Hotel van Onna
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Thursday, June 5, 2014
Hello my Dear Friends,
It was a ridiculously early start to the day: my flight was at 0700, so I had set my alarm for 0400, to give myself lots of time to find my way. I was flying out of a different airport (Schonefeld) than the one I had flown into (Tegel), so I was anticipating a huge, confusing …
... they call them 'coffee shops') lined the streets, as well as shops selling cannabis, magic mushrooms, and all the bits and pieces that go with it. You can even purchase your own kit for growing mushrooms! After dinner we went for another walk around and soon it was quite obvious we were in the red light district! Window after window, under a red light, women stood, dressed in very little attire, tapping on the window, hoping to get a customer. No ...
... A bit different for us Kiwis, and quite a number of our group are cow cockies so interesting to hear what they thought. 1. it was not clean. 2. The waterways are not fenced. 3. It was small numbers. It was interesting especially the generating power. Other people with waste pay them to take it and use it because once over a certain thresh hold for waste you have to pay to have it removed and cleaned up. All very strict.
... Bridge''. Every twenty minutes, the bridge opens to let boats through. It's design is made of traditional double-leaf, Dutch-draw bridge connecting the banks of river Amstel.
I must say, it was an interesting week at Amsterdam. It's a fascinating place with lot of interesting histories about it. I certainly hope to visit it again.
... I tried to take as many pictures as I could in the last couple of days to share.
A couple of really quick info bits:
As I have spoke in previous blogs before the traffic is absolutely crazy... and I mean crazy! There are literally NO rules when it comes to driving. You do what you want and you use your horn a lot. It is terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. I talked about the traffic before, but it is the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel van Onna Amsterdam
A bad choice
I have been traveling Europe for over a month. My stay at Van Onna was a terrible one. The location is over 20 minutes walk from central station. Credit card is not acpeted even though it charge 40euro per person per night! But what made my stay more miserable was the shower--there is no shower curtain in the shower room-- and the bed--it was like sleeping on the floor--mattress was very thin and the wood panels supporting the mattress was broken at the second night of my stay. Considering the terrible facilities, i definately felt I was overcharged. Be careful with your choice.
A bit overrated
Our room was indeed spartan as expected. The room and bathroom were clean and the bed comfortable. The pillows were stained and old and need replacing. We ended up putting t-shirts over them in addition to the pillowcases. We had to ask for soap.
The hotel is now 80 euros for two, which is not the best value for this hotel. The 53 euros noted in the review is more in line with what we would expect to pay.
The hotel is in a nice area of the city with enjoyable restaurants nearby.
I stayed at the Van Onna and was very happy with my choice. For the price I don't think it can be beat. The rate even included a good continental breakfast with hardboiled egg, ham and cheese, and toast. The rooms were small but clean. The room had a private bathroom with toilet and shower which was also clean. The hotel is located at the Jordaan, which was close to the Anne Frank Huis and was a very picturesque area within walking distance of some of the major attractions of the city. The room was very small and didn't have a TV, but you if you are going to Amsterdam, you are not going to spend a lot of time in your room, you only go there to sleep. If you are going to a one star hotel, the best you can expect is a sleepable bed, a clean room, clean private bathroom, and good location, and in all counts this place delivered.
Good choice in Amsterdam
Stayed a weekend here June 2004. I can really only reinforce the previous reviews. Good location, great canal views if you have a canalside room. The decor and equipment level in the rooms are best described as spartan, although decent and clean. Pricey at 80 euros/night for a double incl breakfast, but this is Amsterdam. Safe and very pleasant area about 10 mins walk from the Damtrak. Staff speak excellent English as you would expect in Holland.
Back to the "Van Onna"..
As a three times visitor to this hotel,I can only sing the praises of the place. The staff are helpful and friendly,the hotel has recently been renovated,and the breakfast is so substantial it tides the tourist over to well beyond lunch.The location is second to none,although any rooms I have been in have not had a canal view.Perhaps a nice touch would be to provide the traveller with some hotel-style sachets of soap and shampoo.A tea-maker in the room would be nice,too. One room I slept in was noisy.
A small, cosy place in the most wonderful area in Amsterdam, the Jordaan. Situated in one of the most beautiful canals, clean, secure, quiet, friendly staff, near major tram lines and many convenience shops and... very affordable! No TV or phone (who needs them on holiday anyway???) and no elevator (climbing 4 stories is a good workout!) but these are petty things considering you're in a beautiful and safe area, full of charm and history. I recommend it, definitely! Oh, if you get a room with a view on the canal, you'll want to rest your feet on the window sill and bask in the atmosphere that surrounds the hotel, which becomes even more magical with the Church bells nearby...
Worth the 40 euros
If your looking for local flavor and want to get off the beaten tourist path, the Von Onna is for you. Just got back from A'dam and this hotel was well worth 40 euros per person, per night. The Jordaan district is centrally located and a beautiful neighborhood. The room was very modest but clean and it provided us with everything we needed, including breakfast. If you want luxurious, this is not the place for you. However is you want affordable and in the city, I highly recommend the Von Onna.
Great view...from the window!
I have lived in Amsterdam for a while and so when I returned and needed a hotel for one night I was excited to find a hotel that has great rates and that is situated on of the nicest canals in the whole of Amsterdam. We had a room on the canalside with two huge windows so we could overlook Amsterdam's skyline. But whiel the view outside of the windows was great our room was such a let down. 1980's frame bed and a dated blanket: very unwelcoming. If you're looking for romance or any character at all, this is not the place to come. Granted I haven't seen all the rooms but based on the decor of the rest of the hotel I fear it's not much better. Walls are also very thin. If yoú don't care about decor and just want a clean hotel in a good location this is your hotel but I'd do some more investigating and find something whith just a little more character, although I have to state one more time that the view from our room was priceless!
Single woman travelling alone - loved it
This hotel is clean, friendly, full of character and not too expensive.
As a woman on my own I got just the right amount of attention - they didn't bother me (some places feel they have to mother you if you're on your own) but they were attentive and kind and personable, so it was a safe 'home from home'. Don't forget to ask if they have a room overlooking the canal, and I think one of teh guidebooks says you get a discount if you mention them when you bok the room (frommers or Let's go, not LP)
Friendly service nothing too much trouble
As a frequent visitor to Amsterdam, I discovered by chance the Van Onna. Since then I have returned on many occasions. Why? it is a very friendly hotel ; taxis, bars, places to eat and places of interest are close to hand. If requested some rooms have a good canal view. Loek is very helpful and friendly. However, he has no control over "the local Bells".