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Christmas day and we're sitting in the Freedom Coffee Shop in the middle of the city...so far we've been round the red light district - which is actually really touristy, but has a few good places. We went into the Hash Museum - small and mildly interesting - and the Cannabis College - much more interesting and full of info, and FREE!
A quick update while we have breakfast in a cafe with free internet...yesterday we went over to the museum district and managed to catct a concert at the Concertgabouw...really cheap if you buy your tickets at 10am and you're under 30. Concert was at 11am, and then we went over to the Van Gogh museum - which is half price if your show your …
So i never got to play the old course,but i wouldn't trade the golf I had to play it. Played with Iain on a composite of the New and Jubilee courses because the Dunhill european tournament was being played at the old(I was playing next to pro's. well almost next i could see them from afarLOL).Had the best time playing it was windy and even rained the last 3 holes. Didn' score great by the ...
We arrived at the train station in Alphen and walked to the bus station. I explained our mission to a group of bus drivers having lunch at a picnic table. They had an animated argument among themselves in Dutch - which I enjoyed and understood - and then one of the drivers was delegated to drive us to Radhuisstraat. when he dropped us at the bus stop I wanted to pay the fare and he refused to accept it and waved me away saying, "you're a ...
... but I think my interest in beer only extends as far as drinking it.
That afternoon I met back up with Jenny and Merv, we explored a different part of the city and then had dinner at a small Spanish tapas restaurant. The food was delicious, only I would go to a Spanish restaurant in Holland.
With the phrase when in Rome in mind we went to a Coffeeshop and had a joint. My first. I remember my Dad having a conversation with me at 22 and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews NH Schiller Amsterdam
Loved it! Great location & nice rooms!!
Checked into this hotel after a real bad expereince at another hotel. First impressions were great but the staff made me loose it after wanting to give me different rate than what I booked and tell me how expensive this hotel is, like I cared! But then again, its amsterdam where service is not known or practised! Need more people for check out at peak time!!! Rooms are nice, spacious, great location, clean and reasonable size. Location does not get any more cnetral than here and the trees does wonder for a nice feeling to the atmosphere. I would certianly stay here again and would even pay the 'expensive' rate the receptionist was trying to pass unto me! Nice comfy bed as well!
Nice place to be
We stayed at the NH Schiller between November 09 to 13/2004 and I would like to recomend this hotel with a great location, very polite and helpful staff. Nice brasserie at the hotel with a delicious onion soup for the cold nights. Our room was very large and nice with a beautiful view to Rembrandtplein. Wish come back soon!!
This place is amazing for the price. Beautiful location right on Rembrandt square. Very close to everything you could possibly want. Very friendly staff. The bar and restaurant are beautiful, and very good food, reasonable prices for drinks. They have the coolest old style lift, but only about 4 people can fit, 2 with luggage, but they also have a regular elevator. We had a room for 3 on the 6th floor, with a great view of a coutyard in the back of the hotel. I Loved this place, and its the only place I'll stay when I go back. Plus, there is a nice coffeshop(marijuana) right next door, excellent for the walk back to the hotel!
We stayed here for 5 days, we had a triple room, which was much larger than we expected. The staff was so friendly and helpful. The food was excellent and their complimentary breakfast was great. Good location. Would highly recomend!
Comfortable Hotel with Friendly and Efficient Service
The Schiller isn't glamorous, but comfortable with efficient and friendly service. We stayed for 4 nights in late July 2004. We arrived early planning to drop off our luggage and come back later for check-in, but were offered the opportunity to check-in straight away on the basis that we could pick up our room key later when they had sorted out a room for us. While we were doing that, the Receptionist dealt single-handedly with a large-number of check-outs and calls (including some difficult customers) with good humour and without delay and still managed to find us an available room so that we were in fact able to be in the room an hour and a half earlier than expected. And a nice room too! Though blandly decorated in typical hotel-style, it was comfortable, large, airy and spacious. The bathroom was tiny, but adequate and spotlessly clean with a decent shower (often a rarity in even the best hotels!).
