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So sorry this is so late! I had been planning to blog for the first few days at least, but things so far have been a little crazy. As you know, I set off with Mum for the first few days, and I think we bit off more than we could chose. There was a lot we both wanted to do and see, forgetting that poor Lily should only really be going at about 40/50mph. That coupled with the fact that I refuse to do the toll roads has meant that ...
Another fun-filled day, starting with our first time using the tram system. The trams run all over the city, are faster than buses, cheaper than taxis and a great way to get around easily. Once we figured out the right tram numbers and directions, off we went!
Sidebar: this has become a vacation of planes, trains, and cars...and boats and trams!
Our first stop today was the Bloemenmarkt, the largest of several flower ...
... premium cars. A premium car-lover then ran a lap of the row we were parked in to take in the European vehicles he was surrounded by, so Liam was also in love with Amsterdam.
As we drove along, all was pristine and neat and lined up and orderly and felt like a polar opposite of the last stop. The hotel (not apartment here) had a porter waiting, the young lady who checked us in was very helpful and the room was up to standard. Just a few ...
It was a slow start to the morning.. as is any morning after drinking.
We decided that since we were in Amsterdam we had better start the day off with another round of hearty Dutch pancakes (apparently the third ones for Claire and Kristy who had some every day we were there).
After pancakes all round we headed to the Heineken museum which was actually awesome! I especially enjoyed watching all the old adverts they have run over the years. But seriously ...
... by Anne’s father. Extracts from Anne’s diary are written on the walls taking you on a journey through the house. In some rooms there are drawings or pictures that would’ve hung at the time, but nothing else. On the second landing is a model of what the house would’ve looked like with the furniture, illustrating where people slept, ate and spent their time. At times I had a room all to myself and I was thankful that I visited in ...
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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.
Good value, we liked it lots...
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!
Having stayed in 'budget' hotels in Amsterdam on several occasions, I felt that Hestia was good value for money. Our room was certainly very large by Amsterdam standards and we often all sat out on the balcony for a beer (mini bar very reasonably priced) and a smoke. The decor wasn't exactly luxurious, but was comfortable, clean and perfectly acceptable.
Unfortunately the building works meant the garden was closed and the breakfast room was rather dark, but this was not a huge deal. The breakfast itself was basic but good, and there was plenty of it.
I think the hotel is ideally placed just south of Leidseplein - very near Vondelpark, easy walking distance to a lot of the museums, shops, restaurants, bars and coffeeshops but in a quiet, attractive street.
The only slight fly in the ointment was the noise level - I'm really sensitive to noise and you could hear the extractor fans from neighbouring rooms go on in the mornings when guests went into their bathrooms! And there were a few noisey drunken people scaling the steep staircases at 4am, but then that's Amsterdam!
Hmmm... why are there such good reviews of this hotel?
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.
Overall impression was that hotel was depressing and lacked charm. Breakfast was mediocre at best. Owners were nice enough, but no real personality.
Good points were: large room (we stayed in the room with the balcony), convenient location within walking distance to the Leidseplein and main canal area, supermarket and really good Italian restaurant nearby. However, the room, while it overlooks some trees on the little spit of land off the main Vondelpark, doesn't reallly "overlook" the park, it overlooks some buildings and a couple of trees.
The owners neglected to tell us that they were doing some construction when we made the reservation, so the breakfast room was dark and dusty and dismal and there was no use of the garden. Room furnishing had burn-holes and really ugly, scratchy red and green industrial carpet. Even after the cleaner was in, I had to take a towel and and finish dusting/wiping tables, TV, telephone, bedside tables, etc (and I never do stuff like that).
Not sure why this is a three star hotel - or why people like it so much. It certainly doesn't rank with similar 2-3 starred hotels we have stayed at in Madrid, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Venice, etc. even other hotels in Amsterdam. We thought it was overpriced for what it was by the equivalent of about 30 Pounds (or 50 Euros). Perhaps it depends on the age group of reviewers for the hotel. If I was in my early twenties and just moving out of the hostel situation and looking into cheap budget hotels, it probably would seem fine. However, I am slightly older and looking for charming family run hotels when I go on holiday (to offset all the business hotels I visit for my work), and this place had no charm, no personality, no view, nothing special.
Decent Value, Heavenly Beds
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 BEST thing by far about this hotel (other than the friendly kitty-cat) is the BEDS! I honestly felt like I was in a "heavenly bed" at the Westin. Very soft and comfortable pillows and coverings.
The staff is friendly and the location is pretty good. Although it is a bit of a walk to the Dam Square and Anne Frank House (maybe 15-20 minutes or so?). But walking through Amsterdam couldn't be more charming! And you can always take trams to get around - very easy to use. Just get onboard and pay then.
The breakfast is just OK if you ask me - it's nice that it is included, but the cold cuts and cheese look like they have been sitting out for a while (even at 8am). We stuck to the toast and jam and coffee which is delicious, almost chocolatey. Overall this is a good value and a good night's sleep in the bed is almost a given unless you have noisy neighbors.
Wonderful place and people.
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.
It is in a very good location for any place you would like to visit. The rooms are clean and comfortable, with daily service. Ask for a back room for a quiter stay. We prefer #15, it is a large room and has a balcony over looking the Vondelpark. The front does have a throughway road, not a major road.
The breakfast is very good with plenty to choose from, very important to start the day with all the walking you will probably do. They will also keep the delicious coffee coming.The only problem is obeying the sigh requesting you not to feed Greogry the cat!
It is truly a very economical choice, or we would not be going back.
The staff are very friendly and helpful. We keep in touch throughout the year and are very excited about our next visit.
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.
Excellent hotel....decent price
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!!