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... with a tad of guidance from the mere females. Successfully locating the floating Flower Market, which was really just full of an array of bulbs for sale, we were able to view a small array of the colourful flowers available at this time of the year.
With the long flight, starting to take its toll, we headed back towards the ship, stopping along the way at a Pandora shop to add a momento of a windmill charm to the ...
... holding an umbrella or talking on a mobile phone... makes ordinary cyclists pretty ... well, ordinary!
When we turned up that night for the red light district tour, there were quite a few other people waiting for tours as well. One of the guides was Australian. Guess what tour he was taking? Yes, the pub crawl tour. And who was on it? Australians and New Zealanders!!
Of course we did the Heineken tour. I ...
... was Mac's Cycles to pick up Ron the Red Bike and the Marqt. Ron had no gears and only a footbrake. He was very heavy and had two locks - one on the rear wheel and one chain. He had a bell which did work (I tested it). He was completely different to Oscar my road bike. I followed Marcelle back and was made a fool of by tiny wee tots on trikes. Again looking the wrong way at each intersection (so I looked ...
... let everyone know some of the negative statistics of the ride. There were 6x minor crashes in hotel parking lots / petrol stations. No harm done to anyone or bike except a minor concussion with no lasting effects. There were 3x major accidents on the road. A good friend, Rhino, from Wisconsin had a dog run out in front of his trike. He could not avoid it and the impact bounced him, the trike/trailer combo and his and his wife off the road - they were ...
... arrival at 8 everyone got jaeger shots poured in their mouths. 4 bars, lots of shots and 5 hours later Katie had to go home. 2 more bars, A LOT more drinks and 3 hours after that Lucy and Carey came home. a lot drunk with some funny (and sketty) stories ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsKooyk Hotel Amsterdam
Service was good with very friendly and helpful staff, breakfast was okey and location was superb. Building quite worn down and the shared toilets very small though, does not feel very modern. Windows would not lock so we were a bit worried about the luggage but the staff kindly locked our valuables in the office upon our request and it was safe. They also stored our luggage for us for the whole day after checkout free of charge. All in all a good budget stay with great value for money
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kooyk Hotel Amsterdam
If you like earwigs on your pillow and bed bug bites then this is the place for you. Good location, shame about the rooms. Sink made strange noises all night and beds were rubbish. There was only 1 toilet as the other one was out of order and wasn't fixed in the 4 days that we were there. My friend woke up the first morning to discover an earwig on her pillow which wasn't very nice. On arriving back in the UK my other friend discovered that she'd been bitten by bed bugs, she was covered in them and had to go to the Doctor. I would never stay at this hotel again.
We could deal with cramped quarters and no frills hotels, but when it comes to cleaniness should be a given at any establishment. The smell of mildew was overwhelming. The bathroom smelled of vomit and the showers were neglected. The brightside was the staff; friendly and helpful. But for even a cheap price at 70 euros, the room should at least be clean.
Excellent value for money
after reading previous reviews we were very pleasantly suprised by the facilitiess. there was plenty of very hot water for the showers and the rooms were very adequate and very clean. there were large towels provided and the cleaner came in daily to change them.
breakfast was excellent with as much as one wanted to eat with lovely coffee provided.
we would not hesitate to stay again if we went to amsterdam again.
Great Family-Run Hotel
I spent five days in Amsterdam staying at the Kooyk Hotel. GREAT location--central to just about everything. Wonderful couple run the hotel. I was traveling alone and due to some fire-regulation construction that they HAD to do the day of my arrival--they put me in a double room for a single rate. Lovely breakfast. Nice all around. Would stay there again on another visit.
I'm there at the minute. Very basic but you have a small TV and breakfast for 40 euro and the location is good.
Down side the toilet and shower are in hall but for that price
Looking for cheap place to stay..
If you're looking for a cheap place to stay right in the thick of Amsterdam, this hotel will work. Nothing too fancy, but staff was helpful....especially since we were so late getting there from flight problems. Beds were a bit mushy. Easy to get to from the main train station as well.
This hotel was just what I was looking for. Excellent location (walk to Leidsplein in just a few minutes). Decent place to stay, with breakfast, and low price (taxes are included). I stayed in a single room for the first 3 nights and then moved to a larger double room for the last 2 nights. I wanted the option of upgrading after comparing first hand to other nearby hotels. In the end the Kooyk was what I was looking for and it was too much time and pain to get set-up at another location. The bathrooms/showers were outside the rooms and I think shared for most rooms. They were clean, but the water temperature varied while I was showering each morning... bearable, but not ideal if you are looking for a really hot and consistent shower each morning.
Great location, poor amenities
The best part of this hotel is the location, right near the Leidesplan and within walking distance of everything. Though our room was bigger than we expected, the furnishings were shoddy and our bed sagged in the middle. The worst part was that we could not get hot water from either shower on our floor the entire five nights we were there! The breakfast was fine--less interesting for vegetarians than for meat eaters. Also, the staff never seemed to be around, so there was no one to ask questions to. While our accommodations still beat that of a hostel and were adequate for people out and about all day, the cold shower will probably prevent me from returning.
THE COSY KOOYK
I stayed at the Kooyk Hotel last year for a long weekend. Even thought it was November Amsterdam still had a lot to offer, including the kooyk Hotel. It has a tranquil and homely ambience just what the doctor orderd for a quiet time away, the rooms were reasonably priced and evey one was friendly.
Small family run hotel, on arrival the owners were friendly, fluent in English and Dutch. Suprisingly a 10 Euro deposit was required for each room key required but on the flip side, the key can be used to gain access to the hotel anytime day or night. We were given a map of the city and some pointers on the major tourist attractions (cafes, bars, coffeeshops, red light district, van gogh museum, vondelpark, etc).The hotel has a safe for passports and other valuables, if required. Our room had a fantastic view of a wall, less than one metre from the window, blocking out virtually all light, but then again we weren't in 'Dam to stay in the room all day! Breakfast is served 8:30-10, small selection of cereals, toasts, jams, hams and cheese, edible but if you want something more satisfying head to one of the dozens of local bakeries (mmm!). The hotel is on the banks of the Singel Canal, just seconds from not one but two canal boat ticket offices, and only ten minutes walk from the Rijksmuseum or hectic Leidseplein Square. On our last night, we were awoken by a strange rustling - flicking on the light, only to discover a MOUSE munching on a left-over sandwich. We alerted the owner as we checked out the following morning but his disbelief made him quite angry! As we left the hotel, after smoking heavily in the room for 3 nights, we noticed a sign which read "ABSOLUTELY NO WEED SMOKING ALLOWED IN THIS HOTEL -- THIS IS NOT A COFFEESHOP -- THE AUTHORITIES WILL BE ALERTED AND YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE"!!!