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... readers, I promise I hadn't smoked anything at this point!! Oh Amsterdam, every day you suprise me! After this wonderful adventure we rode to our favourite pie shop, as it was close by. There we met a guy from Perth who worked there and we chatted for a good hour, enjoying a delicious pie each. So tasty. Unfortunately Elle couldn't have a pie as they weren't vegan, so afterwards we rode to maos, a chain of vegetarian flafel houses which serve flafels in a pocket of Turkish ...
... to sit and watch the people so we returned to the hotel. We were able to ask our guide about dinner and the location of the places we want to visit tomorrow. We had a little time before dinner to shower and change. The restaurant was just around the block...kind of where we got turned around this morning. It was very charming, it was in one of the courtyards. Once again ...
... as you're never sure where bicycles can or cannot go. They mix with cars, motor scooters, and pedestrians in a very confined space. No one seems to have the right of way, so you just proceed at your own risk, and dodge as best you can. No one wears a helmet, and second passengers hang on for dear life. New York Taxi drivers have nothing on these crazy bicyclists. At 9 am we took tram #1 to Central Station where we would catch a bus to Edam. We purchased ...
Tuesday 30.07.13 Amsterdam
Up early to watch the ship sail through the canals into Amsterdam, quite impressive.
Another cruise ship was in so we had to do a U-turn and then back in to the wharf.
Got off around 8.45 am and put our suitcases into the lockers at the Railway Station before catching up with others at their ...
... for the bus. Once back on the bus we made note of all the pointless giggling going on! Back at the hotel we had a little bit of time to get ready to go out for dinner followed by a canal cruise. Dinner was quite nice until it was time to leave and it decided to start pelting down with rain! The run to the bus was not fun! We originally looked quite good but once back on the bus we were all drowned rats! The cruise was fun and we all had a good sing song! It was ...
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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!!