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Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... in the street. All was very loud and a little scary as you never knew when they were going to go off!
The next morning my flu really did catch up with me as I felt very sick from lack of sleep, cold wet rainy day the day and night before. We had the whole day in Amsterdam, walked around the city to find most things were shut this first day we had experienced most things being closed! We then chilled back a the hotel before making our way into the train station.
Today we all met at 6:30am at Canada water for our comfort tour around Western Europe! Woo! The first person I met was Amanda from Singapore. She was lovely and we both had similar interests in the tour so it was great. We didn't really talk until there was an icebreaker on the coach. Our tour guide is an Aussie and our driver is Dom from Wales. Collectively, out of just over 30 people we have people from; Aus, ...
... the land is nine
metres below high tide. The water is managed on farms by big ditches
which drain the land and keep stock from each paddock – no fences.
The houses in Amsterdam are narrow and tall to save on tax and often
lean as a result of the soil they are built on.
weather remains warm but a bit misty, very pleasant conditions for
our hour long cruise on the waterways at 6.30pm, followed by a guided
walking tour ...
... our second and last night walking around again. It was an interesting contrast between very nice humble people and complete ******** that were drunk and only in Amsterdam to brag that they had sex with a prostitute. The glow of red lights were not overwhelming they were predominantly down the side streets and not along the main canals. We met a couple funny Brits and a guy from California but we pretty much kept to ourselves.
... to take pictures (no flash!) so I can review my faves at leisure.
Headed home exhausted but happy with the day, and Karin prepared us both a lovely dinner.
I made my way to the library to use the wi-fi. I later discovered the café down the block from my flat also had wi-fi, but the upstairs cafeteria in the library is nice and affords a lovely view of the harbor. It is worth the trip just for that. (Tip: the wi-fi doesn’t seem to ...
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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