Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
The drum rhythm could be heard five streets away. Whistles and cheers drowned the delicate peel of church bells, The closer I ventured the livlier the atmosphere became. The sun had brought revellers onto the street - fresh from the bars and restaurants. The afternoon heat encouraging red faced intoxicated complexions as the crowds stomped and …
... br> Amy is so good with a map! Give her a paper map and she gets us where we are going every time. Our hotel is a 10 minute brisk walk from the train station and we can practically see the Tulip Inn Amsterdam Center from the station now that we know where it is.
Lunch the first day was quite an experience. The concierge said "It is where the locals eat and is just a short walk...." and she described the streets ...
Back on the bus, back on our ship. As we were eating our lunch the ship took off, we are on our way to Cologne. Very smooth sailing, sitting on the top deck, basking in the sun. What a life!
Tonight was the official wrlcome , the Captains dinner. We were greeted with a rose and a glass of bubbly. Once again the food and wine was superb.
Everyone wax on a pretty good mood by the end and we danced the night away. Another great ...
... Russia that Mother and I visited on our trip to Russia. That would be cool to see. Also, they have a museum of the old masters...Rembrandt, VerMeer, etc and the guide said that museum was 3 stories but it would take all day. The middle floor is mostly Rembrandt and she said to focus on that. Maybe next time. They also have a cat museum (?) just around the block...maybe it ...
... as landscapes and depictions of battles and heroic arrivals. If you’re not familiar with the style of the Dutch masters, there are a lot of greys, browns, and other muted and earth tone type colors. The faces in the portraits are sometimes very expressive, and they always look like they are staring right at you and following you as you walk around the galleries. I appreciated these portraits the most, but there was also much more there to see – ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRHO Hotel Amsterdam
Excellent location to Central Station and Tram system.
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Historical Traveler Reviews RHO Hotel Amsterdam
You can't ask to be any more central than this.
If you are looking for a central location this is for you. Right on Dam square and within easy reach of shops, night-life, restaurants and bars, museums etc. The hotel is quiet but very popular with tourists.
The rooms are small with no views from the windows at all and the wooden floors creak a bit. The beds are somewhat too soft for my liking and I found ventilation a problem, particularly at night, with no air con or fans at all. I was there in September. En-suite facilities are fine but take your own shower gel / shampoo. Rooms have programmable safe and minibar in each but TV is not worth the trouble. Buffet Breakfast gives a reasonable choice and is okay but no restaurant. I did not see anyone use the small Hotel bar during my stay but there is so much choice in the city it's to be expected. The male reception staff were friendly and helpful but the females (sorry ladies) distinctly disinterested. Price for my stay was not over the top for a city centre location and all in all I would stay there again if for no other reason than the location with excellent public transport links.
Personal safety,as long as you are sensible, is not a problem but remember the hotel is on the doorstep of the red light district and you may well encounter drugs openly for sale on the street.
Went to Amsterdam in August 2003. The weather was fantastic, ideal for sitting out on the cafe terraces with a cool drink.
The RHO is very easy to find from Central Station with only a short 5 minute walk needed. We arrived at the hotel at midnight and Dam square was really busy with people hanging out but the hotel is very quiet. No street noise inside the hotel.
The very best thing about the hotel is its location. It is easy to find, so central for everything and anything you want to see is within easy walking distance.
The hotel is very clean, as are the rooms. Breakfast is buffet and there is plenty of variety. They serve until 10.30 a.m. so you can have a lie in after a late night.
The only minor minus is that the rooms are quite small, but all the pluses far outweigh this.
