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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 …
... in the dark I was blessed with a torrential downpour. Luckily I wasn't lost for long, turns out it is not apparent to a tired traveler arriving in Amsterdam that the street names are up high and on buildings, not posts. This was a discovery I only made this morning.
Today I did a city bike tour travelling all over the city by bike was great. Our guide was pretty funny, with some good jokes and of course poking fun at the few Germans that were in group. I learned that ...
... there wasn't much relaxing and there wasn't much cruising. Most of the time, the ship sailed during the night. Tauck worked us hard; we were out early, boarding a bus or walking around town. People of a certain age (mine) need down time; more than one person complained (not so tongue-in-cheek) that he (or she) couldn't remember where he (or she) was on a particular day. Still, we were there to see tulips and we saw thousands (Bob says millions) as well as historical sights ...
... to queue for about 10mins. We both commented of what a prolific painter he was in the 10 years that he actually painted - and in varying styles. Unfortunately "Sunflowers" was on loan to an exhibition in London so I had to make do with a photo standing beside a copy of it! It was after 5pm by this time so we walked about 45mins back towards the Amsterdam Central train station, via the red light district. I suspect that because it was around 6pm and still twilight, ...
... sounds like baby-talk to Dutch ears and she probably thought I spoke it last at age 3! I was probably saying the equivalent of, "hewwo! gimme ticket! Taaaaa!") gawped some more, but suddenly when I came to go through the gate, found that the place had filled up and the queue for tickets was down the street. The "heart" of the museum is the Eregalerij (Gallery of Honour) where they have all the really famous works displayed in one huge space, and walking in ...
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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
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.
Went to Amsterdam in August 2003. The weather was fantastic, ideal for sitting out on the cafe terraces with a cool drink.
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.