When we stayed it was very hot and rooms at the front of the hotel are shadier (we did overhear another couple asking to be moved from the back as there is no air-con and their room was too hot). I would recommend you ask for a room on the upper floors if you are sensitve to noise. The area is tranquil during the day, but lively at night with an excellent choice of bars and restaurants. I can't say it wasn't noisy, but on the 4th floor we managed to sleep with all the windows wide open so it wasn't that bad.
Southern Hospitality in A'Dam
I had been told not to expect the Dutch to be overly friendly, like I am accustomed to here in the Southern States. So, when I arrived at the Schiller, I was more than surprised by the friendly service. We felt out of place coming in--the lobby is BREATHTAKING and I am a simple gal--but the staff really made us feel welcome, even letting us check in 2 hours early after an overnight (sleepless) flight.
This hotel was PERFECT for our needs--centrally located so we could walk everywhere, priced right, again they have a SUPER NICE staff--the doorman even held the door for us after a long night of partying...we looked like street urchins coming in from the rainy October night, especially compared to the lobby which is full of artworks, gold leaf detailing, and extravagant ornamentation.
Our room overlooked the street, and the Park--so beautiful! Absolutely charming place...it was hard to leave. We're going back after only a year away--this time for two weeks instead of only a few days.
Not particularly large rooms, but if you're spending enough time in your room to notice, you aren't spending enough time in Amsterdam! Bathroom was nice, TV, coffee in my room, BATHROBES and SLIPPERS...cannot complain about a thing! Very clean and well-kept establishment.
Thanks to them for 'home away from home!'
Great room in a great location
It was our first visit to Amsterdam and we were glad we stayed at the NH Schiller. Our flight got in early morning local time and we went to the hotel expecting to just drop off our luggage and come back in the afternoon to check-in but they gave us our room right away....at 8:30 am! It was a lovely room on the top floor, hence, weren't too bothered by the little noise emanating from the hustle and bustle below. The room (approx. 180 sqft) and the bathroom were clean and relatively spacious, which was a nice surprise especially after reading review after review complaining about tiny European hotel rooms. The best part was that it was one of the few rooms having windows on opposite walls which made the room seem bigger than it was and gave us great views of the Rembrandtplein from one side and the city from the other. While we didn't get a great bargain on the room rate, we did feel that the money was extremely well spent.
The location is really what made the stay a memorable experience. The hotel overlooks the Rembrandtplein which is packed with bars & restaurants and is a short (20 min) walk from the heart of the Centrum. In fact, almost all the major tourist attractions are accessible by foot in under 30 minutes....and, if the weather is nice, you WILL want to walk around in Amsterdam. It is indeed an ideal base for first-time travellers who want to explore the beauty of Amsterdam. We absolutely enjoyed our stay there!
Excellent for what it is.
Stayed here last year and I've booked a return trip. The Rooms are ok for a four star hotel but the bathrooms are good by any standard. The place is well kept and the staff are very friendly. There is a good restaurant/bar and breakfast was worth the cost. However the best thing about this hotel is the location. Rembrandt Square is full of bars and cafes and pretty much in the centre of the old city, a lot of fun (try and get a room over the square - but high up so you don't get too much noise.
Great but noisy location.
Room was small, but the view onto Rembrantplien was gorgeous. The square is packed with pubs and restaurants that are crowded and noisy until the wee hours. Take earplugs if you don't want to be awakened by yells of drunken revelers at 4:30 a.m. when the bars close. Service was minimal. Coffee maker didn't work. A bit overpriced, but worth it for the location. Request a deluxe room.
An excellent Hotel for a short break
A very comfortable old-fashioned Hotel on Rembrandtsplein. Lots of paintings and antiques, but lovely rooms, friendly staff, a lovely Art Deco bar and a wonderful breakfast! Very convenient central location for exploring Amsterdam, and an excellent Indonesian restaurant right next door.