Beware of crap hotels, but enjoy this fantastic city
I went with friends to Amsterdam only a few weeks ago. Had pre-booked our hotel the 'Belfort' just outside the city(or so we thought) so obviously we were all pretty relaxed. Until of course we arrived at the most hideous hotel imaginable! The lobby is dark and extremely smelly as if a few cats had crawled under the drab furniture and died. The rooms not even big enough to swing said cats. It was miles away from the centre of the city and it seemed as if there were actually no other guests. We managed to check in and check out in under ten minutes.... that describes how awful this place is. We drove around for a few hours and ended up at The Best Western Eden Hotel right in the centre which appears to be lovely when you arrive. In reality the rooms were no bigger than the Belfort. An overpriced twin room facing an alleyway with a construction site only yards away was what we got...but the room service pizza was fantastic. All in all poor accomodation and not worth the stay. We moved to the Rho Hotel just off dam square and the red light district which was such a gem. Despite being right in the centre of everything you wouldnt hear a sound through the night. The staff were lovely the rooms plenty big as were the en suite bathrooms. Satellite tv, lovely included breakfast, clean and well decorated. Its only drawback was the lack of air conditioning in the 35 degree celsius weather, but nowhere in Amsterdam seems to have that. I would definitely reccommend this hotel to anyone going to Amsterdam the prices weren't even that bad. The Van Gogh museum is a must and the Heineken Experience is something everyone will enjoy. Amsterdam is ideal for a really unusual holiday because you never know what it will throw at you next.....
We stayed in the Rho in July.It was basic but very clean.It's in an excellent location.It was very warm in Amsterdam but we were provided with a fan for our room.The staff were brilliant!
Average room, too warm in summer
just got back from a lovely weekend in Amsterdam, spent three nights at the Rho hotel, which has a superb location! it's right on Dam Square, close to all the shops and cafés, the reception area is spacious and warm, but the rooms are quite small, or at least ours was: it was on the third floor, and got very very warm! especially this past weekend when temperatures soared in Amsterdam, so be warned when visiting the Rho hotel in summer. apart from this, nothing more to add, it was clean, the breakfast was very English style, very much appreciated by a Londoner living away like me!
Value for money
I have been staying at the Rho for almost 10 years now. The location is great. Close to the train station, the shopping district and the "red light". The staff has always looked after me on evey stay. The rooms are small but always clean and the breakfast (Included in price) is great. I will continue to stay here and would recommend the Rho to anyone looking for a clean and friendly hotel in the middle of the city.
Not very impressed
I stayed at the Rho hotel for four nights (Mar 2003)and would rate this hotel as below average. Our room was very small and needed to be re-painted ( grubby marks on the walls). The staff were unhelpful and barely managed a smile when we booked in. We tried to organise access to the minibar and the staff member acted like it was a huge imposition for him to have to do this. In its favour the location of the hotel is very central - however be warned at night drug dealers and 'ladys of the night' hang out just around the corner on Dam Sq. So if you are returning late at night do get a taxi to deliver you directly to the hotel door.
VERY over-rated, not worth the money
Cons on our vacation (11-24-02 thru 11-28-02)Hotel room had vomit in between two beds on our arrival day. Television not worth turning on. Telephone did not work. Sheets had stains on them. Area was NOT quiet, especially in the hotel. Can hear straight through the walls.
Pros: They have a friendly staff and the lobby is beautiful. Bathroom was spacious and very clean. Right in the heart of red light district and shopping.
Very nice hotel
I stayed at the RHO 2/01 during my first trip to Amsterdam. Great location,very attentive staff and great breakfast buffet included with room rate. Rooms a bit small,but very CLEAN. Water pressure in bathroom somewhat weak but otherwise, absolutely no problems. For three stars and price this is sure bet. Not a bad walk from central station and close to various shoppping and red light district.
Outstanding Location & Value
If you are looking for a centrally located hotel at an affordable price, choose the RHO. I have stayed there three times and have never been disappointed. I have no plans to stay at any other hotel other than the RHO, while in Amsterdam.
The rooms are a bit small, but given the price they are more than adequate and quite clean. The staff is both professional and helpful, and the breakfast buffet (included with the room) is excellent. And despite its proximity to the Red Light District and the Dam Square, the hotel remains quiet late at night.
One warning - if you want to rent bicycles, avoid the hotel bikes (lousy) and go to one of the commercial renters. We took the tour with Mike's Bikes - great fun and vaule.