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Our language barrier fears were quickly relieved as we found that everyone in Amsterdam from the waitresses to cleaners spoke English. We visited the Anne Frank house, Rembrandt House and Vondelpark. We did two walking tours, one of the general Amsterdam sights and one of the red light district. The weather was terrible for most of the time with …
... people whereas Belgium us mainly Catholic. Immigrants much of the land is reclaimed and 20% of the country is below sea level. Windmills are used to pump water from the low lands back to the sea and in the war, the position of the sails was used as a indicator to the resistance whether the Nazis were in the area. Anne Frank lived in Amsterdam, we we're promised a look at her house another day.
We see large numbers of bicycles larked in the ...
... stall full of all sorts of bulbs. More than tulips. Crates full of amaryllis bulbs. We make our way to the Van Gogh Museum. Amazing story told through his art and the multimedia guide. My favorite was Wheat Field with Crows. It was a bold contrast of a wheat field and a stormy sky. He painted it in the last months of his life. The sad realization is that they know all his colors have faded. I can only imagine the bright paintings. We are all very tired after ...
... up with a private guide for a 3hour bike ride and it was great. We rode into the residential neighborhoods and got outside of the tourist traps. Amsterdam has such great history - and its such a modern city at the same time. The contrast between the old (like 1600s) and new architectural is enchanting. One of the highlights of the bike tour was going into Vondelpark. Its like a smaller more serene Central Park and quite a nice oasis from the hustle ...
So here I am, back in Amsterdam, ready to board a plane again to take me far east.... It's bitterly cold out here at the moment and the snow is piling up high... But, then again, Jakarta is meant to be flooded at the moment, so I'm not sure what's better. But, I guess I'll find out; I'm flying to Jakarta tomorrow if all goes according to plan and then I'll just see what happens after!
The journey continues!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Washington Amsterdam
I'd booked a double room at the hotel but when we arrived, they offered us an upgrade to an apartment at no additional cost. It was great! It was like having your own place in the city - i.e. keys to your own front door.
The apartment was very clean with tall ceilings and window though some of the furniture didn't do justice to such nice rooms.
The hotel is located in a quiet, residential area with some bars and cafes located nearby. It takes about half-an-hour to walk to the city centre or about 10 mins on the tram. It's also close enough to the airport talking only 15 mins in morning rush hour to get there.
I'd definitely stay there again.
We just finished our stay September 30th to October 2nd 2004 and not only was the room large, airy and comfortable (and spotless) but the staff and owner were just wonderful. As well, breakfast included freshly cooked eggs (you choose the style) along with ham and cheese as well as cereal, toast, etc.....
Classy, friendly hotel
The staff are very friendly, the rooms are well-kept and the street is nice & quiet. The hotel is close to the Museumplein, and they have internet access and some tourist books at reception. When nicely asked, they even kept our bags for a few hours at reception on a Sunday until we picked them up en route to the airport. We've already agreed that we would go back if we were in Amsterdam again.
Not so good:
The stairs are steep and turn sharply. If you have reduced mobility, you might want to look somewhere else.
A Real Sleeper
Even if you're not a visiting conductor at the Concertgebouw, check in at the Hotel Washgington and ask for Msistislav Rostropovich's suite. And even if you don't need to rehearse your performance, sit down at the piano in the suite's living room and tickle the same ivories Slava tickles. Huge kitchen, huge bath, dining room, fireplace, CD player and yes, you can also sleep there -- like a baby, on one of the quietest streets in Amsterdam. The concerts and museums are only three blocks away, if you can make your way past the wonderful neighborhood restaurants and bakeries. A real gem.
We recently stayed 3 nights at Hotel Washington in a 3rd floor apartment. We had a 3-year-old, two teens and the parents. This is the perfect place for a family. It was so roomy and comfortable - a large bedroom for the parents with a queen bed and a rollaway bed for the tot, and a smaller room with two beds for the teens. It was great having a kitchen with everything in it for eating, and the comfy living room included a piano. Several large closets added to our comfort. Nothing fancy, but lots of nice touches, like original prints on the wall, mirrors, plants, etc. Breakfast was great - really one of the most pleasant of our trip. The location is on a quiet residential street that's about a 3-block walk to the museums. There was a small neighborhood play area down the street which we used a lot. There is a tram stop just down the street and a big supermarket nearby. And the staff were super friendly and kind, bringing our 3-year-old special treats at breakfast and phoning to make sure the teens got in OK when they were late meeting us. They really made our stay comfortable and pleasant. On the return leg of our trip we stayed at a much fancier hotel close to Dam Square that I thought would be a bit of a treat, being more centally located and luxurious. But it was noisy, impersonal, and we felt like tourists. At the Washigton we felt like visitors. No way I'll stay anywhere else next trip to Amsterdam!
10 years later we still visit
We have been visiting the Washington Hotel for the last 10 years, so that should say it all!, but we must mention how clean, comfortable and well situated the hotel is being in the museum area.
Then we get down to the staff, they are fantastic,
polite, friendly, efficient and a mine of information regarding the city and surrounding area.
So we look forward to our next stay at the Washington.
An Exceptional Value
Hotel Washington is a real find. The location is great--a quick tram ride or pleasant walk to the Centrum and just around the corner from the Concert Gebouw. Its rooms are pleasant, comfortable, and thoughtfully appointed. The staff is attentive and courteous. All of this small hotel's elements work together smoothly to provide an atmosphere of quiet, but not pretentious, elegance. I could not think of a finer place for an Amsterdam stay. An exceptional value in every sense.
The Wshington in Amsterdam- GREAT
I have had the pleasure of saying at the Hotel Washington in Amsterdam a few times.
It is perfectly located for the centre of the city and for routes around town. It is attractive, clean and very Dutch. It is clear that a large amount of effort has gone into providing those extra personal touches that make you feel at home.
Its staff and owner are delightful and welcome you with a smile. It feels a happy environment with the emphasis on relaxation and enjoyment of one of the world's greatest cities.
We first stayed at the Hotel Washington in October 2000. The description that sold me was that many of the musicians who perform at the Concertgebouw stay there. We since met musicians who confirm this, and heard some wonder piano playing when we returned from dinner one evening. It is a wonderful hotel on a quiet street with good food, shops, underground supermarket, tram stop and the museums on the doorstep. On our second visit we didn't luck out with the suite, but the room was more than adequate. The staff are very tall, helpful and they remembered us 2 years later. The steps are steep but well worth the climb. Breakfast of eggs, ham, cheese and bread was made to order and excellent. We are looking forward to our third stay in September. A quick tram ride and we're there! Even without many stars or a website the Hotel Washington is a great find.
My Favorite Hotel In Amsterdam
I discovered the Hotel Washington in 1971, I think.
I was driving around late in the evening looking for a place to stay and saw the Hotel Washingon sign.
I was a law student in Washington at the time and was surprised to learn that American Univeresity law students had opened this lovely hotel.
I have been in Amsterdam many times since I discovered the Hotel Washington and I try to always make it my home.
The staff is friendly and fun. The Dutch breakfast is great . There is even a honey moon suite (smile).
You are very near the museums and a tram stop.
I highly recommed this wonderful hotel.