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Thursday, June 5, 2014
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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 …
... A little over two miles short of Marken, we hit a traffic jam. We were on a two lane road with no shoulder, imbedded in a shallow valley between expanses of farmland. Because of this, whatever disruption blocked that road caused a large backup, consisting mostly of buses. After a few minutes of waiting, the bus driver tried to convince us that it was only a 15 minute walk to Marken, which, according to our google maps, was a little over ...
... just after my seat, so my view of the countryside was obstructed. The ladies serving us spoke fluent French, English and German; it is true that in Europe a second language is almost mandatory - in fact i suspect if you wished to work in hospitality or tourism it would be mandatory. Our lunch was cold duck with onion confit, and something like boiled wheat (which sounds horrible but it was quite good), beans, a bread roll and a dessert. It wasn't too bad, though ...
... childhood freedoms to paying the ultimate price of racial persecution so close to the end of the Second World War. This was a time for quiet serious reflection and remembrance for Anne and all of those who perished during this horrendous ...
... city during a film and TV conference, so we took the opportunity to go to a ‘meet’ Philip Bloom and other fellow (for Daniel) videographers using DSLR cameras. It was across the river, and after we came back from ‘the other side’, we went for a wander through the red light district. It seemed full of tourists, sitting at the bars, and filling down the tiny alleyways with red lights above glass doors girls were posing behind.
The sweet smell ...
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".