms.
... landed we were graced with a short customs line and the first bags on the conveyor belt. Then we stuffed our huge bags onto three carts and went to find the Beks. For those reading who have never met the Beks, they are our closest dutch friends (My dad wants me to include that we are looking for other friends in France, Switzerland, Germany, etc.). Jokes aside, they are great fun loving people and you would be lucky to meet them (really ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Hestia Amsterdam
Great location! Great place!
It's only a minute from Maxeuweplein (Hardrock, Wagamamas, cycle hire etc.) and you can walk all over the city to Jordaan, De Wallen etc. in just a few minutes. It's a great little hotel and, although some people may prefer a bigger international style hotel, an excellent continental breakfast is provided, rooms are spotless and staff are extremely friendly. A great place to stay!
Great!We loved it-will be going back again soon.By Lynda&David from England
Myself and my teenage son stayed for a couple of nights during sail 2005 week,after checking out from another hotel in the street.we also had the big triple room with the balcony(very popular that one,and for very good reason too!).
the room was lovely.comfortable beds and very clean and well decorated . en suite with big deep bath and shower.the staff helpful, friendly and polite.breakfast was good,and we sat in the well kept and pretty garden to watch the wild birds and parrots land on the birdtable.the hotel is in a pleasant peaceful street where there is little noise.A welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the City.
we cant wait to go back again when we next go to Amsterdam.
A group of 5 of us stayed here at the end of April. My partner and I were in the large room with the balcony, which was a nice surprise. True, it doesn't exactly look over the Vondelpark, but nontheless it is a nice leafy view with some local parakeets/lorikeets (small parroty things!) flying around - lovely!
Stayed there at the beginning of April on the basis of positive Tripadvisor and Fodors reviews. Not sure why there are such good reviews for this hotel, so I am writing to balance this out.
Just stayed in this hotel for the weekend of March 18-20. I have to say, after just coming from another 2-star hotel in Paris, Hestia was not as charming - felt a little more like a business hotel. But, it was still nice, clean, and you could tell it was recently remodeled. In fact, I could smell the new carpet in our room. We had a great room (#36) in the corner looking towards Vondelpark on one side and rooftops on the other.
The Hestia is a wonderful hotel and the family that runs it are fantastic. After looking over several other hotels we have decided to go back.
Amazing large room
Having been to Amsterdam four times in small, cramped rooms, we were delighted with the huge room with balcony. Only complaint was the "seasonal" lack of hot water - take your shower either very early or very late to avoid disappointment.
We had been to Amsterdam and stayed at Hotel Hestia. We went in the peak season when the Tulips bloom and it is all colorful. We had a big room as we were 4 adults. The room was very big, superb with its simple decor, spectacularly clean. Towels were changed every day. We had a small extension leading towards a balcony, and that was nice. The Dutch b'fast was just perfect to start your day rolling....being served in a cosy room extending to a courtyard which flowers. The family managed hotel is a very good choice with the price that they charge for the service. I would recommend this hotel to anyone without any hesitation, if your budget suits you. They even have a small elevator, which is lacking in most hotels in Amsterdam, and all hotels usually have small winding and steep stairs. Happy staying in Hestia.....If I come back again, I would definitely go to Hestia.
One of the reasons I go!
I love staying at the Hestia because its a small family run hotel. The single rooms are small so I generally get a double for just a little more. I've stayed here for the last 6 years and twice this year. Great Dutch breakfast buffet that looks out into a small courtyard that borders Vongelpark. Just steps away from the "lighten-spleen" and the tram, I find it to be perfect. But don't come to A-dam and expect everyone to jump at your every little request. The Dutch are very "one thing at a time" types, they are very helpfull with planning tours and getting you close to what you may be looking for...Enjoy, but save me a room.
Just simply great
I loved this hotel! Although the rooms are a bit small, the very friendly staff and the great location made up for everything! Kisses from Agatha and we will go to the Hestia again next year!!