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... of body parts decorate the walls and really complete the out of this world experience. With that completed, we decided to wander the city. Stumbling upon Anne Frank's house, we decided to see if we could go in. Unfortunately, people were lined up as far as the eye could see so, with that in mind, we decided to come back tomorrow. After another short train ride, we were back at our hotel in Zaandam, ready for a hot bath, some dinner and a sleep in our (real this time) king ...
... must’ve been in separate compartments, but they did find each other and could talk. Her friend survived. There is a quote in this museum, which reminded me of a quote in the first building at Auschwitz from the Greek philosopher __. Today’s quote was by Otto Frank. We cannot change what has happened anymore. The only thing we can do is to learn from the past and to realise what discrimination and persecution of innocent people means. I ...
... Company - €18.00p/person
City Sightseeing Bus - 2 Hour tour - €13.00p/person
Amsterdam Museum - €10.00p/person
Average coffee cost is €2.50, we didn't drink alcohol or smoke weed to advise costs of those.
My review of the Prinsen Hotel is on TripAdvisor:
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserRe views-g188590-d232499-r186969263-Prinse n_Hotel-Amsterdam_North_Holland_Provinc e.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT
... the beginning of my post, Amsterdam is known for pushing the envelope and allowing various activities deemed inappropriate in other countries. Of these are the coffee shops-( not to be confused with a cafe0. Coffee shops are legalized places with menus of various baked goods and spliffs, spiked with marijuana and hashish. The content varies in strength in each of the varieties. Be sure if you have never experienced marijauna or hash brownies, to ...
... There was a CHURCH and a KINDERGARTEN! Which to me is crazy but to the Dutch, I guess not. No matter how different the red light district was, it has awesome food, awesome shopping and some really cool places to see! Whilst in Amsterdam, I also saw Anne Franks house, did a canal bike ride, a canal cruise and ate at a floating restaurant..... And may have gotten a new tattoo and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews NH Doelen Amsterdam
We were fortunate to be sent to this hotel by Centraal Station's Information Booth helper and were even given a super low rate due to the lateness of the hour (after 7 PM). This occurred around June 1, 2003.
Excelent Hotel in Amsterdam
Twenty minutes brisk walk away from the Centraal Station, and just inside the first ring canal, opposite to the Flower Market. Excellent hotel, brilliant location (we really lucked out), medium-sized room, very nice people, with good English. Hotel appears to be recently upgraded, but clerk indicated that they were waiting for approval to do just that. Can't say why. No air-con - none needed in September. Would definitely return. Got an Expedia rate of CAN$200 per night in September 2004.
Like another reviewer, we also stayed at the Doelen in late July 2004. It is excellently located. I loved the Cafe De Jaren
I stayed at the NH Doelen July 16-18, 2004 with my husband. It is a beautiful hotel. It is in a great location and the room was a good size (eg there was a small sitting area with 2 chairs). It was so nice to sit in the room and have morning coffee with the lovely view of the canals from the room. The wallpaper was peeling in the corner but in all the hotel and the room were great. I would stay there again.
NH Doelen was absolutely wonderful. Great views-lovely room-very european and romantic. The staff was helpful and willing to take the time to give directions to the tourist finding their way. It is situated in a great spot away from the noise but walking and train ride from everthing. Like much of Amsterdam the outside of the hotel is like living in Disneyland-incredible architecture. Hope to stay there every visit to Amsterdam.
I have made many trips to Amsterdam over the last 6 years, and, except once, have always managed to book the Doelen. I have always had at least a waterfront room and on my longest stay they gave me a small suite wrapping around the corner of the building. I had 4 huge double windows in the suite, 2 looking down a canal to a church. 1 looking down a charming street and 1 overlooking the Amstel River. If Amsterdam is the quintessence of old European charm, the Doelen is the most charming and perfectly located hotel in the city. It has its little quirks and imperfections but it has a non-commercial homey feel. I was so thrilled with my sunny little suite that I went immediately to the flower market and filled it with flowers. I must have borrowed every vase in the building until every flat surface and all the window sills were blooming. The staff were great and I felt spoiled as though they were my personal servants. I awoke one morning to the sounds of church bells and horses hooves and could watch boats gliding on the canal and river from my room. The hotel shares its magical spot on the Amstel with its far more expensive neighboring hotel, the Europe, and they both benefit from immediate proximity to De Jaren, the most charming cafe restaurant in Europe. When a long time Amsterdamer visited the suite, he declared "It doesn't get any better than this!" With all that said, if I owned the hotel I would embark on a refurbishment and enrichment of the interior decor of the rooms and public areas, hopefully without having to raise prices too much. The hotel, while already a gem, just needs the touch of good interior designer with a sensitivity to the classic qualities of the building. I wish the owners and the staff all the best as they are viewed by me as family.
Great View, Good Price
My fiance and I stayed here over Christmas of 2002. The hotel is close to the action, centrally located, and offered us a great view of Amsterdam's unique architecture and canals. The room was adequately sized, the bathroom was nicely lined in marble tile and up-to-date. The room was a little dingy, but clean--although we had to push two twins together in our room. Great window that actually openned to let in fresh air. I would recommend it to anyone looking for good location, good rooms, and good price.
A decidedly mixed bag
Recently sold by the Golden Tulip chain (along with the Schiller and a few others in Amsterdam) the Doelen is now the NH Doelen. It's a grand old building, but definitely faded (stained carpet in room, cig burns in curtains, flea market tables and lamps.) On the upside, its location is superb and the amazing canal-view rooms (one of which I happened to get) make up for a multitude of other sins. Not the greatest value for money, tho.
VERY NICE HOTEL WOULD STAY AGAIN
Looked like a hotel for business people. Grand staircase. Nice clean rooms. I like that they had safes in the room. Going back to Amsterdam and staying at the Doelen again..Just remember Golden Tulip Doelen not just Golden Tulip if you get lost and catch a cab he will tell you that there are quite a few Golden Tulip.
This hotel is absolutely grand. Perfect location in Amsterdam for walking the city. Canal view rooms that are charming and comfortable with lovely updated bathrooms. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The price is right. We would definitely recommend this hotel and will return to it on our next trip. May 2003